JT Marlin on Books

I was educated in England and USA and care deeply about the following: children's literature, World War II history, financial regulation, families.

The Winged Watchman - Another look, 70 years after WWII

The Winged Watchman (Living History Library) - Hilda van Stockum

I am at the BookExpo America looking at books available for children on World War II now that D-Day is a week away. There are surprisingly few, alhough Goodreads has 171 such books listed. Many of these books are multiple titles of the same basic text, such as Anne Frank's Diaries, which always rank near the top on this list, deservedly so. Right now it ranks #3.


Among the top 15 books are two by Hilda van Stockum. The Winged Watchman is one. It is about a family that lives in a windmill, and is deeply involved in the Resistance to the Nazi occupation. The heroes are two boys in the family, young teens. A local Dutch boy goes over to the Nazis and becomes a Landwatcher, meaning a traitor. The job of the two boys is to keep track of the traitor, Leendert.


The book is based on true stories. The author (disclosure: my mother) is Dutch-born and many of her relatives were in the Resistance.  



Robie Harris with "What's So Yummy?"

I met Robie H. Harris today at the BookExpo America. She was signing copies of What's So Yummy? It is published by the Candlewick Press.

Harris has written other books for children, including It’s Perfectly Normal, It’s So Amazing!, and It’s NOT the Stork!, essential guides for children on bodies, babies, families, and health. She lives in New York City.

Nadine Bernard Westcott is the illustrator of What's So Yummy? and more than a hundred other books. She lives in Massachusetts.