B. G. Hennessy

Tearing Down Walls: The Integrated World of Swedish Picture Books

In Uncategorized on June 25, 2014 at 9:14 am

This is an important read.

the open book

Laura SimeonThe daughter of an anthropologist, Laura Reiko Simeon’s passion for diversity-related topics stems from her childhood spent living all over guest bloggerthe US and the world. She fell in love with Sweden thanks to the Swedish roommate she met in Wales while attending one of the United World Colleges, international high schools dedicated to promoting cross-cultural understanding. Laura has an MA in History from the University of British Columbia, and a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Washington. She lives near Seattle.

As the Librarian and Diversity Coordinator at a school with a global population, my guiding vision is that the books I offer must be both mirrors that reflect children’s lives and windows that open up new worlds. This is a challenge when the small percentage of children’s books in English showing people of color is largely restricted to stories of oppression far removed from…

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It’s Beginning to Feel a lot like Christmas!

In Books by B. G. Hennessy, Story Behind the Book on December 2, 2010 at 10:27 pm


Paintings by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher

Simply and reverently, this book recounts the story of Jesus’ birth. The spare text and luminous paintings capture the feeling and wonder of that first night for children and adults alike. Published in eight languages from Afrikaans to Zulu, French to Xhosa, and reprinted in Parents Magazine, THE FIRST NIGHT is now available in a new hardcover edition.

From the author

I wrote this story when my sons were very young. The Christmas story seemed very unreal to them with its kings and gold and flying angels. In my telling, I kept to the very simpliest elements to capture the wonder and love of a new mother and father for a most beloved new baby.





”This Nativity tale evokes a pleading sense of mystery. Understated language conveys the essential awe of this and all other births…” – Publisher’s Weekly

”A lyrical and balanced text… endpapers surround the story with a joyful note of celebration and highlight the simplicity within.” – School Library Journal

”…an elegantly simple introduction to the Nativity…conveys the beauty, warmth and wonder of Jesus’ birth.” – Notes from the Windowsill

”Glows with childlike innocence and joy… hauntingly beautiful”  The Horn Book





What’s in name, B. G.?

In About B. G. Hennessy on November 9, 2010 at 5:50 pm

I get asked all the time what the B and the G stand for. Here’s your answer! The guesses are more interesting, though.

Big Girl?

Before Google?

Brigadier General?

My favorite guess was from a young reader in Arizona who thought it stood for “Book Girl.”  That makes perfect sense. Now I just need a cape!

Actually, the “B” stands for Barbara and the “G” for Gulbrandsen, my last name before I was married. But I still like Book Girl.

Have some ideas of you own? Send them to me in the comments below!