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Review of the Day – Peter & Ernesto: A Tale of Two Sloths by Graham Annable

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Peter & Ernesto: A Tale of Two Sloths By Graham Annable First Second (an imprint of Roaring Brook Press) $17.99 ISBN: 978-1-62672-561-4 Ages 6-10 On shelves now To quote the wise words of MC Scat Kat, “opposites attract”. Particularly when those opposites are best buddies. The idea of the carefree soul, untethered by earthly woes, […]

Book Trailer Premier: Silver Batal and the Water Dragon Races by K.D. Halbrook

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When I was a kid I didn’t actually use my public library much. Like a lot of kids, it was the school library where I discovered the books that would be most beloved to me. And in one particular case, I found a book that stayed with me a very long time. I’m not sure […]

Best Halloween Picture Books (an Entirely Subjective List)

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About 2010, when I still worked as a children’s librarian for New York Public Library, I was sitting at the Reference Desk in the Children’s Center at 42nd Street when this 3-year-old walked up to me, bold as brass. He had the biggest brown eyes I’d ever seen outside of a Chuck Jones cartoon, and […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: A Tiger Called Thomas by Charlotte Zolotow

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Older holiday books for kids have a tendency to be a bit on the white side. So I was thinking I was pretty slick when I came up with A Tiger Called Thomas for today’s discussion. But here’s the thing; I thought the version illustrated by Diana Cain Bluthenthal was the only one out there. […]

Review of the Day: Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish by Pablo Cartaya

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Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish By Pablo Cartaya Viking (an imprint of Penguin Random House) $16.99 ISBN: 9781101997260 Ages 9-12 On shelves now The other day a woman contacted me and wondered if I could offer any picture book/middle grade/ YA suggestions for a list of various topics. The list consisted of things like “OCD”, […]

Even Sendaks Make Mistakes: When Your Hero’s Book Just Doesn’t Work for You

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Can you keep a secret? An awful, terrible secret that could get me officially disbarred from all future children’s literature events from now until the end of time? This is just between the two of us, right? No one else is listening in and you won’t tell a soul. Okay. Here goes. I don’t think […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Duck, Death, and the Tulip by Wolf Erlbruch

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We’re killing two birds with one stone this week (pun reluctantly intended). A reader suggested today’s book a long time ago. Add in the fact that it’s October and we should be doing some Halloween-themed titles and you’ve got yourself today’s latest edition of International Classic Picture Books. Take a trip to Germany to visit […]

Unexpected Jolts of Children’s Literature: You’re Covered in Bees!

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By night I blog as a children’s literature groupie, but by day I am mild mannered Betsy Bird, Collection Development Manager of Evanston Public Library, responsible for purchasing all the latest books for adults. Odd, no? But while you might be able to take the girl off of the blog you can never truly take […]

Censoring the Unsaid, OR, Damned If You Do, #%&*@ If You Don’t

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Semantics. Oh yeah! I said it! Today we look at the strangest of trends I’ve encountered in a while, but one that is of infinite interest to me. It is not necessarily new, but I find it far more insidious than plain old-fashioned book banning. We are familiar with people censoring, removing, or otherwise restricting […]

Review of the Day: The Funeral by Matt James

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The Funeral By Matt James Groundwood Books (an imprint of House of Anansi Press) ISBN: 978-1-55498-908-9 $18.95 Ages 4-7 On shelves now They say you don’t truly fear death until you have children. I’ll tweak that slightly. I say, you don’t truly fear talking about death until you have children. At least if you’re an […]

Cover Reveal: Crab Cake by Andrea Tsurumi

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So around March of this year I got a nice little package from HMH Books full of galleys n’ such n’ such. And there. Lo and behold. Front and center and gorgeous as all get out was a book I didn’t even know that I wanted until it was in front of my face. Yes. […]

Video Premier: A Book Chat with Molly Idle About Pearl

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A new Molly Idle book is naturally a cause for some celebration. All the better if it happens to involve something awesome. Something like . . . mermaids. When Ms. Idle gets her hands on a mythical creature, however, you simply want to see more of them. Unicorns! Griffins (with her love of birds she’d […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone

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Happy October! We open this month of hauntings and spirits with a book about a terribly frightening monster! And by “terribly frightening” I mean “terribly frightened“. Inspired by our discussion of Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus I decided to go to the source. Which is to say, the 4th wall breaking title that […]

Press Release Fun: SCBWI Books for Readers Book Drive

For IMMEDIATE RELEASE SCBWI’s 2nd Annual Literacy Initiative Gives Books and Builds Dreams With Donations of Books to Readers In Need Children’s Book Creators Join Forces to Provide High Quality Books for the Indian Education Program of Fargo and West Fargo Public Schools   Los Angeles, CA, and Fargo, North Dakota—September 19, 2018 Members of […]

Fusenews: STEM Girl Fashions, the Death of “Hypothesis”, and More

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Welcome to Fusenews! Or, as I like to call it, all the news that fit to fuse. Yeah. We’re still working on that one.   First off, a great illustrator for children has died. This was very much the case of me not knowing that he was still alive, only to be doubly saddened when […]