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This Bird Has Flown

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Bram Stoker had this to say about Chicago: It, “neither fears the devil nor troubles its head about him and all his works.”  So in light of my recent move, and in celebration of this (my first day), I offer the following to you: Goodbye Library (With profuse apologies to Margaret Wise Brown, who would […]

Finding the Funny: The Newbery Award and Various Works of Hilarity

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Do funny books get short shrift when award season comes ah-knockin’?  It’s not a ridiculous notion.  After all, the Oscars are notorious for consistently promoting and lauding saddy sad performances and films over their funnier contemporaries.  So I took a gander at some of the recent winners of the Newbery Award (and Honors) and determined […]

Summer Reading Lists: Worst Titles Ever

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Recently I was admiring two different but certainly related articles online.  The first was Mike Lewis’s Non-Required Summer Reading List, which is just the loveliest little PDF of fun summery read titles.  A great list in and of itself. The second piece was the infinitely useful article How Teachers Can Create a Summer Reading List […]

Second Novels We Wish We Could Read

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Like the rest of America I have watched, enthralled, the debate going on at the child_lit listserv as to whether or not folks should/are choosing to eschew reading Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman. I’m sorry, what that? I’m being informed that despite my opinions on the matter, America does not collectively read child_lit.  I […]

Press Release Fun: TeachingBooks.net Author Name Pronunciation Guide Reaches 2,000 Audio Clips

Maybe one of the more enjoyable press releases I’ve released. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Authors and Illustrators Reveal the Origins and Pronunciations of Their Names – See more at: http://forum.teachingbooks.net/2015/07/teachingbooks-net-author-name-pronunciation-guide-reaches-2000-audio-clips/#sthash.oAjVyX6K.dpuf MADISON, Wis. (July 16, 2015) – Ever wondered how to pronounce a favorite author’s name? Since 2007, almost half-a-million readers have visited www.TeachingBooks.net/Hello to hear authors and […]

Fusenews: Containing the only Newbery 4th of July Float I’ve Ever Seen

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Mm. Double quick time Fusenews today, I should think. All the goodness. Less of the commentary. As such . . . What is the scariest children’s film of all time? If you mentioned a particular film that involved decapitated heads and Wheelers, this link’s for you. I’m not a teacher so I had no idea […]

Review of the Day: Mars Evacuees by Sophia McDougall

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Mars Evacuees By Sophia McDougall Harper Collins $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-06-229399-2 Ages 9-12 I’ve a nasty habit of finishing every children’s book I start, no matter how dull or dire it might be. I am sort of alone in this habit, which you could rightly call unhealthy. After all, most librarians understand that their time on […]

The Kidlit Swap Method: Children’s Literary Equivalents of Popular Adult Titles

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Look, I know how hard you work.  You’re busy.  And when it comes to your pleasure reading you don’t always have time to dip into the latest 450 page history or novel.  Who does these days? Now there’s a timesaver that will solve all your woes.  Introducing the Kidlit Swap Method.  All you need to […]

Fake Newbery Winners: Create Your Own Title

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So I’m reading through the latest issue of School Library Journal, checking out which books got some stars in the back, and I notice something in the middle grade novel section.  Three titles in particular catch my eye: A Nearer Moon by Melanie Crowder Rules for Stealing Stars by Corey Ann Haydu The Seventh Most […]

When Clothing Approximates Sexism (and other woes)

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A friend of mine who is not particularly into the children’s literary world, except that she has small children and reads to them, forwarded on to me this recent article in Vox.  It sports the clickbait title I never noticed how racist so many children’s books are until I started reading to my kids.  It’s […]

Kidlit Drink Night Returns! For One Night Only

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They said it was dead. They said it was over. They said it would never return again.  But what they didn’t count on was the fact that when I leave a city I doggone LEAVE a city!  Ladies and gentlemen, I have grabbed my jumper cables, attracted a lightning storm of epic proportions, and rejuvenated […]

Review of the Day: Boats for Papa by Jessixa Bagley

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Boats for Papa By Jessixa Bagley Neal Porter Books, Roaring Brook Press (an imprint of Macmillan) $17.99 ISBN: 978-1626720398 Ages 4-7 On shelves now So I’m a snob. A children’s literature snob. I accept this about myself. I do not embrace it, but I can at least acknowledge it and, at times, fight against it […]

Karen Cushman Cover Reveal (are you ready for a fantasy novel?)

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You read that right, folks.  Karen Cushman has a new book coming out (hooray!) and it’s not like her books in the past.  Cushman has embraced her fantastical side in her latest title, Grayling’s Song.  Here’s the plot description: “When Grayling’s mother, wise woman Hannah Strong, starts turning into a tree, Hannah sends Grayling to […]

Video Sunday: Living dolls, shark costumes, buried books and goats in pjs

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As you may have noticed, I’ve not done a Video Sunday in a while.  It now appears that what I was waiting for all this time was Dan Santat’s parody of Serial, turning it into a reenactment of his Caldecott Award call.  I’m just ashamed that when he won it didn’t immediately occur to me […]

Fusenews: [Enter Obligatory Winnie-the-Pooh/James Bond Pun Here]

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As the House of Bird prepares for its inevitable move, I find myself rather entranced with my incipient home of Evanston, Illinois.  I’m coming to it with almost no prior knowledge of its existence, and find it to be completely and utterly lovely.  Example A: Check out this Humans of New York-esque photo series on […]