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Feet, Scents, and Wild Things

Hoo-boy. Things are coming to a head. I feel I’ve been neglecting my regular news features on that blog and that will just NOT stand. So here, today, I’m going to give you the full complement of everything I could find, with an eye on my character limits. Let’s see if we go over! From [...]

Feet, Scents, and Wild Things

Nope.  Almost fit everything in, but two little items remained.  Here they be: And I’ve come to this a bit late, so if you’ve all already seen this, forgive me.  In Where the Wild Things Came From: How Children’s Books Evolved from Morals to Madcap Fun, the online magazine Slate has this odd little slideshow [...]

Review of the Day: Tasting the Sky (Part One)

Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood By Ibtisam Barakat Melanie Kroupa Books – FSG $16.00 ISBN: 978-0-374-35733-1 Ages 12 and up On shelves now There aren’t many books on the Palestinian situation available for children, and fewer still that are memoirs. I actually managed to pick up and read Ibtisam Barakat’s, "Tasting the Sky: A [...]

Review of the Day: Tasting the Sky (Part Two)

(CONTINUED FROM PART ONE) For many kids, the conflict in Palestine is a difficult topic to grasp. That probably goes for teens and adults as well, I’d wager. What Barakat’s book offers is a modest introduction to the history behind some of the troubles via her own personal history. People who would like to include [...]

ATTN: Authors Who Need Money (Which is to Say "Authors")

From the press release: The PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship of $5,000 is offered annually to an author of children’s or young-adult fiction. The Fellowship has been developed to help writers whose work is of high literary caliber but who have not yet attracted a broad readership. As a result, an author’s books may not [...]

Kidlit Drink Night: Christmas Edition

It’s like the bat signal.  Only more circular and delicious. So Cheryl Klein had this magnificent idea.  Kidlit Drink Night as a force for good.  In short, we’re going to have a Holiday Kidlit Drink Night at a new location with a new purpose.  Here are the elemental details: Holiday Kidlit Drinks Night December 10, [...]

Reporting: Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Swish and Swill (Part One)

A week and a half ago was a busy time.  The arrival of the NCTE Conference in town led to a significant influx of authors and their kin.  In the course of that week-end there was a Brian Jacques event at the Campbell Apartment, a dinner with Gary Schmidt, a Kidlit Drink Night at Faces [...]

Reporting: Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Swish and Swill (Part Two)

(CONTINUED FROM PART ONE) Outside the kidlit purview, I met the delightful Keith DeCandido, son of GraceAnne DeCandido and heir to the DeCandido throne.  Or something along those lines.  Keith’s sort of the go-to guy in terms of Star Trek novels and Buffy ones as well.  I met (hastily checks the cards now swimming merrily [...]

Review of the Day: Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty

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Iggy Peck, Architect By Andrea Beaty Illustrated by David Roberts Abrams Books for Young Readers $15.95 ISBN: 978-0810911062 Ages 4-8 On shelves now You are a children’s librarian. Your job is simple. People ask you for books. You find books. People ask you for movies. You find movies. It’s all pretty basic, really. You get [...]

Shout Out

A big thank you going out to the students of Jill Ratzan at Rutgers University.  Liz Burns of Tea Cozy and I were their guests just last night and they couldn’t have been kinder hosts. Personally, I would find the required reading aspect of my blog to be akin to sheer torture.  That you guys [...]

Mo’ and Mo’ Problematic

And things were going so well. This week I got my informational packet from the good people running the SCBWI Conference in Seattle.  Their 17th Annual Writing and Illustrating for Children Conference is happening this coming April and I will be speaking three (count ‘em) THREE times at one hour apiece.  So I glanced at [...]

Madeline L’Engle Service in New York City

From the press release: MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR MADELEINE L’ENGLE AT THE CATHEDRAL CHURCH OF SAINT JOHN THE DIVINE ON WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 28 AT 4PM   A memorial service for author Madeleine L’Engle will be held at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine on November 28th, 2007 at 4pm.    L’Engle, author of more than [...]

Madeline L’Engle Service in New York City

From the press release: MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR MADELEINE L’ENGLE AT THE CATHEDRAL CHURCH OF SAINT JOHN THE DIVINE ON WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 28 AT 4PM   A memorial service for author Madeleine L’Engle will be held at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine on November 28th, 2007 at 4pm.    L’Engle, author of more than [...]

Video Sunday – Sports Edition (which is to say, I have included one sport)

Co-worker Rebecca finds Sherman Alexie swoonable. Well, swoon it up, Rebecca! That was from bookshelves of doom. Come to think of it, so’s this one. Gosh I love people who make my job easy. This is a live action version of Quidditch. The kid in yellow is the snitch. Apparently instead of just catching him, [...]

Video Sunday – Sports Edition (which is to say, I have included one sport)

Co-worker Rebecca finds Sherman Alexie swoonable. Well, swoon it up, Rebecca! That was from bookshelves of doom. Come to think of it, so’s this one. Gosh I love people who make my job easy. This is a live action version of Quidditch. The kid in yellow is the snitch. Apparently instead of just catching him, [...]