Search on SLJ.com ....
Subscribe to SLJ
Follow This Blog: RSS feed
A Fuse #8 Production
Inside A Fuse #8 Production

Review of the Day: Necks Out for Adventure

Necks Out for Adventure! By Timothy Basil Ering Candlewick $16.99 ISBN: 978-0763623555 Ages 4-8 On shelves now The author/illustrator of a picture book who isn’t afraid to get a little weird is precisely the kind of person you want to have within your reach. Day after day my library purchases and buys familiar titles. Here [...]

Review of the Day: Necks Out for Adventure

Necks Out for Adventure! By Timothy Basil Ering Candlewick $16.99 ISBN: 978-0763623555 Ages 4-8 On shelves now The author/illustrator of a picture book who isn’t afraid to get a little weird is precisely the kind of person you want to have within your reach. Day after day my library purchases and buys familiar titles. Here [...]

Give Me Your Central Children’s Room Loving

It has existed since 1911.  Anne Carroll Moore, the great children’s librarian and head of children’s services, worked in it.  Over the years its collection has helped researchers, children, educators, library students, and anyone interested in children’s literature and its history.  It moved in the early 70s to a new location and has been incredibly [...]

Give Me Your Central Children’s Room Loving

It has existed since 1911.  Anne Carroll Moore, the great children’s librarian and head of children’s services, worked in it.  Over the years its collection has helped researchers, children, educators, library students, and anyone interested in children’s literature and its history.  It moved in the early 70s to a new location and has been incredibly [...]

Fusenews: In Brief

I made sure to sit next to Lisa VonDrasek during the ALA Media Award announcements this year. Word on the street had it that she liked to cheer. And now, lo and behold, she has written a piece for B&N about the award experience. She’s such a smartie. Thanks to Educating Alice for the link. [...]

How to Present Your Favorite Books

When it comes to talking up our favorite books to the kiddies, I figure librarians need as much help as they can get.  We are a communal community.  Ideas aren’t hoarded.  We don’t come up with an awesome way to booktalk a Frances Hardinge novel and then greedily keep our style to ourselves for fear [...]

Review of the Day: Life Sucks

Life Sucks By Jessica Abel and Gabe Soria Drawn by Warren Pleece Colored by Hilary Sycamore First Second (imprint of Roaring Brook Press) $19.95 ISBN: 978-1596431072 Ages 15 and up On shelves April 29, 2008 I don’t normally review teen.  But YA good graphic novels get a pass. A person could be forgiven for getting [...]

Fusenews: Who Likes to Rock the Party? I Like to Rock the Party.

Aaaaaah!  Backpack! Sorry.  I saw this recently and thought it was pretty neat.  Man, the kid who was toting that thing on their back would have to be pretty awesome, wouldn’t they?  And I can totally see jaded teenagers using this thing too.  They would pretend to be ironic while secretly loving it.  Awesome. I [...]

Random But True Children’s Literary Connections of the Rich and Famous

I’m in a random mood today.  Anywho, this is amusing. Laura Vaccaro Seeger – Pete Seeger is her husband’s uncle. Brian Selznick – His grandfather was a cousin of David Selznick, best known for producing the epic blockbuster Gone with the Wind. Jessica M. Pigza – Her uncle inspired Jack Gantos to name his character [...]

Video Sunday – "Let’s Steal a Bunch of Stuff From Brooke" Edition

Hey! There are goodies here! Goodies I must have put in here at some point during the week and then forgot about.  When I came to my video posting and looking inside I was expecting tiny virtual moths to flutter out but INSTEAD *gasp* . . . . I found these! Up up up is [...]

Fusenews: Flamingoes and the Black Plague (for starters)

It’s funny.  If I get better at one thing I seem to get worse at another.  For example, if I write more reviews (I’ve got some lined up until next week!) then my news reporting takes a hit.  And if I report without difficulty then my reviews slow down to a trickle.  Ah, to have [...]

Sup it Up, Librarian Lady!

The social group.  It conjures up a certain kind of mental image, does it not?  When I hear that term I always think of smoky backrooms where young suited, be-spectacled intelligensia sip cognac and discuss Proust while burlesque girls do a dance on a bedraggled stage at the end of the room.  In truth, I’ve [...]

Review of the Day: The Case of the Bizarre Bouquets – An Enola Holmes Mystery

The Case of the Bizarre Bouquets: An Enola Holmes Mystery By Nancy Springer Philomel (a division of Penguin) $14.99 ISBN: 978-0-399-24518-3 Ages 9-15 On shelves January 31, 2008 Sweet god, how I love these books!  Sorry.  That’s not something a professional reviewer should start off by saying is it?  I should probably be coy about [...]

Kidlit Drink Night: Post-SCBWI Cocktail Party

SCBWI Edition! Well, the 9th Annual Winter Conference of SCBWI is coming to New York City on February 9 & 10.  That means only one thing.  Party time. We’re having a Drink Night directly after the SCBWI Cocktail Party on Friday, February 8th.  Here are the sordid details: Where: Local 1004 2nd Ave.(@ 53rd St.) [...]

From Our Roving Reporter in the Field: Scrabble Cheating for 826NYC (Or How to Beat John Hodgman and John Oliver in an Unfair Fight)

For once I didn’t have to do the work on this one.  Successful people designate, right?  Well a little while ago I encouraged you sweet readers to contribute money to the remarkable group 826NYC which allows kids in Brooklyn the chance to get free tutoring.  The method of donation was by sponsoring my friend Davin [...]