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Honey Dipped Tibits of Deliciousness

Newsy news! The kind like mama used to make. Oh, mama.

  • First and foremost, the Cybils shortlists are in the process of being announced. For those of you unaware of what the Cybil Awards are, they are the first (and only) children’s/YA literary award judged,juried, and executionered (spell check didn’t like that last word one bit) by Kidlitosphere (spell check is threatening me with bodily harm now) bloggers. Right now we’re looking at the shortlists for Fantasy/Science Fiction, Fiction Picture Books, Middle Grade Novels, and Poetry. Then, on January 7th, we’ll see the results for Graphic Novels, Non-Fiction Picture Books, Non-Fiction MG/YA and Young Adult Novels.  I wish I’d kept track of what I nominated to see if any of my favorites made these lists.  I think I nominated The Chicken Chasing Queen of Lamar County and certainly I did Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! sometime as well.  Hard to keep track these days.
  • Keeping things local, my NYPL peeps got podcasting crazy over at YALSA the other day.  Shout outs to librarians Rebecca Schosha and Sarah Couri who run the Children’s/YA Literary Cafe here at the Central Children’s Room.  ALSC is going to start regularly podcasting this year, it seems.  I need to get to work on my own next podcast soonish.  Howzabout I create a musical medley of potential Newbery winners?  Yeah… that’s the ticket…

  • Old news (I haven’t had a chance to troll much since I got back from vacation) but good.  If you’ve ever wanted to walk into an author/illustrator’s home and sniff around their furniture then have I got a New York Times article for you.  Yes, it’s Hungry Caterpillar in the Florida Keys, which sounds more like a scientific report on a foreign species introduced into a natural wilderness than something you’d find in the Home & Garden section of the Times.  At any rate, this is your chance to look at where Eric Carle resides.  And thus the bar is slowly raised for all you other illustrators you there.  I wanna hear that you all have rugs based on the endpapers of your latest books.  Schnell, schnell!  Thanks to Children’s Illustration for the link.

  • For Christmas my husband got me Season 3 of our favoritest Britcom produced in the last 10 years, Black Books.  It follows three socially inept crazies as they run a bookshop in England.  And in the second episode of Season 3 we saw two of them attempt to write a children’s book.  You subscribe to Netflix?  Do this thing for me.  Get Black Books, Season 3, and watch the second episode.  Mirth!  Sweet copious mirth!

  • And, to end, BB-Blog always provides me with what I need.  This week, a newspaper piece on Paddington Bear and his immigration status.

Giving those Andre the Giant images a run for their money, I see.

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. Jules, 7-Imp says:

    Fuse, I think you nominated Scribble, and why do I remember that? ‘Cause I think you’re brilliant and we always seem to have very similar taste in picture books (my post today about the books I *wanted* to see on the shortlist, though I’m happy with it, just so happens to include books I know were your favorites of the year, since I read your post about that the other day and said AMEN). But Scribble is just one of those books that didn’t wow me this year like it wow’ed others who I normally always agree with and say AMEN to. That’s why I remember. :)

    But does it get any better than the Chicken-Chasing Queen? Nope. Couldn’t be happier that it’s on the list.

    happy new year!
    Your Friendly Morning Imp, Jules

  2. Ah, poor Scribble. Yes, that was probably mine. Fortunately no one can disagree with the out-and-out glory and wonder that is the Chicken Chasing Queen. I’m so glad it made it, and my money’s on it for the Caldecott proper. Great post, by the way. I saw it this morning as I did my 7 a.m. trolling.

  3. Jennifer Schultz says:

    “Howzabout I create a musical medley of potential Newbery winners?”

    Like Billy Crystal used to do at the Oscars?