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Review of the Day: Woolbur

Woolbur By Leslie Helakoski Illustrated by Lee Harper Harper Collins $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-06-084726-5 Ages 4-8 On shelves now When you grow up as the daughter of a fiber artist (spinning, knitting, weaving, etc.) there are certain things you learn about wool. You know how the tiny fibers hook into one another, making them easy to […]

Fusenews: Alien Libraries and Dead Composers

I just wrote out about ten of these and then Blogger collapsed on me.  Grrrrr.  Now I have to rewrite ’em.  Guess it’s just one of those days. First things first.  On February 18th Karen Breen, children’s book review editor of Kirkus Reviews will step down and be replaced with Vicky Smith.  Here is what […]

Unarchived Golden Fuse: The Lost Categories

If my blog were a reflection of my mind or my housekeeping then every time you clicked on it you’d find a pile of rubbish with some sparkly candy wrappers sticking out of the teaming mass.  Now every year I do my Golden Fuse Awards, which are a collection of fun trends and oddities I […]

Read Me. Hear Me. Tou . . . , no, on second thought let’s just stick with reading and hearing

In other words, my latest podcast is up and running.  You can see the run down here or just go directly to the podcast itself here.  Or you can subscribe on iTunes here.  This particular podcast contains news, three booktalks, and a recording from the ALA Media Awards. 

Review of the Day: We Are the Ship

We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball By Kadir Nelson Foreword by Hank Aaron Jump at the Sun (Hyperion imprint) $18.99 ISBN: 978-0786808328 Ages 8 and up On shelves now Nope. Sorry. Not fair. Kadir Nelson, I hate to be the one to tell you this, but you’ve completely overdrawn your account […]

Video Sunday – Amorous Pig Edition

Oh, lemme see here. We’ve a couple things here and there that are available, so let’s not waste time. Neil Gaiman says that this won’t be up very long, so hopefully it will still be working by the time you see it. It’s a Coraline trailer IN 3-D!!! What, you don’t own 3-D glasses? Yeah, […]

Review of the Day: The Willoughbys

The Willoughbys By Lois Lowry Walter Lorraine Books – Houghton Mifflin $16.00 ISBN: 978-0-618-97974-5 Ages 7-12 On shelves March 31st. Ever pick up a book by a beloved author and find that you have to keep remembering that they wrote the book in your hands?  I sure have.  Sometimes a writer likes to do something […]

Children’s and YA Lit Cafe

Doing anything tomorrow (Saturday)?  Well, how many of you in the New York area have heard about these librarian previews that some people get to attend and have thought to yourself, "Why can’t I get a piece of that action?"  And what about those of you who have attended librarian previews but have wondered to […]

Fusenews: Librarian Video Games and Newbery Secrets

Sounds about right.  A good way to begin this Friday morn.  I got that Toothpaste for Dinner image from BB-Blog (who also had a link to some realistic dollhouses that struck me just right). New blog alert!  It’s called Collecting Children’s Books and it is must-read for anyone interested in the world of reprints, first […]

ALA Mid-Winter 2008 Recap: Convention Center

I’m back!  Back from sunny, sandy, tropical island breezy Philadelphia.  I jest!  Twas cold, though nice, and sunny for much of the conference.  Had the center been built like the sadly lacking Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York (Brilliant Notion: Let’s turn a greenhouse into a convention center!) the sun might have been a […]

ALA Mid-Winter 2008 Recap: Extra Curricular Activities

There were many good things about the conference (particularly near the end) but if I were to single out a personal highlight it would have to be getting to meet Art Spiegelman and Francoise Mouly. About a month ago Janna Morishima, the Director of Diamond Kids Group, wondered if I might be interested in helping […]

ALA Mid-Winter 2008 Recap: The ALA Media Awards

Why "media" awards?  Seems imprecise and confusing. Ah well.  In any case, on Monday morn at 6:30 AM I woke up in my teeny tiny hotel room at the Travelodge to get ready to attend the award announcements.  Because my previous accommodations had fallen through I was forced to take a room at a hotel […]

Review of the Day: Little Hoot

Little Hoot By Amy Krouse Rosenthal Illustrated by Jen Corace Chronicle Books for Young Readers $12.99 ISBN: 978-0-8118-6023-9 Ages 4-8 On shelves now If a children’s book author were to sit down one day and think, "I’m going to write a bedtime story," there’s a possibility that they find themselves in a bit of a […]

Looking Forward: 2008 Titles in the Coming Year

Colleen Mondor of the blog Chasing Ray had a good idea.  She thought it might be nice if some bloggers posted a list of titles that they’re really looking forward to reading in the coming months.  I know I have a couple items on my plate that I’m keeping an eye peeled for.  So here […]

Live Blogging? Nah.

I thought about taking my laptop into the convention center and doing some kind of live blogging reactions to each announcement made.  It sounded like it might be fun.  So I did some research on "live blogging" and ran across this piece on the blog In the Agora: One gets the sense that these bloggers […]