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Cover Discussion: Take Two

The faithful blog failed to be faithful in my absence.  So now let’s redo that cover discussion I had.  This time . . .  with covers! When you’re a librarian your work is never done.  My theory is that great librarianship is something you love and nuture.  And what better place to love and nurture […]

Oh Goodie

Aaaaah. Nothing is finer than coming home from vacation and finding that your blog has systematically gotten rid of every image you uploaded to it during your absence.   Corrections are being corrected.  Good to be back, though.  More to come.

Review of the Day: Garmann’s Summer by Stian Hole

Garmann’s Summer By Stian Hole Eerdmans Books for Young Readers $17.50 ISBN: 978-0-8028-5339-4 Ages 4-8 On shelves now In the head of even the most open-minded person there are still in-born beliefs of what purpose a picture book really serves. If you sat your average citizen down and played that old word association game, the […]

Pick Your Favorite Controversy

Video Sunday: Gonna Shake My Mother Out of the Puss

Huh! Not a bad idea here. Actors wanting to play Jamaican need to learn how to speak Jamaican patois anyway. Why not learn via YouTube? Here’s a Dr. Seuss title and one by Robert Kraus, read with great aplomb. Thanks to bookshelves of doom for the link. And finally, this made me very happy. Thanks […]

What the . . . . ?

Just making sure you’re all still awake.  I dedicate this find in honor of Lincoln’s upcoming 200th birthday.

Book-to-Book Game: Four Book Streak

Sometimes I unconsciously play a game with myself where I keep track of the similarities and ties between one book and another.  When you read a bunch of children’s books in a row and there isn’t much lag time, your instinct is to make connections.  I call it the Book-to-Book Game.  Well recently I had […]

Kidlit Drink Night: Tippling in the Library

A call to arms!  A call to hanging out drinking ludicrously expensive mixed drinks!  It’s all part and parcel of the Kidlit Drink Nights here in NYC.  It’s not until July 29th, so cool your pretty little jets, but the place is quite fab.  Cheryl Klein and I were discussing where to hold the next […]

Review of the Day – Sea Queens: Women Pirates Around the World by Jane Yolen

Sea Queens: Women Pirates Around the World By Jane Yolen Illustrated by Christine Joy Pratt Charlesbridge $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-58089-131-8 Ages 8-15 On shelves now Do you remember that whole Girl Power craze roundabout ten or so years ago? It was the oddest thing. Girls were supposed to seek empowerment in an era of Spice Girls […]

Wait… Gas Prices Are What Now?

Okay kids, I’m off to Stratford, Ontario for the Shakespeare Festival.  While I’m gone I made up a list of chores for you to get done while I’m gone.  Now don’t go putting them all off until I get back on Monday.  I mean it now. To Do/Not To Do No interesting debates while I’m […]

Newbery/Caldecott Banquet ’08: Take a Turn on the Red Carpet/Bathmat

While at the Newbery/Caldecott Banquet I helped authors Jim Averbeck and Maria van Lieshout conduct red carpet interviews with many of the attendees.  The results are now viewable at the site On the Red Carpet at ALA.  There you can see interviews with everyone from John Green and Jon Scieszka to Roger Sutton, Linda Sue […]

Fusenews: LIKE THIS?

Why pack for an upcoming trip when you can blog? Official registration for the Kidlitosphere Conference in Portland, Oregon on Saturday, September 27th hath begun. Basically it goes down like this:  If you are a blogger of children’s books or merely someone who reads blogs with a children’s literary focus, you are welcome to join us.  The […]

Fusenews: Anne Carroll Moore Does Not Love Stuart Little*

Got my latest issue of The New Yorker in the mail yesterday.  Saw the. . . . cover.  Ahem.  Moved on and found to my delight that the article The Lion and the Mouse: The battle that reshaped children’s literature by Jill Lepore was finally up and running.  Ms. Lepore called the Central Children’s Room […]


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Fusenews: Canadians Do It in Colour

Now I assume that many of you out there subscribe to the free online newsletter Notes from the Horn Book which gives you a taste of the well-written commentary found in an issue of Horn Book without having to pay so much as a cent.  Recently there was a great section on audio books written […]