I owe eternal gratitude to Shelf Elf for bringing to my attention the blog Bookshelf. All it consists of are pictures of hip and out-of-the-ordinary bookshelves. Sheer heaven. To the left here is one they call The Incubator. Awesome.
Recently I found myself in charge of the periodicals at the Central Children’s Room. This is a job I actually used to have while I was getting my master’s back in the day. I was a Serials Manager. In general conversation that made me sound like someone who would hang our regularly with Tony the Tiger (and how awesome would that be?). Now I’m back where I started, and Kiera Parrott has a piece up on children’s magazines.
The 21 Picture Book Topics You Should Avoid . It didn’t mention animals that want to dance ballet! In my mind that is the number one most overused plot seen anytime, anywhere. I’ve seen teddy bears, and swans, and dinosaurs, and wolves, and pigs, and cows, and kangaroos, and YOU NAME IT! Add it to the list alongside animals that want to sing opera. And I have to say I disagree about the personal hygiene one, though. You can’t never have enough of those (or manners books), in my opinion. Potty training either, come to think of it. Thanks to Cynsations for the link.
Peter from Collecting Children’s Books sent a question regarding this old children’s literature classic (look at the title): "Do you think Amazon was sending secret messages to the Republican party?" I think my answer to him was something along the lines of "You. Are. Awesome." Good catch, buddy.
Says the Flickr page by artist Chris Goodwin these are "Ornamental and not for snuggling." They’re bugs made out of found objects. Here’s a taste.
Thanks to Drawn for the link.