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Press Release Fun: The Jane Addams Children’s Book Awards

Non-fiction fans rejoice.  I got your Jane Addams Children’s Book Awards hook-up.  From the CCBC (links are my own): All are invited to attend the presentations of the 55th Jane Addams Children’s Book Awards Friday, October 17, 2008 at 2:30 PM New York City 777 United Nations Plaza (2nd Floor) on the corner of 44th [...]

Fusenews: Other People’s Blogs

The 2nd Annual Kidlitosphere Blogger Conference (a.k.a. a conference of children’s literary bloggers and the round-up is here) did very well in the old boys vs. girls department.  Girls appeared far more often than boys, sure, but boys were in abundance just the same.  One such boy was Mark, 50% of the team that is [...]

The Eric Carle Museum Honors

Or: “It is harder to give away a million dollars intelligently than it is to make it.” – Andrew Carnegie (or so I have heard) In which our hero manages to scream at The National Ambassador of Children’s Literature and (in spite of this) has a lovely time in the midst of glitter/glam/short Wild Things. [...]

We Apologize for the Delay

I am back at my job this morning.  Though I am sure all the other blogging attendees will report accordingly, my own recap of the 2008 Kidlitopshere Conference will have to wait until tomorrow.  Read Laini Taylor’s conference post on the week-end if you want to see the four most flattering pictures of me ev-ah!  [...]

Video Sunday: I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends

What would I do without my readers?  I’d probably have to go out there and (gasp, shudder!) do actually work.  I’d probably have to sweat and slave over finding just the right videos in time for each and every Sunday.  Instead, all I have to do is sit back, kick up my heels, light me [...]

Fashion Week at Kidlitosphere ’08

Clearly I’m getting a little punch drunk.

V-Blogging: Portland Arrival

The Kidlitopshere Conference has begun! Video #1: In which our hero arrives and then immediately seeks out the family. The Central Library of Portland is featured in this puppy. Here’s the catch, though. I didn’t want to wake up my housemates last night so you’ll find my voice a little quietish. Aplogies. Mea culpa. My [...]

Review of the Day: Footprints in the Snow by Mei Matsuoka

Footprints in the Snow By Mei Matsuoka Henry Holt and Company $16.95 ISBN: 978-0-8050-8792-5 Ages 4-8 On shelves October 28, 2008 Children’s librarians spend, I’d say, at least 2% of their lives reading pictures books (it’d be longer, but those puppies are blessedly short). And I suspect that reading that many of them does something [...]

Casting Webs in a Free Manner

Like free stuff? Like webcasts? Like information? Well apparently School Library Journal (so THAT’s what that SLJ thing in my banner stands for!) is going to have an informative webcast. Here’s the cute little press release for more info. And just in case you wondered, SLJ didn’t ask me to post this stuff. I just [...]

The Brown Bookshelf: Now Seeking Submissions for Their Fabulous 28 Days Later Feature

It’s baaaack!  The Brown Bookshelf, a "group of 5 authors and illustrators, brought together for the collective goal of showcasing the best and brightest voices in African-American Children’s Literature" is doing their legendary 28 Days Later Campaign yet again!  If you know an African or African-American author or illustrator who might want to submit their [...]

Fusenews: Elmo Says the Alert System is Red!

There’s a new blog in town and it just happens to be my neighbor.  Welcome, neighbor!  If you’ve a moment I’d like you to check out fellow SLJ blog Heavy Medal: A Mock Newbery Blog in that it is awesome.  Created by Sharon Senser McKellar (a Children’s Librarian at the Oakland Public Library) and Nina [...]

The Return of V-Blogging

Today I take off in a plane to swoop across this grand old country of ours to the stomping grounds of my post-collegiate youth.  This week-end marks the 2nd Kidlitosphere Conference and I intend to be ready.  My camera is in my hand and I’m ready to do a little V-Blogging once more.  Some of [...]

Review of the Day: Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi

Amulet (Book One: The Stonekeeper} By Kazu Kibuishi Graphix, an imprint of Scholastic $21.99 ISBN: 978-0-439-84680-6 Ages 10 and up On shelves now Meh. Every story, whether it’s being told orally, as a book, as a graphic novel, or in a kind of performance is allowed to reuse old tropes. Particularly when the story being [...]

I Don’t Get Awards

No fooling.  I don’t mind not getting them because in the blogger world most awards mean doing some kind of work, and I am lazy.  Still, I say that I don’t mind not getting them, but secretly I want them.  I want them all.  So it was with great joy that I found that Just [...]

Fusenews: Today’s New Favorite Word is "Chronophage"

Today, if you happen to be in New York (too many of my dang posts begin this way) you can be a part of the Harry Potter Cover to Cover readathon.  Actually, depending on when you are reading this, you’ve probably already missed the kick-off.  It’s at 8 a.m. and the live webcast of the [...]