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Checking Out Washington Irving’s Reading List: The New York Society Library

Ooo, lar de dar de dar. Sounds so fancy, doesn’t it.  The Society Library.  Where one rubs elbows with fellow members of society.  Pass me my monocle and my white gloves, won’t you, dear? Well . . . . maybe not so much. When the notice came out from Desk Set (a librarian social networking […]

Fusenews: Embarrassing Photo Edition

Time to catch up on ye olde blog reading.  Let’s see what the other people have been talking about these days.  Ah!  Here’s a good one to start with.  Over at Disco Mermaids YA author Jay Asher of the hit novel Thirteen Reasons Why has thrown down the gauntlet in the face of his fellow […]

Video Sunday: Politics and Poker (50 points for anyone who gets the reference)

Last week’s videos were just so fabulous that I have to admit I haven’t much for you this week.  So when video times are tough I like to turn to the Drawn blog for inspiration.  This piece is a combination of stop animation with pixelated cut-out images by a Joseph Mann.  For me it highlights […]

National Chocolate Cupcake Day

Today is national chocolate cupcake day. Celebrate by sending me cupcakes. (stands to one side and wonders if this will work) Thanks to Jaime Temairik for the Cupcake Monster image.

Review of the Day: Wonder Bear by Tao Nyeu


Wonder Bear By Tao Nyeu Dial Books (a division of Penguin) $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-8037-3328-2 Ages 4-8 On shelves now As far as I know there are no hard and fast rules that govern an illustrator’s debut picture book. No guidelines on what to do or what to avoid are written down for easy reference. If […]

Hanging Out With Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury

And by "hanging out" I of course mean "seeing them speak in a large auditorium with a host of other fans".  Same dif. Anywho, if you know me then you know that at heart I am a penny-pinching old miser who would rather reuse a Ziploc bag for my sandwiches for weeks on end rather […]

Press Release Fun: School Librarians and Free Stuff (two great tastes, etc. etc.)

Any contest that begins with the sentence, "School librarians rock" has got my attention, certainly. The Class of 2k8, those intrepid newbie authors and illustrators of middle grade and YA fic, are offering up some nifty prizes to the hardworking school librarians of the world.  Check it out, cuties: Enter the Class of 2k8 Fall […]

Fusenews: Press Release Thursday (so to speak)

Right now my library is on the brink of becoming a reality. I can say no more except to hint that it will be, in the words of Barney Stinson, legendary.  More info to come as I get it. Oo!  Ooo!  The National Book Award finalists have been announced!  The Young People’s Literature category includes: […]

Review of the Day: The Kids’ Yoga Book of Feelings by Mary Humphrey

The Kids’ Yoga Book of Feelings By Mary Humphrey Photos by Michael Frost Marshall Cavendish Children’s Books $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-7614-5424-3 Ages 6-9 On shelves now. Yoga fans of the world avert thine eyes for I am not one of you. Haven’t anything against it, mind. But my primary and initial contact with the exercise (sport? […]

Quickie Review: Daniel Radcliff Horsey Drama

Justification . . . . justification . . . justific . . . . HONEY?  DO YOU KNOW WHERE I LEFT THE JUSTIFICATION FOR REVIEWING AN ADULT PETER SHAFFER PLAY ON THE CHILDREN’S LITERATURE BLOG?  WHAT?  oh. Here is it.  *ahem* Daniel Radcliff is the only boy to professionally play Harry Potter in a cinematic […]

Fusenews: Fusenews You Can Use

Happy, Columbus Day!  In lieu of writing any new posts that talk about the day but are instead just rewrites of older posts I shall direct your attention to my earlier thoughts on the matter.  A year ago I reviewed my favorite Columbus Day picture book A Coyote Columbus Story (shown here, it is your […]

Video Sunday: A Bountiful Harvest

First off, this is an immensely cool revision technique that is coming to us today via children’s author Sarah Miller.  It’s a revision trick that found its start with one Darcy Pattison and is called The Shrunken Manuscript.  Anything that involves sparkles is fine by me.  Writers take note: Thanks to Sarah for the link! […]

Review of the Day: The Mystery of the Fool and the Vanisher by David Ellwand and Ruth Ellwand


The Mystery of the Fool and the Vanisher By David and Ruth Ellwand Candlewick Press $18.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-2096-7 Ages 8 and up On shelves now Sometimes I’ll give a speech at events or conferences about children’s books that break barriers. I’ll talk about titles that don’t neatly slot into award categories and, as a result, […]

Fusenews: Monsters, and Vampires, and Spice Girls, oh my!

Poetry Friday news!  According to Lee Bennett Hopkins on the ccbc-net listserv "The 2nd Children’s Poet Laureate has been announced by The Poetry Foundation. The recipient is MARY ANN HOBERMAN."  Those of you who placed your bets on Hoberman may collect your winnings on the way out the door. Ah. The great children’s books about […]

Review of the Day: Hip Hop Speaks to Children, edited by Nikki Giovanni

Hip Hop Speaks to Children: A Celebration of Poetry with a Beat Edited by Nikki Giovanni Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (an imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc.) $19.99 ISBN: 978-1-4022-1048-8 Ages 6 and up On shelves now Credit Sourcebooks Jabberwocky with knowing a good thing when they see it. When Poetry Speaks to Children came out it was a […]