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Press Release Fun?: Uh-Oh

Got this email in my in-box the other day.  It comes from ALA and regards the Consumer Product Safety Commission regarding lead and children’s books.  Things appear to be a bit more complicated than I would like them to be.  Read on: A public meeting was held January 22, and Cheryl Falvey, General Counsel for […]

Fusenews: Island of the Gold Dolphins

Old news, yes, but Laurie Halse Anderson and her novel Chains have won the 2009 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction.  I harbor a very great fondness for the Scott O’Dell Award.  Over the years it has brought much needed attention to too little read titles. Well done, Ms. Anderson! Everyone should have a blog […]

Press Release Fun: Symphony Space Note

My Symphony Space buddies passed this information on to me, and now I’m passing it along to you.  Alas, I’ve made my own plans for this Sunday at 1:00.  Having just read Heroes of the Valley (review definitely to come soon) I am sad beyond measure not to get to see Mr. Stroud.  Here’s the […]

Review of the Day: A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce

A Curse Dark as Gold By Elizabeth C. Bunce Arthur A. Levine (a Scholastic imprint) $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-439-89576-7 Ages 10 and up. On shelves now Every possible fairytale is eventually hunted down and stripped of its elements for middle grade and YA novel reinterpretation. This is not an unusual thing. For centuries humans have been […]

Kidlit Drink Night Reminder

Remember.  The plan is to find out the Newbery/Caldecott/etc. winners and then to gab about it later in the day.  If you are in town, stop on by.  We’d love to have you.  And for those of you going to ALA Midwinter who won’t be around, I am horribly envious of your fancy parties.  Grr. […]

Press Release Fun: Arming the Gatekeepers

For those in the know: Arming The Gatekeepers The Brown Bookshelf Announces 2009 Spotlight Authors & Illustrators The Brown Bookshelf, today, announced the twenty-four authors and four illustrators to be spotlighted in the groups’ second annual 28 Days Later initiative, a month-long celebration of veteran and emerging children’s authors of color. “Spotlighting these authors is […]

Fusenews: Let Me Entertain You, Let Me Make You Smile

The Cuffies are out!  The Cuffies are out!  The Cuffies, for those of you in the know, are presented by Publishers Weekly every year.  PW asks retailers for their picks in a variety of categories and then they present the results for the masses.  Categories include standard fare like Favorite Picture Book of the Year (Ten Little […]

Fusenews: Deja Lu

There’s a great round-up over at Publishers Weekly about a recent debate regarding women superheroes and their current status in terms of film and publishing.  Can I put in my two cents?  I want a good female superhero movie, sure.  But you know the only way that that’s going to work, don’t you?  Think about […]

Review of the Day: Machines Go To Work by William Low


Machines Go to Work By William Low Henry Holt and Company $14.95 ISBN: 978-0-8050-8759-8 Ages 4-8 On shelves now In his 1975 Introduction to his book Dandelion Wine Ray Bradbury has this to say about children and the ugliness of the mechanical world. “Trains and boxcars and the smell of coal and fire are not […]

Fusenews: Putting the Id in Kid-Friendly

That feeling I feel right now is, I believe, referred to as relief. has just released the first images of the filmed version of Where the Wild Things Are.  The reason they look so good?  It’s what they call "production values".  Other movies should take note.  Thanks to Wilson Swain for the link. The […]

A Veritable Plethora of Inauguration Day Information

Happy Inauguration Day!  I know that if you guys are anything like us here at New York Public you’re desperately trying to find some way to watch the inauguration in real time as it happens. The funny thing about my new children’s room is the television they installed in the back room.  It comes with […]

Reporting: A Day of Publisher Presentations (Now with More Librarians!)

Reports vary, but it seems fairly safe to say that when New York Public Library, Library Journal, and School Library Journal hosted “A Day of Publisher Presentations” last Monday at my workplace the number of attendees was high.  How high?  Accounts are not consistent, but they topped 100 at least.  The “Day of Publisher Presentations” […]

Video Sunday: A Series of Tubes

Oh, Digital Marketing Team at Macmillan, will you marry me?  Behold and digest how a book is made.  Required viewing for all persons working, or having formerly worked, in the publishing industry.  You will adore the salary that is mentioned at one point.  Trust me.  Thanks to Bookninja for the link. Doggone it Patrick Carman. […]

Event: Multiculturalism in Literature for Youth

I owe my allegiance to several masters.  One of them is PEN.  New Yorkers with an interest in children’s literature, be aware of the following! February 10: Crossing Cultures, Changing Skins: Writing Across Race, Ethnicity, Class, and Culture When: Tuesday, February 10 Where: Instituto Cervantes: 211-215 East 49th Street (between 2nd and 3rd Aves.), NYC What time: 7 […]

Press Release Fun: Grant Us the Serenity to Win Grants

The time has never been better. If your public library or public school library needs a minigrant, see the message below. Tel. 718/965-1266 (For more information)               Website:   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                           1/16/09   EJK FOUNDATION PROUD TO INVITE PUBLIC LIBRARIES AND PUBLIC SCHOOL LIBRARIANS AND TEACHERS TO APPLY FOR A 2009 MINIGRANT               […]