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March Children’s Literary Cafe: New York Times Reviewers Panel

We’ve really classed up the joint this time.  Remember, this event is always free.  From my press release: The Children’s Literary Café at the new Children’s Center at 42nd Street is pleased to announce our event on Saturday, March 7th at 2:00 p.m.: What makes a book so good that it gets reviewed by The […]

Review of the Day: The Snow Day by Komako Sakai

The Snow Day By Komako Sakai Arthur A. Levine Books (an imprint of Scholastic) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-545-01321-5 Ages 4-8 On shelves now. You know when a picture book is successful? When it can conjure up a feeling or a memory you didn’t even know you had. I remember playing in the snow at night as […]

Fusenews: Anyone Want to Point Out that None of the Featured Series Are Actually BY Penguin?

The problem with working with someone who serves on the Ezra Jack Keats Award committee is that you find out the winners way too far in advance.  For example, I knew about this year’s winners last week but had to zippadalip until the official annnouncement.  Every year the Keats Award is given to a new […]

Kidlit Karaoke Night: Take Two

Admittedly I tried this once before and was burned.  Instead of fine free karaoke in a delightful Brooklyn bar, my compatriots and I had to settle for fine $2 karaoke in a Manhattan nun-filled room.  Actually, it wasn’t half bad.  But I was denied my free karaoke in a place run by a man who […]

Fusenews: The Astonishing Socks of M.T. Anderson

Two days late but just as fresh as ever.  The 2009 Cybil Award winners were announced on Valentine’s Day. Omnivoracious called them the organic chicken nuggets of the kid-lit world (nope, I don’t know what that means either).  SLJ’s Rocco Staino even featured them in a piece.  Our little baby is almost all growns up […]

Review of the Day: Tales for Little Rebels by Julie L. Mickenberg and Philip Nel

Tales for Little Rebels: A Collection of Radical Children’s Literature Edited by Julia L. Mickenberg and Philip Nel Forward by Jack Zipes New York University Press $32.95 ISBN: 978-0-8147-5720-8 On shelves now True story. My husband’s best friend was dating a red diaper baby and one weekend we decided to stay in her parents’ cabin. […]

Video Sunday: Sentient Food Day

In rapid quick-fire motion I have to compile the great videos I found over the last two weeks.  Last week, as you will recall, my entire system got thrown for a loop by Jarrett K’s greatest video of all time.  Now I’m doing clean up duty to make up for my overindulgence.  *sigh* Were it […]

How Get a Blogger’s Attention: Hallie Durand

I get a range of small delights that I do not choose to post on this blog.  I was particularly grateful for a recent gift, however, because the timing was sublime.  Observe: Somedays my mail guy will drop off a package while I’m having my lunch. On this particular day I couldn’t help but notice […]

Happy Valentine’s Day

I got you a present. It’s my heart. Just don’t go burying it under your floorboards or anything. Thanks to BB-Blog for the link.

State of the To-Be-Read Shelf: February

They’re shelved in order of publication date.  And they’re growing.  Last month they only took up one shelf.  Now we’re on two, with a possibility of three.  I shudder to think what March will look like. Look at ’em.  They taunt me.  They call me dirty names and say nasty things about the way I […]

Fusenews: Ms. Bird Regrets She’s Unable to Blog Today. Madam.

I kid.  Yet my offerings today are paltry.  And I am attempting to review a book that is sucking my little gray cells dry.  Forewarned is forearmed.  From what I could gather: Art designer Chad Beckerman (credit the Wimpy Kid covers entirely to him) is getting into the interview business over at his blog Mishaps […]

Fusenews: A Single Solitary Unfortunate Event

Huge news coming at you two days late.  We knew that Harper Collins was in trouble, but I never suspected that they’d take it out on Bowen Press.  Yet according to Galleycat "the publisher decided to close Bowen Press. The press’ founder, Brenda Bowen, has departed from the company."  Arg!  They were just getting off […]

Review of the Day: The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon

The Rock and the River By Kekla Magoon Aladdin (an imprint of Simon and Schuster) $15.99 ISBN: 978-1-4169-7582-3 Ages 10 and up On shelves now I have a variety of different bugaboos that I’ll periodically remove from my bag of standard complaints and shout about for long periods of time. They’re comforting. They bring me […]

Comic Con Handout: Now With Linky Goodness

Now with linky goodness. Sophie Brookover, my partner in crime when speaking at ComicCon this past week-end, is much smarter than I.  She has turned her handout into a delightful pdf, and has included it on her blog Pop Goes the Library.  I, on the other hand, am not only putting this post within my […]

Fusenews: Hobbits, Flight of the Conchords and Me*

Time to depress some of the author/illustrators out there.  Interesting Fact of the Day: Robert McCloskey was 28 when he won a Caldecott for Make Way for Ducklings.  But if it’s any comfort Peter at Collecting Children’s Books determined that the average age of a winner is 47.5 years.  And having already done all the […]