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Our Children’s Poet Laureate and Some Podcastination

After all, it’s Poetry Friday. Have a poetic press release then: For Immediate Release April 16, 2009 Media Director: Anne Halsey, 312.799.8016; Children’s Poet Laureate Presents Video Series Launches Mary Ann Hoberman Reads Original Work and Classic Children’s Poetry   CHICAGO — The Poetry Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of Children’s […]

Top 100 Picture Books Poll Results (#18)

#18: In the Night Kitchen, Maurice Sendak (1970) 68 points (10 votes, #4, #2, #8, #7, #1, #8, #6, #1, #1, #4) Brilliant illustrations and lyrical language. – tdjaimes It probably says something about a person if they consider themselves a Night Kitchen person or a Wild Thing.  And ironically, I’d say of the two […]

Review of the Day: My Hippo Has the Hiccups by Kenn Nesbitt

My Hippo Has the Hiccups: And Other Poems I Totally Made Up By Kenn Nesbitt Illustrated by Ethan Long Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (and imprint of Sourcebooks) $17.99 ISBN: 978-1402218095 Ages 8-12 On shelves now I guess it’s difficult to gauge in this day and age (hey, that kinda rhymed!) the extent to which any contemporary children’s […]

The Peanut Gallery Awakens

Good afternoon, sweet ones!  Well it’s taken some time but I finally have time now to take a look at what’s been going on over at The Battle of the (Kids’) Books.  Lessee here.  I’ll just pop over and see what you guys have been . . . . HOLY MOTHER OF PEARL, BATMAN!!!! Criminently, […]

Fusenews: Fun With Paper Bags

Oof!  The old Fusenews bones are feeling a bit creaky.  I haven’t done a good round-up of the news lately and here I have all these precious links just storing.  Time to unload a couple. First up, you authors may think your fans love you.  But do they love so much that they’d make vomiting […]

Top 100 Picture Books Poll Results (#19)

#19: Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney (1982) 67 points (#1, #3, #5, #6, #10, #1, #1, #8, #4, #8, #7) Because I want my life to be summed up by seeing the world, coming home to live by the sea, and doing something to make the world more beautiful. – Jacqui Robbins Leaving a legacy […]

Happy Birthday to Me

If you watch this, I encourage you to make it past the early butt joke. Trust me, it picks up after that. What this has to do with birthdays, I haven’t a clue, but if you search for this video online it’s called Birthday Greetings from Joe Cocker and it is one of my favorite […]

Hang Out with Jon Scieszka, Ira Glass, and Sarah Vowell

It’s not that I don’t trust you.  If I told you about an utterly worthwhile cause here in town with the potential to do a lot of good, I know that you’d be interested.  You’re a good person.  You care about your fellow man. I also know, however, that if I offer you the chance […]

Happy Earth Day, My Little Penguins

Been saving that puppy for almost a year now.  Thanks to Alison Morris for the link.

Top 100 Picture Books Poll Results (#20)

#20: George & Martha by James Marshall (1972) 66 points (10 votes, #5, #4, #5, #2, #8, #3, #7, #3, #2, #5) James Marshall’s George and Martha stories are a bit odd. Spare, funny little anecdotes about the friendship-verging-on-romance between two charming middle-aged hippos, they might have been written by a Virago Modern Classics author […]

Librarian Preview: Chronicle Books (Fall/Winter 2009)

When a publisher from out-of-state comes to town it is polite to sample their wares.  Chronicle Books is based out of San Francisco, which essentially means that they are living the dream.  You create high quality books AND you get to live in San Francisco?  Where do I sign up? So Cathleen Brady, the Director […]

Top 100 Picture Books Poll Results (#25-21)

This is it.  The last of the countdown by fives.  After this I’ll be creating individual posts for the remaining Top 20.  I know that a fair amount of you have expressed your hopes of what will appear there.  We’ll see how you feel when all is said and done . . . . #25: […]

Reporting: Little, Brown and Company Fall 2009 / Winter 2010 Librarian Preview

The publishing world isn’t too different from the world of shopping for clothes.  Just when you’re getting comfortable with one season, they whip out a whole new one that’s way too far in advance for you to get excited about.  While I’m looking at swimsuits, this publisher has nubbly fall sweaters for me to try […]

Top 100 Picture Books Poll Results (#30-26)

And we’re back.  Took a day or two break there and now I’m raring to go!  More books!  More on the countdown!  And definitely more classics.  We’ve a lot of oldies but goodies on the plate today.  Will there be any 1990 – today books on the Top 20?  Only time will tell.  For now, […]

Video Sunday: Lazy Blogger Who Makes Up For It In the End Edition

Did you honestly think I’d begin with anything else this week? Sure, I may have fallen down on the job of reporting on the Battle of the (Kids’) Books, but that doesn’t mean that my fellows in the field did the same. This video makes additional sense when you realize that the song took the […]