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But Wait, There’s More. Will the Real #61 Please Stand Up?

You read a blogger, you deal with that blogger’s quirks.  Like, just as a random example off the top of my head, the fact that one might be utterly incompetent at tallying numbers in a straightforward fashion.  As I proceeded to count down the Top 100 I discovered a monumental error.  Somewhere between #60 and […]

Kidlit Drink Night: BEA Style

Book Expo is coming to town, and a bunch of you fine and feathered folk are coming along with it.  Seems to me that the children’s lit crowd should probably have a good get together.  So I paired up with my partner in crime editor Cheryl Klein and we have determined both a time and […]

Top 100 Picture Books Poll Results (#1)

#1: Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (1963) 505 points (63 votes, #6, #3, #1, #1, #6, #2, #1, #1, #5, #1, #1, #1, #2, #1, #1, #9, #6, #3, #3, #6, #2, #1, #4, #1, #1, #1, #4, #1, #7, #1, #1, #3, #2, #2, #1, #1, #3, #10, #2, #6, #1, […]

Review of the Day: Luke on the Loose by Harry Bliss

Luke on the Loose By Harry Bliss TOON Books (a division of RAW Junior) $12.95 ISBN: 978-1-935179-00-9 Ages 4-8 On shelves now. The TOON Book idea was simple. Produce books for early readers in a comic book format, as created by a variety of different author/illustrators. Cat in the Hat with speech bubbles, if you […]

Press Release Fun: Walk Into Mo Willems’ Home and Sniff About His Stuff

Boy.  You school librarians are lucky.  Way luckier than me.  While I’m sitting in my little tomb of a children’s room (they’ve covered up all the windows because they’re cleaning the library’s exterior) do you know what you get to do?  You get to maybe be one of the 200 schools that gets to take […]

Top 100 Picture Books Poll Results (#2)

#2: Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Clement Hurd (1947) 260 points (41 votes, #9, #6, #4, #2, #1, #4, #1, #1, #9, #1, #9, #4, #4, #4, #7, #3, #5, #8, #9, #8, #7, #10, #3, #2, #6, #1, #7, #3, #5, #3, #10, #3, #4, #5, #1, #3, #2, #4, #6, […]

Press Release Fun: It’s Friggin’ Children’s Book Week, People!

WHOOPI GOLDBERG, JON SCIESZKA HELP CELEBRATE CHILDREN’S BOOK WEEK 2009   2009 CHILDREN’S CHOICE BOOK AWARDS VOTING SETS RECORDS New York, New York –  Every Child a Reader announced today that voting has officially closed for the 2009 Children’s Choice Book Awards.  From March 16 to May 3, this year’s Awards garnered over 220,000 votes […]

Top 100 Picture Books Poll Results (#3)

#3: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (1969) 230 points (36 votes, #3, #3, #6, #5, #4, #3, #1, #3, #4, #5,  #1, #4, #1, #6, #2, #9, #8, #8, #8, #3, #1, #10, #3, #9, #4, #4, #2, #7, #6, #6, #5, #2, #6, #8, #3, #3) I fell in love with this […]

Fusenews: If It’s Newsable, It’s Fuseable

MotherReader’s 4th Annual 48-hour Book Challenge is nigh.  That means that this has been going on for four years.  Which makes me feel really old, because I’m fairly certain I remember the first one like it was yesterday.  On the plus side, I’m that much closer to getting to call new children’s literary bloggers "you […]

The Chicken Butt Blog Tour – Every Perl Has Her Oyster

This coming Saturday pleases me exceedingly.  You may have noticed that there are four butt-related picture books that have come out in 2009 thus far.  Well three of the people involved with the books will be presenting at my library soon, in a program that is bound to be hilarious (info at the end of […]

Top 100 Picture Books Poll Results (#4)

#4: The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats (1962) (25 votes, #4, #4, #4, #6, #6, #1, #8, #1, #2, #10, #1, #2, #3, #7, #1, #7, #3, #3, #5, #3, #7, #3, #2, #6, #2) I know, I know, everybody loves this book. Well, me too. It’s a gorgeous depiction of an urban environment-turned-Paradise […]

Video Sunday: Marley, Muppets, and Mark Twain

This advice, courtesy of Mark Twain.  I trust you authors will take it to heart.  Simply substitute "man asleep" with "child asleep" and you will find that the piece does not change much in the retelling.  Thanks to Children’s Illustration for the link. And now it’s the usual Who Has the Best Fans? competition.  This […]

Fusenews: At Least She Didn’t Include "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas"

I rarely do write-ups of events that happen within my own library.  Not because I don’t think they aren’t splendid or anything.  I just don’t think of it.  Well last Saturday my library featured authors Kirsten Miller (Kiki Strike), Katherine Marsh (The Night Tourist) and Delia Sherman (Changeling) as well as some mighty fine reproductions […]

Top 100 Picture Books Poll Results (#5)

#5: Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems (2003) 157 points (29 votes, #10, #4, #6, #2, #1, #9, #8, #3, #6, #7, #3, #6, #10, #4, #9, #2, #3, #5, #2, #7, #8, #9, #8, #7, #4, #7, #6, #7, #9) Willems wasn’t the first picture book author to break down […]

Press Release Fun: New Voices Award

And you thought I was kidding when I said I had a ton of press releases to share with you this week.  Ha!  This one‘s for the authors out there.  The up-and-coming ones. LEE & LOW BOOKS, award-winning publisher of children’s books, is pleased to announce the tenth annual NEW VOICES AWARD. The Award will […]