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Happy St. Jerome’s Day!!

And how will YOU be celebrating the day of St. Jerome, patron saint of librarians everywhere?  I shall be using my free day to STILL come into work early so as to defend the books I love on the 2009 100 Books for Reading and Sharing committee.  Yourself?

Press Release Fun: Children’s Literary Cafe for October

The Children’s Literary Cafe at New York Public Library is pleased to announce its October event this coming Saturday, October 3rd at 4:00: From Picture Books to Comics Picture books are one thing. But comics? That requires an entirely different set of muscles. These author/artists have made the switchover from picture book formats to graphic [...]

Fusenews: Oh, Like You’re Going to Ignore a Post That Contains the Words "Dead Puppets Society"

Ignore the news and eventually the news will announce itself by biting you on the bum. I had heard about this Exquisite Corpse experiment going on . . . somewhere. All right. Truth to tell? I wasn’t paying very close attention. But recent events have given me the impetus to sit up and take notice. [...]

Review of the Day: Little Mouse Gets Ready by Jeff Smith

Little Mouse Gets Ready By Jeff Smith TOON Books $12.95 ISBN: 978-1-935179-01-6 Ages 4-8 On shelves now. Jeff Smith. Unwitting hero of children everywhere. It’s kind of a backwards story, but I like how Smith rose to fame. He got huge in the comic and graphic novel world, producing great works like the Bone series [...]

Press Release: Kidsmomo

At the last Kidlit Drink Night I had the pleasure of meeting Nancy Tsai and Karen Wang and hearing about a new site they’ve recently created for child readers.  Kidsmomo.com is engaging, enticing, and amusing by turns.  It has videos, and podcasts, and book reviews, and (of course) a blog.  Here’s what the creators have [...]

Librarian Preview: Penguin Young Readers Group (Jan-Apr 2010)

Tell me you love me and I will write for you a librarian preview both sweet of spirit and fair of face.  I shall conjure such words. . . words the world has never seen. Yes, it’s that time of year again.  When librarians in New York are called away from their desks and duties [...]

Video Sunday: Beatles, Castles, and Stitches (not necessarily in that order)

Momma had her little cough (from David Small’s Stitches) from Stitches: A Memoir… on Vimeo. After I finished reading a book in my last preschool storytime a child raised his hand. I still haven’t gotten comfortable with ignoring raised appendages, so I called on it. He held up the shiny red Viewmaster he was holding [...]

Press Release Fun: First Book Fabulousness

This past Thursday Kyle Zimmer, co-founder of First Book, was honored at the 2009 Carle Honors for her dedication to getting books into the hands of some tens of thousands of children.  But even before that happened I got an email from author Erica Perl telling me about how wonderful First Book was.  She was [...]

Review of the Day – The Brixton Brothers: The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity

The Brixton Brothers: The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity By Mac Barnett Illustrated by Adam Rex Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers $14.99 ISBN: 978-1416978152 Ages 9-12 On shelves October 6th Kid walks into your library. Says he wants a mystery series. A new mystery series. You hand him Encyclopedia Brown. He [...]

Fusenews: Love That Photoshop

I had every intention of getting my last Librarian Preview recap done in time for today.  Then I got home from an event last night around 10:30 p.m. and suddenly that plan didn’t seem all that practical.  I hesitate to post them on Saturdays, but I might have to in this case.  In the meantime, [...]

Fusenews: Free as a Tea

I’ve mentioned before that I was raised on comic books as a kid.  Harvey comics, Archie comics, Carl Barks comics, my dad’s old original Superboy and X-Men and my mom’s old Pep comics (which I destroyed in my fervor, undoubtedly costing my family hundreds of potential dollars in the process). So I was thrilled to [...]

Review of the Day – Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors by Joyce Sidman

Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors By Joyce Sidman Illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski Houghton Mifflin Books for Children $16.00 ISBN: 978-0-547-01494-4 On shelves now As a child I had many favorite books and it was only when I got older that they crystallized in my brain enough so that I could chose a [...]

Press Release Fun: Rabbit Hill Festival

Hey! Hey hey. If I say to you the words "Rabbit Hill Festival" what comes to mind?  Rabbits.  Hills.  Does a little book called Rabbit Hill also come to mind?  Won a Newbery? Was written by Robert Lawson? Well it should because, friends, there is in Westport, Connecticut a little festival, "named to honor Robert [...]

Fusenews: Shop Talk

In the world of blog conferences there is a phenomenon not much remarked upon. Bloggers go to the conferences, become disheartened for one reason or another, and quit blogging abruptly. Mind you, this tends to happen more often at big conferences like BlogHer and the like.  So I’m gonna get all braggy here and claim [...]

Press Release Fun: New Guys Read Website

Psst!  Wanna see something cool?  You know how Jon Scieszka (our National Ambassador) is all about getting boys to read more?  And how he used to have this website for it called Guys Read which was . . . okay, can I level with you here?  It wasn’t that hot.  All good intentions, but creaky.  [...]