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Press Release Fun: Halloween Treats (and for the record, silverfish scare me too)

I’d not heard of the Bunch website until recently, but due to the sheer number of cool children’s literary links they include, you can bet I’ll be heading back again.  In the meantime, they’ve a Snicket/Rex hook-up you might be interested in hearing about.  In their words: We have an exclusive Halloween interview with Lemony [...]

Happy Halloween: Spooky Linktastic Edition

I posted this once before, but it just gets better with every viewing.  Thanks to Jennifer Schultz for the link. Yes!  It’s that most wonderful time of the year.  And so, without further ado, I begin the wonderful process of presenting to you the links I’ve acquired and accrued over the year in preparation.  Ha [...]

Review of Day: Mother Poems by Hope Anita Smith

Mother Poems By Hope Anita Smith Henry Holt and Company $16.95 ISBN: 978-0-8050-8231-9 Ages 8-12 On shelves now On shelves now The book had me fooled. I opened it up and had the notion that what I was dealing with here was just a collection of mom-centric poetry. In my defense, I don’t like reading [...]

Children’s Literary Cafe: Cybils Kick-Off

We’ve a simply magnificent gathering here at the library in November, and it’s all about The Cybils.  Join if you can! The Children’s Literary Café at the new Children’s Center at 42 nd Street is pleased to announce our event on Saturday, November 7th at 2:00 p.m.:   Cybils Kick-Off: Blogging in Style   Pam [...]

Time Travel and Other Useful Activities

Well! Yesterday was exciting. Any more excitement and I think I’ll drop dead of exhaustion. Today, let’s switch gears and be comparatively boring. Now a couple months ago Molly O’Neill did a post that I thought was just brilliant. It was called The Time-Traveler’s Library/Book Fairy and it was such a good idea that I’m [...]

Said I heard it through the Amazon VINE™

Where does your average everyday consumer go to find reviews of children’s book? I would love to say they go to their local library and check out their professional reviewing mags, but this is unlikely at best, downright deluded at worst. No no, many folks out there go to one of two places for reviews. [...]

Fusenews: Soldier Bear. Oh My Little Soldier Bear.

I was a good little pookie and went out and saw Where the Wild Things Are the other day just as I was supposed to.  These days my brain is too muddled to give you a comprehensive review.  Tarzan-speak: Me like. Film good. Me no sure about audience.  Less Tarzan-like are the reactions of better [...]

Review of the Day: Big Wolf and Little Wolf by Nadine Brun-Cosme

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Big Wolf and Little Wolf By Nadine Brun-Cosme Illustrated by Olivier Tallec Enchanted Lion Books $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-59270-084-4 Ages 4-8 On shelves now. It’s seems strange to say that different countries produce different flavors of children’s literature, but it’s true. The Dutch books feel one way, the Japanese another. And the French books… well, where [...]

Video Sunday: "Books are not billboards"

A: It’s interesting that Sterling is the publisher that gets great book trailer experts like Dan Santat and (now I see) Adam McCauley to work for them. B: How did I miss this before? I should probably save it for Halloween or something, but that’s next week anyway and this? This is awesome. Jules over [...]

Fusenews: Another one of those days where I keep mentioning Australians

First off, I’d like to offer a big time thank you to Eric Wight of the Frankie Pickle books for coming in and speaking to my bookgroup and a couple other kids on the side about his books, his career, and drawing. The kids got a kick out it and the surprise film crew from [...]

Librarian Preview: Chronicle Books (Spring/Summer 2010)

We find ourselves in a restaurant that bears the name The Red Cat. The weather outside is awful. Gushing torrents of freezing rain and gale force winds intent upon tearing children’s librarians into strips of book-loving confetti. But inside The Red Cat, all is warm. The food alternates between what appear to be deep fried [...]

Poetry Friday: A modest proposal

Matt (resident husband) said the other day that Google suggestion boxes should be the newest form of poetry out there.  And I agree, that this particular search is clearly a poem. Thanks to BB-Blog for the link.

Remarkable Reissues: The Man Who Lost His Head by Claire Huchet Bishop

Children’s librarians have a sneaky tendency to become children’s authors.  Tis the natural way of things.  There comes a point when the average librarian starts to feel a tug on the old heartstrings, and an overwhelming desire to transition from telling other peoples’ stories to telling one’s own. Here at New York Public Library we [...]

Librarian Preview: Albert Whitman and Company (Spring 2010)

It seems a bit unfair that while I do round-ups of the publisher previews in New York, publishers located in other parts of the country fall of the radar. Fortunately, once in a while someone comes along to New York City, willing to tell me about what they have coming up. So today, we take [...]

Fusenews: In which I am so full of wonder I know not what to think

Back up, kids!  I’ve got a lot to say and not a whole lotta time to say it. First off, I think we can declare the third Kidlitosphere Conference held in Washington D.C. a rousing success.  I was lame.  I did not go and for that I should be given copious raspberries (and not of [...]