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Fusenews: Cover Controversies and Leggy Blondes

Okay. First things first. I’m back from ALA, rested, recouped, and ready to go. So I’ve noticed that I’ve not been keeping up on the awards front. Sure, the big time ALA Media Awards were announced (your Caldecotts, your Newberys) but what about the others? In my round-up of the awards I felt seven kinds […]

Kidlit Drink Night: SCBWI Night

SCBWI is coming to NYC and if you’re in the area then we’d love you to be a part of the fourth annual Kidlit Drink Night, SCBWI Winter Conference Edition.  Though we don’t usually do two drink nights in one month (and, unfortunately, my co-organizer Cheryl Klein will be unable to attend this one) we’d […]

Review of the Day: The Night Fairy by Laura Amy Schlitz

The Night Fairy By Laura Amy Schlitz Illustrated by Angela Barrett Candlewick Press $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-763636746 Ages 6-11 On shelves February 23, 2010 Why do children, most notably little girls, like fairies? I think we can understand the princess allure. Princesses get to wear frilly clothes, sparkles, and absolutely everyone has to obey them. So […]

The ALA Media Award Announcements 2010

I received a request on this blog requesting that I record and make available the ALA Media Awards of 2010 for one and all to see.  Sure, they’re shown live online, but sometimes it’s fun to feel like you’re in the room.  So while this is shaky and foggy and all kinds of imperfect, this […]

And the ALA Media Award Winners Are . . .

Here are the winners of the the 2010 Media Award with additional commentary (slowly added throughout the day) for spice. Newbery Award: When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead – A win that was truly deserved right from the start.  And such a relief too!  Mind you, it was a delight marred mildly by the […]

I’ve Been Kicked Off of Twitter

Well, my apologies to everyone.  Twitter, for some reason, has kicked me off.  I’m very mad.  So my apologies to everyone who was following me.  There’s nothing to be done.

Video Sunday: A Low-Rent Introduction to the ALA Mid-Winter Conference

Howdy folks.  A quickie glance at how the library conference works during the winter months.  Basically I just made the video so that I could show the cute robot.  Remember that tomorrow at 7:45 a.m. I will be twittering the results of the Media Awards for one and all to see over at @FuseEight.  Follow […]

Conference Mania: What I Saw and How I Lied (in wait for the conference floor to open)

You know, I’ve learned something at ALA this year.  A little something about the conference floor.  Here’s the thing… when you’re at an ALA Conference and you want to go to the conference floor, it may surprise you to learn that the floor isn’t open until Saturday morning.  The conference begins on Thursday or so, […]

Ouak Spotting

There are many reasons to be gleeful about attending ALA in Boston, but one reason that stuck in my mind particularly had to do with ducks. Ducks in a row, to be precise. Wandering about the streets of Boston I was impressed by the lovely architecture. Note the Starbucks.  Even it looks classy in that […]

Boston Arrival! Day One.

So I am here!  Arrived!  In one piece! This year I am now official "The Press".  Yup.  And with that comes a certain sense of obligation.  In brief, I feel required to blog as much as possible, whilst also running around like a chicken with my head cut off. Now since today is Friday, not […]

Review of the Day: Furious George Goes Bananas by Michael Rex

Furious George Goes Bananas: A Primate Parody By Michael Rex G.P. Putnam’s Sons (an imprint of Penguin) $15.99 ISBN: 978-0399254338 Ages 4-8 On shelves May 13, 2010 There is no feeling in the world quite like returning to a picture book you loved as a kid, only to discover how weird or disturbing that book […]

Boston Bound

Well folks, I would write you an intricate highly convoluted blog post today, but as you read this I am probably hopping on a bus (a Bolt Bus, no less) bound for beautiful Boston, MA.  That’s the good news.  The bad news is that last night’s fine and fancy Kidlit Drink Night was so successful […]

Fusenews: Packing, However, Can Wait

Well, it’s almost that time.  We’re all gearing up to get ready to visit Boston for the Midwinter American Library Association Conference.  I myself will be hopping a bus there sometime this coming Thursday afternoon.  All plans have been formalized.  Empty bags are packed for the filling.  And I will be reporting, video blogging, tweeting, […]

Review of the Day – Zeus: King of the Gods by George O’Connor

Zeus: King of the Gods (Olympians series) By George O’Connor A Neal Porter Book First Second (an imprint of Roaring Brook) $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-59643-431-8 On shelves now. Girl walks into my library. I’m putting her age at around nine, maybe ten. Asks if I have any books on Ancient Greece. Turns out the kid is […]

Newbery & Caldecott 2010: Predict-o-rama

Someone recently blogged that they had seen someone at the last Midwinter ALA Conference wearing a t-shirt that simply read, “But is it distinguished?”  As librarian in-jokes go, I think that is by far one of the subtlest.  Determining the distinguished from the merely awesome is no mean feat, and my heart goes out to […]