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Video Sunday: I have also been known to shy away from Judy Blume

Okay.  So now I’m asking you to leave my blog and to go to Educating Alice.  There you will find that Monica Edinger has embedded all the Oscar Best Short Film (Animated) nominees just like this one up above.  I figured I’d select one for my post today, but really you should see them all.  [...]

Press Release Fun: We Want Your Brooklyn Women

Some of my favorite illustrious illustrating ladies are appearing all over Brooklyn next month.  Each one of them well-worth seeing.  Check it out: Local Independent Bookstores Host Local Children’s Authors in March for Women’s History Month March 2010 WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION: Brooklyn Honors Local Artists and Literature.  Six Author-Illustrators, Three Bookstores and a Gallery. [...]

Press Release Fun: 2010 Ezra Jack Keats Award Announcement

2010 Ezra Jack Keats Awards for Excellence in Children’s Literature to Be Presented to Author Tonya Hegamin and Illustrator Taeeun Yoo at NYPL Ceremony on April 28 Author Tonya Hegamin and illustrator Taeeun Yoo are the winners of the 2010 Ezra Jack Keats Awards, which celebrate excellence in children’s literature by new authors and illustrators, [...]

This End Up

Yes, what our grandmothers have told us rings true. It is always useful to have a bit of black lipstick on hand.  You simply never know when you’re going to need to turn your face into an arrow. It’s moving day here at the Fuse.  For the next few days I’ll be packing all my [...]

Fusenews: Why Is There Air?

This is pretty cool.  Resident husband Matt asked resident Dalton School teacher and blogger Monica Edinger (Educating Alice) to contribute some of her favorite underrated movies to his website.  She did so, and leads off with a film that I swear I’ve never heard of but that sounds fantastic.  Let’s see if you can figure [...]

Top 100 Children’s Novels (#45-41)

#45 The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman (1995) (#1)(#2)(#2)(#3)(#3)(#4)(#4)(# 5)(#5)(#5)(#7)(#7)(#8)(#8)(#9) – 92 points Astonishing, sweeping adventure, unforgettable characters and images and Milton! – Janice E. Bojda, Head of Children’s Services, Evanston Public Library Spunky heroine! Religion and church hierarchies, and the conflict between the two! Cleverness! Misbehaving! Cobbling a family together when you’ve lost yours. [...]

Kidlit Drink Night: March Edition

Children, children.  What we need here is a good old-fashioned Kidlit Drink Night. The nights are cold, the children’s books excellent (what we’ve seen so far, anyway) and the time is ripe for yet another. With my co-host/partner in crime Cheryl Klein we have determined just the perfect time and place. In effect: When: March [...]

Top 100 Children’s Novels (#50-46)

And down the slippery side of the remaining fifty we go! But first, here are Eric Carpenter’s statistics on the poll results from 100 to 50. My favorite line in his post: "At my brother’s high school graduation Orson Scott Card claimed that people do their best work before the age of thirty and never [...]

School Library Journal’s 2010 Battle of the Kids’ Books Announcement

Yes, folks.  Consider this your official announcement regarding SLJ’s 2010 Battle of the (Kids’) Books.  Sixteen books enter the ring, but only one will emerge victorious!  Just like last year, celebrity judges (authors one and all) will each be given two books.  As they choose the "better" title, that book will compete against other winners.  [...]

Video Sunday: That Gooey Slimy Look

First and foremost, this bright and sunny Video Sunday, it seems appropriate to recommend to you school librarians out there the School Library Month Video Contest hosted by AASL.  They say: "School librarians are encouraged to submit videos to AASL that support the School Library Month theme ‘Communities thrive @ your library’ and detail how [...]

Fusenews: Channeling My Oddness

Let’s do a Fusenews today that’s in an extra-quick crunchy fast style! To wit: My happy news of the week was that there was a nice little article in Forbes about me.  I could contest their use of the world "powerful" in the subtitle (I can’t even successfully open a jar of anchovies, after all) but [...]

What we have here, ladies and gentlemen, is a burnt out fuse

Alas, I have crashed!  These Top 100 Children’s Novels posts are delightful and perhaps the most time-consuming project I’ve ever done.  Now with my sister newly arrived in town and Matt and I getting ready for an upcoming move next [checks watch] weekend (anyone wanna recommend a good Manhattan mover?) I will endeavor to bring you the [...]

Top 100 Children’s Novels (#55-51)

#55 The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson (1978) (#1)(#1)(#3)(#3)(#4)(#4)(#6)(#6)(#8)(#8)(#8)(#8)(#9) – 74 points The very first book I ever bought with my own money.  I had the one with the bubblegum cover.  It blew my mind. – Stacy Dillon, Lower School Librarian, LREI – Little Red School House & Elisabeth Irwin High School I still [...]

Top 100 Children’s Novels (#60-56)

Dan Blank the Director of Content Strategy & Development for Reed Business Information did just the loveliest little recap of me doing this poll over at his own blog. In the course of the piece he mentions some stats on the post I did where I mentioned books #100-91.  He says that it contained, "Nearly [...]

Top 100 Children’s Novels (#65-61)

#65 Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild (1936) (#2)(#4)(#4)(#5)(#5)(#6)(#6)(#7)(#8)(#9)(#9)(#10) – 57 points I loved all the "shoe" books, but this one is the best. I always did enjoy a good orphan book! – Lori Erokan Although Skating Shoes a close second (more orphans). – Constance Martin Ah, life backstage! How I loved Streatfeild’s independent children and [...]