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Top 100 Children’s Novels (#9)

#9 Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (1908) (#1)(#1)(#1)(#1)(#1)(#1)(#1)(#1) (#1)(#1)(#1)(#1)(#2)(#2)(#2)(#2) (#2)(#2)(#2)(#2)(#2)(#2)(#3)(#3) (#3)(#3)(#4)(#4)(#4)(#4)(#4)(#4) (#4)(#5)(#5)(#5)(#5)(#5)(#6)(#7) (#7)(#7)(#7)(#7)(#8)(#8)(#9)(#9) (#9)(#9)(#10)(#10)(#10)(#10)(#10) – 365 points Without her feminism wouldn’t have made sense. Every character, every setting, every scene, is by turns uproariously hilarious, deeply touching, inspirational, and memorable. Anne Shirley is the spunkiest and, in my opinion, best heroine of all [...]

Growl. Audio Book Cover Discussion.

Today we look at audiobooks.  No.  That’s wrong.  Today we look at one particular audiobook. Meet Midwest Tape.  They’re "librarians’ #1 media source".  Seem like nice enough folks.  Recently we’ve been getting some of their audiobooks at my library.  It didn’t take long before I noticed how strange their packaging was, though.  Just your general [...]

Top 100 Children’s Novels (#10)

#10 The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster (1961) (#1)(#1)(#1)(#2)(#2)(#2)(#2)(#2) (#3)(#3)(#3)(#3)(#3)(#4)(#4)(#4) (#4)(#4)(#4)(#4)(#5)(#5)(#5)(#5) (#5)(#5)(#6)(#6)(#6)(#6)(#6)(#7) (#7)(#7)(#7)(#7)(#7)(#7)(#7)(#7) (#8)(#8)(#8)(#8)(#8)(#8)(#8)(#9) (#9)(#10)(#10)(#10)(#10)(#10) – 291 points I’d like to know how many kids developed a full-fledged love of wordplay from this book. There’s something that makes you feel so smart and clever when reading about jumping to Confusions, literally eating your own words, [...]

Review of the Day – Guinea Pig, Pet Shop Private Eye: Hamster and Cheese

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Guinea Pig, Pet Shop Private Eye: Hamster and Cheese By Colleen AF Venable Illustrated by Stephanie Yue Graphic Universe (a division of Lerner) $6.95 ISBN: 978-0-7613-4598-5 Ages 4-10 On shelves now This book stars a guinea pig by the name of Sasspants. There. I’ve just told you everything you need to know to enjoy it. [...]

Top 100 Children’s Novels (#11)

A quick note before we begin . . . you have until midnight tonight (today is Monday the 29th) to get in your guesses to me of what the Top 10 on this list is.  Folks who get all the books and IN THE RIGHT ORDER will win a fabulous prize, to be determined by [...]

Video Sunday: One namers and hair duty

You may remember that I mentioned last week that The Museum of the Moving Image will be playing a live-action version of Maurice Sendak’s book Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life. This is just a select grab bag of scenes. The voices are by Meryl Streep, Forest Whitaker and Spike Jonze [...]

Press Release Fun: Storyworks Magazine Gets All Fancy Dancy

Extra fun fact:  The editor of this magazine is author Lauren Tarshis.  She of the Emma-Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree fame. For Immediate Release   SCHOLASTIC STORYWORKS® MAGAZINE BOOSTS ONLINE TOOLS FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL LANGUAGE ARTS TEACHERS   Margaret Peterson Haddix Pens Story for “Create a Character Contest”   New York, NY (March 24, [...]

Funtime Recap: The Second Week of BoB

The first thing to remember is that you know nothing. Or at least that’s the lesson I’ve taken away from last week’s Battle of the Kids’ Books recap. Let’s go to the big board to see how I did. Predictions for the past week made: 7 Correctly identified winners: 2 So I appear to be [...]

Top 100 Children’s Novels (#12)

#12 The Hobbit, or There and Back Again by J.R.R. Tolkien (1938) (#1)(#1)(#1)(#1)(#1)(#1)(#1)(#2) (#2)(#2)(#3)(#3)(#3)(#3)(#3)(#4) (#4)(#5)(#5)(#5)(#5)(#6)(#7)(#7) (#7)(#8)(#9)(#9)(#9)(#9)(#9)(#10) (#10) – 207 points I didn’t read The Hobbit until high school, but it’s a book I wish I had been introduced to at a younger age. Ten seems just about the perfect age to make the acquaintance of [...]

This Saturday: A Children’s Literary Cafe and Female Graphic Novelists

This one’s gonna be good. If you haven’t come to one of my Children’s Literary Cafe events yet (and they are free, after all) this wouldn’t be a bad one to start with. April 3rd at 2:00 Women in Comics: Female Graphic Novelists Writing with Kids and Teens in Mind Join a distinguished panel of [...]

Fusenews: I’m a Traveling Man, I’ve Made a Lot of Stops All Over the World

I was seven different kinds of thrilled to hear that David Almond (UK) won the Hans Christian Andersen Award alongside illustrator Jutta Bauer (Germany) two days ago.  Thrilled, you see, because on Thursday, April 29th at 7:00 I will be moderating a discussion with Mr. Almond as part of the PEN World Voices Festival.  Called A [...]

Top 100 Children’s Novels (#13)

#13 Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson (1977) (#1)(#1)(#1)(#2)(#2)(#2)(#3)(#3) (#3)(#3)(#3)(#3)(#4)(#4)(#4)(#4) (#5)(#5)(#6)(#6)(#6)(#6)(#7)(#7) (#8)(#8)(#8)(#8)(#8)(#9)(#9) (#9)(#9)(#10)(#10)(#10)(#10)(#10) – 201 points Unexpectedly sentimental and poignant. I felt older and wiser after reading it. – DeAnn Okamura SOB. But wow, is the writing beautiful while you’re waiting to burst into tears. It’s held up over many rereads as an adult and [...]

Press Release Fun: The 2010 ALSC Pre-Conference

I was under the distinct impression that I mentioned this already, but apparently not. In any case, check it out! At the next ALA you can attend a pre-conference that let’s you meet and mingle and learn from the most talented folks in the biz. Sound like a plan? Check it: Drawn to Delight: How [...]

Librarian Preview: Simon & Schuster (Summer 2010)

I’ve just the worst luck at getting to librarian previews on time these days.  I don’t know what it is.  If I’m not setting my alarm incorrectly then I’m merrily wandering into work having completely forgotten there was a preview to attend to in the first place.  That was the state of affairs on the [...]

Top 100 Children’s Novels (#14)

#14 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling (1999) (#1)(#1)(#2)(#2)(#2)(#2)(#3)(#3) (#3)(#3)(#3)(#3)(#3)(#4)(#4)(#4) (#4)(#4)(#5)(#5)(#5)(#6)(#6)(#7) (#8)(#8)(#9)(#9)(#10)(#10)(#10) – 197 points "Goblet of Fire" might be the title that turns the tide of the Harry’s story, but for me, "Azkaban" begins the growth of Harry’s character. It perfectly represents that space between child and young adult, where [...]