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The Case of the Curious Pink Poster

Welcome to my home!  Please.  Make yourself comfortable.  Mid-afternoon omelet, anyone?  No?  Just as well.  Can’t bake the darn things to save my soul. Yes indeed, we are very proud of our little apartment here in NYC we are.  Quite proud.  And see that lovely pink poster over there?  Well, we’re more than a little [...]

Review of the Day: The Boneshaker by Kate Milford

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The Boneshaker By Kate Milford Clarion Books (an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) $17.00 ISBN: 978-0-547-24187-6 Ages 10 and up On shelves May 24th It seems that no successful book is an island. Or, to put it another way, no successful genre of book. In the children’s book world Harry Potter does well and suddenly [...]

Press Release Fun: 2010 Ezra Jack Keats Award Ceremony

And it’s free free free!! 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 [...]

Librarian Preview: Chronicle Books (Fall/Winter 2010)

Ah!  There we go.  You know, there are lots of publishers out there that aren’t stationed in New York City.  And out of all of them, Chronicle Books is the company (based out of San Francisco) that really feels like it should be located in Brooklyn or something.  Alas for us, the opposite coast is [...]

Kidlit Drink Night: BEA Edition

With BEA coming up it seemed natural to have another Drink Night in conjunction.  As Cheryl Klein, my partner in crime, recently wrote on her blog: "We will also host a BEA Kidlit Drink Night exactly a month later — Wednesday, May 26, 6:30 p.m. at the Houndstooth Pub on 8th Ave. (where we were [...]

Fusenews: Literary Japery

Last week I was shelving something in the biography section when I saw that we owned a whole mess of Tiger Woods bios for kids.  It gave me pause, but I didn’t do anything about it.  Then Peter over at Collecting Children’s Books has to go and come up with a whole BUNCH of bios [...]

Review of the Day: The Chicken Thief by Beatrice Rodriguez

The Chicken Thief By Beatrice Rodriguez Enchanted Lion Books $14.95 ISBN: 978-1-59270-092-9 Ages 4-8 On shelves May 1st What’s up with the Europeans out there?  Are they better than the Yanks at wordless picture books? Or are they just less afraid to publish them? Remember that when someone like David Wiesner publishes a wordless picture [...]

Celebrity Children’s Books: Good V. Bad – Who Will Win?

Jules at Seven Impossible Things has already started the ball rolling, so I’m here to follow it up.  In the name of research, I need your help.  Please answer the following questions: 1.  What is the worst children’s book written by a celebrity.  I know that this is hard.  Choose only one.  The worst of [...]

Video Sunday: It’s a YA kind of day

I wanted to begin today with a fantastic video of Christopher Lee reading Jabberwocky.  Alas, I can’t find a version to embed.  Trust me, then.  It’s worth following this link. This week most of what I found was of a YA bent.  This is all the more appropriate since I discovered that tomorrow’s Kidlit Drink [...]

Video Sunday

http://onourmindsatscholastic.blogspot.com/2010/04/video-teen-lit-day-and-interviews-with.html http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/26184891/vp/36596985#36596985

ReRelease Alert!: The New York Review Children’s Collection

Reprinting old out-of-print children’s books for the modern consumer is an art.  A real balance of taste, love, and a nose for hidden treasure.  You have to be able to find books that have stood the test of time yet have not managed to remain in the public’s brain cells.  How to go about it? [...]

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http://gothamist.com/2010/04/19/library_surevey.php http://ideas.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/04/20/a-home-librarys-educational-edge/ http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/2010/04/hope-larson-to-adapt-a-wrinkle-in-time/ – Thanks to Kristen Northrup for the link. http://www.tabletmag.com/life-and-religion/31179/the-better-book-club/ http://mermaidsonparade.blogspot.com/2010/04/norman-rosten.html

Press Release Fun: A Leonard Marcus walking tour of Margaret Wise Brown

Here’s what we know. 1. The weather is nice. 2. Leonard Marcus is pretty much the greatest living children’s literary scholar to put pen to paper when it comes ot the life of celebrated author Margaret Wise Brown. 3. Margaret Wise Brown lived in New York City. Put it all together and you get to [...]

They Say It’s My Birthday, Well It’s My Birthday Too Yeah (hmmm…)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbZYg-FtH40 Thanks to Heidi Rabinowitz Estrin for the link.

Fusenews: Pajamas – Will sappers

Mine is a dual blogging household, and now the resident husband and I are talking about the same topic.  Case in point, Matt’s recent article for the site ScriptShadow.  Matt gave several books a close examination and determined which ones would make the best films.  His conclusion?  Keep a close eye on The Boneshaker by [...]