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Review of the Day – Sparky: The Life and Art of Charles Schulz


Sparky: The Life and Art of Charles Schulz By Beverly Gherman Chronicle Books $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-8118-6790-0 Ages 8 and up On shelves now. Sitting in the biography section of my children’s room are crisp, new, clean, pristine biographies of all sorts of people. Saints and sailors, presidents and queens, you name it. We got `em. […]

Librarian Preview: Penguin Young Readers Group (Summer 2010)

All right.  Technically I can still call this a preview since it covers May through August and the date today is April 20th.  Posted with ten days to spare!  What’s got two thumbs and is posting this pretty close to the wire?  This guy. Yes, it’s time for yet another betcher-bottom-dollar-you’ll-want-something Penguin Young Readers Group […]

Fusenews: We would also have accepted Little Witch Ramona Potter and Harry in the Green Mountain Game

The 100 Best Children’s Novels Poll results are done at long last and folks are weighing in. Read Eric’s latest encapsulation if you need a quick hit and the Debbie Reese post on all the mentions of American Indians in the poll results.  Then follow that up with the 100 Scope Notes piece where Travis […]

Video Sunday: Failure and trailers

It’s interesting, but unless I’m editing a video of myself, I have a difficult time watching me speak. I remember that this interview I conducted with the good people at On Our Minds at Scholastic is good, though. It concerns the Top 100 Children’s Novels List, which is flattering.  A nice way to close out […]

Press Release Fun: The May Children’s Literary Cafe

The Children’s Literary Cafe is Pleased to announce the following event on Saturday, May 1st at 2:00 p.m.: Lost in Children’s Literary Translation How do children’s books from other countries cross over into the American publishing scene?  What are some of the challenges they face?  Editors Mark Siegel, Cheryl Klein, and Claudia Zoe Bedrick alongside […]

Press Release Fun: Panel Discussion on Ezra Jack Keats

Pluggin’ for me job-o. Looks like a fun crew. Wed, April 21 at 6pm Stephen A. Schwarzman, South Court Auditorium “Ezra Jack Keats and the 2010 Ezra Jack Keats Awards for new Picture book Writers and Illustrators.”   Keats had a tremendous impact on children’s literature. The annual awards in his name reflect his powerful […]

Review of the Day: Countdown by Deborah Wiles

Countdown By Deborah Wiles Scholastic $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-545-10605-4 Ages 9-12 On shelves May 1st I held this book up to the noses of the children’s bookgroup I run. “Does anyone know what the Cuban Missile Crisis was?” I asked. My point blank question was met with pointedly blank stares. I tried a little word association […]

The Top 100 Children’s Novels Poll: Everything Else (Part One)

And so we reach the end of everything.  Due to the sheer size of this list, I haven’t been able to change the formatting sufficiently.  However, it’s readable to a large extent. And if you pick through it there are still some surprises. Three number 6 votes for The Silver Curlew by Eleanor Farjeon. The […]

The Top 100 Children’s Novels Poll: Everything Else (Part Two)

A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L’Engle (#3)(#5)(#7) – 18 points Many Waters by Madeleine L’Engle (#3) – 8 points Meet the Austins by Madeleine L’Engle  (#2) – 9 points Growing up an only child, I wanted to move in with this family. – Stephanie Howell , Lower School Librarian , Carolina Day School , […]

Press Release Fun: Cartoon-a-Palooza

Aw, what the heck. It’s for a good cause. Heads up, Northampton!! From the Forbes Library: An afternoon of funny films to benefit the Forbes Library!   May 23, 2010 at 2:00 pm Academy of Music, Northampton Join 6-time Emmy Award winner and 3-time Caldecott honoree Mo Willems as he screens a collection of his […]

Pull Out the Hankies. What Didn’t Make the List. #101-120

You’re going to see some repeats on today’s list from yesterday. If yesterday was about the odd books that didn’t make it onto the Top 100, today is about the books that almost did. Could have made it by an inch. Prepare to bawl, mein publikum. Here we go: #101 Tom’s Midnight Garden by Philippa […]

Kidlit Drink Night Reminder

In spite of the temporary coolness here in town, spring has sprung.  Time to live it up then.  Our next Kidlit Drink Night is on the menu.  Observe: Our next NYC Kidlit Drinks Night will be Monday, April 26, at 6:30 p.m., at Sweet & Vicious in Soho. (With luck it’ll be warm enough for […]

The Top 100 Children’s Novels Poll: The Big Gaps

Alternate Title: Whaddaya MEAN it’s not on the list? When I asked my readers to send me their guesses for what would appear on the Top Ten, I knew their misfires would yield a great list of Almost Wases.  Remember that the last book on the Top 100 Children’s Novels Poll (#100 on our list) […]

Press Release Fun: The Dreamer at Symphony Space

All right, dudes.  Here’s the deal.  Jennifer Brennan is offering a free ticket to this event to the first ten people who email her.  She wants you to attend.  How can you resist?  It’s a Sunday after all.  Besides, this book has a shot at a major award at the end of the year.  Maybe […]

The Top 100 Children’s Novels Poll (#1-100)

“Perhaps it is only in childhood that books have any influence on our lives . . . In childhood, all books are books of divination, telling us the future.” – Graham Greene We’ve had a lot of fun here, haven’t we? I’ve had fun putting these posts from the poll together. You’ve had fun predicting […]