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Fusenews: The Opposite of Avatar

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Wonka Opera.  Hard to say.  Harder still to see since the darn thing keeps closing.  NPR recently had a great story on the opera Golden Ticket, and the various trials it underwent in a bid to be seen by the masses.  The world premier is now going on at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis.  [...]

Review of the Day: Elsie’s Bird by Jane Yolen

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Elsie’s Bird By Jane Yolen Illustrated by David Small Philomel (a division of Penguin) $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-399-25292-1 Ages 4-8 On shelves September 2nd As a kid I was read a fair amount of Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Over the years much of what I heard faded into the mists of memory. However, [...]

Newbery/Caldecott Banquet 2010: The Pageantry. The Splendor. The Tats.

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Each and every year I decide to celebrate the Newbery/Caldecott winners with a bit of old-fashioned body art. In the past this has involved bands of the covers of the winners on either arm.  This is fine and all, but this year I wanted to step it up a notch. So it was that I [...]

ALA Convention Floor 2010: The Days of Wine and Swag Have Gone

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When last we left our intrepid hero, she was spending five hours in a Washington D.C. emergency room rather than hanging out with, oh say, Karen Cushman at a Kidlit Drink Night.  So there was that. The next day, however, I was determined to make up for lost time.  Alas, being determined and actually convincing [...]

Houston, we have a problem. And it’s all our own fault.

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Okay.  So the previous posts were about conference advice, right?  Well here’s a quiz question: What is the number one article of clothing you should bring to any and every conference.  If you answered “comfortable shoes” you get a lolly. Today’s Theme Is: Not taking your own advice. Pre-conference there are many things to do [...]

ALA 2010: Remembering What I’ve Forgotten

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Well, I’m proud to say that the resident husband and I have arrived safe and sound in ALAla land.  Washington D.C. welcomed us like a too affectionate panting dog, all moisture and temperatures over 90 degrees.  Ah, swampy capital.  How I’ve missed ye. I begin by planning out my itinerary for the next few days. [...]

Newbery/Caldecott 2020

While trolling about the internet I accidentally typed “Newbery/Caldecott Banquet 2020) into my search engine when looking for info on this year’s event.  It got me to thinking.  What will the world of children’s books look like in ten years?  Ten years is not a long time.  Insofar as I can determine, we will all [...]

What to Grab at ALA – A Librarian Preview Round-up

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Happy day!  I am heading out to Washington D.C. this fine and fancy day to attend the American Library Association Conference.  You know what that means, don’t you?  Completely random blogging at odd hours of the day!  Woo-hoo! In preparation for this trip I’m providing for those happy citizens also attending some links to my [...]

Press Release Fun: Kidlit Con 2010

I made the first two years, then missed the second two.  This year, I intend to be there with bells on.  It’s the Kidlit Con 2010!  Every year the children’s literary bloggers and their author/illustrator/publishing friends gather in a city to discuss the state of the world in literature for our youth today.  This year [...]

Fusenews: King Friday the XIII gave the rehearsal dinner speech

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Things that I have difficulty understanding: The rules of soccer.  How to work an f-stop on a camera (or what it even means).  The French language.  The fact that actors Patton Oswalt and Tunde Adebimpe appear to be in a movie that is filming right now and is going by the title . . . [...]

Storytime Suggestions: The Noisy Counting Book

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We’re trying some new today, kids.  Bear with me. Today marks the official re-release of one of the greatest storytime picture books of all time.  Ladies and gentlemen, I have been a one-woman-band for the power, glory, and overall wonderfulness that is The Noisy Counting Book.  It is my storytime staple.  I might forget the [...]

Review of the Day – Spilling Ink: A Young Writer’s Handbook by Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter

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Spilling Ink: A Young Writer’s Handbook By Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter Illustrated by Matt Phelan Roaring Brook Press (a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing) $17.99 ISBN: 978-1-59643-628-2 Ages 9-12 On shelves now I was child writer. Which is to say, I was one of those kids who wrote endless stories between the ages of nine [...]

Video Sunday: “If I hadn’t become an artist I probably would have become a serial killer.”

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What you are witnessing here is the first trailer for Library of the Early Mind — a feature-length documentary film by Edward J. Delaney and Steven Withrow exploring children’s literature.  According to its website, “The film will have its first public screening at Harvard University in October and is now being submitted to film festivals [...]

Fusenews: Baby you can fix my car. Yes I’m gonna be a star.

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Yesterday I had a bit of surgery done on the old body that required my doctor to drill into my belly button.  All is well and right with the world with me, but I figured I’d keep you updated on the state of the bod, just in case any of you stop by the library [...]

Teacher Resources They Never Tell You About

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Susannah Richards.  She’s a genius.  Do you know her?  Susannah Richards is one of those children’s literature experts who somehow manages to be everywhere at once.  She’s an Associate Professor of Education at Eastern Connecticut State University where (and I’m getting this from her bio) “she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on language arts methods, [...]