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Fusenews: Prehistoric Security Guards = Instant Awe

I must say, I was more than impressed by the sheer wealth of great children’s poets weighing in on yesterday’s post about the conspicuous lack of an ALSC poetry award.  Today, we shall switch gears and instead start off the day with a fine little . . . New Blog Alert: I’ve decided that I […]

Baby Wants Another New Award: Poetry Time!

Demanding little thing, aren’t I?  No sooner has the discussion of what an ALA accredited graphic novel award would entail than I launch into a new discussion.  It is Friday, the time when bloggers like myself customarily participate in Poetry Friday (today Live. Love. Explore! has the round-up).  What better time then to talk about […]

Librarian Preview: National Geographic (Fall 2010/Spring 2011)

I don’t get enough non-fiction in my diet.  If left to my own devices I’d probably end up solely devouring fiction titles that involve melodrama, dark humor, mild magic, and sentient cheese.  That said, I am consistently grateful that National Geographic Kids has the wherewithal to pull me up out of my comfort zone, and […]

Buy Me Stuff for a Good Cause

Yeah, I admit that today was a crazed press release day.  But what we lack in content, we make up for in sheer gall. Now there is an organization out there, my friends, by the name of 826.  All around the country it offers free counseling and tutoring to kids.  The New York branch‘s mission […]

Children’s Literary Salon: August 7th

On Saturday, August 7th at 2:00 p.m. I’m having a fantastic Children’s Literary Salon (we changed the name from Children’s Literary Cafe after people kept asking for ice cream).  Please note: Join a distinguished panel of two children’s book publishers who are breaking new ground and finding ways to use eBook technology in a children’s […]

Library of the Early Mind Screening: November 2nd

I’m helping to host a nice little screening of the documentary Library of the Early Mind in my branch in November.  This will mark the film’s first New York City screening, followed by a question-and-answer session with the filmmakers, and it is free and open to the public.  It is because I love you.  That, […]

Kidlit Drink Night: August 5th!

Well we skipped July because . . . um.  To be honest we kinda forgot about July.  There was an ALA Conference.  Cheryl just finished a book.  You understand. But August we intend to do a Kidlit Drink Night bright and early!  Set your clocks, your calendars, your phasers, what have you.  Details include: When: […]

Review of the Day: A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz

A Tale Dark and Grimm By Adam Gidwitz Dutton (a division of Penguin) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-525-42334-8 Ages 9-12 On shelves November 11, 2010 Didn’t want to read this. Nope. Not a jot. Three reasons for that. First off, the title. I’ve said it about twenty times since reading it and every time I can’t quite […]

Fusenews: Chubby little cubby all stuffed with RAGE!!!!

On Saturday, August 7th at 2:00 p.m. I will be moderating a talk with Stephen Roxburgh of namelos and Jennifer Perry, the Assistant Vice President & Editorial Director of the Book Publishing Group at Sesame Workshop, about ebooks, digital literature, and the current children’s literary industry.  As preparation, this article from Publishers Weekly called The […]

Video Sunday: Always have friends that are smaller than you so that you can control them

I like displaying the week’s most talked about video at the end of the week on Video Sunday.  It shows that while I don’t act as quickly as other blogs, at least I can sum up well.  Last week I showed the Old Spice Guy library PSA.  This week, right from the campus of Brigham […]

Storytime Suggestions: Fortunately by Remy Charlip

Herein lies the third installment of my Storytime Suggestions series.  We covered Toddlers.  We covered Preschoolers.  Now a little something for the older tykes.  I’m talking the K-2 crowd.  Maybe my favorite age to read books to, truth be told.  These are the kids I feel more comfortable experimenting on with new picture books. It […]

Review of the Day: Todd’s TV by James Proimos

Todd’s TV By James Proimos Katherine Tegen Books (an imprint of Harper Collins) $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-06-170985-2 Ages 4-8 On shelves now. You ever have that moment when you find your presumptions so upended that you just want to crawl into a corner somewhere and assume the fetal position? That’s a bit extreme, but it’s not […]

Fusenews: Itty Bitty Edition

Which is to say, it’s 12:06 a.m. and I haven’t the strength to do a full post. In brief! Seems to me that Weird Al is missing the obvious here.  If he’s going to suddenly decide to become a children’s author then he should at the very least have the decency to become a children’s […]

Re-Illustrate That Sucker!

The other day I was talking about some favorite books that were getting re-published when in the comments Annette wrote about another book she would like to see in print again: “The Wedding Procession of the Rag Doll and the Broom Handle and Who Was in It, by Carl Sandburg (pictures by Harriet Pincus but […]

Review of the Day: Suzie Bitner Was Afraid of the Drain by Barbara R. Vance

Suzie Bitner Was Afraid of the Drain By Barbara R. Vance Copperplate Publishing $17.95 ISBN: 978-0-615-31444-0 Ages 7-12 On shelves now. When I was a kid, children’s poetry certainly existed but as far as I knew nobody was out there actively promoting the idea that I read the stuff. Our schools didn’t have Poetry Month. […]