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Fusenews: Fun with Doppelgangers


All right.  Time to bring the smackdown on my Brooklyn colleagues.  Um . . . okay, I got one.  *ahem*  Uh, hey, Brooklyn!  Yeah, you!  The one across the river!  Your libraries are so rodent infested you’ve got raccoons in your main branch!  Aw, I’m just messing with ya, Brooklyn.  Don’t think of it as […]

Video Sunday: Let’s eat peanut butter. Stop throwing those pigeons


Knowing my deep in the bones dislike of The Giving Tree (let it comfort those amongst you who like it that my husband does as well) roundabout five people sent me this Sassy Gay Friend version of the well-known story.  Can we get a Sassy Gay Friend version of Rainbow Fish next, please?  This gets […]

Kidlitosphere Conference Info

Yesterday I returned from Minneapolis and already I can’t wait to get back!  Those of you who will be attending the 2010 Kidlitosphere Conference probably feel the same way.  Unfortunately, it looks as if this year’s conference will be running at the same time as my 10 year college reunion.  D’oh! In lieu of my […]

Review of the Day: Thresholds by Nina Kiriki Hoffman


Thresholds By Nina Kiriki Hoffman Viking (an imprint of Penguin) $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-670-06319-2 Ages 9-12 On shelves August 5th. I like to characterize trends with great all-encompassing, massive statements that fail to take into account exceptions to the rule. For example, after reading Thresholds by Nina Kiriki Hoffman, my instinct is to throw my hands […]

The Picture Book Medium: Horoscopes via Children’s Literature


The other day a kindly person I spoke with at ALA sent me a beautiful little packet of information they picked up in Tokyo.  If I told you that there was an International Library of Children’s Literature in Japan would you be surprised?  I’ve not heard much about it myself, but it looks just lovely […]

Fusenews: Areas of my expertise


Well, folks, wish me luck. Today I give my presentation to the good people of Hamline University, and we’ll see whether or not they find my talk too short, too long, or too nerve-wracked (the smart money’s riding on the last). The weather, as it happens, is perfectly perfect here. I am, however, a little […]

Two Down! One to Go.


Back when my blog was an itty bitty little thing, just puttering away on Blogger, I made a little sidebar called BRING IT BACK! Out-of-Print Crimes Against Humanity! (I’m often going for the touchdown in the hyperbole). I must’ve put it up in 2007 or so, and you can look at it now if you […]

Hello, I must be going. I came to say I cannot stay, I must be going.

I’m glad I came but just the same I must be going. Lala! Today, friends o’ mine, I high-step it onto one of those newfangled aero-planes and take a trip back in time to 2004, when last I lived in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  The good people of Hamline University have been kind enough to invite me […]

Video Sunday: Pep

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All righty.  Fun movie trailer time.  Thanks to 100 Scope Notes I was made aware of the brand new Voyage of the Dawn Treader trailer that’s out and about (better check and see how many copies I have ready to go on my library shelf).  It’s a nice enough preview but I do have one […]

Review of the Day: Pea Boy and Other Stories from Iran by Elizabeth Laird


Pea Boy and Other Stories from Iran By Elizabeth Laird Illustrated by Shirin Adl Frances Lincoln Children’s Books $22.95 ISBN: 978-1-84507-912-3 Ages 5 and up. On shelves now. I love my job. You would too if you were me. I work in the main branch of New York Public Library in the most beautiful children’s […]

Fusenews: Nixonian sepulchre


Have you noticed the sheer unrestrained hoards of talent participating on the Ripple gulf relief blog?  You remember Ripple, right?  I blogged about it back in June saying, “Kelly Light ( began creating sketchcards in an effort to do something about the BP oil spill in the Gulf.  She sold them on her blog, and […]

Text, Image, and 2010: Why Baby Needs a New ALA Award


Roundabout this time of year a young girl’s thoughts turn to the upcoming award season.  By now most of the fall releases have been produced in ARC, galley, or F&G form.  The buzz is building.  The mock Newbery/Caldecott discussions are starting.  And in the midst of these discussions will arise a question that shall come […]

Storytime Suggestions: Rhyming Dust Bunnies


That went well!  A week or two ago I announced that I would begin a new series on this blog.  My idea was that children’s librarians always want to see how other children’s librarians tell different stories.  It gives us ideas.  We can steal ways of telling books and incorporate them into our own storytimes.  […]

Press Release Fun: The Rabbit Hill Festival of Literature


The Rabbit Hill Festival of Literature in Westport, CT celebrates its 10th anniversary October 21-23, 2010 with ‘double the fun.’ This year’s theme is Collaboration … the magical thing that happens when authors and/or artists work closely together to create books. Appearing in Westport schools (on Friday, Oct. 22) and speaking at a symposium for […]

Review of the Day – Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty by G. Neri


Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty By G. Neri Illustrated by Randy DuBurke Lee & Low Books $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-58430-267-4 Ages 10 and up On shelves July 31st “Sometimes stories get to you; this one left my stomach in knots. After three days of reporting, I still couldn’t decide which was more appalling: […]