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The Phoenix Award: Quite Possibly the Least Known Award in Children’s Literature


When I was a mere slip of a lass learning my library rules like a good little MLIS student, I decided that I needed a thorough grounding in the great children’s books of yore.  So I made lists.  Lists and lists and lists of different kinds of children’s books to read. There was a Newbery […]

From the Kidlit Drink Night Organizational Crew

This month, in lieu of our usual Kidlit Drink Night venue, we have been kindly invited to have our gathering at the Forbes Galleries by Mr. Forbes himself.  Talk children’s books and take a gander at some of the original art on display for the new book Let’s Have a Bite!  A Beastly Banquet in […]

Review of the Day: Art & Max by David Wiesner


Art & Max By David Wiesner Clarion Books (an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-618-75663-6 Ages 4-8 On shelves October 4, 2010 Illustrators of children’s books are easier to deal with if you can lump them into little boxes. Multicultural family stories that tug at the heartstrings? That’s the Patricia Polacco box. Cute […]

Fusenews: The broken motel sign adds a nice touch too


Oh man.  Sometimes I just don’t manage to keep up with all the news.  Lightning fast round today, folks!  Keep up if you can. A show of hands.  How many of you knew that the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at NYU was hosting, in conjunction with the Institute of African American Affairs, a […]

Battle of the Publishing Bands


Out of the depths of my insanity I have conjured up a plan so crazy, so cunning, so absolutely RUTHLESS in its efficiency that the denizens of New York shall never see the like again. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to The Battle of the Publishing Bands. You see over the years I have noticed that […]

Celebrate Banned Books Week 2010


Well, kiddos, it’s that time of year again.  And what better way to kick it all off than by beginning with the Yahoo! News opinion piece Opinion: There is a time to ban books from school libraries?  Once again, Lauren Myracle is the author on trial.  Honestly, if you had told me three years ago […]

Video Sunday: Better better better whooo!


You know, I was all set to begin with the Harry Potter trailer this morning, but after seeing Kyo Maclear’s original Bob Dylan inspired book trailer for a picture book I really love (Spork) it was clear who the first video of today should really be.  Big time thanks to Naseem Hrab for the link! […]

Review of the Day: Sharing the Seasons selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins


Sharing the Seasons: A Book of Poems Selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins Illustrated by David Diaz Margaret K. McElderry Books (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) $21.99 ISBN: 978-1-4169-0210-4 Ages 8-12 On shelves now Yesterday I was frustrated. Very very frustrated. I’m a children’s librarian. Patrons tell me what they desire and I find just […]

Press Release Fun: Night Fall Scary Story Writing Contest

Lerner Books has a fun writing contest up and running these days.  It’s for teens, but some tweens might be interested as well.  If you happen to know any creative kids, this might be something they’d enjoy.  To wit: Enter our Night Fall™ Scary Story Writing Contest! Contest Rules View the Thaw eBook for free […]

Minding the Gap: WWII Gap

This is a new series in which I determine big time gaps in children’s literature.  Themes and issues and elements that should be written about and yet somehow haven’t. This week, a patron contacted me with the following request: Name me one, just one, middle grade chapter book (5th-7th grade) that’s about African-American kids on the […]

New Imprint Alert: Meet TIME for Kids (trade edition)


As a kid, I remember having the impression that a lot of middle class families in my town were divided in a very easy to understand way.  You either subscribed to Newsweek or you subscribed to TIME.  This is one of those perceptions that you look back on in later years and just kinda sigh […]

Review of the Day: Where the Streets Had a Name by Randa Abdel-Fattah


Where the Streets Had a Name By Randa Abdel-Fattah Scholastic $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-545-17292-9 Ages 9 and up On shelves November 1, 2010 When I was a child I had a very vague sense of global conflicts in other countries. Because of my Bloom County comics I knew a bit about apartheid in South Africa. Later […]

Brooklyn Book Festival: Mac and Stinky Cheese with a Side of Lockhart


Also known as a cheapo filler post.  It’s what puts bread on the table! So I was invited to moderate a panel at last weekend’s Brooklyn Book Festival and I had, in no uncertain terms, a blast.  Of course it was raining, as you can see here (compliments of Nancy Mercado): Hipster children.  Gotta love […]

Fusenews: Call me Al


Sometimes I feel that in midst of all our Newbery/Caldecott predictions we tend to place more attention on the Newbery side of the equation.  There are Mock Newbery committees all around the country with blogs.  How strange that there are fewer Mock Caldecott committees.  You’d think it would be the other way around.  After all, […]

Video Sunday: The Good, the Bad, and the Backhoe


I always find it interesting to watch how different author/illustrators confront audiences.  Writing children’s books means, to some extent, that you’ve signed on to be a performer for children.  So what technique suits you best?  Do you have to rely on a chicken costume, or can you be relaxed and natural with your audience?  This […]