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Eric Carle Honors 2010 (Also Known as More Party Party)


Yeah, this week is party week, baby!  First I recap a Robert Forbes party alongside Cynthia von Buhler’s event of the year.  Now I turn my attention to a party beneath a bridge.  The 59th Street Bridge, if you’re going to be technical about it.  Picture, if you will, a glassed enclosure nestled sweetly beneath […]

Press Release Fun: IBBY Announces New Officers

My goal in life is to get us all actively interested in the workings of international children’s literature participants.  With that in mind, I was intrigued by this recent press release coming via IBBY (The International Board on Books for Young People). Raab Associates Inc. 345 Millwood Road Chappaqua, NY 10514 914-241-2117 914-241-0050 (f) […]

Review of the Day: Departure Time by Truus Matti


Departure Time By Truus Matti Translated by Nancy Forest-Flier namelos $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-60898-009-3 Ages 9-12 On shelves now. Translated children’s novels have a tough row to hoe. In my experience as a children’s librarian I’ll often find that folks react to them in a variety of different ways. Sometimes they like them, but often they’ll […]

I’ve Been to a Marvelous Party


With Noonoo and Nada and Nell… No. Wait. Scratch that.  But I have been to a couple of marvelous parties as of late.  Under normal circumstances I don’t mention them all that often, but this week I’ll make an exception.  [Note: If you don’t like party posts, avoid this one at all costs.  Even if […]

Battle of the Bands Reminder


Remember! It’s this coming Friday! It’s gonna be legen . . . . dary. And here’s the thing.  If you can’t make it by 6, we’ll try to have someone there to direct you to the side door. Thanks to Lynne Polvino for the cool image!

Fusenews: He’s the greatest secret agent in the world


In this modern day and age a gal has to have a couple of jobs to keep her head above water.  With that in mind, I’ve found that two of my primary sources of income have in and of themselves, and of their own volition, hired new bosses.  At New York Public Library we welcome […]

Video Sunday: “Look, we have no time for this aimless parade of wrong hats.”


I guess the big news this week involves the Trailee Awards coming via School Library Journal.  The first major award to be offered to a book trailer for a children’s or YA book, the nominees are in and the voting (which you may participate in) will continue until October 22nd.  A couple folks have asked […]

Review of the Day: Dotty by Erica S. Perl


Dotty By Erica S. Perl Illustrated by Julia Denos Abrams Books for Young Readers ISBN: 978-0-8109-8962-7 $16.95 Ages 4-8 On shelves now. Seems to me that picture books get split into very particular genres pretty quickly. I actually keep lists of them on my computer at work, depending on how many requests I receive. There […]

It’s Kind of a Funny Story Story


Got a treat for you kiddos today.  You may have seen that charming It’s Kind of a Funny Story movie trailer they’ve been showing in front of films these day. Anyway, this film is based on a teen novel by Ned Vizzini.  And Mr. Vizzini, believe it or not, once spoke on a Children’s Literary […]

Storytime Suggestions: Me Hungry! by Jeremy Tankard


Do I pander?  All right then, I pander.  When you find yourself doing a storytime for the kidlets, you may start to become desperate to hold their attention in some way.  With toddlers I always have the option of singing my head off.  Only a few tots have ever resisted the lure of “The Wheels […]

Review of the Day: Unraveling Freedom by Ann Bausum


Unraveling Freedom: The Battle for Democracy on the Home Front During World War I By Ann Bausum National Geographic $19.95 ISBN: 978-1-4263-0702-7 Ages 10 and up. On shelves November 9, 2010 Who could have predicted that WWI would become the hot literary topic for child readers in 2009-10? I remember when I was a kid […]

Fusenews: Midnight Cowboy meets Watership Down


Our top news story today is the fact that NOW is the time to start nominating books for The Cybils!  The Cybils, for the record, are the only book awards handed out to children’s and YA titles as chosen by book bloggers.  Books that win The Cybils are meant to represent those titles that have […]

Librarian Preview: Abrams Fall 2010


It seems a touch premature to call this an out-and-out-preview.  Particularly when you consider that the books discussed were Fall 2010 and we are in (checks watch) yes . . . 2010, fall.  But the word “preview” here is my own, not theirs.  For their part, Abrams recently just wanted to let the local librarian/press […]

Video Sunday: Je Suis de L’eau


To be honest, I’m not entirely certain why most folks don’t create their own animations to Silverstein poems.  It’s not as if he didn’t record his own voice for them time and time again.  And whatta voice!  I believe someone once compared it to gargling rusty nails.  In any case, this week’s Video Sunday is […]

Review of the Day: The Body Thief by Stephen M. Giles


The Death (and Further Adventures) of Silas Winterbottom: The Body Thief By Stephen M. Giles Sourcebooks Jabberwocky $12.99 ISBN: 978- 1-4022-4090-4 Ages 9-12 On shelves now Charlie and the Chocolate Factory meets The Mysterious Benedict Society. If those words are mere gobblety-gook to you and don’t mean a thing, don’t worry. You can rectify that […]