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Review of the Day: Factotum by D.M. Cornish


Factotum By D.M. Cornish G.P. Putnam’s Sons (a division of Penguin) $19.99 ISBN: 978-0-399-24640-1 Ages 10 and up On shelves now I don’t read novels for young adults. This is out of necessity as a children’s librarian more than any personal animosity towards the genre. With all the great middle grade fiction out there who […]

Video Sunday: For a Nancy Drew fan it was a dream come true


When I worked in the Jefferson Market Library, round about five years ago, we showed filmstrips every Thursday.  Now these were actual strips of film.  Films that had been in the library’s collection for who knows how many decades.  So in 2005 I was typing out carbons (true) and sending them to our central media […]

Press Release Fun: Prize Drawing for Scholarship Fund

Not necessarily children’s literature related, but an eReader is an eReader, after all. Plus it’s for a good cause: The Carl Brandon Society announces a prize drawing to support the Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholarship Fund. The Carl Brandon Society, an organization dedicated to racial and ethnic diversity in speculative fiction, will hold a prize […]

Fusenews: “I’m no mollycoddle, I have skin!”


Matt doesn’t blog on Saturdays.  And to be fair, I’m not certain that the average reader is as interested in blogs on the weekend as they might be during the week.  That said, I know a fair number of you are librarians and that a fair number of you are also probably stuck at work […]

Review of the Day: Farm by Elisha Cooper


Farm By Elisha Cooper Orchard Books (an imprint of Scholastic) $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-545-07075-1 Ages 5-10 On shelves now As a children’s librarian living in New York City, I get a really skewed view of the world. For example, a book like Christoph Niemann’s Subway will get released and all the children I see are hugely […]

Librarian Preview: Chronicle (Spring 2011)


The other day I was sitting down with some editors when we began to speculate what would happen if you made a point of naming your child after publishing companies.  A number of silly concoctions presented themselves.  Obviously I wouldn’t be able to name my kid Random Bird, Little Brown Bird, or Sterling Bird (though […]


This tendency to blog every day grows perturbing.  Last night I greatly enjoyed attending a celebration for the New York Times Best Illustrated winners of 2010.  It was swell.  However, when I got home I found myself disinclined to finish a recent preview that’s been breathing down my neck.  With that in mind, here is […]

Fusenews: “swinish Milneish parts”


All right, all right, all righty, all right then.  Where to begin . . . I know.  With a tribute that deserves notice first and foremost.  I had heard that Laura Amy Schlitz was writing an obituary for her friend, fellow writer Eva Ibbotson.  I expected it to be brilliant.  It has, in fact, exceeded […]

Review of the Day: She Sang Promise by Jan Godown Annino


She Sang Promise: The Story of Betty Mae Jumper, Seminole Tribal Leader By Jan Godown Annino Illustrated by Lisa Desimini Afterword by Moses Jumper, Jr. National Geographic $17.95 ISBN: 978-1-4263-0592-4 Ages 4-8 On shelves now. I’m tired of Einstein. I’m tired of Edison too. Heck, I’m even tired of Martin Luther King Jr., Marie Curie, […]

Video Sunday: She once created a pathfinder . . . to a woman’s heart


The mark of a good parody is when you don’t need to have seen the original.  A billion thanks to 100 Scope Notes for this one.  Never would have found it myself. Well, it’s a beautiful Sunday morning here in New York City.  Daylight savings just granted me an extra hour to sleep and the […]

2010 New York Times Best Illustrated List


Good news!  The results of the 2010 New York Times Best Illustrated list is up and running for all to see. Related sidebar: Check out the judges if you get a chance.  It’s kind of neat.  Many thanks to Julie Just.

Librarian Preview: Candlewick (Spring-Summer 2011)


Oh yeah, you read that right.  Not only am I going to try to tackle my stack of librarian previews just waiting to be typed up, but I’m beginning with a company that had its very first preview for the New York librarian set here last week.  School Library Journal was kind enough to lend […]

Kidlit Drink Night: Brooklyn Style

Did you know that more authors and illustrators of children’s literature live in Brooklyn than any other part of the country? Actually, I’m not entirely certain that this statistic is true.  Have you ever been to Northampton? In any case, we’re hosting our very first Brooklyn-based Kidlit Drink Night in the wilds of Brooklyn, not […]

Review of the Day: Sugar and Ice by Kate Messner


Sugar and Ice By Kate Messner Walker & Company (a division of Bloomsbury) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-8027-2081-8 Ages 9-12 On shelves December 9th They say to write what you know. We’ve all heard that line. It’s bounced about countless writing groups. But there’s an unspoken rule amongst children that’s as pervasive as it is harmful: Read […]