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First Lines from the Children’s Side

The thing about the ShelfTalker blog, is that it really has fantastic posts.  I know that they cover the bookseller side of things, while I handle the librarian world, but often our topics intersect, and doggone it.  They just come up with great ideas.  For example, there was their recent Great First Lines post.  Elizabeth […]

Fusenews: So far, no snow here

It’s always fun to see what other folks say about our specialty.  I gave great cheers today when Matt informed me that Greg Hatcher had yet another post up about his trips through various thrift stores in search of treasure over at Comics Should Be Good.  In this latest installment he finds a rare Meindert […]

Video Sunday: Feast or Famine

Yup.  Had me bawling like a wee babe, this one.  A little disappointing to realize that no matter what the actual movie does, this fan film of a scene from The Hunger Games will probably be more moving than anything Hollywood could produce.  After all, I can’t imagine that the actual film will spend this […]

Review of the Day: The Clockwork Three by Matthew Kirby

The Clockwork Three By Matthew Kirby Scholastic Press $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-545-20337-1 Ages 9-12 On shelves now I’m in a weird position. I’m tired of Steampunk, and yet if I say that word to most kids that walk into my library they’ll give me a blank stare followed by an immediate, “What’s Steampunk?” I’d explain to […]

Librarian Preview: Simon & Schuster (Spring 2011)

Did you get the new Simon & Schuster catalog the other day in the mail?  If you did, did you feel the cover?  It’s a strange thing to ask, I know, but I did.  I felt that cover.  I felt it because there was something new going on there.  It has a thick comfortable texture […]

WBBT Schedule: Friday

Last day!  Get ’em while you can: Marilyn Singer at Writing and Ruminating Jennifer Donnelly at Shelf Elf Ted Chiang at Shaken & Stirred Sofia Quintero at A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy Maria Snyder at Finding Wonderland And, as ever, Chasing Ray has the weekly round-up.

Kidlit Drink Night: Holiday Edition

Time for some jolly!  Ladies and gentlemen, our next NYC Kidlit Drinks Night will be next Monday, December 13, starting at 6:30 p.m., at Faces & Names, 159 W. 54th St. at 8th Ave. (apologies for the short notice but both Cheryl and I have been remarkably busy as of late). Fortify yourself against the […]

Review of the Day: Ravenna by Stacey Curnow

Ravenna By Stacey Curnow Illustrated by Daniel Nevins Grateful Steps $12.95 ISBN: 978-1-935130-25-3 Ages 4-8 On shelves now. Parables. They’re almost impossible to do in children’s books. The problem with a parable is that if it wants to teach something it often has to say what it means. Another way of saying that is that […]

WBBT: Thursday Schedule

Things are heating up! Be sure to follow you favorite folks as they speak on various blogs today! Kathi Appelt at Shelf Elf Heidi Ayarbe at The Happy Nappy Bookseller Julia DeVillers & Jennifer Roy at Bildungsroman LeUyen Pham at Finding Wonderland Paula Yoo at Hip Writer Mama

Fusenews: If it has Jeffrey Tambor in it, it’s gotta be good!

Boy, I picked the wrong week to go about putting off my regular Fusenews.  What we’ve got here is a veritable fusey newsy pile-up.  I shall endeavor to separate the wheat from the chaff, but no guarantees it’ll actually work.  Let us see what all I’m able to pack in for today then: Lucky ducks! […]

WBBT Schedule: Wednesday

You know the drill!  And if you don’t, you should probably read some of these interviews: Andrea Seigel at Shaken & Stirred Adele Griffin at Bildungsroman Susan Campbell Bartoletti at Chasing Ray Charles Benoit at A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy Sarah MacLean at Writing & Ruminating Allen Zadoff at Hip Writer Mama […]

WBBT Interview: Meet Adam Gidwitz. Meet Him I Say!

Here is a name for you to remember and for you to remember well.  There’s a fellow out there by the name of Adam Gidwitz.  He penned a novel of such extraordinary quality, that the buzz has been circling it since it first hit the advanced reader galley scene.  The book goes by the moniker […]

WBBT Schedule: Tuesday

Yay tours!  Here’s who’s on the menu this fine and frisky Tuesday morn (is it really only Tuesday?): B.A. Binns at The Happy Nappy Bookseller Daisy Whitney at Bildungsroman Adam Gidwitz at Fuse Number 8 Salley Mavor at Seven Impossible Things Josh Berk at Finding Wonderland And as ever, Chasing Ray has the full round-up.

WBBT: Monday Schedule

It’s back!  That delightful time of year when some of my favorite blogs start interviewing their favorite authors.  Here’s who’s on the roster for today: Elizabeth Hand at Chasing Ray Maya Gold at Bildungsroman L.K. Madigan at Writing & Ruminating Paolo Bacigalupi at A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy R.J. Anderson at Hip […]

Recommend Me Board Books for My Young

Librarians like to recommend books.  Sort of their raison d’etre, if you will.  Then WHAMMO!  Stick a fetus in their belly and suddenly the tables are turned*.  Because now I’m under the distinct impression that there are some gaps in my knowledge.  Specifically, the baby knowledge.  I’m good at picture books and middle grade but […]