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Kidlitosphere Survey

Before any work can be done for Kidlit Con Seattle 2011, you folks have a hand to play.  Which is to say, this year’s organizers Colleen and Jackie would like to hear from you if you’ve ever been to one.  So head on over to this site and it will eat up just a teeny […]

Happy Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day!


Recently I was interviewed by a Canadian publication about Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the public librarian’s role. Canadians don’t celebrate it themselves, so they asked me a variety of different questions, at one point wondering if kids in school even know why they have the day off.  I told them that certainly my […]

Video Sunday: 24,800


Book trailers get based on all sorts of things, but I have never encountered one that took its cue from the book’s own cover.  And not in a cheap way either.  This rather breathtaking trailer for Adam Gidwitz’s A Tale Dark and Grimm somehow manages to be precisely the right length with precisely the right […]

Review of the Day: Queen of the Falls by Chris Van Allsburg

Queen of the Falls By Chris Van Allsburg Houghton Mifflin Harcourt $18.99 ISBN: 978-0-547-31581-2 Ages 4-9 On shelves April 4th The word “daredevil” conjures up different images for different people. Speaking for myself, when I hear it I instantly picture someone like Evel Knievel leaping over cars on a motorcycle. I do not picture sixty-two […]

Fusenews: Newbery Fallout


Oh sure, it may seem like everyone’s all smiles and happiness after the recent announcements of the ALA Media awards, but don’t be fooled.  There’s definitely a deep discord of discontent out there.  Funny thing is, it has nothing to do with the books and everything to do with the day after the awards.  For […]

Introducing the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival


How it all began is anybody’s guess, but it probably started with YA author James Kennedy.  On a day like any other I received an email from him with a proposal: Why not have a contest where kids created videos of their favorite Newbery books.  The catch?  All the videos must be 90 seconds or […]

Librarian Preview: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Spring 2011)


It’s a bit late in the season for me to keep typing up these librarian previews, but due to the fact that the “Spring” has only just begun, I think I have a little leeway for my two remaining previews before I start hearing about the Summer 2011 books that are right around the corner. […]

Review of the Day: Eliza’s Freedom Road by Jerdine Nolen


Eliza’s Freedom Road: An Underground Railroad Diary By Jerdine Nolen A Paula Wiseman Book (Simon & Schuster) $14.99 ISBN: 978-1-4169-5814-7 Ages 7-11 On shelves now Name me all the films you can that involve slaves escaping via The Underground Railroad. No? Okay then, I’ll make it easy on you. Name me a single film, just […]

Newbery/Caldecott 2011 or Well, How Awesome Was THAT?

Didn’t I TELL you it was a Wild Card Year?  And the truth?  I adore Wild Card Years.  They’re my favorites, and not just because my Newbery year’s committee picked The Higher Power of Lucky either.  The whole reason I like the ALA Media Awards is because right until the last minute anybody can win […]

Fusenews: As one does


I am writing this post today around 9 p.m. on Sunday.  As such, many of you will read this, knowing full well who the Newbery and Caldecott winners are.  I will be a little behind you in this respect.  Amusingly, I realized too late that I scheduled my latest sonogram for the PRECISE moment the […]

Video Sunday: “The only consolation is, you’re gonna die quickly with a Kindle.”


I was pleased to hear that the nuptials of Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer have at long last taken place.  Apparently Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket) played the accordion.  Just prior to that, however, Palmer and Gaiman and some friends made this little ode to Henson’s Labyrinth (which some will tell you is based on Sendak’s […]

Kidlit Drink Night: SCBWI Edition

The time has come, the walrus said, to talk of many things.  Of where the heck Victoria Stapleton go her shoes and ships and sealing wax, of castles and of kings.  And when the next Kidlit Drink Night will be held (and whether pigs have wings).  For now we’ll limit ourselves to just the Kidlit […]

Review of the Day: Windblowne by Stephen Messer


Windblowne By Stephen Messer Random House $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-375-86195-6 Ages 9-12 On shelves now 2010 was not a great year for fantasies. Sure, there were plenty of books that contained small fantastical elements, but titles that plunged the reader into entirely different worlds with their own set of rules and understandings? Few and far between. […]

The National Book Critics Circle or Was Lillian Gerhardt Right?


As some of you know I am currently in the process of co-writing a book for Candlewick about the true stories that lurk behind your favorite children’s books and their creators.  My two co-authors (Jules Danielson from Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast and Peter Sieruta from Collecting Children’s Books) and I have been doing painstaking […]

Review of the Day: Perfect Square by Michael Hall

Perfect Square By Michael Hall Greenwillow Books (an imprint of Harper Collins) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-06-191513-0 Ages 4-8 On shelves March 29, 2011 Graphic designers of the world, take heed: I am wary of your intentions. I mean it. You guys are, and I say this in the kindest way possible, strange. I don’t mind it […]