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Bologna Part Two: We Hit the Floor Running

When we last left our hero . . . So!  Bologna Book Fair.  Let’s talk a bit about that.  If you arrive and are a mere ordinary librarian like myself, you will instantly be overwhelmed.  This is good.  It slows you down enough that you simply have to pull out your map, which also happens […]

Press Release Fun: Eric Carle Museum Honorees Announced!

Sorry, folks. More very very soon. I just got home at 1 a.m. last night. A tip of the hat to Foundry for the fun. Tomorrow, much more. In the meantime . . . The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Announces Sixth Annual Carle Honors Honorees Amherst, Mass. (March 22, 2011) — The […]

Bologna Part 1: What I’m Learning

We regret to inform you that due to the overwhelming experience of witnessing the full assault of children’s literature advocates from all around the globe, Betsy Bird’s head exploded at approximately 4:00 p.m. on Monday, March 28th, 2011.  We are sorry for any inconvenience this might incur.  She will be missed. Well . . . […]

Day Two: Florence (“I’m from Europe, where the history comes from”*)

So what do we know about Florence?  Not much, as it happens.  Turns out, it’s a nice enough town and has a singular advantage over Rome from at least one touristy point of view: No dudes in faux gladiator regalia hounding you for pictures.  Like Rome, however, the town contains dozens of street vendors selling […]

Kidlit Drink Night: You Decide

Expect a little filler in the next few days as I travel across the wide blue seas and attempt to fool the airlines into thinking I’m less pregnant than I am (I’m not so close that it’s dangerous but I hear they give pregnant ladies a hard time). In the meantime, I need your opinions.  […]

Rome Wasn’t Built/Traversed in a Day

Travel is not inherently exciting unless the person doing the traveling undergoes some kind of a massive disaster en route.  Therefore it is with mixed feelings that I report that I arrived in Rome without any particularly massive calamities.  Such a pity, since I think this report would benefit highly if, say, my plane had […]

Press Release Fun: The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award

Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award More candidates than ever for the world’s largest prize for children’s and young adult literature Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award – Mar 17, 2011 08:15 CET – To be awarded the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award is such a tremendous experience, says the Belgian illustrator Kitty Crowther, the 2010 recipient. On March 29th […]

Fusenews: When did the letter “Z” become feminine?

Matt and I are continuing to prep for our upcoming trip to Bologna.  So far I have been advised by my readers to eat a lot of gelato (done and done!) and to wear comfortable shoes.  I think I can promise that . . . I think.  Currently I’m having the heels on my favorite […]

Review of the Day: Ice by Arthur Geisert

Ice By Arthur Geisert Enchanted Lion Books $14.95 ISBN: 978-1-59270-098-1 For ages 5 and up On shelves now Me and Arthur Geisert, Arthur Geisert and I . . . I wouldn’t say we’ve ever connected, exactly. Over the years I’ve had a hard time getting a grasp on his particular brand of picture book creation. […]

Bologna Bound

This Friday I’ll be packing up my things and my pregnant belly to parts unknown.  And, of course, by “parts unknown” I mean “The Bologna Book Fair”.  Each year the greatest book fair in the world of children’s books is held in Bologna, Italy.  I’m going to do several things while there. A: Figure out […]

In Brief: Meeting Anthony Horowitz

If you were to rearrange the letters in “Anthony Horowitz” you could potentially come up with the phrase “A Thin Woozy Thorn.”  Just sayin’. I must confess that if I were to set up someone to speak with Anthony Horowitz whilst he stayed in New York City on his vacation, I don’t know that I’d […]

Video Sunday: All Off-Topic Edition

Well . . . not entirely off-topic.  Don’t know how I missed this adaptation of the Harry Potter books into A Very Potter Musical, but I did.  It’s been around for a couple of years, and apparently the fellow playing Harry is now on GLEE (or so I’ve been told).  I ended up watching way […]

Review of the Day: The Many Faces of George Washington by Carla Killough McClafferty

The Many Faces of George Washington: Remaking a Presidential Icon By Carla Killough McClafferty Carolrhoda Books (a division of Lerner) $20.95 ISBN: 978-0-7613-5608-0 Ages 10 and up On shelves April 1st Forensic anthropology meets the guy on the one dollar bill. That’s one way of putting it anyway. Walk into many a classroom and tell […]

Fusenews: Though would you really want to wear The Saggy Baggy Elephant?

First off, I was a bit amazed that there’s a whole Today Show webpage dedicated solely to the marriage of that English royal guy to that girl with the brown hair (yes, I know their names, but invoking them seems a dangerous game).  Then I was even more amazed to see that a children’s book […]

Newbery / Caldecott 2012: The Spring Prediction Edition

I know some of you just hate it when award talk starts too early. And certainly ten months before the awards in question. . . well that’s the very definition of early, is it not? But I’ve been doing these for three years now and I rather enjoy them. This is also the first year […]