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Review of the Day: The Penderwicks at Point Mouette by Jeanne Birdsall


The Penderwicks at Point Mouette By Jeanne Birdsall Knopf (an imprint of Random House) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-375-85851-2 Ages 7-12 On shelves May 10th When Jeanne Birdsall’s first middle grade novel The Penderwicks was published in 2005 it committed a crime. A crime shared, I might add, by books written by authors like Dr. Seuss, J.K. […]

Giving it up for Children’s Book Week!


All right, kids. If there’s a holiday for children’s literature out there, the closest possible equivalent would have to be Children’s Book Week, am I right? What’s that? You have no idea what Children’s Book Week is? You’re probably not alone. In my time as a children’s librarian I’ve been vaguely aware of it. It […]

Fusenews: Quoth the kitten “Get some more”.


I guess that there’s a mild irony to the fact that while I’ll write up anyone’s literary event if I’m able to attend, if I help to throw the darn things myself then suddenly I clam up. For example, with the possible exception of the blogger panel I had two years ago, I don’t think […]

Video Sunday: Life’s too short to lose an hour (daylight savings or no)


It begins!  The thing with the books and the thing with the thing.  Which, if you wish me to be slightly more coherent, roughly translates to, “It begins!  The Battle of the Kids’ Books wherein great authors go through great books to decide which ones they like the best!”  This little video is kicking everything […]

Librarian Preview: Penguin Young Readers Group (Summer 2011)


I’d been feeling a bit guilty about Penguin recently.  If my calculations are correct (and I think that they are) I haven’t been to a Penguin preview since April of 2010.  The timing just never worked out!  I do hold down a 9-5 job in the library, after all, so angling my free days to […]

Children’s Literary Salon: Peter and Peter from Page to Stage


The Children’s Literary Salon at the Children’s Center at 42 nd Street is pleased to announce our event on Saturday, March 12th at 2:00 p.m. Please note the date!!!  We’re having two in one month, which is just nutty, but this is just too cool to pass up. From Page to Stage: Two Peter Pans […]

Review of the Day: Press Here by Herve Tullet


Press Here By Herve Tullet Chronicle Books $14.99 ISBN: 978-0-8118-7954-5 Ages 4-8 On shelves March 30th When we talk about interactive picture books we’re usually talking about pop-up books or tactile books with fuzzy/bumpy details. When we talk about picture books that break down the fourth wall, we’re usually talking about titles that approach the […]

Obituary: Steven Kroll


Oh.  I heard with great sorrow that children’s author Steven Kroll passed away earlier this week.  I don’t know how many of you ever had the chance to meet Steven.  He was a big part of PEN here in New York City, which is where I’d usually run into him.  Over the years I got […]

Fusenews: Hunting the snark


After posting a video from the episode of Community where Troy meets his hero LeVar Burton I got a penchant for a little Reading Rainbow.  The universe, it appears, was happy to oblige.  First off you have a woman that I would love to meet one day.  If the name Twila Liggett fails to ring […]

Kidlit Drink Night: March Edition

Happy March! Even — dare we say it — happy SPRING . . . . almost.  In the same vein as that oh-don’t-you-wish-it-was-just-ten-degrees-warmer weather, have we got a springy Kidlit Drink Night for you!  Check it out: When: March 21, 6:30 p.m. Where: The Village Pourhouse at 366 West 46th St., between 8th and 9th […]

Review of the Day: Cousins of Clouds by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer


Cousins of Clouds: Elephant Poems By Tracie Vaughn Zimmer Illustrated by Megan Halsey and Sean Addy Clarion Books (an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-618-90349-8 Ages 4-9 On shelves now “Do you have any elephant books?” This is an easy one. The children’s librarian doesn’t have to think too hard about it. Just […]

Video Sunday: I swoop and I soar and I fly. Back up, back up


Yes, we’re beginning today by sneakily seeking out weirdo memories from my own youth.  This week my attention was directed to that picture book version of the Peter, Paul and Mary song Puff the Magic Dragon.  It reminded me that long before Yarrow’s words were set to paper, they were appropriated for this bizarre television […]

Fusenews: The YA Mafia is dead. Long live the YA Mafia.


Call him the Tupac Shakur of children’s books.  Or maybe that title should go to Margaret Wise Brown.  In any case, it seems that every ten years or so we get a new Shel Silverstein book or collection of poems entirely out of the blue (I’m counting Falling Up, and Runny Babbit when I say […]

Review of the Day: Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

Inside Out and Back Again By Thanhha Lai Harper Collins $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-06-196278-3 Ages 9-12 On shelves now Thinking about the most memorable of children’s novels, one trait in all of them has to ring true in order for them to click with their readers. The books must contain some kind of “meaning”. Even the […]

Children’s Literary Salon: Pop-Up Edition

Party at my place this Saturday.  I’ll bring the chairs, you bring yourselves.  Here’s the official announcement: Children’s Literary Salon – The Movable Book: Creating Pop-Ups for the Juvenile Audience Where: NYPL, The Children’s Center at 42nd Street, 42nd Street and 5th Avenue, Room 84 on the Ground Floor When: Saturday, March 5th at 2:00 […]