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Fusenews: Back to work, everybody!

PenguinBookVan

Top o’ the Tuesday to you, gentle readers!  After a delightful Memorial Day Weekend of doing very little (aside from watching somewhat strangely high statistics for my dinky little Saturday review) I am now working my final week at NYPL before the imminent arrival of a brand new Baby Bird.  So let’s pack in the [...]

SLJ’s 2011 Day of Dialog: “The best thing about being a writer is that you have readers” – Katherine Paterson

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So let’s get a grasp on what exactly it is I’m talking about here.  Day of Dialog.  A day when School Library Journal and roughly 1.5 billion children’s book publishers (read: 16, give or take) get together and attendees (who are mostly children’s librarians and children’s booksellers) get to witness a variety of interesting panels [...]

Video Sunday: “We envision it as Lord of the Rings, but set in a world of candy.”

Yesterday you may have seen that I featured a Jon Klassen book of unparalleled beauty. After some prodding about on the series of tubes we call the internet I discovered that there are some small animations of his online. This is one of the coolest so many thanks to Viviane Schwartz for the link! I [...]

Review of the Day: I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen

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I Want My Hat Back By Jon Klassen Candlewick Press $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-5598-3 Ages 4-8 On shelves September 27th. I knew it! I knew it, I knew it, I knew it, I knew it, I knew it! When Caroline Stutson’s Cats’ Night Out was released by Simon & Schuster in 2010 it contained art by [...]

Always a Bridesmaid: The Newbery/Caldecott Honor Winning Crowd

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It’s almost time for me to start thinking about my mid-year Newbery/Caldecott prediction list (also known as The Arbitrary Arbitrariness of the Arbitrariums).  In doing so my mind has been inclined to think back over the years to past winners.  In discussion with a friend the other day, the conversation turned to Jerry Pinkney.  Specifically, [...]

Fusenews: What’s wrong with this picture?

ThorSalad

With Book Expo going full-blast in town and my library celebrating its Centennial all at the same time, blogging is possible but slightly more difficult than usual.  I am amused to find that when I skip a day some folks worry that I might be in labor.  Fear not.  I’ll find a way to update [...]

Librarian Preview: Macmillan (Fall 2011)

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Saying that one is spoiled in New York City is sort of like saying that water is wet or snow is cold.  There are tradeoffs, of course.  The filth.  The crowds.  The teeny tiny apartments.  But for all of that, you instantly forget your previous discomforts when you get to visit gorgeous landmarks as part [...]

Review of the Day: Nurse, Soldier, Spy by Marissa Moss

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Nurse, Soldier, Spy: The Story of Sarah Edmonds, a Civil War Hero By Marissa Moss Illustrated by John Hendrix Abrams Books for Young Readers $18.95 ISBN: 978-0-8109-9735-6 Ages 6-12 On shelves now. If I want to depress myself on a given day I’ll compare the list of biographical subjects that kids in school are handed [...]

Video Sunday: “Dolphins! One of the smartest animals alive. Do they wear pants? No! But they wish they did, that’s just how smart they are.”

GertrudeWarner

Oh, blooming heck.  Now if you clicked on this little video image then you probably read the explanation of what it is.  If you would rather stay comfortable on this blog for the time being, however, simply know that Mo Willems created a delightful little video for this year’s Children’s Choice Awards.  Then things went [...]

Review of the Day: The Boy at the End of the World by Greg van Eekhout

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The Boy at the End of the World By Greg van Eekhout Bloomsbury Children’s Books $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-59990-524-2 Ages 9-12 On shelves June 21, 2011 For all that dystopias are now the #1 hot genre amongst children and teens (having supplanted vampires for the moment) I’ve yet to have a kid actually ask me for [...]

Press Release Fun: Free Speech Rights at BookExpo

Oh, doggone it. I can’t do a full Book Expo this year and these sound good. Check ‘em out, oh fellow librarians, if you get a chance. Particularly the first. Free Speech Rights of Kids Are Focus at BookExpo America NEW YORK, NY, May 4, 2011 – Attacks on the free speech rights of kids [...]

Press Release Fun: A Great Award in a Great Guy’s Name

ANNOUNCING THE PEN/STEVEN KROLL AWARD HONORING THE AUTHOR OF AN ILLUSTRATED CHILDREN’S BOOK $5,000 Prize to Recognize Exceptional Writing in a Picture Book PEN American Center announced today the establishment of the PEN/Steven Kroll Award Honoring the Author of an Illustrated Children’s Book. The prize was established in memory of Steven Kroll to acknowledge the [...]

Fusenews: Sifting the Nifty

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From sopping wet New York City here is your philosophical question of the day: If April showers bring May flowers, what the heck do May showers bring?  Ponder that while I hand you a piping hot plate o’ Fusenews. My library branch is turning 100 next week (you may have noticed the pretty New Yorker [...]

Saracen, Selznick, and the Goose That Almost Wasn’t

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Come gather round me children and hear the tale I tell. Cute goose, right?  Well I don’t usually recount stories from my workplace, it being all marbley and imposing and such, but this is a good story.  It involves a goose rescue mission, Long Island City, and Brian Selznick, not necessarily in that order.  I [...]

Review of the Day: Chuckling Ducklings by Aaron Zenz

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Chuckling Ducklings and Baby Animal Friends By Aaron Zenz Walker & Company $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-8027-2191-4 Ages 4-8 On shelves now They say that humor is subjective. They might as well just go and say the same thing for what folks find cute. What positively reduces one person to a pile of babbling goo might strike [...]