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Religious Conversion and the Children’s Literary Series


I first noticed it when I was a kid.  Growing up a fan of the comic page, my family owned some bound book collections of comics like Doonesbury and Garfield and B.C. I rather liked the old B.C. comics by Johnny Hart, actually.  In spite of the fact that characters had names like The Fat […]

Video Sunday: Hey, you like Turkish Delight as much as I do


Oh, wow.  Just . . . wow.  Some of you may already be aware of the Boogie Woogie blog, run by author/illustrator Aaron Zenz and his three kids.  The fact that it may be the best blog out there in which kids participate in the discussion of children’s literature is evidenced by nothing so much […]

Librarian Preview: Egmont (Summer/Fall 2011)


I just searched my archives to see if I ever made a “monted eggs” joke in conjunction with Egmont USA.  To my chagrin, I did that very thing during the last Egmont preview.  Gah.  I hate being so predictable that even I can figure out what old jokes I’ll be pulling out at a given […]

Review of the Day: Lemonade by Bob Raczka


Lemonade: And Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word By Bob Raczka Illustrated by Nancy Doniger Roaring Brook (a division of Macmillan) $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-59643-541-4 Ages 4-10 On shelves now. The lady from Manhattan would like to register a complaint. The lady from Manhattan is aware, perfectly aware, that there are plenty of fabulous children’s […]

Fusenews: Your source for any and all Gene Wilder trivia


Well, first things first!  The Ezra Jack Keats New Writer and New Illustrator Awards were handed out two days ago, and at long last I can finally tell you the winners.  These awards are given out to new authors and illustrators of children’s books with no more than three books to their names that “portray […]

The Oz Quest Theory: Are Four Companions One Too Many?


I’ve had an idea bouncing around the old noggin recently and I wanted to try ricocheting it off your heads for a while to see where it leads. Recently I’ve been reading a fair number of fantasy and sci-fi (mostly sci-fi, curiously enough) quest novels that follow in the Wizard of Oz rather than Alice […]

Press Release Fun: Crystal Kite Member Choice Awards (the first!) Announced

The Society Of Children’s Book Writers And Illustrators Announces The Winners Of The First Annual Crystal Kite Member Choice Awards Monday, May 3, 2011, LOS ANGELES—The SCBWI is pleased to announce the winners of the inaugural 2011 Crystal Kite Member Choice Awards: Africa Maja Sereda – A Kite’s Flight (Jacana Media) Australia Claire M. Saxby […]

Review of the Day: EllRay Jakes is Not a Chicken by Sally Warner


EllRay Jakes is Not a Chicken! By Sally Warner Illustrated by Jamie Harper Viking (an imprint of Penguin) $14.99 ISBN: 978-0-670-06243-0 Ages 6-9 On shelves May 12th Quiz time. Place your books under your desks and bring out your #2 pencils. Everyone ready? All right. Reach back into your brain cells and please name for […]

Fusenews: Straw waist-coats and sheet-iron cravats


Like the wind!  Faster than lightning!  Lots of news and no time to tell it.  In brief . . . Oh, how cool!  This is not to be missed.  For those of you with an interest in children’s literature around the globe, the blog Playing by the Book offers this fantastic view of children’s literary […]

Video Sunday: Enter favorite Monty Python sketch title here


Jules over at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast alerted me to this trailer and her timing was good as I was just beginning the book myself.  This will prove to be one of the more interesting titles of the year.  It is, you see, divisive.  Some folks already adore it, and I’ve encountered a few […]

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom


Thanks to Marc Rosenthal and Children’s Illustration for the image.

Librarian Preview: Blue Apple Books (Spring-Fall 2011)


A publisher is like a delicate cheese. Each one has their own flavor. Their own specific style and substance. After years of watching one publisher or another, you get a sense of what they do and do not like. In some big publishers like Candlewick or Chronicle you detect a kind of personality. Slightly smaller […]

Review of the Day: The Greedy Sparrow by Lucine Kasbarian


The Greedy Sparrow: An Armenian Tale By Lucine Kasbarian Illustrated by Maria Zaikina Marshall Cavendish Children $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-7614-5821-0 Ages 4-8 On shelves now. As a children’s librarian in New York City I am expected to have a full knowledge of existing children’s literature as it pertains, not just to the American publishing industry, but […]

Insufficient Thanks with a Surprise Twist Ending


You may wonder how this post has any relevance to children’s literature. Trust me. There’s a connection. So I had my baby shower the other day for Future Test Unit #1 (we’re playing with online pseudonyms at the moment) and it was a blast. It was held here in the main branch of NYPL and […]

Review of the Day: Wheels of Change by Sue Macy


Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way) By Sue Macy National Geographic $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-4263-0761-4 Ages 10 and up. On shelves now. A history book for kids can do any number of things. It can concentrate on a topic that has been well-documented in […]