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Review of the Day: Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow by Susan A. Shea

Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow? By Susan A. Shea Illustrated by Tom Slaughter Blue Apple Books $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-60905-062-7 Ages 4-8 On shelves now Because I’m a librarian I like to slot books into distinct categories. Alphabet book. Concept book. Emotions book. So on. Other people like it too. That’s why I keep […]

We may be a little late with our posts this week . . . .

. . . . something came up. Meet the newest baby Bird.  She’s 9 pounds, 6 ounces, and sweet as can be.  I expect to have her reciting The Wheels on the Bus within the week. Thanks to everyone for yesterday’s kind wishes!

Bird by Bird

If you are seeing this post it means that in the midst of labor I managed to grab my cell phone or laptop and change the status from “Draft” to “Schedule”.  And yes, I’m the kind of high-strung individual who writes an I-am-having-labor blog post in preparation for the big event.  Call me kooky.  I […]

Newbery/Caldecott 2012: Mid-Year Projections/Predictions

Normally I’d do this kind of post for June 15th but there’s a possibility that I might be a bit busy on that date, so we’ll do it now for kicks.  It’s time for our mid-year Newbery/Caldecott querying.  I’ve already indulged in some Spring Predictions, but I prefer the Summer ones because at this point […]

Fusenews: Hand me my smelling salts! I think I have the vapors!

There was a kerfuffle this weekend.  Did you notice?  It was a YA kerfuffle, which I generally tend to avoid, but sometimes inanity makes for good blogging.  And nothing was quite as inane as the recent Wall Street Journal article Darkness Too Visible.  The gist: My goodness, my gracious, have you seen what kids are […]

Video Sunday: The Thrilla in Vermilion

I was pleased to see that CNN provided a quick look at 826Valencia (the first of the 826 tutoring centers around the country), quick though it might be.  I do wish it offered some more practical advice on finding tutoring for kids, which is not an easy thing to do.  Still, it’s a good start.  […]

Review of the Day: Bad Island by Doug TenNapel

Bad Island By Doug TenNapel Coloring by Katherine Garner Graphix (an imprint of Scholastic) $24.99 ISBN: 978-0-545-31479-4 Ages 10-14 On shelves August 1, 2011 It’s enough to make you want to take up brain surgery. I read some comics for kids and I can hardly move through the recycled tropes and old overdone ideas cluttering […]

Swag I Have Known

A tragedy hit New York City this week.  Babes cried.  Women rent clothing.  Grown men clutched their hearts and wondered if the end was near. My Bink & Gollie watch died. I am a children’s librarian.  As such, I get swag.  Not a lot.  Before the economic crises took a hit swag was a far […]

Librarian Preview: Candlewick, Brilliance Audio, Harper Collins, HMH, Scholastic, Sourcebooks, & Sterling (Fall 2011)

Heh heh.  You know when I said I’d write up the Day of Dialog librarian previews that I saw?  Well, I wasn’t kidding.  In fact, I’ve decided to be extra efficient and just cram the whole lot of them into one big, superlative, overcompensating post.  Before I do, however, I should note that a couple […]

Review of the Day: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne Valente

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making By Catherynne M. Valente Illustrations by Ana Juan Feiwel and Friends (an imprint of Macmillan) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-312-64961-6 On shelves now. Well devil if I know what to do with it. Never complain that you are bored, ladies and gentlemen. Say such a […]