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Review of the Day – Orani: My Father’s Village by Claire A. Nivola


Orani: My Father’s Village By Claire A. Nivola Frances Foster Books (Farrar Straus Giroux) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-374-35657-6 Ages 4-8 On shelves July 19th The personal family history as picture book is an interesting little subgenre. It’s been in the American picture book roster for years, dating back at least as far as Robert Lawson’s 1940 […]

You Couldn’t Pay Me to Read That

Had a fun conversation with someone the other day that got me to thinking.  We were discussing the fact that we both get sent a lot of children’s books to read.  Some are solicited by their authors/editors/agents and others just arrive in boxes that come from publishers.  A person can have a whole individualized set […]

Press Release Fun: Random Acts of Publicity

Announcing the 3rd Annual Random Acts of Publicity Week It’s all about your friend’s book! The Random Acts of Publicity Week is the four days after Labor Day and is dedicated to writers paying-it-forward by helping promote a friend’s book. Each day, we will recommend a simple act of promotion for a friend’s book: write […]

Fusenews: Croquet and Pentanque (together at last)


Maybe half a year ago I mentioned that Ms. Lucy Knisley had created a cartoon poster for the first four Harry Potter books.  Now with the final Potter movie coming out, the posters are at long last complete.  They follow the plots of the books, not the films, but the look of the characters can […]

Review of the Day: The Incredible Life of Balto by Meghan McCarthy


The Incredible Life of Balto By Meghan McCarthy Alfred A. Knopf (an imprint of Random House) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-375-84460-7 Ages 4 and up On shelves August 9th I’m not a dog person. Like ‘em fine. Don’t see much particular need to interact with them on a regular basis. Sometimes, though, I’ll feel like my life […]

Video Sunday: “It was just full of mouthwash”


The 90-Second Newbery submissions keep coming in!!  Remember, there’s still lots of time to have your talented kids/students/neighborhood gamins submit their own shortened versions of Newbery classics.  James Kennedy and I will be presenting them at New York Public Library in the fall, but we’d love more titles like today’s musical take on that William […]

Ponderable: Do Bad Readers Affect a Love of Books?

Say you’re a children’s librarian.  Your office is directly connected to the picture book room and due to the layout of the space the walls of your space do not reach the ceiling.  This means that anyone in the attached room can be heard with crystal clear clarity.  Maybe that’s not so great when you’re […]

Review of the Day: Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier


Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes By Jonathan Auxier Amulet Books (an imprint of Abrams) $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-4197-0025-5 Ages 9-12 On shelves August 1st. What is the most telling difference between those works of children’s literature written long ago and those written today? Pose this question to a room full of children’s librarians and I […]

Librarian Preview: Lerner Books (Fall 2011)


I like a lot of things about Lerner, but probably what I like the most is the fact that they’ve managed to transition from rote titles that are of primary use in schoolrooms to publishing of all kinds of books.  Not that they don’t still create useful books for class use, but this preview should […]

Fusenews: Terms we can live without = Young-young Adult


Amusing. I wrote an article for SLJ about the Bologna Book Fair and why librarians should attend in droves.  I was unprepared for some of the formatting choices on the piece, though.  The title Betsy Goes to Bologna caught me off guard, though it’s certainly true.  But it was the art created for the piece […]

Review of the Day: My Name Is Elizabeth by Annika Dunklee


My Name Is Elizabeth By Annika Dunklee Illustrated by Matthew Forsythe Kids Can Press $14.95 ISBN: 978-1-55453-560-6 Ages 4-8 On shelves September 1, 2011 The human capacity to garble a first name, even a simple or common one, is without limit. I should know. My name is Elizabeth. My preferred nickname is “Betsy”, which is […]

Be Kind to Your Web Footed Friends . . .


Happy July 4th, everybody! Had a friend over for a playdate with the fledgling the other day and she asked “Are you guys doing anything special for the 4th of July?”  I thought it was a rather odd question.  I mean, Independence Day is WEEKS from now!  This was Friday.  Imagine my shock when I […]

Video Sunday: It’s the Robinson Crusoe bit, in case you were wondering


This week I reviewed Anne Ursu’s Breadcrumbs, a keen look at the weirdness that is Hans Christian Andersen.  At the same time the Brit blog Playing By the Book highlighted a ballet take on the Andersen story The Most Incredible Thing.  I wasn’t able to grab the video she found but I was able to […]

Review of the Day: Hidden by Helen Frost


Hidden By Helen Frost Frances Foster Books (Farrar Straus & Giroux) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-374-38221-6 Ages 10 and up On shelves now. If poems had been introduced to me as a child as puzzles, maybe I would have taken to them a little more. A poem is a kind of puzzle, isn’t it? Depending on the […]