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Press Release Fun: Jules Feiffer Art!

The Carle Announces Fall Exhibition Growing Every Which Way But Up: The Children’s Book Art of Jules Feiffer (Amherst, MA) August 11, 2011-  The Carle is pleased to announce a forthcoming exhibition featuring cartoonist, playwright, screenwriter, and children’s book author and illustrator Jules Feiffer. Growing Every Which Way But Up: The Children’s Book Art of […]

Fusenews: Words, words, wonderful words

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Though I mentioned it yesterday, I was pleased as punch to discover the recent winners of the Society of Illustrator’s Original Art.  The Gold?  It went to a plucky (and very good) little nonfiction title by the name of Witches! The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem, both written and illustrated by Rosalyn Schanzer.  […]

Video Sunday: Dragons and Dragon Teeth

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We begin this week with something extraordinary.  A book trailer that looks like a movie trailer (no real surprises there) but that includes so many specific details to its book that you’re half inclined to think that the movie version already exists.  Super 8‘s actor Joel Courtney stars in trailer for The Dragon’s Tooth by […]

Last Gasp Summer Reading Suggestions for Kids

Because I clearly have too much time on my hands (cue raucous slightly unhinged laughter) I recently helped create a little summer reading suggestion video with the help of my bud, fellow blogger Monica Edinger (of the Educating Alice blog)  TOGETHER we have created the ultimate in video recommendations.  Doubt me?  Check out the post […]

Review of the Day: A Little Bitty Man by Halfdan Rasmussen

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A Little Bitty Man and Other Poems for the Very Young By Halfdan Rasmussen Translated by Marilyn Nelson and Pamela Espeland Illustrated by Kevin Hawkes Candlewick Press $15.99 ISBN: 978-0763623791 Ages 3-8 On shelves now. Denmark! Mention the country and children’s literature in one breath and what would most Americans think of? Well, if they […]

2011 Booktalk Pairings

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Children’s librarians have many weapons at their disposal that allow them to entice children young and old with delicious literature. The booktalk may be the best of the bunch. Before I joined the profession I was utterly unaware of what booktalking really was. It certainly didn’t exist when I was a child, at least not […]

Why Grand Theft Auto is like Hansel and Gretel

It isn’t.  I explain. A children’s librarian may sometimes spend a certain amount of time defending a child’s right to read fairy tales or books that reference those tales.  So when a parent complains about the severed heads in A Tale Dark and Grimm or the girl dancing to her death in Breadcrumbs, the librarian […]

Review of the Day: The Cheshire Cheese Cat by Carmen Agra Deedy and Randall Wright

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The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale By Carmen Agra Deedy and Randall Wright Illustrated by Barry Moser Peachtree Press $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-56145-595-9 Ages 7-12 On shelves October 1, 2011 Animal stories. Done well and you get something like Charlotte’s Web or The Incredible Journey. Done poorly and you cannot name for me […]

Fusenews: Horton hears too much. He must be dealt with.

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As you may have heard, last week author William Sleator passed away.  I met him once during the Midwinter ALA Conference in Philadelphia.  He was part of an Abrams brunch in which librarians munched on food and spoke to various authors.  I was pleased to get Mr. Sleator’s autograph on a book for a friend […]

Video Sunday: Now with more monkeys

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First off, today I’d be amiss if I did not direct you to submit your favorite book trailers to the SLJ Trailee Awards.*  If you’ve a favorite trailer that was posted between the dates of July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011, SLJ wants to hear about it.  Think back through all the book trailers […]

Review of the Day: The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred by Samantha R. Vamos

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The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred By Samantha R. Vamos Illustrated by Rafael Lopez Charlesbridge $17.95 ISBN: 978-1-58089-242-1 Ages 4-8 On shelves now I am lucky to work in a children’s room with a significantly sized bilingual section. The books you’ll find there cover a wide range of languages. Chinese, Arabic, Urdu, you name […]

Press Release Fun: Ezra Jack Keats at The Jewish Museum

THE SNOWY DAY AND THE ART OF EZRA JACK KEATS Opens at The Jewish Museum September 9th First Major U.S. Exhibition Pays Tribute to Award-Winning Author and Illustrator Exhibition Marks 50th Anniversary of “The Snowy Day” Which Paved the Way for Multiracial Representation in American Children’s Literature New York, NY – The Snowy Day and […]

The Secret Past of Phillip Pullman

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Let this reassure all the authors of children’s books out there.  You can be the greatest writer in the world and still produce middling fare in your early years.  Today’s example is How to Be Cool by Philip Pullman circa 1987.  Perhaps a bit different from The Golden Compass: Step One: Find some hot pink […]

Fantasy in a Post-Harry World

With the final Harry Potter movie in theaters making more money than the very nation has in its coffers (or so my lackadaisical understanding of politics leads me to believe) there have been a whole slew of articles about Harry.  These include articles on the kids in the movie, on what Rowling’s up to now, […]

Fusenews: Who reviews the reviewers?

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I was saddened to learn of the death of children’s author Georgess McHargue on Monday, July 18th.  It seems that this was a death our community missed and I am sorry for it.  Ms. McHargue penned many a fine children’s novel, but my favorite would have to be Stoneflight, a tale of New York City’s […]