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Overweight and Invisible

Fairest

Since I don’t do much with YA on a regular basis I don’t read the blog of The Book Smugglers as often as I would like, even though they’re some of the best in the biz.  Love their reviews.  Really top notch stuff. Anyway, they recently reviewed a book called The Girl of Fire and [...]

Press Release Fun: The Illustrated New York

Join the Katonah Museum of Art for this exhibit curated by Leonard Marcus and based on his book Storied City: Storied City: New York in Picture Book Art In the Learning Center and Project Gallery October 2 – December 31, 2011 New York has long held special appeal for the illustrators and writers of children’s [...]

Review of the Day: A Dog is a Dog by Stephen Shaskan

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A Dog is a Dog By Stephen Shaskan Chronicle Books $14.99 ISBN: 978-0-8118-7896-8 Ages 4-8 On shelves October 12th Beware the children’s librarian entrenched in the same old, same old. One of the risks of the profession is that when children’s librarians grow jaded, they start to rely upon the same five to eight books [...]

Fusenews: “Peppa Pig is likely to fall into American hands”

GiantTalkingHead

SLJ represent!  Though I could not attend this year’s KidLitCon (the annual conference of children’s and YA bloggers) many others did and they have all posted links to their recaps of the event here.  So while I could not be present, fellow SLJ blogger Liz Burns of Tea Cozy showed up and has a fabulous [...]

Children’s Literary Salon: Here v. There

New York Public Library’s Children’s Center at 42nd Street is pleased to announce our upcoming program on Saturday, October 1st at 2:00 p.m. Coming to America / From America How do American children’s books stack up against those published in other countries? What are the differences that occur in publications in different nations? How does [...]

Video Sunday: Giant monsters and tiny ladies

Arietty

Thanks to @doseofsnark for the link. Ah, Banned Books Week.  It only comes but once a year (as opposed to banning books which appears to be a year long occupation).  For the one stop shopping round-up everyone needs, bookshelves of doom has compiled just a top notch collection of links for the occasion.  One of [...]

Review of the Day: The Fabulous Flying Machines of Alberto Santos-Dumont by Victoria Griffith

Alberto

The Fabulous Flying Machines of Alberto Santos-Dumont By Victoria Griffith Illustrated by Eva Montanari Abrams Books for Young Readers $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-4197-0011-8 Ages 6-10 On shelves now The American publishing industry is good at a lot of things. They produce some pretty delightful fare for children on a variety of different topics. If you want [...]

Studio Visits: The Atlas Powder Company (for lack of a better name)

AtlasPowderCo

The general rules state that when a couple is blessed with the presence of an infant in their home, their social life goes down the proverbial toilet.  This is a universal truth, but the real consequences of filial existence don’t really come into play until the child is able to grab and destroy. So it [...]

Leonard Marcus at NYPL on NYPL

The Children’s Center at 42nd Street presents The ABC of It: The Story of the New York Public Library’s Pioneering Work with Children Join Leonard Marcus for an illustrated lecture celebrating one of the New York Public Library’s first and most lasting contributions to America’s cultural life: its tradition of ground-breaking service to children. Starting [...]

Review of the Day: Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading by Tommy Greenwald

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Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading By Tommy Greenwald Illustrated by J.P. Coovert Roaring Brook (Macmillan) $14.99 ISBN: 978-1-59643-691-6 Ages 9-12 On shelves now. The unreliable narrator. It’s a staple of adult literature, and a relative newcomer to the world of children’s lit. Even books for teens are more likely to sport these first [...]

Fusenews: Zap! Pow! Zam! (Zam?)

adele-simon

Ruh-roh.  I’ve been having too much fun earning a living to leave enough time for blogging.  Time yet again for a super quickie point-by-point-without-the-details Fusenews!  Hold onto your hats . . . Who are the artists overlooked by the Caldecott?  Elizabeth Bluemle has the scoop. An East Harlem bookstore needs your help! Thanks to Heather [...]

Review of the Day: Hopper and Wilson by Maria van Lieshout

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Hopper and Wilson By Maria van Lieshout Philomel Books (a division of Penguin) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-399-25184-9 Ages 4-8 On shelves now. Inspiration comes in a variety of different forms though family is probably best source. One author might write a picture book and make all the monsters in it the relatives they knew growing up. [...]

Video Sunday: Arrr! Tis Captain Jack David Small!

Dahlhut

Writing huts!  We all have them.  And by “all” I mean “Laurie Halse Anderson”.  But famous authors of the past also have had magnificent writing huts and one of them belonged to Roald Dahl.  Now Dahl’s granddaughter Sophie is leading a fund-raiser to restore and relocate the hut.  I would think she need only appeal [...]

Press Release Fun: Jerry on Ezra

EZRA JACK KEATS: A CREATIVE RESPONSE LECTURE AT THE JEWISH MUSEUM OCTOBER 17 BY CALDECOTT AWARD-WINNING ILUSTRATOR JERRY PINKNEY New York, NY –The Jewish Museum will present Ezra Jack Keats: A Creative Response, on Thursday, October 17 at 11:30 am.  In this lecture, Caldecott Award-winning illustrator Jerry Pinkney shares his reflections on Ezra Jack Keats’s [...]

Back to Work (includes snappy socks)

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They say all good things come to an end (“autumn leaves must fall”) and that goes for summer vacation and maternity leave.  Yep, the kids are returning to the schoolhouse and I’m returning to work at New York Public Library.  My baby girl *sob* is left in care of her daddy while I rejoin the [...]