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Who Should Be the Next National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature?

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Had a conversation with someone the other day about the next potential National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature.  A position created in 2008 by its sponsors The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, the Children’s Book Council (CBC) and Every Child a Reader, from 2008-2009 the job went to Jon Scieszka.  In […]

Newbery / Caldecott 2012: The Fall Prediction Edition

*sniff sniff* Smell that?  That’s the sweet scent of an upcoming award season.  It’s already beginning to drift our way from the future.  Things are clearly heating up since we’re seeing two award-based blogs up and running.  For Newbery fans Heavy Medal has already come out of the gate swinging.  Between the inevitable comparison between […]

Kidlit Drink Night Returns!

Or shall we say, Kidlit Drink Night 2.0?  Because, you see, the event is now in brand new hands.  There’s a new sheriff in town, folks.  And by “sheriff” I mean “multiple talented individuals” and by “in town” I mean “running Kidlit Drink Night”.  Yes sir, Cheryl Klein and I are backing away slowly then […]

Review of the Day: Peaceful Pieces by Anna Grossnickle Hines

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Peaceful Pieces: Poems and Quilts About Peace By Anna Grossnickle Hines Henry Holt (Macmillan) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-8050-899607 Ages 4-8 On shelves now. Folks will ask for it. Sure they will. You sit at a children’s reference desk in a library long enough and eventually somebody is going to ask you for a book on the […]

Video Sunday: Weirdly supple crystal balls

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Oh good. Now we have a rallying cry. Bonus.  Thanks to Maureen Johnson for the link. Travis at 100 Scope Notes recently discovered the author video cache to beat all author video caches.  As he puts it “I challenge you to a good ol’ fashioned game of ‘I Bet I Can Find a Video Interview […]

Fusenews: Hotsy Totsy, Ducky, Spiffy, Etc.

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When I first became interested in children’s literature I decided that it would be a good idea to teach myself about all the old greats of the picture book world.  A good idea, but self-teaching is inherently limited.  As such, I’ve missed a lot of folks. For example, until now “Saul Bass” meant nothing to […]

Children’s Literary Salon: Storytelling! Its Past, Its Present, Its Future

At last!  My slow attempts to get back to work begin, and what better way than to start up the Children’s Literary Salons once more.  Tomorrow, we’ve a lovely one to kick it all off.  To wit: Where: The Children’s Center at 42nd Street (Room 84), Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, New York Public Library, 42nd […]

Review of the Day: Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

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Wonderstruck By Brian Selznick Scholastic Press $29.99 ISBN: 978-0545027892 Ages 9 and up On shelves September 13, 2011 Hype. What’s the point? A publisher believes that a book is going to be big so they crank up the old hype machine and do everything in their power to draw attention to it long before its […]

New Yorker/Picture Book Artists: Ian Falconer – Beyond Olivia

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At the end of July I created a post on New Yorker cover artists who also did picture books for children.  Well, I showed just a scant hint of some of the covers I have in my possession, and now seems like a good time to bring some others out for one and all to […]

Press Release Fun: Minigrants for School and Public Libraries

Tel. 718/965-1266 (For more information) Website: www.Ezra-Jack-Keats.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 1, 2011 THE EZRA JACK KEATS MINIGRANT PROGRAM IS BACK AND BETTER THEN EVER: PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND PUBLIC LIBRARIES ARE INVITED TO APPLY “We’re going green, shifting from a fall to a spring granting cycle and celebrating the educators whose creative Minigrant programs offer […]

Review of the Day: What Do You See? by Martine Perrin

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What Do You See? By Martine Perrin Albert Whitman & Co. $8.99 ISBN: 978-0-8075-6712-8 Ages 0-4 On shelves now. *Offspring Approved* I have always acknowledged the danger of having a child of my own. You see, as a children’s librarian I deal with parents that truly believe that if their kid does or does not […]

Fusenews: Haggis and Hash Browns

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Happy Labor Day!  I’ve no special post of my own but I know someone who has created the ultimate list of Labor Songs. That would be Professor Phil Nel and at this point I’ve only seen the first of three posts but it is truly fantastic.  For one thing, he includes Moxy Früvous on his […]

Video Sunday: Bluebeard ain’t too shabby either

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Morning, everyone!  While exploring various French children’s literature blogs earlier this week I stumbled across this remarkable little book trailer for a pop-up book.  Love the children’s literature references, though I admit to being baffled by the inclusion of Madame Butterfly.  Ah well. I did also notice a movie trailer of some sort coming out […]

Review of the Day: Witches! by Rosalyn Schanzer

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Witches! The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem By Rosalyn Schanzer National Geographic Children’s Books $16.95 ISBN: 978- 1426308697 Ages 10 and up On shelves September 13th Sometimes I wish I could sit down with my 10-year-old self and have a conversation. We’d chat about the improvements that will come to fashion someday (I […]

From Funny Pages to 32 Pages: Cartoonists Turned Picture Book Authors

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Used to be that a kid who “didn’t like to read” could be found perusing the newspaper every Sunday for the colored comic pages come rain or shine.  Now thanks to a host of different factors the comics page is no longer the go to place for kids to get their comic fixes.  That honor […]