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My New Job

So.  Big time news over here.  Remember how I’ve been a librarian with the Children’s Center at 42nd Street (formerly the Central Children’s Room) for roundabout five years now?  Well it finally happened.  I got a new job. I kid you not.  You are now looking at the Youth Materials Specialist and Supervising Librarian of […]

Librarian Preview: Lerner Books (Spring 2012)


Fun Fact: Librarian previews done in the presence of small attention seeking babies yield surprisingly drool-soaked notes.  Not so drool-soaked that a person couldn’t decipher them later, but wet with the moisture of someone else’s mouth just the same. Still and all, the good people of Lerner Publishing Group (Lindsay Matvick and Terri Reden if […]

Video Sunday: “Roddy Doyle: National Institution”


Must . . . steal . . . this . . . idea  . . . . NOW! David Maybury, for those of us on this side of the pond, dubs himself a “Children’s Book Commentator” and has a swell blog worth discovering.  New life goal: To become him. Achockablog, words do not suffice to […]

Children’s Literary Salon – Military Offspring: A Whole New Genre

The Children’s Literary Salon is pleased to announce our upcoming program, this Saturday, November 12th at 2:00 p.m. Join authors Nora Raleigh Baskin (The Summer Before Boys), Sara Lewis Holmes (Operation Yes), Rosanne Parry (Heart of a Shepherd, Second Fiddle), and Suzanne Morgan Williams (Bull Rider) talk about children in military families and how they […]

Fusenews: In which I get to use the term “mankiest”


Daylight Saving (not “Savings” I just learned) has arrived and you know what that means?  It means babies have a terrible sense of telling time.  Just awful.  And that, in turn, means I’d better crank out a lickety-split Fusenews before I hear the telltale sound of little eyelids opening. First up, The New York Times […]

Review of the Day: The Romeo and Juliet Code by Phoebe Stone

The Romeo and Juliet Code By Phoebe Stone Arthur A. Levine (an imprint of Scholastic) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-545-21511-4 Ages 9-12 On shelves now It seems unfair that my attention was first drawn to The Romeo and Juliet Code because of its cover. No book deserves to be held responsible for its misleading jacket and Phoebe […]

The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival: New York Style


If you’ve read my blog in the last year you may have heard me mention a little something called the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival.  Said aloud it sounds like The 92nd Newbery Film Festival (which is not too far off since 2012 will be the 90th Newbery Award).  However the entire premise was this: Kids […]

Video Sunday: I’m gonna give you some terrible thrills


So I’m at a lovely Little Brown librarian preview earlier this week and the first special guest star of the day turns out to be none other than Daniel Handler a.k.a. Lemony Snicket.  A resident of San Francisco, I wasn’t sure why he was in town.  Turns out, he was on Rachel Maddow’s show talking […]

Review of the Day: Belle, the Last Mule at Gee’s Bend


Belle, the Last Mule at Gee’s Bend: A Civil Rights Story By Calvin Alexander Ramsey and Bettye Stroud Illustrated by John Holyfield Candlewick Press $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-4058-3 Ages 4-8 On shelves now Certain historical figures inspire multiple generations of children’s authors to go a little hog wild and pig crazy writing up their lives for […]

Review of the Day – Alicia Alonso: Prima Ballerina by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand


Alicia Alonso: Prima Ballerina By Carmen T. Bernier-Grand Illustrated by Raul Colon Marshall Cavendish $19.99 ISBN: 978-0-7614-5562-2 Ages 8-11 On shelves now When I was a kid I took a fair amount of ballet. I liked it. Kept me on my toes (yuk yuk yuk). I retain fond memories of that time in my life, […]

This Saturday at NYPL: The 90-Second Newbery Festival

I am pleased to announce the very first annual showing of the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival on Saturday, November 5th from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Come join author James Kennedy (The Order of Odd Fish) as he presents short films by students all around The United States.  In between sets James will be joined by […]

Fusenews: “A sort of child’s Jane Eyre.”


“Jarrett Krosoczka is one of 25 hottest children’s authors in the nation.” So said Henderson City Mayor Andy Hafen when presenting Mr. Krosoczka with the key to the city.  I’ll just say that again.  The mayor of a city mentioned Jarrett being part of my old The Hot Men of Children’s Literature series when presenting […]

Librarian Preview: Penguin Young Readers Group (Spring 2012)


At last!  The season for previews has begun yet again!  And as of right now I am (checks watch) four previews behind. Yipes! Guess we better get started then.  If you want to read a recap of this same preview done already (and on time) though, check out this Early Word post by Lisa Von […]