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Video Sunday: How have I lived this long without hearing the name “Lothar Meggendorfer”?


While the message is encouraging in and of itself, Joe Sabia’s TED talk on The Technology of Storytelling is also a brilliant example of how to do an iPad presentation with skill, humor, and facts.  I can’t imagine how long this three minute, fifty-one second talk took to put together, but it’s kinda worth it.  […]

Review of the Day: Big City Otto by Bill Slavin


Big City Otto: Elephants Never Forget By Bill Slavin With Esperança Melo Kids Can Press ISBN: 978-1-55453-476-0 Ages 8-11 On shelves now Boy, The Man With the Yellow Hat just lost all credibility, didn’t he? Time was that Curious George snatcher could nab the jungle beast of his choice, slap his hands together, and call […]

Kidlit Drink Night: December Edition

I may not run them anymore but there’s nothing saying I can’t advertise them when they’re nigh.  To wit: We here at Kid Lit Drink Night HQ hope that you’re having a great, if-so-far-unseasonably-warm, December! Our next gathering is right around the corner! Here are the details: Where: Houndstooth Pub, 520 8th Avenue (at the corner […]

Fusenews: Like you for always *shudder*


Actually, that little icon here is a touch misleading, but I took it since it talks about our first news item of the day.  This l’il here ole blog got itself nominated for an Edublog Award, which is mighty nice.  SLJ wrote an article about me and my fellow nominees, Joyce Valenza’s NeverEndingSearch, Karyn Silverman […]

Review of the Day: The Luck of the Buttons by Anne Ylvisaker

The Luck of the Buttons By Anne Ylvisaker Candlewick Press $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-5066-7 Ages 9-12 On shelves now. There are kids out there that like historical fiction. I know that there are. I’ve met them. They come into my library and curl their lips in disgust at the covers with the shiny dragons and sparkly […]

Press Release Fun: The New National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature is Nigh!

New National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature to Be Announced on January 3, 2012 Librarian of Congress James H. Billington will announce the next National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature on January 3, 2012. The post was created by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, the Children’s Book Council (CBC) and […]

Children’s Literary Salon: Ireland of the Imagination

I am pleased to announce our upcoming Children’s Literary Salon this Saturday, December 10th from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Meeting Irish Children’s Laureate, Siobhán Parkinson Children’s writer Siobhán Parkinson is Ireland’s first Laureate na nÓg, or Children’s Literature Laureate. The author of some 20 novels for children, young people and adults, Ms. Parkinson’s most recent publication is […]

Librarian Preview: Chronicle Books (Spring/Summer 2012)


What publisher created the first librarian preview, inviting local carriers of MLIS degrees to their places of work to show off the upcoming season?  I don’t have an answer to that, I’m just asking.  With my NYC preferences and tunnel vision my inclination is to believe that it was one of The Big Six based […]

Video Sunday: Best fake children’s book title – “There’s a Rainbow in My Basement”


Yesterday we had a fabulous Children’s Literary Salon at the library with Jules Feiffer, Laurie Keller, Nick Bruel, and Dave Roman.  Afterwards we swapped stories and someone started to tell me that once Maurice Sendak paired with the Pilobolus Dance Theater for a theatrical presentation.  And since this is the 21st -century I was able […]

Review of the Day: Come to Bed, Red! by Jonathan Allen


Come to Bed, Red! By Jonathan Allen Double Digit productions Kindle Edition File Size: 6845 KB For ages 4-8 Available now Each year I like to review one independently published title. In an era where even review journals like Kirkus have a section dedicated to self-published titles, it’s always a good idea to give some […]

Not in America: Boris by Andrew Joyner


Here on the blog I’m sometimes keen to note those titles and series available in parts of the world that are not the United States.  Folks will send me great books from around the globe but even in my new fancy dancy position as a Materials Specialist I cannot buy those books for my system […]