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Librarian Preview: Tara Books (Spring 2012)

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As publisher previews go this may be one of my shorter posts if only because the featured publisher of the day is not a large sort.  I have had the pleasure of seeing the products of Tara Books for a couple years now, but it was only recently that Gita Wolf herself came to town [...]

A Call for Submissions: Re-Seussify Seuss

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How does an artist learn to find their own style?  By copying the masters, of course.  Could the same be true of children’s illustrators?  Haven’t a clue.  But it gave me a crazy notion the other day that I’m hankering to try out. During the release of the Where the Wild Things Are movie a [...]

Video Sunday: “I’m not really a sporty person”

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You just know a video is big when it has folks outside the usual children’s literary circles talking about it.  Such was the case with the recent Colbert Report interview with Maurice Sendak.  Somebody must have tipped off Stephen to the fact that Maurice would make for a brilliant interview.  It’s pretty clear from the [...]

Review of the Day: And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano

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And Then It’s Spring By Julie Fogliano Illustrated by Erin E. Stead A Neal Porter Book, Roaring Brook Press (an imprint of Macmillan) $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-59643-624-4 Ages 4-8 On shelves February 14th Patience is a virtue. Riiiiiight. Actually it is, but tell that to anyone under the age of fifteen (to pick an arbitrary age). [...]

Fusenews: Goodbye Goodbye, Columbus

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Oh, you think the award season is done, old bean?  Why we have only but BEGUN to hand out the 2011 awards!  The Newberys, Caldecotts, and other ALA Media Awards are just the tip of the old iceberg.  There are so many others to explore.  For example, did you get a chance to really examine [...]

Review of the Day: Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It by Gail Carson Levine

Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It: False Apology Poems By Gail Carson Levine Illustrated by Matthew Cordell Harper (an imprint of Harper Collins) $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-06-178725-6 Ages 5-10 On shelves March 13th I tend to run my bookgroup for kids between the ages of 9-12 like a gentle dictatorship. I choose the books, the [...]

Newbery / Caldecott / Etc. 2012: Post Awards Edition

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Since it’s apparently football season (or at least that’s what the trending topics on Twitter seem to imply) think of this as a kind of post-game recap of what went on yesterday in the land of ALA Media Awards.  Each year I like to look at what I got right, what I got wrong, what [...]

Review of the Day: The Great Cake Mystery by Alexander McCall Smith

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The Great Cake Mystery: Precious Ramotswe’s Very First Case By Alexander McCall Smith Illustrated by Iain McIntosh Anchor Books $12.99 ISBN: 978-0-307-94944-8 Ages 7-10 On shelves April 3rd There was once a time, best beloved, when the early chapter book section of your local lending library was a veritable wasteland of white characters. Oh, every [...]

Video Sunday: “Yesterday I bought a Volvo”

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When a video has reached over two million views, it’s usually safe to assume that everyone has seen it.  However, there’s always the possibility that you have not, so with that in mind what better way to start off today’s Video Sunday then by looking at books with a sense of rhythm?  This is the [...]

Press Release Fun: A Writing Award for Folks in Need of It

I know a fair number of you could use this.  To wit: Dear friends, PEN American Center is accepting submissions until February 1, 2012 for the $5,000 PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship, given annually to an author of children’s or young-adult fiction. The Fellowship is designed to assist a writer at a crucial moment in [...]

Librarian Preview: Albert Whitman & Company (Spring 2012)

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Yeah, remember when I had that baby and everything looked like things were going to stay exactly the same, like nothing had changed a jot?  Well, I’ve found at least one aspect of the blog that’s taken a serious hit since the arrive of the small Bird.  Librarian previews.  For some reason I just don’t [...]

Fifty Years is Just a Wrinkle in Time: A Panel to Beat All Panels

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Fifty years ago Madeline L’Engle published her best known creation A Wrinkle in Time.  Since its release the book has gone on to be one of those rare titles that can get away with being part fantasy, part science fiction, and part religious allegory.  All that and it’s interesting to boot.  Not surprisingly Macmillan (the [...]

Review of the Day: Chloe and the Lion by Mac Barnett

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Chloe and the Lion By Mac Barnett Illustrated by Adam Rex Disney Hyperion Books $16.99 ISBN: 978-142311334-8 Ages 4 and up On shelves April 3, 2012 Pity the picture book author. Their lot is rife with strife. With a couple exceptions here and there it is mighty hard to make picture book authorship your one [...]

A Fuse #8 Prediction: Newbery / Caldecott 2012

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When you consider the fact that whole hoards of librarians will be traipsing Texas-ward this week so as to attend the Midwinter American Library Association Conference, this post is pretty much coming in at the last possible moment.  Even as we speak committee members are girding their loins (or whatever it is committee members gird) [...]

Happy Martin Luther King Day, Everybody!

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If your library is anything like mine then you have the day off.  And while you lounge about in your pajama bottoms watching endless reruns of Cake Boss on DVR, I’ve at least two links today that I’d care to share. First off, a more than legitimate question: “Where Are the Great Martin Luther King [...]