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Review of the Day: The Great Molasses Flood by Deborah Kops

The Great Molasses Flood: Boston, 1919 By Deborah Kops Charlesbridge $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-58089-348-0 Ages 9-12 On shelves now I was hosting a party the other night and amongst my guests was a former editor of children’s literature. In the course of the evening she happened to notice that I had a copy of The Great […]

Press Release Fun: Viral Video Leads to Toy Donations

Folks, alongside my co-writers Jules from 7-Imp and Peter of Collecting Children’s Books I am currently in the midst of some pretty serious editing of our Candlewick book.  So in the next few days my blogging will a touch spotty.  To fill the time here then is a press release of the charitable persuasion. 7-YEAR-OLD […]

Press Release Fun: A Poetry & Art Children’s Exhibit in NYC

Poets House Opens Must-See Exhibition of Children’s Poet and Artist Douglas Florian Sunday, February 26 Poets House art exhibitions focus on both the physical and visual manifestation of poetry, as well as works by visual artists that correspond to the poetic impulse. This month we launch two entirely different exhibitions of New York artists — […]

Consider the Time Well and Truly Wrinkled

It’s not that I don’t own a couple dresses.  I do.  It’s just that since the birth of the small Bird certain . . . ah . . . portions of the anatomy have, shall we say, decided to wow the world with their largess.  So until that situation reverses itself I needed a new […]

Fusenews: Shelve the books but shelve them slant

“I just finished a poem where St. Francis and St. Clare double-date with Thoreau and Evita and it just makes me very happy.”  My mother was the winner of the 2011 Prairie Schooner Book Prize because she is as good as it gets.  No brag.  Just fact.  Prairie Schooner recently interviewed her as well and […]

The Artists Paint in a Hole in the Ground. New York, New York! It’s a Heckuva Town!

When you come to visit New York City you might want to see some art of the children’s literary variety.  To do so you’ve a couple different options.  You could figure out where various artists are having shows.  You could find permanent locations around the city where their art is on display.  Or you could […]

Review of the Day: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Wonder By R.J. Palacio Alfred A. Knopf $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-375-86902-0 Ages 9-12 On shelves now They say if you want to win an Oscar you need to play somebody with an extreme personal difficulty (terminal illness, disease, etc.). They do not, for the record, say that about award winning children’s books. There isn’t this general […]

The French Are Here . . . And They Want Your Children

I was going through a box of new Candlewick releases the other day when I came across a charming little board book by the name of Peekaboo Baby.  It’s your standard lift-the-flap reveal-the-baby number, the kind Karen Katz has perfected to an art.  A person can’t have too many lift-the-flaps in the house, of course, […]

Video Sunday: Needing, Getting, Happenings, and Girls

My general rule is that unless I find three good videos in a given week I am inclined to skip Video Sunday.  And the last week or two has been a difficult one.  Sometimes videos with a children’s literature connection sprout up like weeds.  Other times they’re rarities.  Today, I’m pleased to have found my […]

Review of the Day: How Many Jelly Beans? by Andrea Menotti

How Many Jelly Beans?: A Giant Book of Giant Numbers! By Andrea Menotti Illustrated by Yancey Labat Chronicle Books $18.99 ISBN: 978-1-4521-0206-1 Ages 4-8 On shelves February 29th Boy, I tell you. You get a kid and suddenly you find yourself scheming all these crazy schemes. “I’m going to get my kid to like vegetables!” […]

Press Release Fun: Creating an Authentic Cultural Voice

The Highlights Foundation has these “Founders Workshops” which, in spite of their mildly intimidating name (founders . . . booga booga) tend to sound pretty darn cool. This one is no exception.  Observe: Putting imagination, experience, empathy, and research to work for you Children’s literature celebrates both our shared history and our unique cultures. Join […]

Fusenews: I’ve Got Two Words for You – Golden Underpants

Whoa.  Did you see that?  Look up. Yeah, that’s my name.  In an ad banner.  Do you know that this is the very first time I’ve ever appeared in one of my ad banners?  They usually just flit about hither and yon, sometimes for books I like, sometimes for books I loathe.  There was a […]

Review of the Day: Fangbone! Third Grade Barbarian by Michael Rex

Fangbone! Third Grade Barbarian By Michael Rex G.P. Putnam’s Sons (an imprint of Penguin) $5.99 ISBN: 978-0-399-25521-2 Ages 6-10 On shelves now Michael Rex has made a career of sorts out of spoofing classic children’s books of yore. As such, Goodnight Moon becomes Goodnight Goon, Runaway Bunny is Runaway Mummy and Curious George is the […]

It’s Not Valentine’s Day Without a Few Mummies

I alternate between feeling that it’s like Sfar and Guibert’s The Professor’s Daughter (which has a happier ending) and the music video for Everlasting Love. Happy Valentine’s Day, everybody.

Battle of the Kids’ Books: UK Vs. US covers

As you may be aware, each year SLJ hosts the Battle of the (Kids’) Books, which provides a new way in which to discuss literature for the young.  With bracketed books “competing” against one another, famous child and YA authorial judges determine the winners after much soul searching and chest beating. Now in its third […]