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Press Release Fun: International Book Giving Day (February 14th)

Romance schmomance.  Use the day of chocolate and flowers for a high cause.  I’m very fond of Tip #3: International Book Giving Day is a day dedicated to getting new, used, and borrowed books in the hands of as many children as possible. We have Tomi Ungerer, Judy Blume, Katrina Germein and many other great […]

Review of the Day: The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis

The Mighty Miss Malone By Christopher Paul Curtis Wendy Lamb Books $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-385-73491-2 Ages 9-12 On shelves now. *Spoilers Included!* Fact: It is a truth universally acknowledged that a new book from Christopher Paul Curtis is a great good thing. Fact: There is a new book out there. It is by Christopher Paul Curtis. […]

Fusenews: In which I cram in a whole mess of resources just for the heck of it


Two authors of children’s books passed away recently, one on the American side of the equation and one across the sea in Britain.  For the Yanks, Bill Wallace has been on our shelves for any number of years.  You can read a lovely SLJ obituary for him here.  As for the other person, that would […]

Review of the Day: Lucy Rescued by Harriet Ziefert


Lucy Rescued By Harriet Ziefert Illustrated by Barroux Blue Apple Books $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-60905-187-7 Ages 4-8 On shelves March 27th My temptation whenever I review a children’s book that involves a dog in some way is to begin with a caveat that I am not a dog person. I’ve drawn from that well one too […]

Trendwatch 2012: A Cluster of Chloes, a Journey of Jackalopes


My buddy and fellow blogger Travis Jonker sent me the following images recently: What are you looking at?  Just a couple shots from the book Oddfellow’s Orphanage by Emily Winfield Martin.  The book is yet another entry into this year’s Oddest Children’s Literary Trend. One of two, as it happens.  I like keeping track of […]

Iraq Book Drive: Building a Library Book by Book


So.  Iraq.  Books.  Recently NYPL was contacted by a high school student here in town who had recently met some fellow students in northern Iraq’s Kurdistan region. The teens she met there had created a youth leadership group called Vision.  Their current projects include everything from translating an English book on education into Kurdish for […]

Video Sunday: Warning – Contains Dancing Squirrels


Yep.  Odds are that this may be the best book trailer ever produced for a classic work of children’s literature.  I mean, looking at it don’t you feel inclined to reread the book?  I sure as heck do.  And remember, if you want to see Lois Lowry, Madeleine L’Engle, Rebecca Stead, and R.L. Stine talk […]

Today! The Children’s Literary Salon: Talking Across Literary Borders

The Children’s Literary Salon is pleased to announce our program today at 2:00: Connect The Dots: Who’s Who? Talking Books Across Literary Borders How do booksellers, librarians (school and public), and bloggers discover, promote, and discuss great books for kids? How does communication between these different occupations help an author get their name out and […]

Review of the Day: Jazz Age Josephine by Jonah Winter


Jazz Age Josephine By Jonah Winter Illustrated by Marjorie Priceman Atheneum (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) $16.99 ISBN: 978-104169-6123-9 Ages 6 and up On shelves now When we try to name the biggest and best picture book biography authors out there, two names spring immediately to mind. The first is David Adler. Mr. Adler […]

Fusenews: The Jack Gantos / Alfred E. Newman Connection


And then it’s February.  How the heckedy heck did that happen?  Looks like 2012 is already establishing itself as the Blink and You’ll Miss It year.  Well, let’s get to it then. First and foremost was the announcement of Battle of the Books 2012.  Or, as I like to think of it, the place where […]

Review of the Day: Fake Mustache by Tom Angleberger


Fake Mustache: how Jodie O’Rodeo and Her Wonder Horse (And Some Nerdy Kid) Saved the U.S. Presidential Election From a Mad Genius Criminal Mastermind) By Tom Angleberger Illustrated by Jen Wang Amulet Books (an imprint of Abrams) $13.95 ISBN: 978-1-4197-0194-8 Ages 9-12 On shelves April 1, 2012 I said it about Laini Taylor. I said […]