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Press Release Fun: Do You Know Dia?

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I got an email from Ms. Laurina Cashin the other day and it struck my fancy. “I hope you already know about El día de los niños, el dia de los libros/Children’s Day, Book Day, called Día, the family literacy initiative founded by Pat Mora and now housed at the Association of Library Service to [...]

Fusenews: Don’t blink. You may miss it.

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No picture available (the one on the left here is from a rather fabulous video) but word on the street has it that there’s to be a Hunger Games Barbie doll.  So there’s the expected outcry, of course, but I’m thinking this one through. First off, Barbies are the number one most tortured dolls in [...]

Review of the Day: My Dad is Big and Strong, But… by Coralie Saudo

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My Dad Is Big and Strong, But…: A Bedtime Story By Coralie Saudo Illustrated by Kris Di Giacomo Translated by Claudia Zoe Bedrick Enchanted Lion Books $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-59270-122-3 Ages 4-8 On shelves April 17, 2012 Few picture book titles come with qualifications. More often than not they are statements of strong purpose. I Can [...]

Reading Aloud: Not for Wimps

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So I’m tooling around in my library’s shelves containing ancient children’s books of yore yesterday, which happens to be a lot of fun.  Nothing puts the current world of publishing in perspective quite like waltzing through decades and decades worth of out-of-print gems.  At one point I was going through the autographed book section when [...]

Video Sunday: Warning – Contains adorable children, bunnies, and Australians

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Aw yeah.  I’m breaking out the big guns today.  Cute kids trying to raise library funds.  The catchy song and good cause don’t hurt much either.  Seems a little town called Shutesbury has been having a difficult time raising funds for a new library.  Their old one is, as you can see “wicked small”.  So [...]

Fusenews: If Henry James says it’s wrong I don’t wanna be right

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I swear that every time my computer goes on the fritz I feel like I’m walking underwater for days on end while it’s in the shop.  I can’t do email effectively, I can’t update Goodreads, I can’t do anything without feeling like it’s all fake until that little laptop is returned to my knees where [...]

Review of the Day: It Jes’ Happened by Don Tate

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It Jes’ Happened By Don Tate Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie Lee & Low Books ISBN: 978-1-60060-260-3 Ages 5-9 On shelves April 1st Teaching kids about outsider art feels like a no-brainer to me. Which is to say, why doesn’t it happen more often? Perhaps there’s a feeling that educating kids on the self-taught is [...]

The Morgan Book Project: Illuminated Manuscripts by Children’s Hands

Last week I was invited to take part in pretty fascinating project run for the kids of New York City. Just around the corner from my library is a fine little establishment going by the name of The Morgan Library. Maybe not so “little” actually. The library is more like a museum, showing art and [...]

Press Release Fun: Time for the Children’s Choice Book Awards

My laptop is on the fritz this week (typing yesterday’s review on an iPad2 = no fun) so it is fortunate that I’ve such a bold and beautiful press release to show you instead. Behold! CHILDREN’S BOOK COUNCIL ANNOUNCES THE OPENING OF VOTING FOR THE 2012 CHILDREN’S CHOICE BOOK AWARDS Let the Voting Begin! NEW [...]

Review of the Day: The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

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The False Prince By Jennifer A. Nielsen Scholastic $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-545-28413-4 Ages 10 and up. On shelves April 1st Notes Jotted Down While Reading This Book: Note #1: “Really fantastic first page.  Authors take note.” Note #2: “I’m only four pages in and already I like what I see.” Let it be known that as [...]

Fusenews: My proverbial hat tastes like flan

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I was going to spend a lot of time on this Fusenews.  Then I picked up Doug TenNapel’s Cardboard and lost most of my evening in the process.  So it goes.  I really am going to have to be brief today.  To sum up: The Battle of the (Kids’) Books rages on in earnest!  Wish [...]

Announcing the New Top 100 Polls!

Three years ago I had the idea to have a Top 100 Picture Book Poll here on the blog.  Actually, I didn’t have the idea.  My husband did and he got the idea from the Comics Should Be Good Top 100 Comic Book Runs poll.  My poll was such a success that I followed it [...]

Review of the Day: Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

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Green By Laura Vaccaro Seeger A Neal Porter Book – Roaring Brook (an imprint of Macmillan) $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-59643-397-7 Ages 4-8 On shelves March 27th Sometimes you just want to show a kid a beautiful picture book. Sometimes you also want that book to be recent. That’s the tricky part. Not that there aren’t pretty [...]

Newbery/Caldecott 2013: The Spring Prediction Edition

For the final prediction edition of the 2013 Newbery/Caldecott Awards be sure to see my latest post here. By my reckoning the minute Daylight Savings occurs it is high time to start throwing out some of the old predictions for a healthy, happy new year.  By now we’ve all processed the shock of the previous [...]

Video Sunday: The Quibbling Gem

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It is a well-established fact that a new Dan Santat book trailer is a cause for celebration.  I hadn’t heard of this one before, so this makes for a good introduction.  Could be a good pairing with John Rocco’s Wolf! Wolf! It also makes me wonder why there aren’t more fairytale ninja mash-ups out there.  [...]