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The Children’s Literary Salon Presents: Books for Children Around the World – A Global Conversation

Just a quick apology first.  My laptop got a tune-up last month because it was running slowly, but that preventative care apparently meant bupkiss to it since it died three days ago.  It’s in the shop right now, dying just in time to muck me up in terms of an SLJ article and the Top [...]

Fusenews: At the sign of the big yellow fuse

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Ain’t he just the sweetest thing?  Author/illustrator Aaron Zenz recently wrote just the loveliest ode to his four top favorite children’s literary blogs, and then went and created original art for each.  In my case he created this little Fuse guy (or possibly Fuse gal) based on the bright yellow Fuse you see at the [...]

Librarian Preview: Candlewick Press (Fall 2012)

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You’ve got your big-time fancy pants New York publishers on the one hand, and then you have your big-time fancy pants Boston publishers on the other.  A perusal of Minders of Make-Believe by Leonard Marcus provides a pretty good explanation for why Boston is, in its way, a small children’s book enclave of its own.  [...]

Review of the Day: Jimmy the Greatest! by Jairo Buitrago

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Jimmy the Greatest! By Jairo Buitrago Illustrated by Rafael Yockteng Translated by Elisa Amado Groundwood Books (House of Anansi Press) $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-55498-178-6 Ages 4-8 On shelves now Once in a while I’ll be impressed by a book for kids, pick it up to review it, and in the course of writing the review become [...]

Board Books 2012: What Works. What Doesn’t.

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I’ve become a bit of a board book connoisseur in my old age.  While my cohorts are reading speculative YA fiction and high end narrative nonfiction I’ve been getting up close and personal with books that have pages that can double as coasters.  Aside from realizing just how difficult the darn things are to write [...]

Video Sunday: Just Call Me Old Softy

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Okay, so I have to ask.  What is up with various members of The Decemberists and children’s literature these days?  First lead singer Colin Meloy writes a fantasy novel.  Now Jenny Conlee helps compose a score for a stage adaptation of Matt Phelan’s The Storm in the Barn playing at The Oregon Children’s Theater.  You’ve [...]

Poetry Friday: a dewey decimal mind

Susan Miles of Traverse City, MI recently sent me a copy of a wonderful book.  Called Revolting Librarians it’s edited by Celeste West and Elizabeth Katz and my edition is the second printing from 1972.  I was flipping through it this morning and a poem caught my eye.  Now it’s caught in my head.  So [...]

Review of the Day – Chuck Close: Face Book by Chuck Close

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Chuck Close: Face Book By Chuck Close & Glue and Paper Workshop Abrams Books for Young Readers $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-4197-0163-4 Ages 9-12 On shelves now The autobiography assignment. Oh, it exists. It exists and children’s librarians know to fear it. At a certain time of year a child will approach the reference desk and utter [...]

Fusenews: Gleep!

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Durn.  This is what I get for not doing a Fusenews in a while.  A whole plethora of good stuff!  Let’s see what we can use up in a single day, eh? For the record, if you haven’t read these Hunger Games comics (in the style of Kate Beaton, no?) then now’s the time.  They’re [...]

When the Wynne Jones

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Generally speaking I don’t do much in the way of blog tours.  They’re a-okay for other folks but a heckuva lot of work when all is said and done.  Really, it takes someone particularly spectacular to get me to participate in one.  Someone divine.  Someone extraordinary.  Someone, let’s face it, who’s dead. Diana Wynne Jones [...]

Extension: One Day More

All right, folks.  The resident husband has prevailed upon me to extend the Top 100 Poll to one more day.  If you were unable (due to taxes and all) to get your votes in by yesterday, you may get them in today and they will still count.  Details here.

Review of the Day: Eye of the Storm by Kate Messner

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Eye of the Storm By Kate Messner Walker (a division of Bloomsbury) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-8027-2313-0 Ages 9-14 On shelves now Pity the science geeks, the math geeks, and other kids that love a ripping yarn with a grounding in something other than fantasy. When I troll the shelves of the children’s room in my local [...]

Review of the Day: Baby Bear Sees Blue by Ashley Wolff

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Baby Bear Sees Blue By Ashley Wolff Beach Lane Books (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-4424-1306-1 Ages 2-6 On shelves now I like to think of myself as having a low cutesy tolerance. Cute is fine. Cutesy is not. As a new mother, though, I find myself in the peculiar position of [...]

Librarian Preview: Penguin Books for Young Readers – Viking, Philomel and Puffin

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On to Viking! Viking This year I have carefully been keeping track of all the books that Kirkus stars.  This is partially because Kirkus doesn’t star all that many things and partly because I like their taste.  When I get a chance I go out, locate the starred books and read them through.  One such [...]

There Are Only FIVE Voting Days Left! *tick tick tick tick . . . .*

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First off, check this out: Slick, right?  Mark at SLJ made me this in honor of the brand new Top 100 Picture Books / Top 100 Novel Polls going on.  As y’all know, time is running out.  On April 15th the gong sounds and we will accept NO MORE VOTES for your top 10 books [...]