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Press Release Fun: Yolen to be first woman to present the Andrew Lang Lecture

Congrats to Jane on the honor! Jane Yolen will be giving the prestigious Andrew Lang Lecture at St Andrews University on November 1, at 5.30 p.m., the venue;  Lower College Hall, St Salvator’s College, University of St Andrews. It is open to the public. Her topic is; “Folklore versus Fakelore: An Imagined Conversation with Andrew […]

Fusenews: Just me and my ginormous head

Let’s start off with the me stuff since it’s quick.  First and foremost, if you’ve thought to yourself, “Boy, I’d really like to watch Betsy talk about the Core Curriculum and then mention all the 2012 nonfiction books for kids she really likes and why they stand out,” you are in SUCH luck.  The Highlights […]

Why the spotty news, lady?

Hi folks! Just a quick apology for the somewhat spaced out blog posts.  As it happens the combination of KidLitCon and the edits on my Candlewick book that are due in early November are making me a spotty blogger.  I shall continue to blog unabated, fear not!  Just forgive me if I’m not the daily […]

Review of the Day – All the Wrong Questions: “Who Could That Be at This Hour?” by Lemony Snicket

All the Wrong Questions: “Who Could That Be at This Hour?” By Lemony Snicket Illustrated by Seth Little, Brown and Company $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-316-12308-2 Ages 9-12 On shelves October 24th Last year I was running a bookgroup for kids, ages 9-12, when the subject of children’s books adapted into films came up. We talked about […]

Press Release Fun: The Kerlan Lucks Out. Ditto Bank Street

To be perfectly honest I can’t be impartial about today’s news.  I love every person mentioned in this news article.  This is good good news for everybody everywhere.  I am very proud of Bank Street today. September 20, 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kristin Freda Title: Director of Library Services Organization: Bank Street College of […]

Review of the Day: Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds

Creepy Carrots! By Aaron Reynolds Illustrated by Peter Brown Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-4424-0297-3 Ages 4-8 On shelves now A children’s librarian is half media specialist, half psychic. It isn’t enough to have to know the books in your collection. You have to know what that pint-sized patron standing before […]

Book Jacket Nattering: Invisible Boys

So I’ve finally gotten around to reading Crow by Barbara Wright.  It only took me a good nine months to do so but with the award season coming up I’m trying to give a good look to all the serious contenders (Bomb, I’m gunning for you next).   Why the long delay?  Well, sad as it […]

Video Sunday: “Guys, smell 11 Birthdays”

I think it fitting that I follow up the last Video Sunday bit of teacher enthusiasm with this subsequent sneaky teacher taping.  “We’re just smelling books, Mr. Lewis.”  That would be Mike Lewis and though they acknowledge him at the start, it’s pretty clear they don’t know he’s taping until much later on.  This should […]

Review of the Day: Zombie Makers by Rebecca L. Johnson

Zombie Makers: True Stories of Nature’s Undead By Rebecca L. Johnson Millbrook Press (an imprint of Lerner) $30.60 ISBN: 978-0761386339 Ages 9 and up On shelves now There’s this podcast I like to listen to called RadioLab, which is essentially just a show for people who like kooky science but are still a little foggy […]

The Children’s Literary Salon: Acts of Mischief with Patti Lee Gauch

Acts of Mischief: Editor Patti Lee Gauch and the State of the Picture Book The Children’s Literary Salon is back in full swing and is delighted to invite you to their free program at NYPL on Saturday, September 15th at 2:00 p.m. Editor Patti Lee Gauch and the State of the Picture Book The picture […]

Fusenews: Though to be fair, who ever heard of harmFUL spitballing?

Howdy-do, folks.  Today I am off to the Yonkers Library to participate in a Charles Dickens panel with some experts in the field.  Why me?  I don’t precisely know but I’m honored to be asked.  Plus the train ride will allow me to read my new Lemony Snicket book (this would be the children’s literature […]

Review of the Day: A Boy and a Bear in a Boat by Dave Shelton

A Boy and a Bear in a Boat By Dave Shelton $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-385-75248-0 Ages 9 and up On shelves now First off, I like it. I think it’s important to make that note right upfront. Particularly since I’m probably going to break out terms like “bizarre”, “peculiar”, “odd”, “weird”, and “eerily strange” (or “strangely […]

KidLitCon PreCon Registration Ends This Friday!

Hi ho, folks! As you may already know the Kidlitosphere Blogger Conference is being held in New York City this year.  On Friday, September 28th there will be a preconference and on Saturday, September 29th a conference proper.  For full details on the events during the Saturday conference please see all the details here. Now […]

Review of the Day: Jonathan & Martha by Petr Horacek

Jonathan & Martha By Petr Horacek Phaidon Press Inc. $14.95 ISBN: 978-0-7148-6351-1 Ages 3-7 On shelves now Ever tried to write a picture book before? Blooming bloody hard work they are. Synthesizing a point down to as few words as possible without sacrificing story or character is akin to trying to cram a muffin into […]

Fusenews: “This book might change your soul”

Okay. News of a double quick time fashion today, folks. Let’s see what you can do with these yummy numbers: Maurice Sendak as hot young man. Now that I have your attention I will now direct you to this magnificent interview with Phil Nel. As you may have heard he has a helluva biography coming […]