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The ABC of It: New York Public Library gives a children’s literary exhibit its all

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that when you have easy access to amazing things the relative value you place upon those things diminishes significantly after a surprisingly short amount of time. Case in Point: When I worked across the street from the MOMA for several years it was apparently too difficult for me, even [...]

Fusenews: Rules of Summer in November

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As you read this I am winging my way to Chicago, IL.  Land of Great Lakes, windy winds, and hot dogs that carry unconscionable stigmas for logical edible combinations (ketchup ONLY works on hot dogs, people).  Blogging, if my schedule is to be believed, is due to be a bit spotty for the next few [...]

ALA Chicago 2013: What’s There to Do?

This isn’t going to be quite as comprehensive as it might be, but I tried to put together a little info sheet for folks trying to figure out what’s going on where in the children’s literary realm at this week’s American Library Association conference in Chicago.  Here’s something I’ve cobbled together, though it’s missing a [...]

A Summer Reading Theory: A Cockeyed Query for the Edu-ma-cation Types

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Yesterday I spent the bulk of my working day engaged in an activity that I suspect many of my fellow librarians deal with each and every summer.  As the summer reading lists start walking into my branches I’ve been encouraging my librarians and information specialists to copy these little beauties and send me copies of [...]

Review of the Day: Niño Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales

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Nino Wrestles the World By Yuyi Morales Neal Porter Books – Roaring Brook Press (an imprint of Macmillan) $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-59643-604-6 Ages 3-7 On shelves now If there is any topic on the lips and minds of librarians, teachers, and other gatekeepers it is the state of multicultural literature for kids today. Seems a week [...]

Cover Reveal: The Quantum League by Matthew Kirby

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I’m don’t run what you might call a blog that revels in cover reveals. It takes a special kind of author or illustrator to get me interested. Someone like, oh say, a Matthew Kirby. Thus it is with great pleasure that I present to you one of his upcoming books. This September we’ll be seeing [...]

Fusenews: More rubbish, please!

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You know what’s hot these days, topic-wise?  Diversity!  Or maybe just the lack thereof.  Seems its all anyone can talk about this week.  First the First Book blog reported that “at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America) meeting, hosted by President Bill Clinton, [they] announced First Book’s commitment to create a sustainable solution [...]

Notes from The Nonfiction Dialogue Stickler of Doom

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If you had told me as recently as a year ago that I was doomed to become The Nonfiction Dialogue Stickler of Doom (copyright pending) I would have said . . . . well, honestly I would have asked where you came up with that term.  Then, once you’d defined it (Nonfiction Dialogue Stickler of [...]

Review of the Day: Jane, the Fox & Me by Fanny Britt

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Jane the Fox and Me By Fanny Britt Illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault Translated by Christelle Morelli and Susan Ouriou Groundwood Books ISBN: 978-1-55498-360-5 $19.95 Ages 9-12 On shelves September 1st Isn’t it strange how few children’s graphic novels are published in a given year? This is one of those phenomena that defy the basic tenets [...]

Newbery/Caldecott 2014: The Summer Prediction Edition

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ATTENTION!!!  If you are planning on watching the live feed of the Newbery/Caldecott announcements during the ALA Youth Media Awards presentation, come half an hour earlier and check out my pre-game show where I will join cohort Lori Ess in discussing the potential winners.  Afterwards we will note which Mock Newberys, Mock Caldecotts, Mock Printzs, [...]

Video Sunday: “… drawing and doodling is a form of physicalized empathy” – Mo Willems

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Oh, like I was going to start off with anything else this week.  Dahl was robbed! During BEA, one of the women of the hour was our own Monica Edinger (who blogged about the experience here).  Her upcoming book Africa Is My Home: A Child of the Amistad is so remarkable that it is physically [...]

Fusenews: “At 13 Bad Literature . . .”

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Things are wet in NYC these days.  We’ve been experiencing a great deal of rainfall this past spring, a fact that gives me a strange sense of comfort.  I can’t help but think this might be my first year here in town where all the fountains are on in all the parks this summer.  I [...]

Press Release Fun – The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter

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Friday, June 21, 2013 through Sunday, March 23, 2014 Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Gottesman Exhibition Hall (Map and directions) New York Public Library The ABC of It is an examination of why children’s books are important: what and how do they teach children, and what do they reveal about the societies that produced them? Through [...]

Kwanzaa in June: When Holidays Fall Out of Favor

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Welcome to mid-June.  That stellar time of year where librarians everywhere try to decide whether or not it’s too early in the season to put on display their five Fourth of July-related picture books (admit it – it’s true).  The way my mind works it logically follows that there’s not better time to start lamenting [...]

Review of the Day: Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo

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Flora and Ulysses By Kate DiCamillo Illustrated by K.G. Campbell Candlewick Press ISBN: 978-0-7636-6742-5 $17.99 Ages 9-12 On shelves September 24th I like a bit of subtlety with my “meaning”. What I mean by that is that when I pick up a book for kids, it’s tough on me, as a reader, to go through [...]