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Press Release Fun: SCBWI Summer Conference

July 29, 2013, Los Angeles— This weekend the most prominent names in the field of children’s books will gather for the Society of Children’s Book Writers Summer Conference August 2-5, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Century City. The conference will boast an array of specialized workshops and intensives given by top agents, […]

Review of the Day: Locomotive by Brian Floca

Locomotive By Brian Floca Atheneum (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) $17.99 ISBN: 978-1-4169-9415-2 Ages 4 and up On shelves September 3rd Many childhood obsessions come down to sheer scale. Whether it’s dinosaurs or trucks (the modern, smog belching dinosaur equivalent) or even princesses (adults are large, no matter how you approach them), size matters. […]

Video Sunday: Gingerbread houses, red carpets, and virtual toilet paper

How do, folks.  Well, as you might have heard, this past ALA Caldecott/Newbery/Wilder Banquet saw me interviewing hoards of famous people alongside the multi-talented Jim Averbeck and partner-in-crime Kristin Clark.  Those videos have now all appeared online at a single solitary location: Kidlit Red Carpet.  It is very unfortunate that my interview with Laura Rodgers […]

Press Release Fun: A New Education Director at The Carle

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Announces New Director of Education   Amherst, MA (July 25, 2013) The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is pleased to announce that Courtney M. Waring will be joining the staff in July as the Director of Education. Waring takes over the helm for Rosemary Agoglia, […]

Review of the Day: The Center of Everything by Linda Urban

The Center of Everything By Linda Urban Harcourt Children’s Books (an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-547-76348-4 Ages 9-12 On shelves now. There are only two things I require from life: Donuts and good books. Obviously that statement is false, but it sure sounds good. I like donuts. I like good books. And […]

Fusenews: Et tu, Mike Inkpen?

New Blog Alert: There’s a CCBC blog.  Did you know that?  I didn’t know that.  I am, of course, perfectly aware that only a good 15% of my readers instantly can call to mind what CCBC even stands for.  It’s the Cooperative Children’s Book Center and for years I’ve followed ccbc-net, their listserv.  I must […]

Review of the Day: Yes, Let’s by Galen Goodwin Longstreth

Yes, Let’s By Galen Goodwin Longstreth Illustrated by Maris Wicks Tanglewood Publishing $15.95 ISBN: 978-1-933718-87-3 Ages 3-7 On shelves now It’s tempting, when you look at the sheer number of picture books published in a given year, to assume that every topic under the white hot sun has been covered by this point in time. […]

The Watsons Go to Birmingham: The Movie

There are videos that go into Video Sunday and then there are videos that deseve their very own posts.  This is one such video. In the wake of the Trayvon Martin court decision it seems to me that we need something good for once.  And I admit it.  I wouldn’t have pegged the Hallmark Channel […]

Video Sunday: It was Officer Edgar Mallory that caught me most off-guard

Meet Isol.  Incredibly badass Isol.  The fact that you may not know her name instantly is a crime.  We Americans are fairly . . . how to put this . . . screamingly awful about paying attention to authors and illustrators from other countries.  Isol won the most recent Astrid Lindgren Award, but she’s hardly […]

Review of the Day: Rutherford B., Who Was He?: Poems About Our Presidents by Marilyn Singer

Rutherford B., Who Was He? Poems About Our Presidents By Marilyn Singer Illustrated by John Hendrix Hyperion Books for Children $17.99 ISBN: 978-142317100-3 Ages 7 and up On shelves December 17th There is a brief moment of doubt when you first cast eyes upon the title of this book. It’s partly the design of the […]

Trendwatch 2013: A Mid-Year Assessment

Obviously I can’t read everything in a given year for the kiddos.  Someday SOMEDAY this will change. I shall sit upon a velvet cushion while faithful servants serve me peeled grapes as I devour all the books published in the current year.  And I’ll have a pony!  I mean, while we’re dreaming. In the meantime […]

Fusenews: A little moly with your holy, miss?

Well a tip of the hat and an apology to Mr. Schu.  Looks like he in the guise of Babymouse came to visit me at The Children’s Center at 42nd Street located in the main branch of NYPL.  Alas, I am no longer in that location, having been picked up and dropped off in Long […]

Review of the Day: The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes

The Year of Billy Miller By Kevin Henkes Greenwillow (an imprint of Harper Collins) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-06-226812-9 Ages 6-10 On shelves September 17th I don’t readily compare books to Ramona (now THERE’S a sentence opener, ladies and gentlemen). To compare any children’s book to Beverly Cleary’s classic series just leaves one wide open to ridicule. […]

Press Release Fun: The Museum at THE Museum

Family Program A Very Special Storytime—The Museum Saturday, July 27, 1:00–2:15 p.m. Bonnie J. Sacerdote Lecture Hall, Uris Center for Education Show location on map The Metropolitan Museum of Art When you see a work of art, does something happen in your heart? Join author Susan Verde and illustrator Peter H. Reynolds for an exciting artistic adventure as […]

Fusenews: You’re freaking me out, Colin!

I don’t think I’ll shock anyone out there when I reveal that I adore webcomic artist Kate Beaton’s work more than life itself.  This past Christmas my husband and I exchanged identical gifts that both turned out to be Hark, A Vagrant! calendars for the coming year.  The fact that I ever got a chance […]