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Fusenews: Like a common peasant

OzTree

They say that there are more children’s book authors and illustrators in Brooklyn than any other city in the nation.  How appropriate then that they should be the ones behind the inaugural Atlantic Avenue Children’s Literature Contest.  The rules are simple: If you have never written a published children’s book then you are eligible.  You [...]

Review of the Day: Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table by Jacqueline Briggs Martin

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Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table By Jacqueline Briggs Martin Illustrated by Eric-Shabazz Larkin Readers to Eaters Books ISBN: 978-0-9836615-3-5 $17.95 Ages 4-8 On shelves September 10th It shouldn’t be this hard. You walk to a biography section of a children’s room, any children’s room, and you start searching for biographies of living people [...]

The New National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature: Who’s It Gonna Be?

NationalAmbassador

There must be a psychological disorder associated with an extreme preference for speculation over cold hard facts.  Or, at the very least, a layman’s term for it.  But until I research this fully, let us indulge my proclivities and talk a little about the National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature and all that it entails.  [...]

Video Sunday: If I could chose my own cool library name I’d go with “In Transit”

BeastieBoysLibrarians

A conservative estimate would say that around seven people sent me this particular video this week.  A hat tip to every last person who set out to alert then.  I wasn’t necessarily going to make a Video Sunday this week, but after watching this I just couldn’t pass this up.  The editing, man, the editing!! [...]

2014: It’s Never Too Early to Get Excited

2014Books

Howdy, folks! So as crazy as it sounds, some 2014 titles have been wandering into my arms.  And if that weren’t enough, some of them look positively awesome.  With the given understanding that I’ve only read a few of these (and they were picture books, so I’m not exactly straining my abilities here) I present [...]

Review of the Day – Africa Is My Home: A Child of the Amistad by Monica Edinger

AfricaMyHome

Africa Is My Home: A Child of the Amistad By Monica Edinger Illustrated by Robert Byrd Candlewick Press $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-5038-4 Ages 9-12 On shelves October 8th It’s no secret that nonfiction in children’s literature is the buzzword of the day. Thanks to the rise of interest in the Core Curriculum State Standards, kids are [...]

Review of the Day: Rifka Takes a Bow by Betty Rosenberg Perlov

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Rifka Takes a Bow By Betty Rosenberg Perlov Illustrated by Cosei Kawa Kar-Ben Publishing (a division of Lerner) $17.95 ISBN: 978-0-7613-8127-3 Ages 4-8 On shelves now. History is written by the winners, they say. I’m going to lump personal history into that too. As far as I can tell, if you live long enough to [...]

Fusenews: Frosted Sheriff is part of a complete balanced breakfast

Cybils2013

All right bloggy woggers.  Woggy bloggers.  Froggy woggy moggy snoggers.  I’m having a silly day, it seems.  In any case, the time has come once again for folks to apply to be Cybils judges.  Basically if you have a blog about children’s or YA books and you’d like to be on a judging panel for [...]

Review of the Day: God Got a Dog by Cynthia Rylant

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God Got a Dog By Cynthia Rylant By Marla Frazee Beach Lane Books (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) $17.99 ISBN: 978-1-4424-6518-3 Ages 9 and up On shelves October 29th I’ve been thinking a lot lately about whom children’s books are really for. Kids, obviously. And parents that will have to (hopefully, potentially) read those [...]

The Complete Listing of All Public Children’s Literature Statues in the United States

AliceStatue

Write a title to your blog post like that you are just SETTING YOURSELF UP for trouble.  But I like trouble.  I eat it for breakfast.  Or, at the very least, gnaw on it idly at lunch. In the past I’ve noted each appearance of a statue pertaining to children’s literature when it crops up, [...]

Press Release Fun: An Evening at the Met with Oliver Jeffers (and it’s free)

OliverJeffers

Free Lecture An Evening with Oliver Jeffers Friday, August 16, 6:00–7:30 p.m. Bonnie J. Sacerdote Lecture Hall, Uris Center for Education, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Join award-winning artist Oliver Jeffers for a presentation about his creative journey, his work in various formats, and exciting upcoming projects. Meet the artist and explore the Museum until [...]

Review of the Day – Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud

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Lockwood & Company: The Screaming Staircase By Jonathan Stroud Hyperion Books for Children $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-4231-6491-3 Ages 10 and up On shelves September 17th I’m sick of historical fiction. I’m sick of contemporary fiction. I’m sick of realism and science fiction. Fantasy I watch with a wary eye. I don’t always feel this way but [...]

Video Sunday: “You know what? No. I’m not gonna apologize. That cat was delicious.”

BillWaterson

We’re a bit booktrailer top heavy this week, but after you see some of the beauties I’ve got lined up I don’t think you’ll mind.  Heck, if nothing else this first one will convince you: Why there is not a national alert to tell us when Dan Santat has created a new book trailer, I’ll [...]

The NYPL Exhibit You Won’t Hear as Much About

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All the talk in the press and the news recently has concentrated on New York Public Library’s current children’s literary exhibit The ABC of It, as curated by Leonard Marcus.  It is, justifiably, remarkable.  But exit the exhibit and you’ll find that it’s not the only children’s literary piece going on in the library at [...]

Fusenews: “Who is Fishface, and where can I find him?”

LEGOLibrarian

Required Reading of the Day: Roger Sutton already told you to read it, and now I’m backing him up.  If you have not cast thine eyes upon Christopher Myers’s piece Young Dreamers in which he talks about the Trayvon Martin decision as well as Christopher’s own role in the world of children’s literature and the [...]