- 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 the one and only children’s & YA blogger book awards, the Cybils has an open call going on right now. This year they’ve decided to call all fantasy and science fiction “Speculative Fiction”. There are some nonfiction changes as well. Check it!
- Me Stuff: The kind and pleasant Deborah Lytton was nice enough to interview me recently about all kinds of things. If you’ve an interest in hearing me spout off about future trends, where the industry is going, what it lacks, and some of my favorite 2013 books synthesized down, go on over to Adventures in Writing.
- This has absolutely nothing to do with anything else. I just find it interesting. My Little Pony parodied The Big Lebowski.
- “Nikki Maxwell just came to me as a Caucasian little girl and when I sat down and made that decision I thought, ‘Well, I don’t know, what’s society going to think? I’m a black woman and can I do this?'” Rachel Renee Russell speaks with Michele Norris of NPR about writing The Dork Diaries series. Worth checking out.
- The debate on whether or not to circulate apps in the library is one that I sort of slowly back away from and then take off running. Apps are still the wild west. There’s so much we can’t or don’t understand about them. That’s why I was so grateful to the PBS Newshour for sitting down with Dr. Michael Rich, Director of the Center on Media and Child Health at Boston Children’s Hospital to talk about apps and how they affect very young children. When speaking about the fact that there is no evidence that apps do anything good for one or two-year-olds, Mr. Rich mentioned something I thought was particularly interesting. Of the app developers he says, “They don’t dispute that there’s no research on this. And, interestingly, they don’t do any research of their own, which is kind of ironic in a business that does a great deal of research on their products to find out how well they will sell or how well they will do the job that they purportedly do.”
- Like to make little round-ups of books, but I much prefer it when other people to my job for me. Take Paula Wiley. I’ll pretty much read anything she writes anyway. So when she talks about some of her favorite picture books of 2013, brother, you better listen up. Some real gems to be found here. Impeccable taste. And I completely missed that breakfast cereal in No Fits, Nilson!
- All libraries are different and this list may pertain a touch more to adult books than children’s at times, but the gist of it is the same. If you ever wanted to feel sorry for a book, check out The Life of a Library Book. Thanks to Lese Duncan for the link.
- If you had asked me what celebrity was most likely to act out my own personal nightmare, I don’t know that I would have necessarily have gone with actress Famke Janssen. Poor gal. This would make a stirring beginning to a psychological horror film, though.
- Oh, I absolutely love it! Suzy Lee is the artist behind the latest National Book Festival poster. Ain’t it lovely?
- By the way, I’ve been steadily adding more and more images to my Complete Listing of All Public Children’s Literature Statues in the United States. I’d say I’m about 60% done at this point, adding new suggestions every day. The Br’er Rabbit statues are my current favorites. I love the variety.
- School season is just around the corner and that means finding some super starting school books. You’ll see all kinds of lists out there, sure. Recently Aimee Saboo of NYC’s Inside Schools site asked me to come up with some suggestions. I determined my five favorites. Check ’em out at Kindergarten countdown: Best books to read!
- We got the emergency message last week. Alert! Waldo is coming! More to the point, Waldo is now NYC’s Family Ambassador. Fair enough, but am I the only person out there who hears his name and immediately thinks of this?
I can’t be alone.
- Regarding the fact that Trev Jones is leaving SLJ as the review editor: GAH!
- Regarding the fact that Trev Jones is to be succeeded by Kiera Parrott: WOO-HOO! A remarkable choice. And not just because I’m fond of aviary-related last names. I worked with Kiera in the Jefferson Market branch of NYPL years ago. She’ll be stellar. You’ll see.
- Does it matter what library school you went to? For years I’ve laughed off the notion of prestige library schools. Not because some aren’t better than others, but because no one will ever base their hiring on your school alone. That said, the blog post Yes, Virginia, it matters which library school you go to is a smart and nuanced understanding about why you really do want to research your library schools before you attend them. Not that a lot of us have a choice, considering geography and all that. But with the rise in distance learning, that may all be changing anyway. Thanks to AL Direct for the link.
- Fair play to Mental Floss. I thought that maybe I would have heard of at least one of their Five Forgotten Grimms Fairy Tales, but nope. Not even Hurleburlebutz (my personal favorite) rings a bell. Thanks to AL Direct for the link.
- AAH! Paul Giamatti. Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy . . .
Sunday, December 8 at 4:00pm
Thalia Book Club Special Event to Benefit First Book—Manhattan, Featuring Paul Giamatti
Paul Giamatti leads a cast of actors in an afternoon of readings by the darkly comic master storyteller whose beloved novels include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, and James and the Giant Peach. Special musical guests to be announced.
This event is a benefit for First Book—Manhattan. First Book, a nonprofit organization, connects book publishers and community organizations to provide access to new books for children in need. Ages 8 and up.
- Even more good news. The PEN/Steven Kroll Award for Picture Book Writing (which comes in at a cool $5,000) is a yearly award that goes to a writer for an exceptional story illustrated in a picture book. This year judges Barbara Shook Hazen, David Wiesner, and Cheryl Willis Hudson showed off their great good sense and selected The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau (Eerdmans), Michelle Markel. And, might I say, a better choice I could not have made.
- Daily Image:
There are days that I suspect that when comedy sites have nothing better to do they just take inappropriate subject matter and turn it into faux Golden Books for quick laughs. That said, I love Simon Pegg, so anything that features him is a-okay with me. Here’s one of three images found at Laughing Academy.
Thanks to Marci Morimoto for the link.