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Interview: Jean Schulz, Peanuts, and ALA

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When the universe asks you if you would like to interview someone along the lines of Jean Schulz, wife of Peanuts creator Charles “Sparky” Schulz, the correct answer is somewhere along the lines of , “YES YES YES YES YES!”  And so it was that by some complete quirk of fate, I found myself speaking [...]

Video Sunday: So hang, boys, hang

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The exciting news this week was that I got to host a couple panels regarding Banned Books (it being the week of ‘em and all).  The first was at the Brooklyn Book Festival with David Levithan, Francesca Lia Block, and Lauren Myracle.  I then cannibalized my own questions and used them in this, a Google+ [...]

Review of the Day: The Real Boy by Anne Ursu

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The Real Boy By Anne Ursu Illustrated by Erin McGuire Walden Pond Press (an imprint of Harper Collins) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-06-201507-5 Ages 9-12 On shelves now My two-year-old is dealing with the concept of personhood. Lately she’s taken to proclaiming proudly “I’m a person!” when she has successfully mastered something. By the same token, failure [...]

Press Release Fun: KidLitCon 2013 is Nigh!!

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As some of you might remember, last year I hosted the Kidlitosphere Conference (or KidLitCon) in the main branch of NYPL.  There were publisher previews.  There were amazing speakers and talks and rooms.  Grace Lin did our Friday night dinner keynote and Maureen Johnson closed out the conference with the final keynote.  In all, it [...]

Fusenews: Blink and you’ll miss it

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Hey all!  Before I dive into the oddities of the world in which we live, I just wanted to give a bit of a shout out to two distinct groups that allowed me to sprawl my librarian self all over their respective gatherings.  First up, credit and love to Nancy Castaldo and all the folks [...]

Press Release Fun: Small Monsters

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  September 3, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FALL EXHIBIT AT ENTRYWAY GALLERY: “SMALL MONSTERS” New York, NY   Illustrators and fine artists were asked to mine their dark side and reveal the monsters that lurk there. Their responses, ranging from politically charged and literal to childlike and lyrical will be on display from Thursday October [...]

Press Release Fun: Children’s Media Association – Journeys to Publication

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Got the flu this week and this weekend I’m speaking at the Eastern NY SCBWI Regional Conference as well as the Brooklyn Book Festival the next day.  Hence the Press Release bonanza today.  Hope it’s cool with you.  I’m moderating this upcoming very fun panel.  Hope to see you there! You have developed an idea [...]

Review of the Day: Aesop in California by Doug Hansen

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Aesop in California By Doug Hansen Heyday $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-59714-235-9 Ages 3-7 On shelves now. Gather round me, o ye little children, and hear the tale I tell. Of a time when fairytales and folktales were as ripe and plentiful as the grapes of summer. When you could walk into any bookstore or library and [...]

Newbery / Caldecott 2014: Fall 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: Itching powder out of rose hips and other Dahlian artifacts

MichaelRosen

I forget how many years ago it was, but in the not so distant past (I’m going to go out on a limb and say it was 2009) I had the pleasure of hosting children’s author and storyteller Carman Agra Deedy in my Children’s Center.  Talk about a storyteller!  She will hold you riveted from [...]

Review of the Day: Monster on the Hill by Rob Harrell

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Monster On the Hill By Rob Harrell Top Shelf Productions $16.28 ISBN: 978-1-603090759 Ages 8-12 On shelves now See, people? *shakes book in the air* How hard is this, really? I stand beside thousands of children’s librarians who have, for years now, been in a bit of a pickle with the kiddos when it comes [...]

Press Release Fun: The Children’s Book Council Steps It Up a Notch

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While technically this isn’t a proper press release, I think it’s worth noting.  I once conducted a Children’s Literary Salon at NYPL about alternative children’s libraries in New York City.  Libraries that are free and open to the public, but you have to know about them.  The Children’s Book Council’s library was amongst those included.  [...]

Fusenews: Berries of new, cots of Cal.

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Today I shall begin by ripping out your heart and stomping it into tiny shreds upon the floor.  You may be aware that for years I have worked with the real Winnie-the-Pooh toys at NYPL.  You may also know that the real Christopher Robin had a serious falling out with his father about the books.  [...]

Giant Dance Party: A Bank Street Bookstore Appearance

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Ah.  I’ve been lax on my announcements here.  Did I mention to you that this past Saturday I’d be hosting a Children’s Literary Salon at NYPL that was all about the Caldecott Award winning artist duo The Petershams?  I did not.  I have been lax.  Thus, in the spirit of humble self-promotion I present my [...]

Review of the Day: The Meanest Birthday Girl by Josh Schneider

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The Meanest Birthday Girl By Josh Schneider Clarion Books (an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) $14.99 ISBN: 978-0-547-83814-4 Ages 6-9 On shelves now. Life is easier when you can categorize it. When you can slot it in a distinct category and reduce everything to black and white terms. Gray is problematic and messy, after all. [...]