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Happy Halloween: Boo!

Boy, it truly was Devil’s Night yesterday.  Actually, it appears that my calling October 30th “Devil’s Night” is a clear cut case of showing how Michiganian I am.  Who knew?  At any rate, I had a whole post written up and boy it was beautiful.  Tons of videos and pictures.  The whole kerschmozzle.  Then it […]

Review of the Day: When Thunder Comes by J. Patrick Lewis

When Thunder Comes: Poems for Civil Rights Leaders By J. Patrick Lewis Illustrated by Jim Burke, R. Gregory Christie, Tonya Engel, John Parra, and Meilo So Chronicle Books $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-4521-0119-4 Ages 10 and up On shelves now Poetry is of the people by its very definition. Though sometimes considered the property of the elite […]

Press Release Fun: Books About Bullying, a Google+ Hangout

Hi, folks!  Here’s a thing I’m doing on Monday, November 4th.  Come see me and a bevy of talented authors on a topic that I’m going to handle in a new way. Books about Bullying: A Google+ Hangout (or Bullying Prevention: How Books Can Help) The New York Public Library hosts a special on air […]

Fusenews: Pretty sneaky, sis.

I have a sister.  Did you know that?  Tis true.  She’s not a librarian and her interest in children’s literature pretty much begins and ends with me, which is probably why she hasn’t come up before.  One thing she is?  Crafty.  Crafty as all get out.  And the kicker is that she’s just started this […]

Librarian Preview: Little, Brown and Company (Spring 2014)

Let’s try something a little different this time around. My usual previews contain all kinds of fun details, and certainly the Little Brown previews are the cream of the publishing crop. I’m talking Yale Club.  I’m talking white tablecloths. I’m talking little sandwiches with salmon and capers inside. But before I get to anything else, […]

Review of the Day: Ghost Hawk by Susan Cooper

Ghost Hawk By Susan Cooper McElderry Books (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-4424-8141-1 Ages 9-12 On shelves now How do we best honor our literary heroes? Particularly those who not only live but continue to produce works of fiction within our lifetimes. Like whole swaths of women and men my age, I […]

Press Release Fun: Past, Present, and Future

Children’s Literature Shines in Port Washington Public Library Programs The Port Washington Public Library presents Past, Present and Future: Insiders Look at Children’s Literature in the 21st Century and the Children’s Illustrator Exhibition featuring prestigious authors, artists, and experts involved in publishing and library service to children.   Past, Present and Future: Insiders Look at […]

“You can’t go broke overestimating the intelligence of children” – Chris Van Allsburg and the Eric Carle Honors of 2013

There comes a time in every woman’s life when she is asked to interview a childhood idol. Put another way . . . There comes a time in my life, say every half a year or so, when I am asked to interview one of my own childhood idols.  Most recently, that someone was Carle […]

Video Sunday: Robot, heck. You should see my krumping.

All right.  Me stuff off the bat.  I was recently asked to moderate a panel of authors for the Children’s Media Association.  The panel consisted of Ame Dyckman, Joanne Levy, Katherine Longshore, Elisa Ludwig, Lynda Mullaly Hunt, and Sarvenaz Tash.  During the course of the evening it was suggested that we perform a Giant Dance […]

Press Release Fun: A Leonard Marcus Walking Tour

Hello Children’s Book Enthusiasts, You are invited to attend a Neighborhood Walking Tour led by Leonard S. Marcus, the acclaimed historian and curator of the current New York Public Library exhibit, The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter. Marcus will lead a tour from the steps of the NYPL’s Schwarzman Building (on Fifth Avenue between 41st […]

Re-Sendakify Sendak Project: The Results

Previously on A Fuse #8 Production . . . In 2012 I came up with a crazy idea.  We all love Dr. Seuss.  We all know his work.  So for fun I asked folks to illustrate a scene from their favorite Seuss book in the style of a different children’s author.  The result: The Re-Seussification […]

Fusenews: That’s what I get for ignoring copyright

Happy Columbus Day to you!  I’ve not particularly insightful encapsulations of the day to offer you, though if you’d like to read some preview posts I’ve done on the day (completely with book recommendations) feel free to go here. I will start today with this rather interesting post about a recent brouhaha that arose when […]

Video Sunday: World premiere of The Making of “Journey”

It is my supreme pleasure and honor today to present to you a little video that you shan’t find much of anywhere else. Many of you are aware that Aaron Becker’s debut picture book Journey is getting a lot of critical acclaim and book buzz. What you may not know is that back in 2011 […]

Press Release Fun: The James River Writers Conference

PROMINENT AUTHORS AND AGENTS READY TO CONVERGE IN VIRGINIA FOR 11TH JAMES RIVER WRITERS CONFERENCE Two-day event features workshops, inspiration for up and coming writers RICHMOND, Va. – Writers, mark your calendars. The James River Writers Conferenceis celebrating its 11th year as one of the most prestigious gatherings of published authors, literary agents and editors in the country with […]

Review of the Day: Knock Knock by Daniel Beaty

Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me By Daniel Beaty Illustrated by Bryan Collier Little, Brown Books for Young Readers $18.00 ISBN: 978-0316209175 Ages 4-8 On shelves December 17th There is a perception out there amongst certain types of parents that the only picture books worthy of their little geniuses are those that reflect their […]