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Press Release Fun – This Censorious World: Books for Children and Their Challenges

My Children’s Literary Salons at NYPL continue unabated.  This Saturday’s event?  Well, we’ve some primo talent that I’m sure you would like to know better.  So if you aren’t prepping for the Super Bowl, come on down!  We’d love to have you. New York Public Library’s Children’s Literary Salon is pleased to announce our upcoming […]

Fusenews: Let the wild (mind the gap) rumpus start!

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Sometimes I do a little ALA Youth Media Awards wrap-up after all is said and done, but since Lori Ess and I were able to have our say immediately following the awards announcements, I feel like I’ve covered my bases.  Moving on! Lest one be so caught up in the thrilling hullabaloo of the ALA […]

Press Release Fun: 2014 NYLA YSS Spring Conference Early Bird Registration Open

Early birds can now register for the 2014 New York Library Association (NYLA) Youth Services Section (YSS) Spring Conference scheduled for Friday, April 4, 2014 at the Crowne Plaza White Plains – Downtown, 66 Hale Avenue, White Plains, NY 10601. Early bird registration must be postmarked by Friday, February 21, 2014. Standard registration then continues […]

The ALA Youth Media Awards are announced: Predictions and Reactions

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Well THAT was exciting!  Exciting and fun and not a single winner of today’s awards made me bang my head on a table at any point.  Hooray!  That’s what constitutes a good year, in my book.  If you’re curious about what won, the press release listing the authors can be found here.  We can now […]

Review of the Day – Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse by Torben Kuhlmann

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Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse By Torben Kuhlmann Translation by Suzanne Fitzgerald Levesque NorthSouth $19.95 ISBN: 978-0735841673 Ages 4-8 On shelves May 1st The mouse, as hero, is an easy children’s book hero. With its diet so nearly identical to that of humans, its cute and cuddly face (sorry rats), and the sense […]

Video Sunday: “The chopper was a softie, though…”

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No, as you can probably tell I am not in Philly this weekend for the American Library Association’s Midwinter Conference.  I am okay with this.  Yes, it would remarkably easy for me to attend.  Heck, I could probably go and sleep at home every night, but all told I wasn’t quite up for a conference […]

Mock Lists – The Ultimate Round-Up

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Phew! Okay, I did it.  I searched and strived and sought out every possible available Mock Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, you name it.  And those that took the time to post their results online or on my blog or on a listserv, those are the folks I have to present to you today.  The ALA Youth […]

Video Trailer Debut: Saving Baby Doe by Danette Vigilante

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Not too long ago I wrote a post called 2014 Kids of Color: Things Are Looking Up. I wasn’t kidding. The number of book jackets with kids of color on them in 2014 puts 2013, and pretty much every other year up until now, to shame. Yet even with this strong beginning, it’s hard not […]

Librarian Preview: Blue Apple Books (Spring 2014)

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Last one of the season, folks!  But I figure what with the approaching ALA Conference in Philly, there’s no harm in letting people know last minute about some of the fine and fancy titles that may or may not be available to peruse at the event.  Today we focus on small, gutsy, rather lovely little […]

The Fairytales and Folktales of 2013: An Accounting

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If you’ve sat in the audience during one of my talks of 2013, any of them really, then at some point during my presentation I probably mentioned that my deep and abiding love for small publishers is due, in no small part, to the rise in the fairytales and folktales in the marketplace.  It’s not […]

Introducing the First Ever, Absolutely Fantastic, SLJ Pre-Game and Post-Game Show!!!

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Here’s the situation.  The ALA Youth Media Awards are going to air this coming Monday, January 27th.  If you’re anything like me, you’ve been waiting for them for quite a long time.  You’ve read the Mock Newberys and Caldecotts.  You’ve read some of the contenders and thought things through.  Now’s the time to find out […]

Video Sunday: “He cried at the BEGINNING of Old Yeller”

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It’s always wonderful when I run across a video that declares to me MAKE ME THE FIRST ONE IN THE VIDEO SUNDAY POST!  But when I heard that Shaun Tan has a new book coming out on what appears to be April 24th of this year called Rules of Summer, it was just a matter […]

Fusenews: Red-bearded ghosts welcome!

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I begin today with news that is only tangentially children’s literature related.  My excuse is that it makes me so happy I can hardly breathe.  For Christmas I got the soundtrack of the musical Matilda, and I’ve been cooing over the brilliant lyrics and music ever since.  Tim Minchin was the man behind said lyrics […]

Press Release Fun: The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival Comes to NYC!

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It’s that time of year again. So break out your creativity and reserve your seat for our March 22nd showing.  Note that if you live in NYC and you want to submit, the deadline is March 8th.  Plenty of time to come up with something fantastic!

Review of the Day: Everybody Paints! by Susan Goldman Rubin

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Everybody Paints! The Lives and Art of the Wyeth Family By Susan Goldman Rubin Chronicle Books $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-8118-6984-3 Ages 9-12 On shelves February 4th For years it was my pleasure to work in the New York Public Library’s Central Children’s Room, located in the Donnell Library. The Central Children’s Room was the crown jewel […]