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Video Sunday: At the speed of light, she arrives just in time . . .

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Some weeks can go by without a single solitary interesting video in sight.  Other weeks, you drown in brilliance.  This week inclines far more towards the latter than the former. I could not lead off today with anything other than the latest bit of Bookie Woogie brilliance.  You keened to their 90-second rendition of Where […]

Review of the Day: Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald

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Under the Egg By Laura Marx Fitzgerald Dial (an imprint of Penguin Group) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-8037-4001-3 Ages 9-12 On shelves March 18th. Let me ask you a question. You seem like an intelligent individual. Have you ever read From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler? And, if your answer is yes, did you […]

Newbery / Caldecott 2014: Final 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, […]

Baby, Remember My Name: Picture Book Gems of Years Past

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At the end of any given year you’ll see the occasional article or blog posting that talks about the forgotten gems of a given year.  But what about those books that came out two, three, even ten years ago and yet remain unheralded?  I’ve been reviewing books for kids for over ten years now, and […]

Review of the Day: Have You Seen My Dragon? by Steve Light

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Have You Seen My Dragon? By Steve Light Candlewick Press $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-6648-4 Ages 2-6 On shelves April 8th When I grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan I would get this little thrill every time my city appeared in a children’s book. Which is to say, every time it was mentioned in Horton Hatches the Egg. […]

Fusenews: Book Baths and Far Side – What More Could You Want in Life?

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Huh!  Well I’ll be a monkey’s uncle.  In spite of the sheer swaths of time I’ve had since I completed my last Fusenews, I am surprisingly bereft of information for you this week.  Whodathunkit?  Ah well.  NYC was recently hit with a bit of the old snowstorm, so while we stare mournfully at the unshovelled […]

Press Release Fun: DiCamillo Named New National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature

Candlewick Press is Thrilled to Share News of theAppointment of Kate DiCamillo as the New National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, 2014-2015 Via New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/02/books/kate-dicamillo-to-be-ambassador-of-young-peoples-literature.html?hpw&rref=books&_r=0 Via PW: http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-industry-news/article/60497-kate-dicamillo-named-next-national-ambassador-for-young-people-s-literature.html FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Kate DiCamillo Named New National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, 2014-2015, by the Library of Congress. “Stories Connect Us” will serve as her platform. Kate […]

Review of the Day: Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown

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Mr. Tiger Goes Wild By Peter Brown Little, Brown and Company $18.00 ISBN: 978-0-316-20063-9 Ages 3-7 On shelves now. Here’s a fun exercise to liven up a gloomy day. Find yourself a copy of the picture book Mr. Tiger Goes Wild. Now turn to the publication page. It’s the green one opposite the title page at […]

Review of the Day: Journey by Aaron Becker

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Journey By Aaron Becker Candlewick Press ISBN: 978-0-7636-6053-6 $15.99 Ages 3-8 On shelves now. I’ve encountered something new and exciting at this late stage of the game. For years I’ve been reviewing picture books written for children. Working with them on almost a day-to-day basis as a children’s librarian, I did not doubt that my […]

Review of the Day: The Other Side of Free by Krista Russell

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The Other Side of Free By Krista Russell Peachtree Publishers $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-56145-710-6 Ages 9-12 On shelves now Have you ever read the adult book How I Became a Famous Novelist? Bear with me for a second here, I know what I’m doing. You see, in the title the author decides that he wants to become […]