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Announcing a New Challenge: Re-Potterfy Harry Potter!

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Well folks, we do this about once a year and so far it’s been nothing but delightful.  Now we ratchet it up a notch.  It’s a fan art challenge and one I hope you’ll enjoy. As you may recall, in the past I’ve offered two odd little projects.  First there was the Re-Seussify Seuss Challenge.  […]

Press Release Fun – Peter Sis: Cartography of the Mind

IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Mary Van Akin (646) 307-5210 | Mary.VanAkin@macmillan.com Czech Center New York Presents Exhibition of the Work of Acclaimed Artist, Illustrator, Author, and Filmmaker Peter Sís Peter Sís: Cartography of the Mind Peter Sís: Cartography of the Mind on View May 8 through September 2, 2014 Media Preview and Opening Reception Wednesday, May […]

Fusenews: Never Forget

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Morning, folks!  I do believe my comments feature is busted at the moment, so please don’t be alarmed if you can’t get anything to go through.  It’s frustrating for me as well.  Feels like an echo chamber in here.  Hm. Well, as you may have heard, A Chair, A Fireplace, and a Tea Cozy will […]

Video Sunday: Met the ghost of David Wiesner at the Hotel Paradise . . .

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Here we are in the glory of spring.  With all the beauty just ah-popping outdoors, what better time to sequester ourselves inside to watch mad videos about children’s literature related affairs? So first and foremost, you may have seen me make mention of the fact that I had a podcasting-related Children’s Literary Salon last weekend.  […]

Press Release Fun: A Virtual Book Swap on Summer Reading

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Remember back in January when I hosted the ALA Media Awards Pre-Game / Post-Game Show with my partner in crime Lori Ess?  Well, the dynamic duo/gruesome twosome is back, baby!  Thanks to the good people of Scholastic, Lori and I are tackling summer reading.  Granted, we’re doing it in a typing/chat like setting and not […]

Review of the Day: The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

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The Most Magnificent Thing By Ashley Spires Kids Can Press $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-55453-704-4 Ages 3-7 On shelves now I was at a conference of math enthusiasts the other day to discuss kids and the state of math related children’s books. Not my usual scene but I was open to it. Despite what some might fear, […]

Librarian Preview: Penguin Books (Summer 2014)

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There is a certain element of mystery that accompanies each and every librarian preview here in New York City.  When the larger publishers gather the librarians to their proverbial bosom, those same librarians walk in with just one question in your mind: How long is this going to take?  If you’re lucky you’ll be out […]

World Book Night and a Proper Celebration of the Day of Shakespeare’s Birth

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In terms of folks who share my birthday today, it’s a mixed bag.  On the one hand I got Shakespeare.  So . . . y’know.  That’s nice.  By the same token 4/23 was the reported date of the death of Cervantes.  On the other hand, I share my birthday with President James Buchanan.  Oog.  But […]

Press Release Fun: The Paddle8 Victory Academy Auction of Children’s Book Art

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I don’t always blog the auctions I see online, but sometimes the cause is good and the timing is right.  Recently the right good honorable LeUyen Pham emailed me about an auction of children’s book art that sounds, in a word, fan-freaking-tastic.  Said she: Fellow illustrator and artist-who’s-work-i-totally-love CARSON ELLIS has put together an online […]

Review of the Day: The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza by James Kochalka

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The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza By James Kochalka First Second (an imprint of Roaring Brook) $17.99 ISBN: 978-1626721036 Ages 7-11 On shelves now James Kochalka has always had a penchant for the outright silly. If nothing else his Johnny Boo series of books have said as much. He’s not afraid to go for the […]

Press Release Fun: The Snow Queen joins the New York Musical Theatre Festival

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You know when you make a friend who works in a different field than you and then, in time, your mutual interests come together?  Years ago my friend Katie married a talented composer by the name of Haddon Kime.  Haddon was kind enough to create the opening music of my short lived podcast and then […]

Fusenews: Not seething with envy. It’s more of a percolation process.

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So what’s the talk of the town these days?  Well the relative brouhaha came about at the end of last week when ReedPOP announced a panel of “the world’s biggest children’s authors” in the field.  That the luminaries in question were all white and male struck a raw nerve with a whole slew of folks. […]

Press Release Fun: Children’s Literary Salon – Podcasting Children’s Books

I’m so pleased with this next Salon that I’m fit to burst.  Somehow I managed to wrangle THREE of our best children’s literary podcasters into one place at one time.  If I were a person prone to the term “squee” I would apply it here, now. New York Public Library is pleased to announce our […]

Review of the Day: Boys of Blur by N.D. Wilson

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Boys of Blur By N.D. Wilson Random House Books for Young Readers $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-449-81673-8 Ages 9-12 On shelves April 8th. I like a kid’s book with ambition. It’s all well and good to write one about magic candy shops or goofy uncles or simpering unicorns or what have you. The world is big and […]

Children’s Literature Online at a Glance: A Look Back at Friends Long Gone

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So I was listening to an episode of Pop Culture Happy Hour the other day.  If you happen to unfamiliar with the show it’s just your basic pop culture based podcast where they dissect the trends and news of the day so you don’t have to.  In a recent episode called ‘Captain America’ And The […]