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Why We Need More Spacegirls. Preferably By the Name of Zita

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On February 15, 2011 I wrote up a little post about a girl by the name of Zita.  It’s not a particularly common name.  Look through the stats of girl names in a given year and I’d wager “Zita” doesn’t even make it into the top 1000.  Yet when you talk to kids and mention […]

Fusenews: Coldplay, Sendak, and Golden Book Bodices

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The biggest news of the day came in the form of a single headline in The New York Times yesterday: New York Library Drops Plan to Renovate Flagship. Whoa!   So.  That happened.  Wowzah. This news comes to us less than a week after Coldplay (yes, that Coldplay) hid something in one of the books […]

Press Release Fun: Kids Author Carnival in NYC – Read. Connect. Party.

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Here in New York City the Teen Author Carnival gets a lot of attention. Now there’s going to be a Kids Author Carnival chock FULL of middle grade authors. Check out this jaw-dropping line-up and mark your calendars:

Librarian Preview: Little Brown & Company (Fall 2014 – Spring 2015)

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*sniff sniff* Smell that?  That’s the smell of Fall 2014, my friends.  Yes yes, I know you thought we’ve only just turned the corner into spring, but we’ve no time for that now.  The future is where it’s at, babies!  And right now the future is all about the fall/winter/spring books.  Such was my thinking […]

Review of the Day: My Country, ‘Tis of Thee by Claire Rudolf Murphy

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My Country, ‘Tis of Thee: How One Song Reveals the History of Civil Rights By Claire Rudolf Murphy Illustrated by Bryan Collier Henry Holt and Company (an imprint of Macmillan) $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-8050-8226-5 Ages 7 and up On shelves June 3rd It doesn’t matter how long you’ve worked as a children’s librarian. It doesn’t matter […]

Review of the Day: The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson

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The Great Greene Heist By Varian Johnson Arthur A. Levine Books (an imprint of Scholastic) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-545-52552-7 Ages 10 and up On shelves May 27th What is the ultimate child fantasy? I’m not talking bubble gum sheets or wizards that tell you you’re “the chosen one”. Let’s think a little more realistically here. When […]