Hi ho. Time to round-up what Jules and I have been up to over at our Wild Things blog (book promotion for bloggers means more blogging, you see). Here’s the long and short of what you may have missed:
- Wacked out 1970s picture books.
- Maurice Sendak’s actual first book (and it’s not what you think).
- Blueberry cheesecake and how it applies to Newbery and Caldecott acceptance speeches.
- Thoughts inspired by what may well be the most misguided celebrity children’s book we’ve heard about in years.
- Why did Robert McCloskey leave the field early? Perhaps Maurice Sendak had something to do with it.
- That time the editor of SLJ threatened to hit the editor of Horn Book over the head with a chair.
- The direct connection between the Caldecott Medal and the man who caught Al Capone.
- Authors that have to deal with their books on the silver screen.
- Last words and final regrets.
- More film adaptations, particularly the bad ones.
Whew! We’re busy little bees, aren’t we?
- Tra la! It’s coming! The greatest conference of children’s and YA literary bloggers is coming! And Liz Burns not only has the info but also the reason such an event is cool. Quoth she: “What I love about KidLitCon is it’s about the bloggers. Full stop. That is the primary purpose and mission of KidLitCon. It’s about what the bloggers care about. Oh, there may be authors and publishers there, presenting, and that can be great and amazing. But it’s not about them. They are there to support the blogging community: they are not there saying, what can the blogging community do for us.” Amen, sister. Preach! By the way, the theme this year is Blogging Diversity in Young Adult and Children’s Lit: What’s Next? Be there or be square.
- So there’s a new Children’s Book Review Editor at the New York Times and by some strange quirk of fate her name is NOT alliterative (note Julie Just, Pamela Paul, and Sarah Smith). Her name? Maria Russo. Which pretty much means I’ll be tracking her like a bloodhound at the next Eric Carle Honors event. Trouble is, we don’t wear nametags at that event so I’ll probably be the crazy lady grabbing all the women, staring intently into their eyes. Wouldn’t be the first time.
- The 10 Children’s Book Series That Deserve TV Adaptations list at Flavorwire is perfectly nice, but you can actually pinpoint the age of its writer. Which is to say, she’s my little sister’s age. Not a new series of children’s books as far as the eye can see.
I blame Saving Mr. Banks. One little children’s writer biopic comes out where the writer isn’t seen as all kittens and sunshine (I still loathe you Miss Potter and Finding Neverland) and all hell breaks loose. Now we hear that McG is going to do a Shel Silverstein biopic on the one hand and that there are plans to examine the relationship between C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien on the other. I’m just counting the minutes until someone tackles Margaret Wise Brown or the whole Anne-Carroll-Moore-didn’t-like-Stuart-Little story (which you just KNOW is in the works somewhere).
- Speaking of films, when I heard that Alan Snow’s delightful Here Be Monsters was being turned into a film called The Boxtrolls I was incredulous. That book? The one I couldn’t get kids to even look at until they made a blue paperback version? I mean I liked it (it came out in a year when sentient cheese was all the rage in children’s literature) but how long was this film in production for crying out loud? Doesn’t matter because according to iO9 it’s brilliant. Good to know.
- So Phil Nel, our ever intrepid professor with a hankering for children’s literature, went to ComicCon. Best of all, he’s willing to report his findings to us (so that we don’t have to go!). Read up on Part 1, Part 2 (my favorite for the cameo of Bananaman), Part 3, and Part 4. Phil was there promoting his Barnaby books (which he co-edited with Eric Reynolds). These include Barnaby Volume One: 1942-1943 (2013) and Barnaby Volume Two: 1944-1945 (2014).
- Me stuff. Thank you, Zoobean.
- Did I know that Amanda Palmer wrote a song about what she owes to Judy Blume? I do now.
- This is what separates the true fangirls from the poseurs. Thanks to the CBC for the link.
- I did once learn about this old National Book Award kerfuffle, but had long since forgotten it until Roger Sutton reminded me. And I too have seen that book. And it is AWFUL. But, as ever, Peter Sieruta said it better than I.
- Two Little Free Libraries have sprung up near my home across the street from the Harlem branch of NYPL. I couldn’t be more pleased because they mean just one thing to me . . . a place to give away my books!!! Culling books is terribly enjoyable. It’s also part of BookRiot’s incredibly useful post 8 Tips for Moving When You Have a Ton of Books.
- What can writers learn from Goodnight Moon? That it’s awesome.
- Daily Image:
Two words. Bookish shoes. My personal favorites include . . .
Remember, by the way, that my sister told you how to make some of these yourself. Thanks to Mom for the link.