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Fashions That Jar: Children’s Book Characters Stuck in the 80s

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Boomers, I have a question for you. As a child of the 80s who by that very definition is neither Generation X nor Millennial, I have a very complex relationship with the fashions of my youth. When you grow up in an era where hot pink and black are a desirable color combination and ponytails […]

Slightly More Recent Books on Slavery for Young People

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On January 19th, Claire Fallon, a Books and Culture Writer at The Huffington Post, wrote an article called 13 Honest Books About Slavery Young People Should Actually Read. The piece was a response to the news about Scholastic pulling the publication of A Birthday Cake for George Washington and got shared hither and thither and […]

I Tumbled, I Tweeted, I Taught: Critical Engagement Through Social Media

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Look at the internet today. Things are happening online right now that would have been inconceivable even five years ago.  With that in mind I have to say I can think of few topics more timely than the ones that will be raised at the upcoming Social Media Institute here in Illinois. Oh?  What’s that?  […]

Review of the Day: The Airport Book by Lisa Brown

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The Airport Book By Lisa Brown A Neal Porter Book, Roaring Brook, an imprint of Macmillan $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-62672-091-6 Ages 4-7 On shelves May 10th. Look, I don’t wanna brag but I’m what you might call a going-to-the-airport picture book connoisseur. I’ve seen them all. From out-of-date fare like Byron Barton’s Airport to the uniquely […]

Fusenews: [Space Available for Title Here]

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Morning, folks.  Here in the frozen tundra they call the Chicago area (a hot toddy to anyone who can explain to me why the wind blows TO the lake and not from it) we’re huddled in our homes dreaming of spring.  So while you shiver and shake (obviously this does not apply to you tropical […]

Jolts of Children’s Literature in Unexpected Places

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Okay!  We start out today with a whole range of adult titles, either coming out in the future or newly published, that contain some children’s book reference or inclusion.  And for a beginning let us examine a whole slew of books where the very idea of what a children’s author is serves as the inspiration […]

Review of the Day: Jazz Day by Roxane Orgill

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Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph By Roxane Orgill Illustrated by Francis Vallejo Candlewick Press $18.99 ISBN: 9780763669546 Ages 9-12 On shelves March 8th Some books for kids have a hard road ahead of them. Here’s a secret. If you want a book to sell just oodles and oodles of copies to the […]

Conversations on Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Cake, Slavery, and an Unprecedented Pull

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I think it was four or five months ago when I first saw A BIRTHDAY CAKE FOR GEORGE WASHINGTON on Edelweiss.  It was pretty much the final edition, though it could have been lacking some of the eventual backmatter.  No matter.  I have to admit my jaw was a bit on the floor.  This was […]

Thoughts on the Recent Spate of Awards

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I’ve been privy to lots of interesting conversations about our most recent ALA winners this week.  And since it’s Friday and we’re all now able to step back and take into account what all just happened, here is a quick summary of some of the discussions, topics, and random facts surrounding the Youth Media Awards […]

Most Classics Are Better With Robots

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Last night I had a lot of fun speaking at The Bookstall in Winnetka about the trends of 2015, 2016, and all the 2016 books I was excited about.  Afterwards a bunch of us sat down for dinner and drinks and the conversation turned, as is natural, to robots.  I had mentioned in my talk […]

Children’s Literary Salon Video #1: REFORMA, Refugee Children, and Bringing Books to the Border

As you may recall, this past Saturday, January 9th I hosted my first Literary Salon here in Evanston. In spite of the fact that some of my attendees were at ALA while others stayed home to avoid the heavy snowfall, we had a showing of around 40-45 people.  The topic?  Refugee children held at America’s […]

And the Winners Are . . . .

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In case you missed it, the ALA Youth Media Award winners (Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, etc.) were announced this morning. Best of all, I was on hand to offer Pre-Game predictions and Post-Game commentary. Here are the results. Please note that there is no heat in the room I was commenting in. So if I’m trembling […]

Review of the Day: Gordon and Tapir by Sebastian Meschenmoser

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Gordon and Tapir By Sebastian Meschenmoser North/South Books $18.95 ISBN: 9780735842199 Ages 3-6 On shelves April 1, 2016 There is a perception here in America about the Germans. It is a firm belief that, as a nation, they are devoid of a sense of humor. Americans love to bring this up. I’m not sure what […]

Newbery / Caldecott 2016: Final Prediction Edition

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See this money?  It’s time to put it where my mouth is.  OPEN UP, MOUTH! So if you’re playing along at home you might have noticed that I’m a bit . . . ah . . . last minute-ish with my final predictions this year.  Considering that today is Thursday and the Newbery/Caldecott Awards (amongst […]

Cover Reveal: Volcanoes – Fire and Life by Jon Chad!

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If you know me then you know I’ve a certain weakness for comics, graphic novels, graphic comics, and comic novels (?).  You draw it, I like it.  And every once in a while, First Second will offer me a little jacket to reveal in some manner.  It seems timely that with the announcement about the […]