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Not In Any History Books: Digging Deep Into the Past of the New York Times Best Illustrated List

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Leave it to the experts, that’s what I always say. Some time ago I was contacted by librarian Cecilia Horn, currently the Juvenile Collection Development Librarian for the Kenton County Public Library in Northern Kentucky. Cecilia was researching the New York Times Best Illustrated List, which is presented yearly to ten different picture books. It’s […]

Cover Reveal and Excerpt: Rosetown by Cynthia Rylant

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Okay, we’re going to do something a little different with today’s cover reveal. Apparently in 2018 the publishers all put their heads together and said “Cover reveals on blogs are fine, but you know what the people really want? Excerpts from the books themselves.” I can hardly argue. As such I’ve had two such offers […]

Weeding the Formerly Famous

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Is it wrong to wait patiently, patiently, patiently, for a popular series you loathe to die? I’ve always been very interested in the longevity of children’s books. The other day I had a conversation with someone who told me that word on the street has it that many of the committee members on the Newbery […]

Everything Old Is New Again: Fantastic Picture Book Bios You May Have Forgotten

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Folks, I’ve been in this game a long time. Not as long as some, but if you take into account my blogging years I’m a verifiable crone. I started back in 2003 and it’s been nothing but typing ever since. Now this year, in 2018, I’ve been very encouraged. A lot of the picture book […]

The Inexpensive Way to Keep Up With the Oscar Contenders

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Yesterday, on Tuesday, January 23rd, the Oscar nominations were officially released. There was good news (yay, Get Out!), bad (boo, Three Billboards!), and everything in-between, but all in all it was a lot of the films folks had already been discussing as award contenders. If you’re anything like me, it can be hard to keep […]

Review of the Day: Nothing Stopped Sophie by Cheryl Bardoe and Barbara McClintock

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Nothing Stopped Sophie: The Story of Unshakable Mathematician Sophie Germain By Cheryl Bardoe Illustrated by Barbara McClintock Little, Brown and Co. $17.99 ISBN: 978-0316278201 On shelves June 12th I think we’ve done it. I think we’ve finally moved completely into a new era of biographical picture books. High time, says I! Gone are the days […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

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I don’t usually pay much attention to the universe outside my peculiar little brain, but once in a while I poke my head out of the metaphorical dirt and realize that there’s a great big, wonderful world out there.  A world filled with movies based on picture books. Movies like the upcoming Peter Rabbit film. […]

Press Release Fun: Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards Now Accepting Submissions

Hi folks! This is a call for submission for the Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards brought to you by Denver Comic Con and Pop Culture Classroom.    Comics and graphic novels are taking a leading role in driving the circulation of libraries, and students are reading them from pre-K through higher education, in every learning environment […]

Cover Reveal: Quiet by Tomie dePaola

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Before we get to today’s reveal, let me share something about my own background. Though not a Quaker myself, I attended a small Quaker college during my undergraduate years. While there I made many Quaker friends and came to appreciate the particular kind of mindfulness that comes when you attend a Quaker service. There, you […]

Newbery / Caldecott 2018: Final Prediction Edition

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I was all prepped to begin today by saying that the entire reason I’m doing this post in January is because the ALA Youth Media Awards are slated to go live in February this year . . . but then I looked at last year’s Final Prediction Edition and saw that it was posted on […]

Cover Reveal: Ekua Holmes Book Jacket for The Stuff of Stars

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There comes a time when agreeing to post the occasional book jacket on your blog pays off huge dividends. Not monetarily, of course, but from the perspective of quality. When I was asked if I’d have any objection to premiering the cover of the latest Marion Dane Bauer book with art but none other than […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Lonely Doll by Dare Wright

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Over the last few podcasts I’ve introduced Kate to a great many “classic” picture books. But what about cult classic picture books? Don’t they deserve love as well? When I decided to initiate Kate in the ways of The Lonely Doll, I wasn’t entirely certain how she would act. Would she take to it like […]

Fusenews: Blue Oxen, Irish Accents, and an Iron Curtain Oz

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Science Alert, people. New Study Shows It Does Matter Which Books You Read to Your Baby: Not all stories are equal when it comes to development. Naturally I read that and immediately wanted a listing of books that were good for babies. It’s not that kind of article (dang) thought it does namecheck those old […]

Review of the Day: Baby Monkey, Private Eye by Brian Selznick and David Serlin

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Baby Monkey, Private Eye By Brian Selznick and David Serlin Illustrated by Brian Selznick Scholastic Press $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-338-18061-9 Ages 3 and up On shelves February 27th Brian Selznick. Honey. We’ve got to talk. Now look, it was all well and good when you started getting a little crazy and shaking up notions of what […]

Walking and Talking with . . . Joseph Bruchac!

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Steve’s back, baby. And what an auspicious day it is. Today Steve Sheinkin’s new early chapter book series “Time Twisters” kicks off with Abraham Lincoln, Pro Wrestler and Abigail Adams, Pirate of the Caribbean. That feeling that’s dancing about in your soul right now? That’s you. Wanting to read these. More than your kids. Yep. […]