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Review of the Day: Grace for Gus by Harry Bliss

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Grace for Gus By Harry Bliss Katherine Tegen Books (an imprint of Harper Collins) $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-06-264410-7 Ages 4-7 On shelves now. What are the long term benefits of reviewing children’s books on the internet over an extended amount of time? The detriments? Of the benefits I can give only the standard “Maybe I get […]

Problems We’d Like to Have: Where Do I Fit All My Medals?

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When I lived in New York City, publishers were a dime a dozen. Big publishers, little publishers, a whole slew of them are located in Manhattan (with a couple in Jersey and a few in Brooklyn). You get jaded when you live there. Then you move away and it’s a whole new ballgame. Oh, you […]

Bookmark Reveal: The 2018 Children’s Book Week Bookmarks Are In With Big Old Names Attached

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Every year I reveal the bookmarks released in conjunction with that most honorable and long lasting children’s literature tradition, Children’s Book Week. Originally established in 1919 (which, obviously, means that next year there’s going to be a great big party to celebrate the centennial), Children’s Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Story of Little Black Sambo by Helen Bannerman

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Not content to examine just Curious George and The Story of Babar, Kate and I round out our look at colonial children’s literature with a rather more serious examination of Helen Bannerman’s Little Black Sambo. That said, we are not content to consider a single version. That’s why our primary focus will be the Christopher […]

Cover Reveal: Thirty Minutes Over Oregon: A Japanese Pilot’s World War II Story by Marc Tyler Nobleman

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I’m getting pickier. The more that I’m asked to do cover reveals for books, the more I want to make sure that the books in question are up to snuff. It’s a pity how rare it is that I’m asked to reveal a book that I’ve already read. But you know what? Sometimes it happens. […]

Review of the Day: Can I Touch Your Hair? by Irene Latham & Charles Waters

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Can I Touch Your Hair? Poems of Race, Mistakes and Friendship By Irene Latham & Charles Waters Illustrated by Sean Qualls & Selina Alko Carolrhoda Books (a division of Lerner) $17.99 ISBN: 978-1-5124-0442-5 Ages 6 and up On shelves now For a long time, maybe as long as children’s books have been published in America, […]

Like a Cover Reveal But Wordier: An Excerpt from Susan Cooper’s The Boggart Fights Back

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Looking back at the recent slate of award winners, I view them through the lens of someone that has lived in Trump’s America for a little more than a year. As a result, I see things a bit differently. Taken a certain way, every book becomes a kind of protest. Consider the Caldecott. I’ve mentioned […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant by Jean de Brunhoff

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Our theme of problematic picture books that deal indirectly with colonialism continue with this natural companion to Curious George. Today’s book is notable if only because it is the first “classic” we’ve discussed that I read as a child. Will that make me more inclined to like the book or not? You’ll just have to […]

Guest Post: A New Consideration of Elena Ferrante’s The Beach at Night by Dr. Ellen Handler Spitz

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You guys know my penchant for children’s books that fall outside the usual norms. And nothing strikes fear in the good American heart faster than picture books from other countries. I’ve seen even the most sophisticated of readers wrinkle their noses at translations they deemed “weird”. And nothing caused such wrinkling better than the 2016 […]

Press Release Fun: 90-Second Newbery Screenings Are Heading To Your Burg

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It’s that time again! No sooner have the real Newberys been announced than the 90-second versions of them start cropping up. In Film Festival form! Yep, the utterly charming 90-Second Newbery is on the road, and I have your complete schedule here today. Find the big city nearest you and come on in. It’s a […]

Sexual Harassment and Post-ALA YMA 2018 Thoughts (not necessarily at the same time)

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Before we begin discussing yesterday’s Youth Media Award announcements, it would be positively ludicrous if I were to say anything on this blog without first directing your attention to an event that almost eclipsed the Award announcements altogether. If you have missed the current #metoo movement within the children’s and young adult literature industry, then […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Curious George by Margret and H.A. Rey

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Take two! About two weeks ago Kate and I recorded this killer episode where we discussed the classic status (or lack thereof) of Curious George. Naturally, the computer ate the whole dang thing. So we’re doing something a little different this week. Kate’s already read the book so we’re changing things up a little. We […]

Cover Reveal: The Alcatraz Escape by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

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Oh, the weather outside is frightful! Some of you are headed to Midwinter right now in the midst of horrible, terrible snows. I salute you, one and all. To take your minds off your cancelled flights, let us pause a moment and consider Jennifer Chambliss Bertman’s clever and charming Book Scavenger series. When the folks […]

Review of the Day: The Mad Wolf’s Daughter by Diane Magras

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The Mad Wolf’s Daughter By Diane Magras Kathy Dawson Books (an imprint of Penguin) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-525-53134-0 Ages 9-12 On shelves March 6th Sometimes you just want to read a book that knows how to run. There are many way to define the term “great writing” as it applies to children’s literature. Eloquent. Ennobling. Distinguished. […]

In Memoriam: Dr. William H. Teale

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In August of 2015 I took two small children and got on a plane leaving LaGuardia Airport in NYC, now headed for the Midwest. After dropping my kids off with my parents, I took my mom and dad’s car and drove to Evanston, IL for my first day of work. My husband was following with […]