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Weathering the Bully Spectrum: An Interview with Torrey Maldonado of Tight

Years ago I was at a house party in Brooklyn for a lovely writer friend. It was the kind of event where you could find a writer tucked away in every pantry, cupboard, and spare room. Lots of writers, is what I’m saying. Anyway, I’m not the world’s greatest mingler when it comes to people […]

Review of the Day: Jabberwalking by Juan Felipe Herrera

Jabberwalking By Juan Felipe Herrera Candlewick Press $22.99 ISBN: 9781536201406 Ages 10 and up On shelves now Not too long ago I taught a six-week summer creative writing course for teens. Now I’ve never taught creative writing before. Truth be told, I had no idea where to start. So, like any good librarian, I hit […]

Dual Cover Reveals from Denene Millner Books, the Imprint That Brought You Crown . . .

We are upping the game. Not content to have a single cover reveal, I am cranking this blog up to 11 and presenting TWO cover reveals in a single post. Why the change?  Because today is momentous.  But stop a moment. Take a breath. Let’s give it the proper lead up. In the year 2017 […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina

I think this is the clearest case of my pulling out a book for Kate that is well-known amongst children’s librarians and is pretty obscure when you talk to your average layperson on the street. If for no other reason, you should listen to this episode of our podcast to hear Kate’s exclamation of pure […]

Review of the Day: The Story Collector by Kristin O’Donnell Tubb

The Story Collector By Kristin O’Donnell Tubb Illustrated by Iacopo Bruno Henry Holt & Co. (an imprint of Macmillan) $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-250-14380-8 Ages 9-12 On shelves August 28th From 2007 until about 2012 I had the distinct pleasure of working in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building of New York Public Library. It’s one of those […]

The Top 100 Board Books Poll Countdown: #5 – 1!

We did it! We really and truly did it. You voted. The votes were tallied. And now we’re finishing up the last remaining titles on the Top 100 Board Books Poll Countdown. Some of you have asked if this will appear in a nice printable format, so I’ll work with SLJ to see if we […]

Horror for Kids Today: Post-Goosebumps Scare Fests

If this whole Collection Management job I’ve got going on doesn’t pan out, I think I’ve a fine and beautiful career ahead of me as a Crochety Children’s Librarian That Takes Issue With People Who Inexplicably Are Discussing Children’s Literature. The source of today’s frustration? A recent NPR piece with a killer title: Like ‘Goosebumps?’ […]

Review of the Day: The Field by Baptiste Paul, ill. Jacqueline Alcántara

The Field By Baptiste Paul Illustrated by Jacqueline Alcántara North/South Books, Inc. $17.95 ISBN: 978-0-7358-4312-7 Ages 4-7 On shelves now Here’s an interesting conundrum for you. Rattle it about in your brain for a while. It is an uncontestable fact that the majority of picture books published in America in a given year feature either […]

Alternative Anticipated Children’s Books of Fall 2018 List

No doubt by this time you’ve read PW’s list of the Most Anticipated Children’s And YA Books of Fall 2018. Good strong books are on that list, many that I absolutely adore. That said, I couldn’t help but notice a lot of gaps. Just one graphic novel. Three nonfiction. And, because a book is usually […]

The Top 100 Board Books Poll Countdown: #10-6

*Sniff* And just like that it’s almost over. But what beauties we have to share before we go! Nearing the end, we’re seeing a sharp increase in the number of older titles. One thing that interested me, looking at today’s list, is that according to my sources, these books were all published in 1982 or […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes

Thanks to a listener suggestion, Kate and I finally crack open the Henkes box. And when you’re talking Henkes, there’s only one place to start. Now I should warn you right from the start that I make an egregious error in this podcast. I own this mistake. This thing of darkness I claim mine. You […]

Alice Faye Duncan: Interview, Cover Reveal, and the Gwendolyn Brooks Bio That’ll Knock Your Socks Off

Today’s cover reveal is interesting because rather than talk with the author about an upcoming book and its cover, I’ll be talking with writer Alice Faye Duncan about a book of hers that’s out later this month, alongside a cover reveal for a picture book biography that’s drop dead gorgeous. As of this writing, MEMPHIS, […]

The Top 100 Board Books Poll Countdown: #15 – 11

I always like to include the publication dates of each of these board books when I present them on my lists. I do this partly because I’m interested in watching what constitutes a “classic” board book. If a book was originally a picture book and then was converted to a board book later, is it […]

Review of the Day – Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness by Anastasia Higginbotham

Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness By Anastasia Higginbotham Dottir Press $18.95 ISBN: 9781948340007 Ages 6 and up On shelves September 4th The other day I was at the table with my 7-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son and the subject of police shootings came up. I think there was a time when I would […]