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Press Release Fun: SCBWI Books for Readers Book Drive

For IMMEDIATE RELEASE SCBWI’s 2nd Annual Literacy Initiative Gives Books and Builds Dreams With Donations of Books to Readers In Need Children’s Book Creators Join Forces to Provide High Quality Books for the Indian Education Program of Fargo and West Fargo Public Schools   Los Angeles, CA, and Fargo, North Dakota—September 19, 2018 Members of […]

Fusenews: STEM Girl Fashions, the Death of “Hypothesis”, and More

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Welcome to Fusenews! Or, as I like to call it, all the news that fit to fuse. Yeah. We’re still working on that one.   First off, a great illustrator for children has died. This was very much the case of me not knowing that he was still alive, only to be doubly saddened when […]

Down Syndrome and the Great Gaping (Longstanding) Children’s Book Gap

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When I was a child I knew what Down syndrome was but I didn’t know it because of any picture books that contained characters with Down syndrome. None of my childhood literature covered it, so if I wanted to see someone represented in this way I had to turn on Sesame Street. Though it’s not […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems

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She’s so cute. Kate thought we wouldn’t have enough to talk about with this week’s podcast because the featured book is so simple in both text and image. Little did she know!!! What happens when an adult woman reads this book for the first time and is told that many consider it a modern day […]

Review of the Day: Dreamers by Yuyi Morales

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Dreamers By Yuyi Morales Neal Porter Books (an imprint of Holiday House) $18.99 ISBN: 978-0-8234-4055-9 Ages 5 and up On shelves now Work in the children’s book business long enough and you run the risk of harboring grudges. Or, to be more specific, grudges o’ love. Grudges on behalf of the hardworking authors and illustrators […]

Book Trailer Reveal: Eye Spy by Guillaume Duprat

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People are on to me. I seem to have given away the game. Looking at me you’d never know I harbor a sweet spot for Nonfiction, but my love goes down and deep. Now I know I just did a book trailer premier yesterday. I don’t want you to think I’m getting sloppy on you […]

Book Trailer Reveal: King Alice by Matthew Cordell

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Yesterday I produced my Fall Prediction listing of 2019 Caldecott and Newbery contenders. But what if one of those books wins the Caldecott or Newbery Award proper? You know what happens in these cases, don’t you? Either the poor winner is so overwhelmed by the question “What’s Next?” from a populace expecting brilliance that they […]

Newbery/Caldecott 2019: Fall Prediction Edition

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Yeah. I have no idea. I kid, I KID! Actually I don’t kid. This year is crazy, people! The books are all over the place. We’re seeing some shockingly strong Nonfiction contenders, and a plethora of good Caldecotts too. Yet, just like last year, the Newbery potential in the middle grade fiction is just okay. […]

Cover Reveal: Hedy Lamarr’s Double Life by Laurie Wallmark, ill. Katy Wu

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A show of hands. How many of you first heard of Hedy Lamarr by watching copious amounts of Blazing Saddles (where the villain Hedley Lamarr is constantly called Hedy Lamarr by accident)? No? Just me? In between that and confusing her with Dorothy Lamour I was a pretty confused kid when it came to all […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night by Peter Spier

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I run a blog for my job at Evanston Public Library on the side. The way I tend to distinguish it from this site is that the blog is mostly concerned with adult titles and other library-related affairs. Well, recently I reprinted my favorite Ogden Nash poem of all time Don’t Cry, Darling. It’s Blood […]

Press Release Fun: The Eric Carle Museum Presents the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards

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I can’t help it, folks. This is just too cool not to post.        Give Join Making Art FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Sandy Soderberg, Marketing Manager (413) 559-6315 sandys@carlemuseum.org The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Celebrates 50 Years of the Coretta Scott King Awards with Our Voice: Celebrating the Coretta Scott […]

Review of the Day: Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate DiCamillo

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Louisiana’s Way Home By Kate DiCamillo Candlewick Press ISBN: 978-0-7636-9463-0 $16.99 Ages 9-12 On shelves October 2nd There once was a book called Raymie Nightingale. Not a big flashy book with glitter on the cover and fonts that look like escaped balloon animals. Just a quiet book set in the late 1970s in Florida, patiently […]

Book Trailer Reveal: Waiting for Chicken Smith by David Mackintosh

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The summer is dying. Every night the crickets sing. I haven’t had to turn the air conditioning on in my home for weeks and just yesterday morning my daughter begged me to consider increasing the heat (it was 65 degrees inside so . . . no). But summer isn’t quite done with us yet so […]

Saving Winslow: An Excerpt and Interview with Sharon Creech

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I’ve always taken a great interest in observing how publishers promote children’s books by longstanding, award-winning authors. Consider the case of Sharon Creech. Sure, she won the Newbery Medal for Walk Two Moons, the Newbery Honor for The Wanderer, and the Carnegie Medal for Ruby Holler, but as any writer will tell you, true children’s […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

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As surely as you must be saying, “Didn’t Kate and Betsy just do a Robert McCloskey book?” so too I answer you, “Yep,” and “Indubidably,” and “Is that how you spell that word?” and “No, actually it’s ‘Indubitably’ which just looks wrong but it’s true.” All this you must be saying, but the only point […]