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Contemporary Issues and a New Role for Early Chapter Books

UncleMurray

I’ve heard them called any number of things. Junior chapter books. Young readers. Early chapter books. Just plain old “chapter books”. They’re the transitional readers you hand a child when they’ve graduated from easy books but aren’t ready yet for, say, Harry Potter. And like any book, they have a wide range of reading levels. […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Wolves in the Walls by Neil Gaiman, ill. Dave McKean

Wolves in the Walls

I suspected that Kate had never encountered the art of Dave McKean before. What better time to show it to her than when it’s almost Halloween, sez I! Heck, for that matter Kate’s only vaguely aware of Neil Gaiman himself (didn’t know he was British). I try to give her a good dose of nightmare […]

90-Second Newbery: The Latest Submissions of Some Brilliant Cinema

TobinStranglesJames

It’s that time again. Time for kids everywhere to make their own short versions of classic Newbery winning books to the screen. Today, James Kennedy stops by to show us a slew of newest brilliant submissions and to beg you to find some kids who can submit their own. Hear the man out, people!   […]

Review of the Day: The Patchwork Bike by Maxine Beneba Clarke, ill. Van Thanh Rudd

PatchworkBike

The Patchwork Bike By Maxine Beneba Clarke Illustrated by Van Thanh Rudd $15.99 ISBN: 978-1-5362-0031-7 Ages 4-7 On shelves now. It took a little while, but at some point creators of children’s books realized that cardboard holds an almost supernatural power over the imaginations of small children. It is the ultimate building material. Strong and […]

Fusenews: We Would Have Also Accepted “Fast Food Fairies”

DarkFantastic

I know we Americans don’t talk a lot about the translation of children’s literature for a variety of reasons. Even so, I had hoped it would be bigger news when translator Anthea Bell died recently. Though she did not work exclusively with children’s books, she was probably personally responsible for one of the most successful […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams

LittleOldLady

If you’ve ever listened to our podcast you’ll know that when it comes to readalouds, that particular kind of a picture book is a little difficult to convey when Kate reads it. I also love that Kate interpreted the cover of today’s book, before reading it, as a story about a gigantic, 24-ft tall pumpkin […]

Review of the Day – Peter & Ernesto: A Tale of Two Sloths by Graham Annable

PeterErnesto1

Peter & Ernesto: A Tale of Two Sloths By Graham Annable First Second (an imprint of Roaring Brook Press) $17.99 ISBN: 978-1-62672-561-4 Ages 6-10 On shelves now To quote the wise words of MC Scat Kat, “opposites attract”. Particularly when those opposites are best buddies. The idea of the carefree soul, untethered by earthly woes, […]

Book Trailer Premier: Silver Batal and the Water Dragon Races by K.D. Halbrook

SilverBatal

When I was a kid I didn’t actually use my public library much. Like a lot of kids, it was the school library where I discovered the books that would be most beloved to me. And in one particular case, I found a book that stayed with me a very long time. I’m not sure […]

Best Halloween Picture Books (an Entirely Subjective List)

BehindMask

About 2010, when I still worked as a children’s librarian for New York Public Library, I was sitting at the Reference Desk in the Children’s Center at 42nd Street when this 3-year-old walked up to me, bold as brass. He had the biggest brown eyes I’d ever seen outside of a Chuck Jones cartoon, and […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: A Tiger Called Thomas by Charlotte Zolotow

ATigerCalledTomas

Older holiday books for kids have a tendency to be a bit on the white side. So I was thinking I was pretty slick when I came up with A Tiger Called Thomas for today’s discussion. But here’s the thing; I thought the version illustrated by Diana Cain Bluthenthal was the only one out there. […]

Review of the Day: Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish by Pablo Cartaya

MarcusVega

Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish By Pablo Cartaya Viking (an imprint of Penguin Random House) $16.99 ISBN: 9781101997260 Ages 9-12 On shelves now The other day a woman contacted me and wondered if I could offer any picture book/middle grade/ YA suggestions for a list of various topics. The list consisted of things like “OCD”, […]

Even Sendaks Make Mistakes: When Your Hero’s Book Just Doesn’t Work for You

PrestoZesto

Can you keep a secret? An awful, terrible secret that could get me officially disbarred from all future children’s literature events from now until the end of time? This is just between the two of us, right? No one else is listening in and you won’t tell a soul. Okay. Here goes. I don’t think […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Duck, Death, and the Tulip by Wolf Erlbruch

DuckDeathTulip

We’re killing two birds with one stone this week (pun reluctantly intended). A reader suggested today’s book a long time ago. Add in the fact that it’s October and we should be doing some Halloween-themed titles and you’ve got yourself today’s latest edition of International Classic Picture Books. Take a trip to Germany to visit […]

Unexpected Jolts of Children’s Literature: You’re Covered in Bees!

PaperbackCrush

By night I blog as a children’s literature groupie, but by day I am mild mannered Betsy Bird, Collection Development Manager of Evanston Public Library, responsible for purchasing all the latest books for adults. Odd, no? But while you might be able to take the girl off of the blog you can never truly take […]

Censoring the Unsaid, OR, Damned If You Do, #%&*@ If You Don’t

KittySwearing

Semantics. Oh yeah! I said it! Today we look at the strangest of trends I’ve encountered in a while, but one that is of infinite interest to me. It is not necessarily new, but I find it far more insidious than plain old-fashioned book banning. We are familiar with people censoring, removing, or otherwise restricting […]