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What Good Are Windows and Mirrors When the Windows Just Look at Your Own Back Yard?

bookbird

“If we don’t offer children literature from other languages, we are starving them.” Philip Pullman (TES, 2005) Phew! I’d been planning on doing a round-up of some of the speeches and talks I sat in on at the ALA Conference in Orlando a week or so ago, only to find that I’d lost my notes.  […]

Video Sunday: Be Kind to Your Web-Footed Friends

EllenMarley

Aww. Didja miss these? It’s not like I see as many videos these days, y’know. Not for lack of interest. They just don’t float in front my nose the way they used to. Fortunately there are a couple that I’ve collected in my travels and I’m featuring them here today. They may be a bit […]

Review of the Day: Freedom Over Me by Ashley Bryan

FreedomOverMe

Freedom Over Me: Eleven slaves, their lives and dreams brought to life By Ashley Bryan Atheneum (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) $17.99 ISBN: 978-1481456906 Ages 9 and up On shelves September 13th Who gives voice to the voiceless? What are your credentials when you do so? When I was a teen I used to […]

Oh, What a Time It Was: The ALA Annual 2016 Conference Floor

LoveTruck

Sweaty, sticky, moist Orlando edition. So here’s a new way to experience the American Library Association Conference.  We’re going to tackle it in a visual way.  Which is to say, if I took a picture of it, it’s going into this post.  Here then is a look at what caught my eye on the conference […]

Reflections on a Banquet: Newbery/Caldecott/Wilder 2016

Banquet2016

While I acknowledge that the logical way to write about the ALA Annual 2016 Conference in Orlando would be to do it chronologically, on the cusp of the banquet and all that it entailed, it makes more sense to me to write that part up first and then circle back to the conference in the […]

Picture Books Bios I’d Like to See (Based Entirely on Hark, A Vagrant Comics)

Baker1

Okay. So now we’re finally getting some interesting picture book biographies on a regular basis.  When I was a kid you had your Helen Keller and your Abraham Lincoln and you were GRATEFUL!  These days, people are interested in celebrating more than just the same ten people over and over again.  Why this year alone […]

Press Release Fun: Touring with Richard Peck

RichardPeck

As I mentioned in my 2016 Day of Dialog round-up, Richard Peck was the kickoff speaker this year, just before Book Expo.  I was moderating the middle grade fiction panel that morning, so I got to hang out with Richard in the green room a little before the event.  Now I’ve met him in the […]

Tru & Nelle: A Behind-the-Scenes Mini Documentary

TruNelle

Greg Neri.  Now there’s a guy with range.  If he isn’t writing a picture book bio of Johnny Cash he’s doing a middle grade novel on inner city cowboys or a graphic novel on Chicago’s South Side.  Some authors fall into predictable patterns.  Not Greg.  I honestly never know what the man’s going to come […]

Newbery/Caldecott 2017: The Summer Prediction Edition

FreedomOverMe

Fickle little me. Titles appear. Titles disappear. Many of the books I placed on my Spring 2017 predictions list are gone by June, and what has changed?  Aren’t the books as wonderful now as they were when I originally propped them up?  Of course they are, but I’ve done enough book discussions in the intervening […]

Review of the Day: Coyote Moon by Maria Gianferrari

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Coyote Moon By Maria Gianferrari Illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline Roaring Brook Press (an imprint of Macmillan) $17.99 ISBN: 978-1-62672-041-1 Ages 4-7 On shelves July 19th I feel as if there was less nature out there when I was a kid. Crazy, right? But seriously, as I grew to be an adult I was appalled at […]

Fusenews: Trotsky, Harriet the Spy, A.A. Milne and More

Double Trouble

You know what’s even better than serving on an award committee?  Having someone else write about it.  As I’ve mentioned in the past, I was on the judging committee for this year’s Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards alongside Chair Joanna Rudge Long and Roxanne Feldman.  It was Roxanne who reported on our discussion, and even took […]

Denying Children’s Literature: When Adult Authors Talk About Youthful Indiscretions

GerardDubois

A couple weeks ago the June 6/13 edition of The New Yorker was the Fiction issue, and in it were essays by five authors, each subtitled “Childhood Reading.”  As you might expect, they were ostensibly memories of books read by these authors when they were young.  I approached each one with a bit of trepidation, […]

Interview Talkety Talk: Ben Hatke on Nobody Likes a Goblin

NobodyGoblin

The problem is this: In a given year hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of children’s books are published. Of these, a percentage are really extraordinary. Of that percentage, a smidgen get reviewed on this site. Though I began my blogging career doing a review a day (because I WAS CRAAAAAAZY!!!), I’m lucky if I can […]

Review of the Day: Gabe by Shelley Gill

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Gabe: A Story of Me, My Dog, and the 1970s By Shelley Gill Illustrated by Marc Scheff Charlesbridge $12.95 ISBN: 978-1-57091-354-9 Ages 10 and up On shelves now The older I get the more I like children’s books that don’t slot easily into neat little categories. Gone are the days when every book you read […]

Crazy Cool Things Libraries Are Doing (That I Didn’t Know When I Lived in NYC)

PaperAirplaneLauncher

New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library, and the Queens Library system are all magnificent institutions, each with their own tips, tricks, and innovative programs.  That said, you cannot get away from the fact that in the end they’re just a collection of branches in a gigantic system.  And like many such branches they are […]