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Walking and Talking with . . . Deborah Wiles!

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I’m happy to say that Steve Sheinkin’s “Walking and Talking” series is back in full swing. For those of you unaware of the Sibert winner’s predilection for drawing his conversations with his fellow literary luminaries, this is a bit of a treat. And for me, to see David Levithan fully drawn . . . well […]

Football Season Arrives: A Quick Look at “Don’t Throw It to Mo!”


I’m two-timing you, SLJ.  Yes, the ugly truth had to come out sometime.  I admit all.  You see, I’ve been blogging elsewhere. Crazy but true?  It is, but this is a kind of blogging I’ve never really done before.  Because while my specialty is children’s literature, my new job here in Evanston, IL requires that […]

Review of the Day: The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch by Chris Barton


The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch By Chris Barton Illustrated by Don Tate Eerdmans Books for Young Readers $17.00 ISBN: 978-0-8028-5379-0 Ages 4-8 On shelves now “It’s the story of a guy who in ten years went from teenage field slave to U.S. Congressman.” Come again? That’s the pitch author Chris Barton pulled out […]

Book Trailer Premiere: Sing and Dance in Your Polka-Dot Pants


In this day and age it is prudent of the self-sufficient blogger to warn readers when they may encounter something that will affect the rest of their day, nay, week. And so I say unto you, BEWARE! Be Wary! For in today’s book trailer premiere video for Sing and Dance in Your Polka-Dot Pants (words […]

Video Sunday: Kinda makes you wanna watch more ballets, don’t it?

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Boy, oh boy, oh boy, oh boy.  So MUCH very very good stuff to show you today.  Honestly, I don’t even know where to start.  Hrm. Howzabout we begin with one of my favorite tropes: things that parody other things that you’ve never seen. It was Dana Sheridan who directed my attention to this video […]

Bring Out Your Dead (Reviews!): Today’s Feature – Wings by William Loizeaux

Leaving one library system to enter another can give one a sense of déjà vu.  At least when it comes to weeding the books. Back when the Donnell Central Children’s Room across the street from the MOMA had to weed down its books to fit in the new location on 42nd Street, we did some […]

Fusenews: Anagnorisis, Masks of the Oculate Being, and More . . .


Morning, folks. I’ve been looking to expand my knowledge beyond just children’s literature, so I figured a good podcast would be the best way to go.  After reading Bustle’s 11 literary podcasts to get your bookish fix throughout the day I settled on Books on the Nightstand as the closest thing out there to a Pop […]

Interview – Lauren DeStefano and A Curious Tale of the In-Between


First things first. Look at that book jacket. Gaze upon it. Feast thine peeper upon its delightful creepy factor. That’s a cover, my friends. And it takes a good book to live up to it. Fortunately, A Curious Tale of the In-Between hasn’t exactly been lacking for the stellar reviews. As Kirkus put it, “DeStefano […]

Girls: Beyond Eyelashes and Bows


Not too long ago The Guardian had a piece out called Picture books that draw the line against pink stereotypes of girls.  I was keen on it, particularly since in the midst of all these children’s books about breaking down stereotypes, I’ve seen awfully few “tomboy” titles.  Books about girls who won’t wear dresses or […]

Press Release Fun: A 2016 Children’s Literature Fellow Program Accepts New Applications

MFA in Creative Writing and Literature CONTACT: Emma Walton Hamilton Stony Brook Southampton                          FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 2016 Children’s Literature Fellows Program Now Accepting Applications from Aspiring Children’s Authors Worldwide August, 2015. Southampton, NY. The Children’s Literature Fellows, a one-year graduate level certificate program sponsored by Stony Brook Southampton’s MFA in Creative Writing and […]

Review of the Day: The Nest by Kenneth Oppel


The Nest By Kenneth Oppel Illustrated by Jon Klassen Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-4814-3232-0 On shelves October 6th Oh, how I love middle grade horror. It’s a very specific breed of book, you know. Most people on the street might think of the Goosebumps books or similar ilk when they […]

Press Release Fun: Warwick Children’s Book Festival


Because life is too short not to know about cool children’s book festivals.  Heads up, Orange County! Behold: Warwick Children’s Book Festival September 26, 2015 11am-4pm, rain or shine Free Admission; open to the general public Railroad Avenue, Warwick (Orange County) Children, readers and book lovers of all ages are cordially invited to the […]

Review of the Day: Moletown by Torben Kuhlmann


Moletown By Torben Kuhlmann North/South Books, Inc. $17.95 ISBN: 978-0-7358-4208-3 Ages 4-6 On shelves October 1st Cautionary tales for kids who can’t do a darn thing about the original problem. It’s sort of a subgenre of its very own. As I hold this lovely little book, Moletown, in my hands I am transported back in […]

Fuse #8 TV: Kevin Sherry


After a brief hiatus I’m back with my regular interview series, Fuse #8 TV. By complete coincidence (fortune favors the busy) I didn’t have an interview slated when I was in the thick of my move to Evanston. Now that I’m safely ensconced in Illinois (albeit with oddly empty bookshelves) I’m fully ready and prepared […]

Book Trailer Premier: Big Bear, Little Chair by Lizi Boyd


Once in a while an artist comes along who does work so beautifully that you cannot help but gawp. Particularly gawpable (a word? Tis now) is Lizi Boyd.  And today, I’m pleased as punch to premiere the book trailer for her latest.  It’s a simple concept book . . . at first.  Probe a little […]