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Video Sunday: “White inside the hambone always”

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When actress Lena Dunham started talking in the news about how she wanted to turn Catherine Called Birdy into a film, I was intrigued.  And apparently she’s not a fly-by-night children’s book lover either.  All her tattoos are children’s literature inspired.  Hearing this I figured she’d have the usual suspects.  Eloise, sure.  And she does [...]

Review of the Day: The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

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The War That Saved My Life By Kimberly Brubaker Bradley Dial Books for Young Readers (an imprint of Penguin) $16.99 ISBN: 9780803740815 Ages 9-12 On shelves now. As a child I was what one might call a selective reader. Selective in that I studiously avoided any and all works of fiction that might conceivably be [...]

Cover Reveal: Moletown by Torben Kuhlmann

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Folks, I make no bones about the books that I love.  And when I saw that jaw-dropping picture book Lindbergh last year in all its high-flying mousie glory, I knew I was looking at something special.  Now I am so pleased and honored to offer you a quickie peek and glance at German author/illustrator Torben [...]

Niblings Announcement: New Niblings Nigh

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The Niblings (a group consisting of bloggers Travis Jonker of 100 Scope Notes, Jules Danielson of Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast, Philip Nel of Nine Kinds of Pie, and Betsy Bird of A Fuse #8 Production) are pleased to announce two new inclusions into their happy little sphere. To fill the much-needed YA slot, Mitali Perkins joins us. A distinguished [...]

The PreGame/PostGame ALA Youth Media Awards Videos and Some Vids From the Winners As Well

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Hi ho, folks!  And what an exciting morning we had today.  Lori Prince and I had a blast in the SLJ office predicting winners and then discovering how wrong (or occasionally right) we were.  Here’s the PreGame Show, in case you missed it live.  Note how Lori successfully predicts a Newbery combo that was far [...]

Mocks Amuck

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Each year I like to keep track of all the Mock Caldecotts, Mock Newberys, Mock Siberts, etc. that I can find.  It’s not easy.  At this point in time it’s not as if ALA or SLJ has created a centralized site where folks can plug in their Mock results for all the world to see [...]

Animated and Opinionated: The SLJ Pre-Game / Post-Game Show Returns!

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Observe the following: SLJ-Pre-game Show dance number: ALA Youth Media Awards 2014 from School Library Journal on Vimeo. If it is not immediately clear, this is a video of me dancing with partner-in-crime Lori Prince to the ALA hold music. More specifically, it’s the music that they play as you wait for the live webcast [...]

Review of the Day: Mr. Squirrel and the Moon by Sebastian Meschenmoser

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Mr. Squirrel and the Moon By Sebastian Meschenmoser NorthSouth $18.95 ISBN: 978-0-7358-4156-7 Ages 3-6 On shelves now Here in America 2015 is turning out to be a great year in terms of children’s literary imports. Authors and artists that I haven’t seen gracing the shores of our fair nation for years are suddenly returning en [...]

The Role of Children’s Literature in Contemporary Cinema

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I was watching Gone Girl for the first time with friends the other day because occasionally I like to remember that there are literary adaptations out there of books for people above the legal drinking age.  Mind you, when you’ve a one track mind like my own, every mega-adult hit has a children’s literature connection.  [...]

Press Release Fun: The 21st Century Children’s Nonfiction Conference

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Bet you didn’t know that there was a nonfiction conference for children, did you? There is, and it’s still relatively new. This year they invited me to take part with them, then whipped up this nifty little press release.  Come and attend!  Particularly if you’re here in NYC.  It’s just a day and it’s not [...]

Morning Mailbag: Trinkets, Treasures, and Apples

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We’re experiencing that time of the year when the mail comes fast and loose and continual. Every day it seems like there’s something interesting to see. So while it lasts, let’s have another round of Morning Mailbag where I highlight some of the more interesting items that have cropped up in my office this week. [...]

Fusenews: Don’t Let the Pigeon Shoot First

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Hi-ho, folks. As the Newbery draws nigh thoughts of winners and legitimacy surface. Consider the case of Cece Bell’s El Deafo, a graphic novel that is also a great joy. Does it have a chance? Monica Edinger at educating alice makes a strong case in its favor. Another debate was held over at Heavy Medal [...]

Review of the Day: Over the Hills and Far Away collected by Elizabeth Hammill

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Over the Hills and Far Away: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes Collected by Elizabeth Hammill Illustrations by Various Candlewick Press $21.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-7729-9 Ages : All On shelves March 10th Not all nursery rhyme collections are created equal. That is something you discover when you have small children. A parent, even a children’s librarian type [...]

Graphic Novels for Kids: A Year in Review

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I like comics.  I like ‘em a lot.  Always have, and as a librarian I’ve watched with interest the changing mores in my profession concerning their presence in a library setting.  Who has two thumbs and a copy of Seduction of the Innocent on her bedroom bookshelf?  This guy, that’s who! So with the turn [...]

Video Sunday: “Some tenderness to the tree, Will.”

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Over Christmas break I got to go to an Alamo Drafthouse in Kalamazoo to see Into the Woods. The theater?  Remarkably fun! The show? Um . . . well there were some problems with it. Enjoyable, sure, but . . . some problems. Problems that I suspect would not be replicated in this fabulous pared [...]