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Pitching a Perfect Game: In Praise of the Ideal Summer Reading List

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When it comes to summer reading lists handed out by figures of authority, I am of two minds. On the one hand I believe that over the summer children should darned well be allowed to read whatever they want. I am haunted by a memory of a summer when a father walked into the Jefferson […]

Border Crossing in Children’s Literature: A Consideration of the Second International Symposium for Children’s Literature & Fourth U.S.-China Symposium for Children’s Literature

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When asked to speak at a conference I recommend throwing caution to the wind and going for the longest title imaginable. Thus did I speak at Princeton this past Thursday as part of the Second International Symposium for Children’s Literature & Fourth U.S.-China Symposium for Children’s Literature hosted by the Cotsen Children’s Library (Princeton University […]

Press Release Fun: The Debut of the 2018 Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards

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As you may have heard, there’s a new award in town. A comic award, and it’s fascinating. Called the Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards, a wide range of different types of judges working, in some fashion, with comics came together to decide on the 2018 winners. You can see the final results here, but let’s […]

Newbery/Caldecott 2019: The Summer Prediction Edition

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In just a week’s time librarians will be leaving their homes and gathering in New Orleans for the American Library Association’s Annual Conference. While there, they will visit the convention floor where publishers will present a wide array of f&gs and galleys of the upcoming children’s books of 2018. So many lovely links to literature […]

Review of the Day: Beavers – The Superpower Field Guide by Rachel Poliquin and Nicholas John Frith

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Beavers: The Superpower Field Guide By Rachel Poliquin Illustrated by Nicholas John Frith $18.99 ISBN: 9780544949874 Ages 9-12 On shelves December 4th Here, sit down a sec. I wanna tell you a story about this beaver I once knew. So I’m at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, which, if anyone asks, is my favorite […]

Trump or Not? The Presidency and Current Children’s Literature

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I was reading the Social Justice Books post Scholastic Tells Children: Trump is Great yesterday, which makes a close and thorough examination of a new Scholastic Rookie Biography of the current sitting president. While looking at it, the piece got me to thinking about other relatively children’s books which have included Donald Trump in some […]

Deep Diving Into Accuracy and Art: A Video Premiere of Barbara McClintock Discussing Nothing Stopped Sophie

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I have this terrible habit of too-early enthusiasm. I frequently tell myself that reviewing a book too early is a bad thing. It invites the reading public to forget about the book before its publication date, after all. But there are times when a book is so good that I just can’t contain myself. Such […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel

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The name of the game here is A Break From Brats. I wanted to get Kate out of the realm of bratty children’s book protagonists, so I thought the world’s greatest friendship pair was the way to go. But before we get to that, we do a rundown of the best and worst picture books […]

Fusenews: Giant Dance Party Changes Nothing

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Shhh! I’m busy prepping for my daughter’s birthday so I really shouldn’t be blogging. My hands, however, are firmly tied. How can I help but blog when there’s so much interesting information out there these days? Check out some of these crazy cool links I found recently. If you know me then you know I […]

Walking and Talking with . . . Katherine Applegate!

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When last we saw our hero he was walking and talking with Joseph Bruchac in an epic three paneled addition to this series. Now Steve Sheinkin is back and he’s talking with that Newbery winning, Animorph creatin’, remarkably prolific Katherine Applegate. Today, Katherine and Steve discuss characters, plot, outlining, and how close she came to […]

Review of the Day: The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge by M.T. Anderson and Eugene Yelchin

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The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge By M.T. Anderson Illustrated by Eugene Yelchin Candlewick Press $24.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-9822-5 Ages 10 and up On shelves September 25th In my job I read a lot of books written for kids and middle schoolers. To guide this reading I take into account a lot of professional reviews from sources […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Kay Thompson’s Eloise by Kay Thompson

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It’s very special episode time! Very special for a number of reasons, not least of which is the fact that Kate took five hours to edit this episode down from two and a half hours to a svelte, sleek 47:41. It was also special because we had two guests from fellow podcast Go Your Own […]

The Castle Where Children’s Literature Lives

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In case you missed it, our National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature was hanging out with actual royalty the other day: That would be Jacqueline Woodson, receiving the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, in Sweden. Americans win the award every so once in a while, and for a brief shining moment some of us in the […]

Libraries of the Little, Free, and New Orleans Variety

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Now I don’t usually do this, but seeing as how it’s Christmas . . . What’s that? It’s not Christmas? It’s almost half a year away from Christmas? Well, shoot. Guess we’ll have to hope that folks are in a giving mood above and beyond the winter holiday season. So the other day I got […]

Review of the Day: The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld

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The Rabbit Listened By Cori Doerrfeld Dial (an imprint of Penguin Random House) $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-7352-2935-8 Ages 4 and up On shelves now Lest we forget, the only reason that children’s books were invented in the first place was to teach small human lessons. That is, in fact, the very backbone of the book business […]