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Book Trailer Premiere: Our Story Begins, edited by Elissa Brent Weissman

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You know, FUNNY GIRL wasn’t the only anthology out this year. I seem to recall quite a few of them gracing our bookstore and library shelves in 2017.  One of them struck me as particularly keen too.  Called Our Story Begins it contains actual books created by famous children’s book authors and illustrators when THEY […]

Newbery Caldecott Wilder Banquet Outfit 2017: Paper Doll

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It began so simply. One year I discovered that it was possible to make your own temporary tattoos. For fun I made some Newbery winners and placed a band of them on one arm right before the Newbery Caldecott Wilder banquet. When the next year rolled around I did two arms, one for the Caldecotts […]

New Fuse 8 n’ Kate Episode: Heather Has Two Mommies

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In honor of Pride Month, Kate and I decided to celebrate with a practical consideration of the most famous same-sex parent book of all time (sorry, Tango).  But here’s the thing – I remembered disliking the original art intensely when I was younger. Does the book actually belong in the children’s literature canon? Is it […]

Cover Reveal: The 11:11 Wish by Kim Tomsic

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Today the American Library Conference in Chicago begins. It is the one of those rare times when casual observers can watch librarians running around like crazed chickens with their heads cut off. Tis a glorious sight. That said, I’d bet good money that a bunch of you are not attending and are, instead, in desperate […]

Review of the Day: Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk

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Beyond the Bright Sea By Lauren Wolk Dutton (an imprint of Penguin Young Readers) $16.99 ISBN: 978-11-101-99485-6 Ages 10-14 On shelves now. No author gets a free pass. Your last book have been a spot-on bit of brilliance, lighting up the literary landscape like a thousand Roman candles. Pfui. A writer is only as good […]

Fusenews: Always Pegged Batman as More of a Tomi Ungerer Fan Myself

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Happy ALA Conference Week!  Starting this Thursday or Friday or so the librarians will descend en masse upon our fair Chicago.  To better prepare you please be so good as to check out Andrea Vaughn Johnson’s piece for the ALSC blog Chicagoland Mini-Tours for Book Lovers. That will fill in any gaps you might have […]

Book Trailer Premier: How It Feels to Be a Boat by James Kwan

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Let me be clear – I don’t actually post every book trailer I’m asked to premiere.  If I’m lucky, I may already love a book and then find myself offered the chance to debut it after previously falling for it hook, line, and sinker.  How It Feels to Be a Boat by James Kwan fits […]

Newbery/Caldecott 2018: The Summer Prediction Edition

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Did Betsy drop the ball in her last Spring Newbery/Caldecott Prediction post? Yes, Betsy did drop the ball in her last Spring Newbery/Caldecott Prediction post. Will Betsy do better with her Summer Newbery/Caldecott Prediction post? Yes, Betsy will do better with her Summer Newbery/Caldecott Prediction Post. Back in the spring I ran into a bit […]

New Podcast Alert: Mine!

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It’s a little kooky to say, but as strange as it may sound I’ve jumped back into the podcast biz.  Years ago I created a little personal project in NYC that was fun but exhausting!  Today, I am pleased to announce that there’s a new children’s literature podcast in town.  Called Fuse 8 n’ Kate, […]

Review of the Day: Town is By the Sea by Joanne Schwartz, ill. Sydney Smith

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Town Is by the Sea By Joanne Schwartz Illustrated by Sydney Smith Groundwood Books $19.95 ISBN: 978-1-55498-871-6 Ages 4-9 On shelves now There’s been a lot of talk lately about how a parent can engender empathy in their children. It’s a good question and worth a lot of discussion and listening. As a parent I’ve […]

We Need Diverse Collectables: Why the Collectors of Children’s Books Need to Diversify

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We need diverse books.  But it’s not as simple as you think. When I do presentations for up-and-coming authors and illustrators of children’s books I sometimes show them this slide: Impossible to read here thanks to the teeny tiny type, this is my breakdown of the different factions that make up children’s literature.  To spare […]

Never Meant for Children: The Odd Consumer-Driven Rise of the Graduation Book

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This comes just on the tail end of graduation season, but I’m sure we’ve a couple schools going through the process here and there even now.  And across this great nation, at graduation parties for high schoolers and college grads alike, gifts will be exchanged.  And inevitably some of those gift will be children’s books.  […]

Forgotten Favorites: Remembering the Monster Blood Tattoo Series

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To Do in 2017: Get The Winged Girl of Knossos back in print Watch America finally come to grips with the true glory that is Frances Hardinge Get America to now appreciate Monster Blood Tattoo . . . That’s the nice thing about a To Do list.  You can always find something new to put […]

Review of the Day: Real Friends by Shannon Hale, ill. LeUyen Pham

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Real Friends By Shannon Hale Artwork by LeUyen Pham Color by Jane Poole First Second (an imprint of Roaring Brook Press, Macmillan) $12.99 ISBN: 978-1-62672-785-4 Ages 9-12 On shelves now. The autobiography assignment. I don’t pretend to know precisely why teachers give it out or what they hope child readers will get out of it. […]

An Ode to Cars Galore: The Wackiest Picture Book in the Last Ten Years

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I have, what you might call, a penchant for the peculiar.  Particularly as it applies to books for children.  To my mind, it is easy, oh so easy, to write a book that follows the “rules”.  Color within the lines.  Be nice to your fellow humans.  Pick up after yourself.  It is also easy, odd […]