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Video Sunday: Butterfly in the sky / I can go twice as high (thanks in large part to physics)…

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Happy news, neighborinos! Today I bring unto you a video from BookFest, a yearly celebration of children’s literature hosted (these days) by Bank Street College of Education. Kidlit TV recorded almost the entire thing live and then put it on air. This year I had the honor of moderating a panel discussion with funny folks […]

Coyote Tales by Thomas King, ill. Byron Eggenschwiler

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Coyote Tales By Thomas King Groundwood Books $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-55498-833-4 Ages 7 to 12 On shelves now The older I get the more I like tricksters. I can’t think why that might be. By rights tricksters fall into the strict purview of children. Think of Bugs Bunny and Pippi Longstocking and R2-D2. I could make […]

Radiant with Color & Art: Upcoming Holiday Exhibition at the Grolier Club

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They say the holiday season creeps closer and closer every year. Well, Halloween is over so I feel entirely justified in letting you know about this upcoming exhibit from the Grolier Club. This may fall into the category of “Only Children’s Literature Nerds Need Apply”. FYI.   Radiant with Color & Art The Holiday Exhibition […]

Halloween Costumes with First Book: Go Big or Go Home

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The idea for today’s post completely annihilated my original plan. In an early draft I was just going to gather together a variety of Halloween-appropriate links from over the past few years.  For example, there’s this kooky post from a blog called The Haunted Closet (which is still running and fantastic) back in 2010 that […]

Spooky, October-Infused Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds and Peter Brown

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The end of October looms and so our last spooky picture book falls under consideration this week. As I mention on the episode, we’ve strayed a bit from the classic book path. Don’t worry. Kate suggested that for our next episode we should do something that’s “bad”. I have an idea. Let’s see if I […]

Review of the Day: The Antlered Ship by Dashka Slater, ill. The Fan Brothers

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The Antlered Ship By Dashka Slater Illustrated by The Fan Brothers Beach Lane Books (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) $17.99 ISBN: 9781481451604 Ages 4-7 On shelves now Take any number of picture books published in a given year. Read them all, cover to cover. Digest them. Ponder them. Then, I have no doubt, you’ll […]

Unexpected Jolts of Children’s Literature: Gashlycrumb Bums

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It’s that time again! Time to peek over the shoulders of adult authors to see how what they’re plundering from the children’s literature world for their own books. You’d be surprised how often this kind of stuff comes up. Here’s the most recent batch of books with a toe in the kidlit pool.   Bucket’s […]

Fusenews: Hello, Ms. Champeen!

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We start with the Me Stuff, and then it’s all downhill from there, as they say.   First up, I’m slated to be in NYC this weekend! *enter noisemaker sound here*  Yup! It’s Bookfest time at the Bank Street College of Education and this guy is gonna lead a discussion on humor with Jon Scieszka, […]

Spooky, October-Infused Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Spider and the Fly by Mary Howitt and Tony DiTerlizzi

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At first it was difficult to come up with good Halloween-appropriate picture books. And then someone reminded me of this book. That I didn’t think of it myself is just a crying shame. What a perfect book to do for October! It is now officially the oldest text we’ve done on the podcast, if not […]

Review of the Day: Her Right Foot by Dave Eggers

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Her Right Foot By Dave Eggers Illustrated by Shawn Harris Chronicle Books $19.99 ISBN: 978-1-4521-6281-2 Ages 6 and up. Consider your country, America. Consider what our teachers have been charged to do. Facing a future where the children of America are inadequate in the realm of nonfiction, our educators have been told to get them […]

Cover Reveal: How to Code a Sandcastle by Josh Funk, ill. Sara Palacios

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We’re taking a lovely, leisurely stroll in the park when you turn to me and say, “Betsy, why don’t you write more about coding on your blog?” And I shuffle my feet a bit, maybe kicking a stray acorn. I avoid eye contact with you as I mumble something indistinct about it being scary and […]

Walking and Talking with . . . Elizabeth Wein!

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I’m not supposed to have favorites. Periodically Steve Sheinkin will pop up like a magical elf and offer me one of his magnificent Walking and Talking comic series for my blog, and I always thank him profusely, loving each and every one individually. Today’s is different. I’m not sure quite why. I think it has […]

Spooky, October-Infused Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag ft. James Kennedy

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It’s time for the sweetest little tale of kitty cannibalism ever to grace our gentle bookshelves!  And best of all, this very special episode of the podcast comes with a very special guest! Yes indeed we poached James Kennedy, author of The Order of Odd-Fish and creator of the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival to take […]

Announcing the Danziger Awards for Hilarious Kids Books

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If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. I don’t know about you but I’m tired of hearing myself whine. Every time there’s a cool sounding award for humor given out to an adult book you can count on hearing me pipe up. “Wah wah, no funny book awards for kids, […]

Fusenews: The Owl Who Gives No Hoots

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Good morning to you. While I’m off traipsing about the Illinois Library Association conference in bee-auteous Tinley, IL, why don’t you settle down for an informal smattering of Fusenews.  Good for what ails ya.   ok, let’s talk about Dr. Seuss says Grace Lin.  Ms. Lin faced the full wrath of the masses when she […]