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A Fuse #8 Production
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Hey, Baby, They’re Playing Our Song

LifeOnMars

The hazards of children’s librarianship are myriad. There is the papercut threat, liable to occur at any time without a moment’s notice.  There is the distinct possibility, every day, that a small child will vomit on you.  The odds may be slim but it’s still possible.  But greater than these, more likely than these, more […]

Announcing the 2017 Children’s Book Week Bookmarks Reveal

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Folks, it is my very great pleasure today to present to you today with the Children’s Book Week Bookmarks of 2017. Featuring art from the illustrious pens and paints of Ekua Holmes, Yuyi Morales, LeUyen Pham, and Sonja Wimmer, you can thank Every Child a Reader (a nonprofit literacy organization dedicated to inspiring a love […]

Cover Reveal: The Wild Robot Escapes by Peter Brown

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You might be saying to yourself, “Old Betsy Bird is doing quite a few cover reveals these days — is she phoning it in?”  To which I would reply, “But today’s it’s the frigging sequel to Peter Brown’s The Wild Robot!!!  I was gonna say no to that? I’m not made of stone!”  Which isn’t […]

Book Trailer Premiere: Martina and Chrissie by Phil Bildner, ill. Brett Helquist

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When I was a kid I didn’t know much about sports. I knew that the Tigers had won the World Series in ’84. I knew that there was a football player called “Refrigerator” and that sometimes football players took ballet classes (Mr. Rogers taught me that one).  And I knew who Martina Navratilova and Chris […]

Review of the Day: Lucia the Luchadora by Cynthia Leonor Garza, ill. Alyssa Bermudez

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Lucia the Luchadora By Cynthia Leonor Garza Illustrated by Alyssa Bermudez POW! Kids Books $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-57687-827-9 Ages 4-7 On shelves March 7th It was probably seven or so years ago. I was working as a children’s librarian in New York City. We were hosting a class of kids, first or second graders, and after […]

Cover Reveal: Now With Additional Animal Countdowns!

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On occasion a publisher will ask me to do a cover reveal of a middle grade novel. They’ll also ask if I’m interested in doing a Q&A with the author and usually I’ll say nope. Not so much. Thanks anyway. But this time around I had an idea. Today we are premiering the book jacket […]

Some of the Funniest Picture Books of 2017

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Like many of you I snuggled down the other day and watched the Oscar Award ceremony in the comfort of my own home.  I was happy.  I was disappointed.  I was amused.  I didn’t have, what you might call, particularly high expectations, so the results often pleased me.  Then we got to the end of […]

Review of the Day: One Trick Pony by Nathan Hale

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One Trick Pony By Nathan Hale Amulet Books (an imprint of Abrams) $14.95 ISBN: 978-1-4197-2128-1 Ages 9-12 On shelves March 14th Let us say, for the sake of argument, that you are a wonderfully successful author/artist of a New York Times bestselling graphic novel series about historical events. Hazardous historical events. Let us say that […]

Meeting a Need: Where to Find Books in Arabic for K-5th Graders

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If your city is anything like mine, you may have been asked by the residents to increase the number of books in your collection written in Arabic.  Finding great reliable resources can be a bit tricky, however.  To this end I’d like to thank Katie Anderson, the MLS, Youth Services Consultant of Library Support and […]

Your Childhood Has Now Been Extended. Please Restart Your Computer to Complete the Installation

PeterRabbit

I’m 38 going on 39 and I’ve noticed something strange about pop culture.  As more members of my generation are placed in positions of power in the entertainment and publishing industry, cultural references to my childhood are becoming increasingly prevalent.  For example, I was sitting down with my kiddo to watch the LEGO Batman movie […]

Review of the Day: Grandfather and the Moon by Stéphanie Lapointe, ill. Rogé

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Grandfather and the Moon (Originally titled Grand Pere et la Lune) By Stéphanie Lapointe Illustrated by Rogé Translated by Shelley Tanaka Groundwood Books $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-55498-961-4 Ages: Your Call On shelves May 1st “Flummox” is a good word. Very descriptive. It sounds like it defines. Some people are flummoxed constantly. Others are stoic non-flummoxers. I’m […]

Walking and Talking with . . . Rebecca Stead!

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There is much to love in this latest edition to the Steve Sheinkin “Walking and Talking” oeuvre.  Since today’s guest is Newbery Award winning author Rebecca Stead there are insights into her process.  There is careful consideration of the act of writing, and what you chose to tell or not tell.  And, most important of […]

Surprising Jolts of Children’s Literature

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By Day: Betsy is a mild-mannered Collection Development Manager, purchasing adult titles, and ONLY adult titles, for her extremely literary suburban library system. But By Night: Betsy transforms into FUSE #8, blogging about all aspects of children’s literature.  And that includes adult literature . . . when it happens to mention children’s literature in some […]

Fusenews: Don’t Go Breaking My, Don’t Go Breaking My . . .

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Happy Valentine’s Day!  It has been QUITE a while since I’ve done one of these Fusenews (Fusenewses? Fusenewsi? What’s the plural?)! Honestly, I’m not sure if they’re as pertinent anymore as they used to be. What with PW Children’s Bookshelf, and Twitter, and Facebook, and The Niblings, getting your children’s literary news has come quite […]

The Series of “A Series of Unfortunate Events”: A Netflix Consideration

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I suppose that’s the thing with a streaming series these days.  Either you’re the kind of person who jumps on board immediately or you’re the type who waits it out, gives it some time to breathe (and garner reviews) and then you dip a toe or two in.  Though Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events […]