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Fusenews: No snow day for me. Better blog then.

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Avast!  Tis me sister, me hearties!  Finding yet ANOTHER fun and crafty way to work children’s literature into your lives.  Children of the 80s and 90s (and perhaps the 70s for that matter) may remember the old board game Guess Who with fondness.  So what about finding an old run-down copy at a garage sale [...]

Review of the Day: Nightingale’s Nest by Nikki Loftin

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Nightingale’s Nest By Nikki Loftin Razorbill (an imprint of Penguin) $16.99 ISNB: 978-1-59514-546-8 Ages 10-14 On shelves now. Magical realism in children’s novels is a rarity. It’s not unheard of, but when children’s authors want fantasy, they write fantasy. When they want reality, they write reality. A potentially uncomfortable mix of the two is harder [...]

Press Release Fun: 2014 Children’s Book Week Poster Revealed!

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BESTSELLING FANCY NANCY ILLUSTRATOR ROBIN PREISS GLASSER’S OFFICIAL 2014 CHILDREN’S BOOK WEEK POSTER UNVEILED AT BOOKWEEKONLINE.COM PREISS GLASSER’S OFFICIAL POSTER COMMEMORATES THE 95TH ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF CHILDREN’S BOOK WEEK (MAY 12-18, 2014), THE LONGEST-RUNNING NATIONAL LITERACY INITIATIVE IN THE COUNTRY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New York, NY — February 27, 2014 – The Children’s Book Council [...]

Top 100 books by Indigenous Masters

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Everyone loves a good list but finding lists that reflect the intelligence of experts in a given field can sometimes be tricky.  Consider, if you will, books about American Indians for the kiddos.  I can’t tell you how many summer reading lists I see every year that have The Indian in the Cupboard, The Matchlock [...]

Book Trailer Premiere: The Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovern

For a blog that only does videos on Sundays regularly, I’m often surprised when folks offer to premiere their book trailers here.  I am, however, always flattered, particularly when the trailers are as good as the one you’re seeing here today.  The Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovern falls into the category of books-that-are-turning-my-youth-into-historical-fiction.  [...]

Review of the Day: Anna Carries Water by Olive Senior

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Anna Carries Water By Olive Senior Illustrated by Laura James Tradewind Books $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-896580-60-9 Ages 3-7 On shelves now. I was recently engaged in a high-energy search at my library to locate as swiftly and surely as possible a listing of any and all children’s books set in the Caribbean. We were eventually able [...]

Video Sunday: Ice ice, baby

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If you’re anything like me you probably found this video of the YOU WON calls given by the Caldecott, Newbery and Coretta Scott King committees to be a heckuva lot of fun.  I could watch people getting good news all day, I could.  Particularly when it’s people I like. Tongue . . . tongue stuck [...]

Review of the Day: Space Mountain by Bryan Q. Miller

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Space Mountain: A Graphic Novel By Bryan Q. Miller Pencils and Inks by Kelley Jones Letters by Rob Leigh Colors by Brian & Kristy Miller Disney Press (an imprint of Disney Book Group) $12.99 ISBN: 978-1423162292 Ages 9-12 On shelves May 6th It sounds at first like a bit of a joke. You take a [...]

Readalouds and the Pregnant Children’s Librarian: A Study

PregnantBetsy

By the way, I’m having a baby in late May.  Did I fail to mention that before?  Having a blog is so awfully odd, because you’re never quite certain how much to tell (and the case of Melissa Anelli just drills that home).  That said, I’ve been running into a lot of friends and folks [...]

Press Release Fun: A Picture Book Debut (WARNING: May Contain Spoilers)

I could not be more pleased with the news I am about to share.  It is my great honor and privilege to introduce to you the next blogger-turned-children’s-author. Minh Lê, the popular Kidlit blogger and opinionator (he has written for the Atlantic and Huffington Post, and is the voice behind such widely-shared features as “Put [...]

Review of the Day: I Kill the Mockingbird by Paul Acampora

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I Kill the Mockingbird By Paul Acampora Roaring Brook Press (an imprint of Macmillan) $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-59643-742-5 Ages 10 and up On shelves May 20th It’s probably fair to say that there is no American classic written with an adult audience in mind that is quite as beloved of children’s book authors as To Kill [...]

Fusenews: “. . . his hunger was a writhing and a hissing thing”

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Happy President’s Day! We’ve a lot of worthy links today but I’m going to begin with one that was sent to me by Dan Berenberg and that I’ve been enjoying ever since.  Beginning with a caveat, Dan wrote to me and said, “You’ve probably been sent this by a ton of people already, but this [...]

Review of the Day: Three Bears in a Boat by David Soman

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Three Bears in a Boat By David Soman Dial (a division of Penguin Young Readers Group) $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-8037-3993-2 Ages 3-7 On shelves May 20th I always suspected there was more to David Soman than met the eye. That’s the problem with success. Folks just dismiss you out of hand. If the man’s name is [...]

Press Release Fun: Groundwood Books launches new logo/brand identity

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A New Look for Groundwood Books The thirty-five-year-old publisher of beautiful, thought-provoking, and necessary books for young people updates its logo and reinvigorates its brand. To ring in 2014, Groundwood Books is proud to share a new logo. After more than three decades with the meadow mouse logo, Groundwood sought a fresh look for the [...]

Can Re-Illustration Ever Be Justified?

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I was sitting down with a colleague the other day and the conversation turned, as all conversations are wont to do, to the subject of William’s Doll by Charlotte Zolotow.  I won’t bore you yet again with my theory that the book would sell like hotcakes if they just bothered to re-illustrate the darn thing [...]