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Fusenews: All the news that’s fit to fuse

Boy, howdy. I haven’t done a good old-fashioned Fusenews in a long time. How do these work again? I just sort of throw up the recent children’s literature news from a variety of sources with comments of some sort? Honestly, I used to do these pieces fairly regularly. That is, until I realized that PW Children’s Bookshelf basically had this game in the bag. They know what they’re doing over there. Still, there are always some interesting tidbits that catch my eye. On beyond the usual suspects:

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems

So I know you’re all wondering what elements Kate chose to focus on with this book. Would she like it more than Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus? Less? Well, I’ll sum it up for you. We discuss at length the proper way to wash a pure white bra, the genetic dominance of a character’s eyes (or lack thereof), and the proper way to pick up a sack of screaming, flailing meat when it is your child.

Fusenews: She Has a Name

Well, THAT was exciting! I’ll confess that I had a hard time writing up this Fusenews last night. I kept dipping over to my phone to watch the latest results as they rolled in. To those of you that voted, well done. There is much to celebrate and much to keep fighting for.   Hm. […]

Fusenews: We Would Have Also Accepted “Fast Food Fairies”

I know we Americans don’t talk a lot about the translation of children’s literature for a variety of reasons. Even so, I had hoped it would be bigger news when translator Anthea Bell died recently. Though she did not work exclusively with children’s books, she was probably personally responsible for one of the most successful […]

Fusenews: STEM Girl Fashions, the Death of “Hypothesis”, and More

Welcome to Fusenews! Or, as I like to call it, all the news that fit to fuse. Yeah. We’re still working on that one.   First off, a great illustrator for children has died. This was very much the case of me not knowing that he was still alive, only to be doubly saddened when […]

Fusenews: Giant Dance Party Changes Nothing

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 […]

Fusenews: Eat Your Heart Out, “Awful Library Books”

As a librarian I know that reading aloud to children is necessary for their growth and development. And I know that periodically new parents that happen to be writers in other fields will come to children’s books through their offspring and suddenly be overwhelmed with the importance of reading. In cases such as these they […]

Fusenews: O my cabbage stalks, I must leave you behind!

It’s been a while! You can tell when I’ve been flush with content because my Fusenews posts become a bit less frequent. But here we go. I’m back, and I just have so MUCH to tell you! Where to start, where to start . . . . I know! Let’s begin with everyone’s favorite subject. […]

Fusenews: Blue Oxen, Irish Accents, and an Iron Curtain Oz

Science Alert, people. New Study Shows It Does Matter Which Books You Read to Your Baby: Not all stories are equal when it comes to development. Naturally I read that and immediately wanted a listing of books that were good for babies. It’s not that kind of article (dang) thought it does namecheck those old […]

Fusenews: “Luminous with the beauty and fragility of life”

Good morning, everyone. To begin today I’d like to note with sadness the passing of Sheila Barry, a publisher at Groundwood Books, who was always very kind to me. We’d often discuss the titles coming out of Groundwood and hers was a face I’d look for at every library conference. You can read the Quill […]

Fusenews: Hello, Ms. Champeen!

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, […]

Fusenews: The Owl Who Gives No Hoots

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 […]

Fusenews: Steamroller Keep On Rollin’

News! Of a newslike variety, no less. Here’s a question for you: What is the oldest blogger conference in the United States today? If you said Bookcon you are actually not right at all. The true answer is KidLitCon and this year the Con will take place from November 3-4 in Hershey, PA. You can […]

Fusenews: Sit On a Tea Party a Spell

Haven’t done one of these in a while. To be fair, there’s been so much crazy news out there that it’s almost too intimidating to do something as light and fluffy as this. Best if I stick with the news that matters. And, occasionally, the stuff I don’t remember seeing already on PW Children’s Bookshelf. […]