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Librarian Preview: Chronicle Books (Fall 2014)

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This is it! We’ve officially begun!  Here is, without a doubt, the very first Librarian Preview of the Fall 2014 season.  I’m so thrilled to be presenting it in its full unaltered glory.  Chronicle Books, that plucky little Californian publisher, has really made a name for itself in the past few years.  And now, with [...]

Librarian Preview: Simon & Schuster (Summer 2014)

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Foof!  It’s been a while!  At least it feels like it has.  For whatever reason I haven’t posted a good Simon & Schuster Preview since . . . um . . . since their Spring 2011 list was premiered.  Whoopsie!  Let’s make up for lost time then. First off, Simon & Schuster does their librarian [...]

Librarian Preview: Blue Apple Books (Spring 2014)

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Last one of the season, folks!  But I figure what with the approaching ALA Conference in Philly, there’s no harm in letting people know last minute about some of the fine and fancy titles that may or may not be available to peruse at the event.  Today we focus on small, gutsy, rather lovely little [...]

Librarian Preview: Chronicle Books (Spring 2014)

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It’s official. Should I happen to leave New York City for any reason (I’ve been saying I would for years, but it’s gotta happen someday) and I work for a publisher I want to work for Chronicle Books. No, really. I don’t what it is about them, but I get a really good vibe off [...]

Librarian Preview: Lerner Books (Spring 2014)

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Sometimes you just want to get your hands on some reliable nonfiction.  The other day I was in the office and we’d spread out the vast quantities of nonfiction samples we’d been sent from a variety of publishers (all of whom shall remain nameless).  And while some things were okay and other things were tolerable, [...]

Librarian Preview: NorthSouth Books (Spring 2014)

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There’s a special thrill that fills me when I get to do a librarian preview of a publisher I’ve never done before.  It does me good.  Though I like what the big guys produce, it’s the little guys that truly have my heart.  Case in point, NorthSouth Books.  If they’re a bit unfamiliar to you, [...]

Librarian Preview: Little, Brown and Company (Spring 2014)

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Let’s try something a little different this time around. My usual previews contain all kinds of fun details, and certainly the Little Brown previews are the cream of the publishing crop. I’m talking Yale Club.  I’m talking white tablecloths. I’m talking little sandwiches with salmon and capers inside. But before I get to anything else, [...]

Librarian Preview: minedition (Winter 2013 / Spring 2014)

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I do declare that it has been something like a year since I did a good old-fashioned Librarian Preview.  Where has the time gone?  For a bit I was so overwhelmed by the sheer amount of work such a preview requires that I cut them out of my diet, cold turkey. Well that ends today.  [...]

Librarian Preview: Lerner Books (Spring 2013)

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Since I’ve so many little publisher previews to try and get done before Spring has sprung, I’ve decided to concentrate on the slightly smaller folks.  The big six (soon to be five) have some great stuff too and I’ll be sure to try and talk ‘em up, but for now let’s look at some folks [...]

Librarian Preview: Chronicle Books (Spring/Summer 2013)

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With all the mergers going on within the publishing world these days, a couple librarians and I were joking the other day about those mergers we’d actually like to see.  And because we are horribly spoiled east-coasters it didn’t take long for us to wish that Chronicle Books could merge with someone like Enchanted Lion [...]

Librarian Preview: Harper Collins (Spring 2013)

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Oh the previews are here, they’re here, they’re here, The wonderful previews are here Time to go out, go out, go out, Go out and order a . . . . beer?  No, no . . . From that catchy little tune (working on it) I hope you realize that preview season is upon us [...]

Librarian Preview: Chronicle Books (Fall/Winter 2012)

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Been a while since I indulged in one of these, right?  Well, those Top 100 polls threw me for a bit of a doozy and believe it or not I’m only catching up now.  Before I took a month and a half to post their results I had five or six librarian previews on the [...]

Librarian Preview: Candlewick Press (Fall 2012)

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You’ve got your big-time fancy pants New York publishers on the one hand, and then you have your big-time fancy pants Boston publishers on the other.  A perusal of Minders of Make-Believe by Leonard Marcus provides a pretty good explanation for why Boston is, in its way, a small children’s book enclave of its own.  [...]

Librarian Preview: Penguin Books for Young Readers – Viking, Philomel and Puffin

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On to Viking! Viking This year I have carefully been keeping track of all the books that Kirkus stars.  This is partially because Kirkus doesn’t star all that many things and partly because I like their taste.  When I get a chance I go out, locate the starred books and read them through.  One such [...]

Librarian Preview: Penguin Books for Young Readers – Razorbill and Grosset & Dunlap (Summer 2012)

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And now the thrilling conclusion! Just kidding.  I’ve lots more to do.  But if you already read Part One then this should fall along the same lines. Razorbill In the past this imprint was best known for its teen fare.  A slow and steady increase in their middle grade offerings, however, has turned it into [...]