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

LittleBrown

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)

AesopsFables

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)

CookieWalker

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)

BooABC

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)

BirdsFeather

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)

ATripBottomWorld

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

PenguinWall

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)

UndeadEd

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 […]

Librarian Preview: Penguin Books for Young Readers – Dial & G.P. Putnam’s Sons (Summer 2012)

BadApple

It’s baaaack!  Preview season is up and running and to kick it all off we begin with one of the biggies.  Thanks to my new fancy dancy job I am now able to stay for a whole librarian preview without rushing back to cover the reference desk.  So that’s nice.  The downside is that there […]

Librarian Preview: Blue Apple Books (Spring 2012)

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Granted we are currently IN the Spring of 2012 so this is probably less of a preview and more of a . . . uh . . . here and now discourse.  But by my reckoning Blue Apple Books is one of those smaller pubs that don’t get a lot of airplay next to the […]

Librarian Preview: Tara Books (Spring 2012)

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As publisher previews go this may be one of my shorter posts if only because the featured publisher of the day is not a large sort.  I have had the pleasure of seeing the products of Tara Books for a couple years now, but it was only recently that Gita Wolf herself came to town […]

Librarian Preview: Albert Whitman & Company (Spring 2012)

BittersweetSummer

Yeah, remember when I had that baby and everything looked like things were going to stay exactly the same, like nothing had changed a jot?  Well, I’ve found at least one aspect of the blog that’s taken a serious hit since the arrive of the small Bird.  Librarian previews.  For some reason I just don’t […]

Librarian Preview: Little, Brown and Company (Spring/Summer 2012)

LittleBrown

There are many reasons to love Little, Brown but at the moment the company has my heart because their last librarian preview consisted of less than thirty books in total.  And when you’re dealing with less than thirty books, typing up what they have is much easier on the old post-natal still-carpal-tunnely digits.  So it […]

Video Sunday: How have I lived this long without hearing the name “Lothar Meggendorfer”?

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While the message is encouraging in and of itself, Joe Sabia’s TED talk on The Technology of Storytelling is also a brilliant example of how to do an iPad presentation with skill, humor, and facts.  I can’t imagine how long this three minute, fifty-one second talk took to put together, but it’s kinda worth it.  […]