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Best Halloween Picture Books (an Entirely Subjective List)

BehindMask

About 2010, when I still worked as a children’s librarian for New York Public Library, I was sitting at the Reference Desk in the Children’s Center at 42nd Street when this 3-year-old walked up to me, bold as brass. He had the biggest brown eyes I’d ever seen outside of a Chuck Jones cartoon, and […]

Even Sendaks Make Mistakes: When Your Hero’s Book Just Doesn’t Work for You

PrestoZesto

Can you keep a secret? An awful, terrible secret that could get me officially disbarred from all future children’s literature events from now until the end of time? This is just between the two of us, right? No one else is listening in and you won’t tell a soul. Okay. Here goes. I don’t think […]

Censoring the Unsaid, OR, Damned If You Do, #%&*@ If You Don’t

KittySwearing

Semantics. Oh yeah! I said it! Today we look at the strangest of trends I’ve encountered in a while, but one that is of infinite interest to me. It is not necessarily new, but I find it far more insidious than plain old-fashioned book banning. We are familiar with people censoring, removing, or otherwise restricting […]

Photos Tell the Story: Fictional Picture Books with Photographic Illustrations

FitchersBird

Years ago at NYPL I had the pleasure of hosting a panel, as part of my Children’s Literary Salon series, that I’d been looking forward to doing for years. Back in my college days I was convinced that I had a future as a photographer. That plan didn’t pan out (my technical skills with a […]

Horror for Kids Today: Post-Goosebumps Scare Fests

Jumbies

If this whole Collection Management job I’ve got going on doesn’t pan out, I think I’ve a fine and beautiful career ahead of me as a Crochety Children’s Librarian That Takes Issue With People Who Inexplicably Are Discussing Children’s Literature. The source of today’s frustration? A recent NPR piece with a killer title: Like ‘Goosebumps?’ […]

Reality à la Mode: Why Do We Never Discuss Nonfiction Writing Styles?

RhythmRide

While at a conference at Princeton a week or two ago (and yes, as you suspect, I am going to attempt to work in the word “Princeton” into pretty much everything I write, think, or say for the next two years or so, so gird thy loins) I was in conversation with author Marc Aronson […]

ALA Annual 2018: Recap Time

IMG_6896

When traveling to a library conference in New Orleans, might I suggest that you take your little sister along. There are a multitude of good reasons to do so. 1. If you used to share a bedroom with the little sister, you may find that she is just as quiet a roommate now as she […]

Pitching a Perfect Game: In Praise of the Ideal Summer Reading List

Booklist

When it comes to summer reading lists handed out by figures of authority, I am of two minds. On the one hand I believe that over the summer children should darned well be allowed to read whatever they want. I am haunted by a memory of a summer when a father walked into the Jefferson […]

Border Crossing in Children’s Literature: A Consideration of the Second International Symposium for Children’s Literature & Fourth U.S.-China Symposium for Children’s Literature

Princeton6

When asked to speak at a conference I recommend throwing caution to the wind and going for the longest title imaginable. Thus did I speak at Princeton this past Thursday as part of the Second International Symposium for Children’s Literature & Fourth U.S.-China Symposium for Children’s Literature hosted by the Cotsen Children’s Library (Princeton University […]

Trump or Not? The Presidency and Current Children’s Literature

MorrisWantsMore

I was reading the Social Justice Books post Scholastic Tells Children: Trump is Great yesterday, which makes a close and thorough examination of a new Scholastic Rookie Biography of the current sitting president. While looking at it, the piece got me to thinking about other relatively children’s books which have included Donald Trump in some […]

The Castle Where Children’s Literature Lives

IYLCastle

In case you missed it, our National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature was hanging out with actual royalty the other day: That would be Jacqueline Woodson, receiving the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, in Sweden. Americans win the award every so once in a while, and for a brief shining moment some of us in the […]

Libraries of the Little, Free, and New Orleans Variety

LittleFree1

Now I don’t usually do this, but seeing as how it’s Christmas . . . What’s that? It’s not Christmas? It’s almost half a year away from Christmas? Well, shoot. Guess we’ll have to hope that folks are in a giving mood above and beyond the winter holiday season. So the other day I got […]

Goofs, Gaffes, and Everything In-Between: Nonfiction Considers Mistakes

TrickyVic

About three years ago I reviewed the book Tricky Vic: The Impossibly True Story of the Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower by Greg Pizzoli. If you missed it, it was a true crime picture book (a rare beastie) about a man born Robert Miller who turned to a life of conning. Ultimately it ends […]

A Salute to the Reprints: Here’s to Getting A Second Chance in 2018

WhosHiding

Last week Publishers Weekly produced the article Forever Young: Backlist Backbones 2018.  In the piece, the magazine highlighted a sampling of some books getting cover redesigns, new printings, and other forms of reprinted attention this year. I too have been watching the reprints of older titles with a steady eye. And while I like a […]

Fake Children’s Books: What the Books We Make Up Say About Us

DoozlesDozing

If you missed the recent 100 Scope Notes post I Will Not Retreat to a Book Cave to Eat Taco Bell then you are in for a treat. I agree with everything he has to say about this weirdly out-of-touch librarian, but one part of the Taco Bell commercial in which she appears struck me […]