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Like My Co-Writer? I Made ’em!

It’s just kind of neat watching a grown child collaborate with their parent, don’t you think? Periodically we’ve seen it done with different pairings over the years. Who are your favorites?

It’s All Relative: An Unexpected Trend in What We Value

Children find great comfort in absolutes. That which is right and that which is wrong. But the world we live in is filled with gray. It’s chock full of different perspectives and points of view. So kids would do well to learn how to consider something, whether it’s a number, a time of day, or a snowy sky, from a multitude of angles. A list of 2019 books for our times.

The Black Mermaid Booklist

For those of you prone to creating displays based on current events, why not consider a Black Mermaid Magic round-up of all the books in your library that apply? Tell ya what. I’ll make it easy on you. Here are the titles you can consider including.

The Complete Listing of All Public Children’s Literature Statues in the United States (2019 Edition)

Having started this list in 2013, and subsequently updated it in 2017, today I give you the full monty. Readers have been very good about suggesting titles, so here is what I’ve been able to add.

Children’s Literature Statues of the U.S.: A Call for Entries

The time has come, dear readers, to update the Complete Listing of All Public Children’s Literature Statues in the United States once again. If you happen to know of an obscure one that I could be missing, lay it on me and I’ll add it to the upcoming updated post.

I Spy with My Little Eye: Conference Floor Findings

Today I will display for you all those books that are making me prick up my ears and eyes in some way. Some of these are reprints or books that are coming out in new formats or with new titles. For the most part, however, these are all new to me. Are they good? Are they bad? Only one way to find out!

Books for Dyslexic Child Reader: Why the British Do It Better

“Don’t ask what’s wrong with the reader, ask what’s wrong with the book.” After discovering that the British have a publisher that produces high quality books specifically aimed at dyslexic readers, I investigate further and attempt to figure out why America hasn’t taken similar steps to meet this evident need.

In the Public Eye: Iranian Creators of Children’s Books

Iran. For whatever reason, Iranian children’s books and creators from Iran are on the rise. Today, I’d like to give a bit of a rundown on these books. They vary in content and style. Some are folktales and others are contemporary. Some were published in Iran first, and some were published here in the States.

Live Oak, With Moss: Selznick and Whitman (and Sendak?) Together At Last

Beautiful to its core. Today we examine the Whitman/Selznick collaboration that was sparked by Maurice Sendak and we think about why the adult publishing world is afraid of trying something new sometimes.

Off-Handed Art: Collecting the Sketches of Visiting Children’s Book Creators

When an illustrator is making a visit to a library, it is customary for the children’s librarians to provide large easels and pieces of paper upon which the creator might draw something. Then, I have no doubt, many librarians save these sketches. But how old is this practice?

What We Keep Hidden Away

Fess up, librarians. Let it out. What do you keep in a drawer or cabinet or closet that you cannot part with?

Blurb Blurb Blurb Blurb

Who would be your Top Five aspirational blurbees? The five people you’d like to receive blurbs from for your books. They wouldn’t have to work in the children’s book field, necessarily. It would just be neat if they said something nice about your book.

The Translation Conundrum: What to Do? What to Do?

If you wanted more translated children’s books here in America, what kinds of concrete proposals would you give to publishers, translators, and non-profits?

Funny Girl, Funny Face: Fanny Brice and Eloise

Many of us know that Kay Thompson based the character of Eloise on a stage persona she’d once performed in nightclubs. But were you aware of Fanny Brice’s similar character from decades before Eloise’s appearance? I examine the relationship between these two “little girls”.

Book Stank: The Picture Book Conundrum

In which we spend too much time contemplating the olfactory experiences that come with physical, print books.