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Cover Reveal: What a Beautiful Morning by Arthur A. Levine

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It’s a cloudy February here in Illinois.  Yesterday the heavens opened up and let loose a downpour.  Today it is wet if not actively raining.  We are in the thick of winter, albeit an oddly warm one.  With all this in mind, I think we need some cheering up. Now a friend recently pointed out […]

Ten Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About First Second

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So First Second comes to me and says it’s their 10th anniversary. Happy anniversary, sez I. They ask if I want to participate in the celebration by doing so kind of a post. My mind is a bit blank but I give it a think. Then I came up with the idea of the following […]

African-American Experience Children’s Literary Reference Guide (2011-2016)

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There were a couple things I left undone when I took my leave of NYPL. Of them, the one I probably regret the most is that I didn’t devote more energy towards getting NYPL’s landmark Black Experience in Children’s Literature list up and running.  This historic list, started as early as the 1940s and possibly […]

Fashions That Jar: Children’s Book Characters Stuck in the 80s

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Boomers, I have a question for you. As a child of the 80s who by that very definition is neither Generation X nor Millennial, I have a very complex relationship with the fashions of my youth. When you grow up in an era where hot pink and black are a desirable color combination and ponytails […]

Slightly More Recent Books on Slavery for Young People

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On January 19th, Claire Fallon, a Books and Culture Writer at The Huffington Post, wrote an article called 13 Honest Books About Slavery Young People Should Actually Read. The piece was a response to the news about Scholastic pulling the publication of A Birthday Cake for George Washington and got shared hither and thither and […]

I Tumbled, I Tweeted, I Taught: Critical Engagement Through Social Media

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Look at the internet today. Things are happening online right now that would have been inconceivable even five years ago.  With that in mind I have to say I can think of few topics more timely than the ones that will be raised at the upcoming Social Media Institute here in Illinois. Oh?  What’s that?  […]

Jolts of Children’s Literature in Unexpected Places

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Okay!  We start out today with a whole range of adult titles, either coming out in the future or newly published, that contain some children’s book reference or inclusion.  And for a beginning let us examine a whole slew of books where the very idea of what a children’s author is serves as the inspiration […]

Conversations on Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Cake, Slavery, and an Unprecedented Pull

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I think it was four or five months ago when I first saw A BIRTHDAY CAKE FOR GEORGE WASHINGTON on Edelweiss.  It was pretty much the final edition, though it could have been lacking some of the eventual backmatter.  No matter.  I have to admit my jaw was a bit on the floor.  This was […]

Thoughts on the Recent Spate of Awards

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I’ve been privy to lots of interesting conversations about our most recent ALA winners this week.  And since it’s Friday and we’re all now able to step back and take into account what all just happened, here is a quick summary of some of the discussions, topics, and random facts surrounding the Youth Media Awards […]

Most Classics Are Better With Robots

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Last night I had a lot of fun speaking at The Bookstall in Winnetka about the trends of 2015, 2016, and all the 2016 books I was excited about.  Afterwards a bunch of us sat down for dinner and drinks and the conversation turned, as is natural, to robots.  I had mentioned in my talk […]

And the Winners Are . . . .

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In case you missed it, the ALA Youth Media Award winners (Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, etc.) were announced this morning. Best of all, I was on hand to offer Pre-Game predictions and Post-Game commentary. Here are the results. Please note that there is no heat in the room I was commenting in. So if I’m trembling […]

Cover Reveal: Volcanoes – Fire and Life by Jon Chad!

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If you know me then you know I’ve a certain weakness for comics, graphic novels, graphic comics, and comic novels (?).  You draw it, I like it.  And every once in a while, First Second will offer me a little jacket to reveal in some manner.  It seems timely that with the announcement about the […]

100 Magnificent Children’s Books 2015

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Happy New Year!! As with each and every year, I like to make my own little list of 100 children’s book titles.  These are pretty much for my own reference in the future, though you’re more than welcome to critique the choices as you prefer.  Previous lists can be found for 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, […]

The British to American Translation

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This Christmas I was delighted to find that someone had given me the latest incarnation of Harry Potter, this time in the form of the fully illustrated book by Jim Kay.  Called Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, my book was a little different as it was the British Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.  […]

Merry Christmas Weirdest Holiday Picture Book of All Time!

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This is a reprint of a Christmas related post I did about two years ago.  I cannot tell you how often I think of this book.  Eventually I’m just going to cave and buy it.  In any case, Merry Christmas!   In the past I’ve done posts about Weirdo Picture Books and others on Out-of-Print […]