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The Kidlit Stuffed Animals You’d Most Like to See

GoDogGo3

The subgenre. A marvelous method of uncovering the obsessions of your fellow human beings. I’ll give you an example. I like children’s literature, a subgenre of literature as a whole, but a broad one. There are a lot of different directions you can go with it. Subgenres within this subgenre, so to speak. I might […]

Better Together: Funny Pairings in 2018 Books for Kids

Undocumented

Look, I’m no teacher. I’m a librarian with a lint roller brain. What I mean to say is that I have a tendency to make connections between the books I read. And since I read primarily children’s literature, these connections have practical applications. So today we’re going to try something a little different. I’m going […]

Hunger Games at Ten: How Has It Been a Decade Already?

HungerGamesCupcakes

I guess I vaguely noticed that Scholastic was releasing some kind of Hunger Games Special Edition yesterday. I dunno, do publishers even need an excuse to release special editions? I wasn’t paying too much attention. But that was before I was told that the book is now ten years old. Released originally in 2008, it’s […]

Contemporary Issues and a New Role for Early Chapter Books

UncleMurray

I’ve heard them called any number of things. Junior chapter books. Young readers. Early chapter books. Just plain old “chapter books”. They’re the transitional readers you hand a child when they’ve graduated from easy books but aren’t ready yet for, say, Harry Potter. And like any book, they have a wide range of reading levels. […]

90-Second Newbery: The Latest Submissions of Some Brilliant Cinema

TobinStranglesJames

It’s that time again. Time for kids everywhere to make their own short versions of classic Newbery winning books to the screen. Today, James Kennedy stops by to show us a slew of newest brilliant submissions and to beg you to find some kids who can submit their own. Hear the man out, people!   […]

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

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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

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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 […]