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Even More Outlandish: Further Thoughts on the Role of Translation and Children’s Literature

Outlandish

In 2002 I was spending my lunch hour as I usually did: reading through academic children’s literature journals for fun.  There was one in particular that dealt with international children’s books that I took a shine to.  Called Bookbird, one particular issue presented an article comparing and contrasting different translations of Hans Christian Andersen.  I […]

Updated: The Complete Listing of All Public Children’s Literature Statues in the United States

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In 2013 I had a crazy notion to list every single children’s literature statue I could think of in a single blog post.  I did.  It was fun. And now almost four years have gone by and I’ve thought often of the piece.  Honestly, I never finished incorporating some of the suggested statues from my […]

Guest Post: Marc Aronson and the Design and Flow of Nonfiction

EyesoftheWorld

It is difficult to pin down the first time I became aware of the work of Marc Aronson.  The likelihood is that it occurred when I read his books.  Or was it his work as an Assistant Teaching Professor in the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University?  How about his support of international […]

Back In Print: A Newbery Honor Winner Returns From the Dead

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Let me do a little math here. If I got my library degree in 2003 and was in school in 2002 then I must have first laid eyes on The Winged Girl of Knossos by Erick Berry fifteen years ago.  I was in a transitional point of my career.  Having taken a year of library […]

Announcing the 2017 Children’s Book Week Bookmarks Reveal

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Folks, it is my very great pleasure today to present to you today with the Children’s Book Week Bookmarks of 2017. Featuring art from the illustrious pens and paints of Ekua Holmes, Yuyi Morales, LeUyen Pham, and Sonja Wimmer, you can thank Every Child a Reader (a nonprofit literacy organization dedicated to inspiring a love […]

Some of the Funniest Picture Books of 2017

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Like many of you I snuggled down the other day and watched the Oscar Award ceremony in the comfort of my own home.  I was happy.  I was disappointed.  I was amused.  I didn’t have, what you might call, particularly high expectations, so the results often pleased me.  Then we got to the end of […]

Meeting a Need: Where to Find Books in Arabic for K-5th Graders

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If your city is anything like mine, you may have been asked by the residents to increase the number of books in your collection written in Arabic.  Finding great reliable resources can be a bit tricky, however.  To this end I’d like to thank Katie Anderson, the MLS, Youth Services Consultant of Library Support and […]

Your Childhood Has Now Been Extended. Please Restart Your Computer to Complete the Installation

PeterRabbit

I’m 38 going on 39 and I’ve noticed something strange about pop culture.  As more members of my generation are placed in positions of power in the entertainment and publishing industry, cultural references to my childhood are becoming increasingly prevalent.  For example, I was sitting down with my kiddo to watch the LEGO Batman movie […]

The Series of “A Series of Unfortunate Events”: A Netflix Consideration

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I suppose that’s the thing with a streaming series these days.  Either you’re the kind of person who jumps on board immediately or you’re the type who waits it out, gives it some time to breathe (and garner reviews) and then you dip a toe or two in.  Though Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events […]

Children’s Books Vs. The Nazis

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If the days following the 2016 election have taught us anything it is this: Children’s authors don’t like Nazis.  In fact, they kind of hate them.  A lot.  But let’s not think of this as a new trend or anything.  As it happens a LOT of children’s authors out there have hated Nazis for a […]

Cover Reveal: Miguel’s Brave Knight by Margarita Engle, ill. Raul Colon

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When I worked in the Donnell Central Children’s Room I got used to handling all kinds of interesting reference requests.  One that I got frequently was parents looking for child-friendly versions of Don Quixote.  The pickings were, to say the least, slim.  There was Eric A. Kimmel’s Don Quixote and the Windmills and one other […]

Art in the Children’s Room: Elisha Cooper Style – Part Two!

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In 2012 I wrote a piece for this blog entitled Art in the Children’s Room: Elisha Cooper Style.  In it, I wrote the following: Here at New York Public Library you might think that the branches are filled to brimming with the art of local authors and illustrators.  While it may be true that we […]

Steam Trains and Fire Poles: Outdated Tropes in Picture Books

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I’m sure you heard the news. After more than 100 years Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey have closed. Their final performances will be in May of this year due to declining ticket sales. Now I’m sure that there are small time circus operations out there in the world, but for a lot of places […]

I Spy With My Little Eye . . . Treasures at the 2017 ALA Midwinter Conference

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Today is a nicely visual little post!  We’re going to take a gander at what I saw when I attended the ALA Midwinter Conference this past weekend.  The large publishers can only highlight a small selection from their list.  The little publishers can highlight everything coming out in a given season.  Bearing that in mind, […]

Post-Game Wrap-Up: The ALA Youth Media Awards

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Now THAT is how you do an award season, my friends.  Boy oh boy, I was mighty pleased MIGHTY PLEASED by a good 98% of the winners (and of that 2% that didn’t please me, I’ll never tell). I fully intend to do a post about all the neat stuff I saw on the conference […]