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Metareading in Picturebooks: A Dissertation by Melanie McGilloway

IAmStory

The Twitter has its uses, you have to admit.  The other day I was looped into a conversation there with a seemingly simple question: What are the picture books that favorably portray children reading ebooks?  This question turns out to be a lot more difficult to ascertain than you might think.  Over the years we’ve […]

Funny Girl Week: Some of the Funniest Children’s Books of 2017 by Women

Accident

Well, we’ve had a good week of it. And figuring out how to end my ode to all things funny and womanly wasn’t easy.  I thought about doing a post on funny writers for children from other countries.  I considered looking at funny female character in children’s books.  I definitely wanted to mention in some […]

Funny Girl Week: In Defense of Harley Quinn – The Rarity of the Female Trickster

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In 2007 Viking, an imprint of Penguin Group USA, published the anthology The Coyote Road: Trickster Tales. It was edited by Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling, and edited edited (if there’s a better term of this, I’d love to hear it) by the great and wonderful Sharyn November (who, as luck would have it, initially […]

Dead Funny: Who Says All the Funny Women Are Alive?

PaulaDanziger

Today marks Day 3 in our celebration of humor, women, and children’s literature.  Produced in tandem with the release of my anthology of funny female writers and illustrators (Funny Girl, Viking) so far we’ve seen the following: Day #1: Children’s Book Biographies of Funny Women Day #2: What Other Projects My Contributors to Funny Girl […]

Happy Book Birthday, FUNNY GIRL! Celebrating My Contributors Properly

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It’s here it’s here!  Break out the marching band!  Hand out the noise-makers!  Give old Grandma Sally a kazoo to toot because my anthology Funny Girl‘s book birthday is here at last! To properly celebrate today I’ve a couple special treats in store. First off, I want to honor the brave women who agreed to […]

Funny Girl Week: Bios of Hilarious Women

JazzAgeJosephine

At long last it’s almost here.  Tomorrow is the book birthday and release date of my anthology FUNNY GIRL: FUNNIEST. STORIES. EVER. published by Viking Press (Penguin Random House).  To celebrate, I was wracking on brain on how to celebrate properly. Then it came to me: Let’s do an entire week celebrating funny women and […]

Shooting Off (on) the Canon

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I’m no bookstore employee, so my interest in the Indies Choice Book Awards, voted on exclusively by booksellers, is one of curiosity more than anything else.  These awards, for example, determine the E.B. White Readaloud Award winners as well as which book will be included in the Picture Book Hall of Fame (nominees are all […]

The Mystery of the Missing Tink and the Girl Who Would Be President

PeterPanEmporia

Part of what I like about this blog so much is its ability to crowdsource information.  Take my updated version of The Complete Listing of All Public Children’s Literature Statues in the United States.  The post got a nice response and an even nicer series of statues I’d never even heard of.  A new How […]

Wordless Picture Books: A List

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So I was at the New England chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators this weekend.  It turns out, this is the largest regional chapter in the States.  And viewing the 700+ attendees myself firsthand I can certainly believe it.  Many thanks, then, to Josh Funk, Sera Rivers, & Marilyn Salerno for […]

Holiday Books: There Can Be Only One (Part Two)

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And we’re back!  Okay, so to continue yesterday’s post, let’s look at each holiday (post-Easter) and I’ll list the one book that typifies that holiday to me. Earth Day Green City by Allan Drummond Paired with his other books (Pedal Power: How One Community Became the Bicycle Capital of the World and Energy Island: How […]

Holiday Books: There Can Be Only One (Part One)

OnMardiGras

I was tooling about the Twitter feeds yesterday, as one does, when I came across some folks promoting John Hendrix’s Miracle Man as an Easter book.  A great book, no question, though like most Christ stories (Jesus Christ Superstar, Godspell, and yes all my references are 1970s musicals, why?) it sorta leaves the resurrection for […]

New Kinds of Poetry: Title Poems (2017 Edition)

InYourHands

It’s Poetry Month, my dulcet darlings!  That can mean only one thing.  Time to come up with a new way of writing poetry. Today, the challenge is simple.  Write original poetry, that makes sense, entirely out of the titles of books published in 2017.  For my purposes today I think I’ll work entirely in the […]

The Biographical Explosion: Creating the Creators

PocketFullColors

Not every children’s book creator deserves a picture book about their life. Does that sound harsh?  Well, it’s Monday. It’s also something I’ve been thinking about. Without any numbers before me, I get the distinct impression that we’re seeing a marked increase in the range of picture book biographies printed in a given year.  In […]

Economics, Money, and Class in 2017 Picture Books Today

DifferentPond

What do we talk about when we talk about income disparity with our kids?  Yep, it’s Cheery Topic Day over here at A Fuse #8 Production.  I have lots of passions when it comes to children’s books and I have a tendency to indulge them one at a time.  Today, I’m very interested in how […]

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

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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 […]