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The Refugee Children’s Books of 2017 and an Ode to The Arrival

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Sometimes people turn to children’s literature in an attempt to ignore the goings on in the world today. But books for kids don’t exist in bubbles. A person could spend their entire life examining the many ways in which the world of adults seeps into books for kids. Why is this? Sometimes it’s unconscious. Sometimes […]

Math Books for Kids: The Truth is Out There

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On Monday I gave two talks at the 2017 NerdCamp conference held in Parma, MI. This would be the second time I spoke at the conference and my talks probably couldn’t have been more diametrically opposed. The first was one of those slam dunk panels you hope for. I had the chance of moderating a […]

Newbery Caldecott Wilder Banquet Outfit 2017: Paper Doll

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It began so simply. One year I discovered that it was possible to make your own temporary tattoos. For fun I made some Newbery winners and placed a band of them on one arm right before the Newbery Caldecott Wilder banquet. When the next year rolled around I did two arms, one for the Caldecotts […]

New Fuse 8 n’ Kate Episode: Heather Has Two Mommies

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In honor of Pride Month, Kate and I decided to celebrate with a practical consideration of the most famous same-sex parent book of all time (sorry, Tango).  But here’s the thing – I remembered disliking the original art intensely when I was younger. Does the book actually belong in the children’s literature canon? Is it […]

New Podcast Alert: Mine!

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It’s a little kooky to say, but as strange as it may sound I’ve jumped back into the podcast biz.  Years ago I created a little personal project in NYC that was fun but exhausting!  Today, I am pleased to announce that there’s a new children’s literature podcast in town.  Called Fuse 8 n’ Kate, […]

We Need Diverse Collectables: Why the Collectors of Children’s Books Need to Diversify

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We need diverse books.  But it’s not as simple as you think. When I do presentations for up-and-coming authors and illustrators of children’s books I sometimes show them this slide: Impossible to read here thanks to the teeny tiny type, this is my breakdown of the different factions that make up children’s literature.  To spare […]

Never Meant for Children: The Odd Consumer-Driven Rise of the Graduation Book

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This comes just on the tail end of graduation season, but I’m sure we’ve a couple schools going through the process here and there even now.  And across this great nation, at graduation parties for high schoolers and college grads alike, gifts will be exchanged.  And inevitably some of those gift will be children’s books.  […]

Forgotten Favorites: Remembering the Monster Blood Tattoo Series

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To Do in 2017: Get The Winged Girl of Knossos back in print Watch America finally come to grips with the true glory that is Frances Hardinge Get America to now appreciate Monster Blood Tattoo . . . That’s the nice thing about a To Do list.  You can always find something new to put […]

An Ode to Cars Galore: The Wackiest Picture Book in the Last Ten Years

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I have, what you might call, a penchant for the peculiar.  Particularly as it applies to books for children.  To my mind, it is easy, oh so easy, to write a book that follows the “rules”.  Color within the lines.  Be nice to your fellow humans.  Pick up after yourself.  It is also easy, odd […]

Query: Is 2017 a Stronger Than Usual Year for Children’s Nonfiction?

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Once at NYPL I asked Marc Aronson to do a Children’s Literary Salon on the topic of the history of children’s nonfiction. It was eye-opening. It was extraordinary. It was not recorded for posterity so unless he does it again sometime (hint hint, Marc, hint hint) we have nothing to refer to aside from his […]

Russia and Children’s Literature: A Storied History

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If you haven’t been living under a large comfortable rock for the last year or so then you might have noticed that Russia has been in the news quite a bit. If you have been under a large comfortable rock, is there room down there for me too? It’s funny but with all the talk […]

Metareading in Picturebooks: A Dissertation by Melanie McGilloway

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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

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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?

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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 […]