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Sure #WeNeedDiverseBooks but don’t forget #WeNeedMoreWalterDeanMyerses too

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Like everyone I was shocked and saddened by the announcement that author Walter Dean Myers had recently passed away.  The first National Ambassador of Children’s Literature to leave us, there is little to say about his life that hasn’t been said by others far more eloquently than I in the last 24 hours.  However, I [...]

Just Walk Away: Authors and Illustrators Who Do

OfficerBuckle

I was perusing the old Top 100 Picture Books and Top 100 Chapter Books polls of yore (still my most popular posts, even after all these years) when a thought occurred.  Looking at the list you can see a lot of folks who are still working to this day.  Your Mo Willemses.  Your Eric Carles.  [...]

Deconstructing Daniel Tiger or Why Children’s Programming Is Freaking Me Out, Man

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Today we deviate slightly from our usual rounds into the world of children’s literature to look at children’s television programming in the early 21st century.  Put another way, I have a new baby and a three-year-old so this is about the level of literary criticism I’m capable of today.  You’ll have to bear with me. [...]

2014 Quaker Books for Quaker Kids

ThyFriendObadiah

So I’m having lunch with a fellow from the entertainment industry the other day and by some quirk of conversation we begin discussing Quakerism.  I attending a Quaker liberal arts college called Earlham (“Fight! Fight! Inner light! Kill, Quakers, Kill!”) and he, I believe, was raised Quaker.  And since the focus of everything in my [...]

Posthu-must we?*

GoodnightSongs

I was listening to a Pop Culture Happy Hour show the other day when the topic turned to posthumous works published after a creator’s death.  When is it okay to raid a dead author or illustrator’s drawers for unpublished material? Is it ever okay?  And is there a significant difference between works that someone finished [...]

#DadsRead Because Dads are Awesome

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Howdy, folks!  We’re approaching Father’s Day here which makes today’s post a bit premature.  Then again, the concept of dads reading to their kids is for forever, not a single day.  You see Zoobean is launching this campaign in conjunction with The Good Men Project from June 2 – June 15, just in time for Father’s Day. [...]

The Best of the Underrated Middle School Books

LostConspiracy

In the world of children’s literature we are creatures with short memories.  The new and shiny is always far more preferable to the old and worn.  I’ve been in the children’s book reviewing game for roundabout eight years now and I’ve fallen in love with a fair amount of titles.  But time goes on and [...]

Un Cri de Coeur: The Masses Demand New Book Jackets (Please?)

Giver

Here we are on the cusp of summer.  It always surprises me when the weather gets warm and yet the kids are still in school here in NYC.  Still, they’ll be out soon enough, running into my libraries with their summer reading lists clenched in their hot little hands.  Here in New York City each [...]

Benjamin Chaud: You Know Him. You Just Don’t Know You Know Him.

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Tell me and tell me true, what do the following have in common? From the title of this post you have no doubt concluded that they all share the same illustrator.  However, had you asked me prior to my recent meeting with French artist Benjamin Chaud, I don’t know that it would have necessarily occurred [...]

We Interrupt Our Regular Blogging for This Special Announcement

BabyBird

How was your Friday yesterday?  Cause here’s how I spent mine: Ain’t he just adorable?  So forgive the spotty blogging in the coming weeks, folks.  I’ve a son to raise. Woot!

“How I Met Julie Andrews” or “Braggy Braggy, Name Drop, Braggy”

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Don’t say you weren’t warned. I don’t want there to ever be a single day where I don’t realize how lucky New York City public librarians can be.  Ours is a weird, privileged, one-of-a-kind world.  When I moved to this city, I knew it believed itself to be the center of the universe and that [...]

We Need Diverse Books . . . But Are We Willing to Discuss Them With Our Kids?

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For my birthday my husband picked me up a copy of the bestselling book NurtureShock by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman.  To be frank, I hadn’t heard of it.  Though it’s been called “The Freakonomics of child rearing” and lauded by reviewer after reviewer it’s from the world of adult books.  I traipse there but [...]

Why We Need More Spacegirls. Preferably By the Name of Zita

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On February 15, 2011 I wrote up a little post about a girl by the name of Zita.  It’s not a particularly common name.  Look through the stats of girl names in a given year and I’d wager “Zita” doesn’t even make it into the top 1000.  Yet when you talk to kids and mention [...]

Announcing a New Challenge: Re-Potterfy Harry Potter!

HarryPotterGerman

Well folks, we do this about once a year and so far it’s been nothing but delightful.  Now we ratchet it up a notch.  It’s a fan art challenge and one I hope you’ll enjoy. As you may recall, in the past I’ve offered two odd little projects.  First there was the Re-Seussify Seuss Challenge.  [...]

World Book Night and a Proper Celebration of the Day of Shakespeare’s Birth

ShakespeareBirthday

In terms of folks who share my birthday today, it’s a mixed bag.  On the one hand I got Shakespeare.  So . . . y’know.  That’s nice.  By the same token 4/23 was the reported date of the death of Cervantes.  On the other hand, I share my birthday with President James Buchanan.  Oog.  But [...]