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Cover Reveal: And it’s for my own book!!!

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Ladies and gentlemen . . . the moment I’ve been waiting for. Wait! Wait!  Background information first! So for years I worked as a children’s librarian and I’d get girl after girl after girl coming up to my desk asking for funny books.  I credit some of this to Diary of a Wimpy Kid.  The […]

My Ride to Vote Giveaway, sponsored by Sophie Blackall and FSG

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Unless you missed it, recently the New York Times Best Illustrated list was released.  And amongst the ten books listed was a very lovely title illustrated by Ms. Sophie Blackall and called A Voyage in the Clouds: The (Mostly) True Story of the First International Flight by Balloon in 1785.  Written by Matthew Olshan it has […]

And now . . .

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In honor of the historic night yesterday, I give you the following.  See if you can spot the theme. And there aren’t many villainous goat books out there, but I was able to find just one . . . Take THAT, Gilroy!

Chaos Unleashed: What Picture Books Tell Us When They Go Completely Bonkers

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I’ve been thinking a lot about chaos lately. I don’t know if it’s the state of the world today, the upcoming election, or just the fact that I live in a house with a two-year-old and a five-year-old, but in this atmosphere a woman’s thoughts turn to the power of complete and utter anarchy.  That’s […]

Cover Reveal: One Shadow On the Wall by Leah Henderson

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So often a cover reveal is just that.  A reveal.  Here’s your cover, batta bing, badda boom. Today is different. Today, we’re shaking things up a tad.  But a little backstory first. About half a year ago I had the pleasure of speaking at the MD/DE/WV SCBWI Conference in Frederick, Maryland.  I like doing SCBWI Conferences.  […]

Celebrating Tomi Ungerer in Style (Artists Need Apply)

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Oh, where to begin. So the other day, I got to thinking that my kids have had an insufficient dosage of Tomi Ungerer in their daily diets.  Ungerer, if you are unfamiliar with him, has always been the enfant terrible of children’s literature.  Having dared to publish children’s books for kids at the same time […]

What Steven Universe Tells Us About Children’s Books and Libraries in Pop Culture

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I’ve grown a bit fond of the Cartoon Network show Steven Universe lately.  Coming to it a bit late (I believe we’re on season 4 now, yes?) it took a Pop Culture Happy Hour episode to explain to me why the series was as groundbreaking and important as it was.  This is advantage of having […]

Cover Reveal: Almost Paradise by Corabel Shofner

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Folks ask me to reveal middle grade covers from time to time.  Sometimes I say yes.  Sometimes I say no.  If you ever happen to be interested in my doing so then the following elements should ideally be combined: A nun A smarmy man with a mustache (handlebar preferred but not required) An unnerved woman […]

This Is What Happens When You Read Too Many Picture Books

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It seemed such an attainable goal. All I wanted to do was read every single picture book published in America in 2016. Was that too much to ask?  I even had a system. I’d create a Google spreadsheet and write down every single title and rate it.  That way I’d have an easy way of […]

The Picture Book as Family Phrase Generator

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that if a parent or guardian reads a picture book to a child repeatedly, day in and day out, for weeks or even months on end, something is bound to happen to the child’s brain and that of the adult reader as well.  I don’t mean to make this […]

How I Spent My Weekend Vacation: The Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards & The Scott O’Dell Award Ceremony

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Serving on award committees is a time-honored tradition amongst children’s librarians.  The award ceremonies that come after?  Gravy.  This past weekend I was delighted to attend the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards Ceremony, the Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium, and the presentation of the Scott O’Dell Award all in one fell swoop.  To do this I […]

The Sibling Reality: When Picture Books Stop Being Nice and Start Getting Real

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I love it when a blog title makes me sound old. Now that my kids have reached the ripe ages of five and two, I’m finding myself more interested in picture books that pick apart the nature of sibling relationships in interesting ways .  I don’t mean fighting.  I mean that crazy pushmepullyou of loving […]

Famous Illustrators’ Depictions of Knitting Ranked in Order of Competency

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Two years ago I wrote a piece called The Scourge of Upside Down Knitting in which I raged unto the heavens against picture books where the artists put little work into bothering to figure out if knitting needles should be held up or down.  Well, it’s time for me to apologize to those illustrators.  If […]

Press Release Fun: Meanwhile, Back in NYC . . .

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So I’m no longer in New York City anymore as you might have noticed but that doesn’t meant there aren’t some fantastic events going on there.  Free events.  Free events at my old stomping grounds, NYPL.  It’s all in conjunction with Banned Books Week and the guests are a bit on the famous side.  Gene […]

Newbery / Caldecott 2017: Fall Prediction Edition

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Mmmm.  It’s that time again.  The summer is beginning to cool its jets and with fall on the horizon I need to present the third in my yearly four-part prediction series.  What was that fantastic quote Travis Jonker came up with the other day?  Ah, yes. “Those who have knowledge, don’t predict. Those who predict, […]