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Baby, Remember My Name: Picture Book Gems of Years Past

SugarCane

At the end of any given year you’ll see the occasional article or blog posting that talks about the forgotten gems of a given year.  But what about those books that came out two, three, even ten years ago and yet remain unheralded?  I’ve been reviewing books for kids for over ten years now, and [...]

Do Nations Have an Illustrative Style?

WhatFoxSay

What does the fox truly say?  That it ain’t from around these here parts. I’ve been giving a lot of thought lately to the art found in children’s picture books and those particular styles favored by artists in one nation or another.  All this began when I recently reviewed of Wild by Emily Hughes.  In the [...]

You thought you got good stuff for Christmas? Beat this!

Donner Snowglobe 1

Well, the Bird family had a lovely Christmas down in old Atlanta, GA.  We didn’t lose any offspring either going there or back again, so I consider that a win.  And the presents!  Whether it was the Matilda soundtrack (yes, I’m a million years old and still request CDs as presents) or the collected Pogo [...]

2014 Kids of Color: Things Are Looking Up

LionWhoStole

You know why I’m looking forward to 2014?  It’s not the fresh start that comes with every turn of the globe.  It’s not the incipient birth of my second child (I lie . . . it is that, but for the purposes of this piece we’re going to pretend that it’s not).  It’s not the [...]

The Mocks Thus Far: Caldecott, Newbery, Printz, & Geisel

MockTurtle

ATTENTION!!!  If you are planning on watching the live feed of the Newbery/Caldecott announcements during the ALA Youth Media Awards presentation, come half an hour earlier and check out my pre-game show where I will join cohort Lori Ess in discussing the potential winners.  Afterwards we will note which Mock Newberys, Mock Caldecotts, Mock Printzs, [...]

Meet the Strangest Christmas Picture Book You’ll Ever Love

SmallMiracle1

In the past I’ve done posts about Weirdo Picture Books and others on Out-of-Print Crimes Against Humanity.  Today’s featured book could have fallen into both categories, were it not for the fact that there is justice in the universe.  Previously out of print, 1997′s A Small Miracle by Peter Collington is back by popular demand and [...]

Introducing the Browse-O-Rama!

BrowseORamaAdvice2

I will, on occasion, get ideas for posts on this blog from friends and internet companions.  Some of these ideas are good.  Some of these ideas are unfortunate.  And today’s idea?  Top-notch fabulousness.  It’s actually probably best suited for children’s librarians but the rest of you can stick around if you want.  It is, after [...]

Backing the matter

BoyLovedMath

Now that we’re all back at work (though, naturally, there are a LOT of librarians out there who had to work the day before and after Thanksgiving, and so a hat tip to them) we have time to ruminate on matters that are aided and abetted by ample time.  Finding myself awash in 2014 materials [...]

Gobble with the gobble with the gulp

SwedishChefTurkey

Happy Turkey Day, y’all!  A day to eat large birds, stare at large balloons, and generally feel happy.  It’s not much of a post but I do have three little Thanksgiving links I’d love to share with you today. This post is a year old but it’s just as cool as it ever was.  Over [...]

Mock Me. Repeatedly.

MockTurtle

ATTENTION!!!  If you are planning on watching the live feed of the Newbery/Caldecott announcements during the ALA Youth Media Awards presentation, come half an hour earlier and check out my pre-game show where I will join cohort Lori Ess in discussing the potential winners.  Afterwards we will note which Mock Newberys, Mock Caldecotts, Mock Printzs, [...]

Kidlit Glass Menagerie: A Delicate Children’s Literature Exhibit

BunniculaGlass

Fun fact.  A show of hands even.  How many of you are aware the that the nonprofit National Center for Family Literacy has a brand new, bright and sparkling, name?  Not I, said the fly.  From here on in they are to be known as the National Center for Families Learning. Got that?  Good, because [...]

Happy Halloween: Boo!

InvisibleMama

Boy, it truly was Devil’s Night yesterday.  Actually, it appears that my calling October 30th “Devil’s Night” is a clear cut case of showing how Michiganian I am.  Who knew?  At any rate, I had a whole post written up and boy it was beautiful.  Tons of videos and pictures.  The whole kerschmozzle.  Then it [...]

Re-Sendakify Sendak Project: The Results

Sasek2Sendak

Previously on A Fuse #8 Production . . . In 2012 I came up with a crazy idea.  We all love Dr. Seuss.  We all know his work.  So for fun I asked folks to illustrate a scene from their favorite Seuss book in the style of a different children’s author.  The result: The Re-Seussification [...]

And Now . . . Introducing the WORST Parents of 2013!

MountainDog

Read enough middle grade children’s literature and it all begins to blend.  In 2013 I’ve noticed the occasional odd trend here and there, but when it comes to a post like this one I fall back on an old reliable: Terrible parental units.  They’re staples.  They’re what keep us going.  Admittedly they’re far more common [...]

Ask a Librarian: Find the Right Book for Your Child

So the good folks at Noodle had a proposition for me. Noodle, for the record, is this life-long education related search company started in 2011. They asked me to suggest some recommendations of 2013 in various areas. I obliged, but had no idea how they’d format it. Well, here are the results and they are [...]