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Where the Wild Books Are: Addressing the State of Global Publishing in America

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It’s amazing what a blog post can do. About a year or so ago I wrote some thoughts about picture books created in other countries, and how they are received when they are brought to American shores.  I’ve a great deal of experience with librarians considering some types of illustrations too “weird” to promote to […]

Newbery / Caldecott 2016: Spring Prediction Edition

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There are traditions we adhere to because they are what we know.  And what do I know?  I know how much fun it is to predict Newbery and Caldecott winners WAY way way before I oughta.  Why do I do it?  Because it’s fun.  Mind-blowingly ridiculous on some level.  But fun. Each year I also […]

Off to Slumber Slumberland: Little Nemo at the Society of Illustrators

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If you’re going to sit down and study the history of children’s literature, you cannot skip the Little Nemo section of your textbook.  Maurice Sendak’s wild imaginings, for example, would not have had their distinctive flavor if a certain little boy had been able to keep his dreamlife under control.  Cartoonist Winsor McCay kicked off […]

The Worst Mother or Father of 2015: Cast Your Votes Now

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It’s a little unfair posting this request in early March, of all times of the year.  After all, I’ve only read a smattering of the 2015 books for children, and I haven’t even seen the bulk of the fall list! But what I have read has definitely stood out.  Bad parents are a children’s book […]

Too Fun to Be True?: The Amusing Side of Nonfiction Illustration

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In the six or so years I’ve held NYPL’s Children’s Literary Salon (a monthly gathering of children’s book enthusiasts) I’ve seen it all. Epileptic fits. Audience members whose questions after a talk consisted entirely of just a series of insults aimed at my panelists. But the thing that gets under the skin the most is […]

What Are the Best Literary Apps Available Today?

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The question came to me and I admit I was a bit stumped at first.  A colleague was looking for recommendations of the best literary apps for kids.  Put another way, apps with a distinct tie-in to specific children’s books.  So I thought about it. I’ve toyed about with several apps for years.  I could […]

Cover Reveal – Mr. Puffball: Stunt Cat to the Stars

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It is my infinite pleasure to present to you today a middle grade novel’s cover that amuses me in a way that really speaks to my particular proclivities.  Humor is so subjective.  Still, it is beyond me how anyone could look at this and not be immediately charmed.  And so, ladies and gentlemen, I present […]

Bring It Back! Out-of-Print Crimes Against Humanity: Adios, Oscar

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Let’s try something a little new.  I’m only human.  I like to rant and rail about various children’s books being lamentably out-of-print as much as the next guy.  But I also acknowledge that in the current publishing state in which we live it is simply not possible to keep all books in print. That said, […]

The Official CBC Bookmark Reveal

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WHAT TIME IS IT, AMERICA!!!????!!! If you answered that it was time for Children’s Book Week, you’d almost be right.  Actually, Children’s Book Week (now in its 96th year) isn’t until May 4th – 10th.  In preparation, I have a bit of a treat planned.  On Sunday, April 26th at 2:00 p.m. the following program […]

The Unlikable Female Character: Thoughts on Middle Grade Literature

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While making the rounds through the old internets I came across a recent New Statesman piece entitled Why I want more unlikeable female characters. The premise pretty much boils down to a desire to see “women who are every type of humanity – assholes and all” in our literature and popular culture.  And while the […]

African-American Experience Children’s Literary Reference Guide (2010-2015)

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We’re in the thick of the month of February now and recently I ran into an interesting problem.  It being Black History Month and all I was looking to create a list of Black Experience children’s books for my librarians to pull from for displays and purchasing and such.  So I trolled about online looking […]

2015: The Year of the Spiders and the Flies

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Let’s face facts.  When doing a trendwatch piece, it’s almost impossible to top Travis Jonker’s 2014 bit of brilliance 2014: The Year of the Whale. Prior to that piece I had done The Year of the Chloe, The Year of the Jackalope, and The Year of the Raven.  And now, in 2015, I’m calling it […]

A 2015 Summer Reading List for Visually Impaired Young Patrons

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It’s not what I would call an overly well known fact but here at New York Public Library we are proud to include the Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library amongst our branches.  The site “provides talking books and magazines and braille for people who are blind, visually impaired, or are otherwise physically unable […]

Cover Reveal: The Latest From Frank Cottrell Boyce

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I am lucky in my profession.  Lucky not simply because I have a blog where I am offered the chance to reveal the American cover of Frank Cottrell Boyce’s latest book The Astounding Broccoli Boy.  No, I’m lucky because I work in a profession where I even know who Boyce is and how fantastic his […]

Cover Reveal: Moletown by Torben Kuhlmann

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Folks, I make no bones about the books that I love.  And when I saw that jaw-dropping picture book Lindbergh last year in all its high-flying mousie glory, I knew I was looking at something special.  Now I am so pleased and honored to offer you a quickie peek and glance at German author/illustrator Torben […]