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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 […]

Niblings Announcement: New Niblings Nigh

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The Niblings (a group consisting of bloggers Travis Jonker of 100 Scope Notes, Jules Danielson of Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast, Philip Nel of Nine Kinds of Pie, and Betsy Bird of A Fuse #8 Production) are pleased to announce two new inclusions into their happy little sphere. To fill the much-needed YA slot, Mitali Perkins joins us. A distinguished […]

The PreGame/PostGame ALA Youth Media Awards Videos and Some Vids From the Winners As Well

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Hi ho, folks!  And what an exciting morning we had today.  Lori Prince and I had a blast in the SLJ office predicting winners and then discovering how wrong (or occasionally right) we were.  Here’s the PreGame Show, in case you missed it live.  Note how Lori successfully predicts a Newbery combo that was far […]

Mocks Amuck

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Each year I like to keep track of all the Mock Caldecotts, Mock Newberys, Mock Siberts, etc. that I can find.  It’s not easy.  At this point in time it’s not as if ALA or SLJ has created a centralized site where folks can plug in their Mock results for all the world to see […]

Animated and Opinionated: The SLJ Pre-Game / Post-Game Show Returns!

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Observe the following: SLJ-Pre-game Show dance number: ALA Youth Media Awards 2014 from School Library Journal on Vimeo. If it is not immediately clear, this is a video of me dancing with partner-in-crime Lori Prince to the ALA hold music. More specifically, it’s the music that they play as you wait for the live webcast […]

The Role of Children’s Literature in Contemporary Cinema

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I was watching Gone Girl for the first time with friends the other day because occasionally I like to remember that there are literary adaptations out there of books for people above the legal drinking age.  Mind you, when you’ve a one track mind like my own, every mega-adult hit has a children’s literature connection.  […]

Morning Mailbag: Trinkets, Treasures, and Apples

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We’re experiencing that time of the year when the mail comes fast and loose and continual. Every day it seems like there’s something interesting to see. So while it lasts, let’s have another round of Morning Mailbag where I highlight some of the more interesting items that have cropped up in my office this week. […]

Morning Mailbag: Changes, Rarities, and Surprises

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In a given day I dive through gobs of mail.  Boxes of books from publishers for myself, my current co-workers, my former co-workers, this blog, you name it.  And since I pay attention to what’s being buzzed, I notice oddities.  In this new series I’ll show you some of the more interesting fare.  The items […]

Risky Business: Trying Something New in the 21st Century Children’s Publishing Market

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This past Saturday I hosted a Children’s Literary Salon at the main branch of NYPL that discussed the topic of middle grade science fiction for children, its history and future.  Consisting of a panel of editor Andrew Harwell, author Jason Fry (of the “Jupiter Pirates” series), and librarian Stephanie Whelan (who gave a fantastic encapsulation […]

Merry Christmas to all!

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Merry Christmas!  Or whatever holiday you choose to celebrate.  My week here’s a bit off thanks to the holidays and travels to Kalamazoo (which is to say, Bookbug).  Still, we can’t help but do a happy little holiday post once in a while.  And with that in mind . . . . First off, Rudolph!  […]

We Need Diverse Comic Books: Meet Mafalda

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My husband’s best friend returned to us the other day from his vacation in South America bearing gifts.  Amongst them was a t-shirt for my daughter featuring this cartoon tyke: Know her?  If you’re American the answer is probably no.  But if you were Argentinian you’d instantly recognize her as Mafalda.  She was Argentina’s answer […]

American Cover Reveal: Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge

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Consider, if you will, the strange relationship that exists between a book jacket created in America vs. a book jacket created in the United Kingdom. Both are appealing to an audience that speaks primarily English.  But the perception of what will sell/appeal in one country can vary widely from that of another.  Over the years […]

Could It Be Published Today?

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This past Saturday I hosted a Children’s Literary Salon at the main branch of NYPL that discussed the past, present, and future of children’s book publishing. It was a stellar line-up, moderated by author Jane Zalben. To kick off the panel discussion, the panel was asked a question that has been posed many times before […]

Why Is Nothing Easy Anymore?

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A patron walks up to your children’s reference desk.  Asks for books for beginning readers.  The patron has a small child who is just at the very very beginning of learning to read and needs books with simple words.  No big long sentences.  Nothing too intense.  Just the basics.  You walk over to your easy […]

Blog Tour Stop: Children’s Literary Podcasting Loves a Winner

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On April 19th of this past year I hosted a Children’s Literary Salon at NYPL called Podcasting Children’s Books: Ins and Outs, Ups and Downs. Unlike a lot of my Salons, this one was actually recorded and turned into a podcast here.  Why am I telling you all this?  Because that podcaster, one Matthew Winner, […]