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People . . . people who eat . . . people . . .

DonnerDinnerParty

ARE THE HUNGRIEST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD!!!! Sorry.  But if it’s going to be caught in my head all day then I may as well share the love. What has inspired today’s bout of cannibalism?  A conversation at work, as it happens.  Is it just me, or is there a whole lot more people eating [...]

Readalouds and the Pregnant Children’s Librarian: A Study

PregnantBetsy

By the way, I’m having a baby in late May.  Did I fail to mention that before?  Having a blog is so awfully odd, because you’re never quite certain how much to tell (and the case of Melissa Anelli just drills that home).  That said, I’ve been running into a lot of friends and folks [...]

Can Re-Illustration Ever Be Justified?

NeverTeaseHampson

I was sitting down with a colleague the other day and the conversation turned, as all conversations are wont to do, to the subject of William’s Doll by Charlotte Zolotow.  I won’t bore you yet again with my theory that the book would sell like hotcakes if they just bothered to re-illustrate the darn thing [...]

“Casual Diversity” and the children’s book

MyAunt

A friend of mine turned new mom had an interesting request the other day.  She’d been talking with her friends and they decided that what they’d really like would be a list of children’s books in which diversity is just a part of everyday life.  To illustrate her point she called this “casual diversity”, a [...]

Mock Lists – The Ultimate Round-Up

MockTurtle

Phew! Okay, I did it.  I searched and strived and sought out every possible available Mock Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, you name it.  And those that took the time to post their results online or on my blog or on a listserv, those are the folks I have to present to you today.  The ALA Youth [...]

The Fairytales and Folktales of 2013: An Accounting

AesopCaliforna2

If you’ve sat in the audience during one of my talks of 2013, any of them really, then at some point during my presentation I probably mentioned that my deep and abiding love for small publishers is due, in no small part, to the rise in the fairytales and folktales in the marketplace.  It’s not [...]

Introducing the First Ever, Absolutely Fantastic, SLJ Pre-Game and Post-Game Show!!!

Elizabeth-Bird-PreGameHost

Here’s the situation.  The ALA Youth Media Awards are going to air this coming Monday, January 27th.  If you’re anything like me, you’ve been waiting for them for quite a long time.  You’ve read the Mock Newberys and Caldecotts.  You’ve read some of the contenders and thought things through.  Now’s the time to find out [...]

Newbery / Caldecott 2014: Final Prediction Edition

YearBillyMiller

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, [...]

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 [...]