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Re-Sendakify Sendak Project: The Results


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!


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 [...]

Press Release Fun: KidLitCon 2013 is Nigh!!


As some of you might remember, last year I hosted the Kidlitosphere Conference (or KidLitCon) in the main branch of NYPL.  There were publisher previews.  There were amazing speakers and talks and rooms.  Grace Lin did our Friday night dinner keynote and Maureen Johnson closed out the conference with the final keynote.  In all, it [...]

Newbery / Caldecott 2014: Fall Prediction Edition


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, [...]

Giant Dance Party: A Bank Street Bookstore Appearance


Ah.  I’ve been lax on my announcements here.  Did I mention to you that this past Saturday I’d be hosting a Children’s Literary Salon at NYPL that was all about the Caldecott Award winning artist duo The Petershams?  I did not.  I have been lax.  Thus, in the spirit of humble self-promotion I present my [...]

Don’t Cry, Darling, It’s Blood All Right


I was recently delighted to find myself a guest of a friend at Martha’s Vineyard this past Labor Day weekend. Not having been before I didn’t really know what to expect. On the whole my family and I found the weekend sublime and tasty, as lobsters are common there and very cheap to eat. The [...]

The New National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature: Who’s It Gonna Be?


There must be a psychological disorder associated with an extreme preference for speculation over cold hard facts.  Or, at the very least, a layman’s term for it.  But until I research this fully, let us indulge my proclivities and talk a little about the National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature and all that it entails.  [...]

2014: It’s Never Too Early to Get Excited


Howdy, folks! So as crazy as it sounds, some 2014 titles have been wandering into my arms.  And if that weren’t enough, some of them look positively awesome.  With the given understanding that I’ve only read a few of these (and they were picture books, so I’m not exactly straining my abilities here) I present [...]

The Complete Listing of All Public Children’s Literature Statues in the United States


Write a title to your blog post like that you are just SETTING YOURSELF UP for trouble.  But I like trouble.  I eat it for breakfast.  Or, at the very least, gnaw on it idly at lunch. In the past I’ve noted each appearance of a statue pertaining to children’s literature when it crops up, [...]

The NYPL Exhibit You Won’t Hear as Much About


All the talk in the press and the news recently has concentrated on New York Public Library’s current children’s literary exhibit The ABC of It, as curated by Leonard Marcus.  It is, justifiably, remarkable.  But exit the exhibit and you’ll find that it’s not the only children’s literary piece going on in the library at [...]

Picture Book Occupational Hazards: Zookeepers


Bah.  Rabble rousing is too much work.  Let’s take a break today and talk about occupations as they exist solely in the world of children’s literature. These days my little Bird is a bright and sprightly 2-year-old chock full o’ glee.  Reading through her books with her, I recently noticed that certain jobs come up [...]

Exclusive Book Trailer Premiere: Chick-o-Saurus Rex

Giveaways don’t make my heart beat faster and blog tours leave me cold.  But offer me an exclusive on a cover release or a book trailer and look how excited I get.  I’m positively giddy.  Today’s is particularly exciting for me because it’s a chance to highlight a fellow blogger-turned-author.  Over the years I’m sure [...]

Trendwatch 2013: A Mid-Year Assessment


Obviously I can’t read everything in a given year for the kiddos.  Someday SOMEDAY this will change. I shall sit upon a velvet cushion while faithful servants serve me peeled grapes as I devour all the books published in the current year.  And I’ll have a pony!  I mean, while we’re dreaming. In the meantime [...]

American Library Association Annual Conference Thoughts and Recaps: 2013 Edition (Part Two)


In which our heroine discovers the true price of donning the outwear of men and takes horrendous advantage of a blood relation Saturday morning bloomed bright and clear.  The perfect weather for lugging yourself out of bed at an ungodly hour.  At past ALAs I’ve eschewed publishers’ breakfasts since they have a tendency to occur [...]