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Football Season Arrives: A Quick Look at “Don’t Throw It to Mo!”

ThrowMo

I’m two-timing you, SLJ.  Yes, the ugly truth had to come out sometime.  I admit all.  You see, I’ve been blogging elsewhere. Crazy but true?  It is, but this is a kind of blogging I’ve never really done before.  Because while my specialty is children’s literature, my new job here in Evanston, IL requires that […]

Bring Out Your Dead (Reviews!): Today’s Feature – Wings by William Loizeaux

Leaving one library system to enter another can give one a sense of déjà vu.  At least when it comes to weeding the books. Back when the Donnell Central Children’s Room across the street from the MOMA had to weed down its books to fit in the new location on 42nd Street, we did some […]

Interview – Lauren DeStefano and A Curious Tale of the In-Between

CuriousTaleInBetween

First things first. Look at that book jacket. Gaze upon it. Feast thine peeper upon its delightful creepy factor. That’s a cover, my friends. And it takes a good book to live up to it. Fortunately, A Curious Tale of the In-Between hasn’t exactly been lacking for the stellar reviews. As Kirkus put it, “DeStefano […]

Girls: Beyond Eyelashes and Bows

BadKitty

Not too long ago The Guardian had a piece out called Picture books that draw the line against pink stereotypes of girls.  I was keen on it, particularly since in the midst of all these children’s books about breaking down stereotypes, I’ve seen awfully few “tomboy” titles.  Books about girls who won’t wear dresses or […]

Unexpected Jolts of Children’s Literature in Rather Adult Places

LittleMan

Reading through the most recent issue of The New Yorker, you may encounter the short story “Little Man” by Michael Cunningham.  It’s a rather cunning retelling of Rumplestiltskin that veers oddly close to the original tale.  Granted Cunningham has no idea how spinning wheels work (see: Paul. O. Zelinsky who actually put in the research […]

The Quintessential Edition: If You Could Choose Only One Version of Your Favorite Classic Books . . .

PeterPan

I think I’m getting the hang of this whole living-in-Evanston thing.  All moves take adjustment, but you know the one thing that makes a transition smoother?  Finding a great new bookstore.  I was wondering the streets of downtown Evanston when I saw this sign advertising a bookstore down an alley.  And while alley walking isn’t […]

Sordid Taglines: Doing Children’s Lit Classics a Wrong

OneCrazySummer

Moving house, home, and family does something to a woman’s brain. If that woman is me, it makes her ponder great intricacies of life, to say nothing of ballsy marketing plans. And today it all began with this book: I suspect that we Americans are generally more familiar with The Secret Garden as our preferred […]

This Bird Has Flown

LegoLions

Bram Stoker had this to say about Chicago: It, “neither fears the devil nor troubles its head about him and all his works.”  So in light of my recent move, and in celebration of this (my first day), I offer the following to you: Goodbye Library (With profuse apologies to Margaret Wise Brown, who would […]

Finding the Funny: The Newbery Award and Various Works of Hilarity

New Cover

Do funny books get short shrift when award season comes ah-knockin’?  It’s not a ridiculous notion.  After all, the Oscars are notorious for consistently promoting and lauding saddy sad performances and films over their funnier contemporaries.  So I took a gander at some of the recent winners of the Newbery Award (and Honors) and determined […]

Summer Reading Lists: Worst Titles Ever

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Recently I was admiring two different but certainly related articles online.  The first was Mike Lewis’s Non-Required Summer Reading List, which is just the loveliest little PDF of fun summery read titles.  A great list in and of itself. The second piece was the infinitely useful article How Teachers Can Create a Summer Reading List […]

Second Novels We Wish We Could Read

StuartLittle

Like the rest of America I have watched, enthralled, the debate going on at the child_lit listserv as to whether or not folks should/are choosing to eschew reading Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman. I’m sorry, what that? I’m being informed that despite my opinions on the matter, America does not collectively read child_lit.  I […]

The Kidlit Swap Method: Children’s Literary Equivalents of Popular Adult Titles

Hippu

Look, I know how hard you work.  You’re busy.  And when it comes to your pleasure reading you don’t always have time to dip into the latest 450 page history or novel.  Who does these days? Now there’s a timesaver that will solve all your woes.  Introducing the Kidlit Swap Method.  All you need to […]

Fake Newbery Winners: Create Your Own Title

WalkTwoMoons2

So I’m reading through the latest issue of School Library Journal, checking out which books got some stars in the back, and I notice something in the middle grade novel section.  Three titles in particular catch my eye: A Nearer Moon by Melanie Crowder Rules for Stealing Stars by Corey Ann Haydu The Seventh Most […]

When Clothing Approximates Sexism (and other woes)

DirtyDogMom

A friend of mine who is not particularly into the children’s literary world, except that she has small children and reads to them, forwarded on to me this recent article in Vox.  It sports the clickbait title I never noticed how racist so many children’s books are until I started reading to my kids.  It’s […]

Kidlit Drink Night Returns! For One Night Only

kidlitdrinknight

They said it was dead. They said it was over. They said it would never return again.  But what they didn’t count on was the fact that when I leave a city I doggone LEAVE a city!  Ladies and gentlemen, I have grabbed my jumper cables, attracted a lightning storm of epic proportions, and rejuvenated […]