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Funny Girl Week: Bios of Hilarious Women

JazzAgeJosephine

At long last it’s almost here.  Tomorrow is the book birthday and release date of my anthology FUNNY GIRL: FUNNIEST. STORIES. EVER. published by Viking Press (Penguin Random House).  To celebrate, I was wracking on brain on how to celebrate properly. Then it came to me: Let’s do an entire week celebrating funny women and […]

Shooting Off (on) the Canon

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I’m no bookstore employee, so my interest in the Indies Choice Book Awards, voted on exclusively by booksellers, is one of curiosity more than anything else.  These awards, for example, determine the E.B. White Readaloud Award winners as well as which book will be included in the Picture Book Hall of Fame (nominees are all […]

The Mystery of the Missing Tink and the Girl Who Would Be President

PeterPanEmporia

Part of what I like about this blog so much is its ability to crowdsource information.  Take my updated version of The Complete Listing of All Public Children’s Literature Statues in the United States.  The post got a nice response and an even nicer series of statues I’d never even heard of.  A new How […]

Wordless Picture Books: A List

onlychild

So I was at the New England chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators this weekend.  It turns out, this is the largest regional chapter in the States.  And viewing the 700+ attendees myself firsthand I can certainly believe it.  Many thanks, then, to Josh Funk, Sera Rivers, & Marilyn Salerno for […]

Holiday Books: There Can Be Only One (Part Two)

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And we’re back!  Okay, so to continue yesterday’s post, let’s look at each holiday (post-Easter) and I’ll list the one book that typifies that holiday to me. Earth Day Green City by Allan Drummond Paired with his other books (Pedal Power: How One Community Became the Bicycle Capital of the World and Energy Island: How […]

Holiday Books: There Can Be Only One (Part One)

OnMardiGras

I was tooling about the Twitter feeds yesterday, as one does, when I came across some folks promoting John Hendrix’s Miracle Man as an Easter book.  A great book, no question, though like most Christ stories (Jesus Christ Superstar, Godspell, and yes all my references are 1970s musicals, why?) it sorta leaves the resurrection for […]

New Kinds of Poetry: Title Poems (2017 Edition)

InYourHands

It’s Poetry Month, my dulcet darlings!  That can mean only one thing.  Time to come up with a new way of writing poetry. Today, the challenge is simple.  Write original poetry, that makes sense, entirely out of the titles of books published in 2017.  For my purposes today I think I’ll work entirely in the […]

The Biographical Explosion: Creating the Creators

PocketFullColors

Not every children’s book creator deserves a picture book about their life. Does that sound harsh?  Well, it’s Monday. It’s also something I’ve been thinking about. Without any numbers before me, I get the distinct impression that we’re seeing a marked increase in the range of picture book biographies printed in a given year.  In […]

Economics, Money, and Class in 2017 Picture Books Today

DifferentPond

What do we talk about when we talk about income disparity with our kids?  Yep, it’s Cheery Topic Day over here at A Fuse #8 Production.  I have lots of passions when it comes to children’s books and I have a tendency to indulge them one at a time.  Today, I’m very interested in how […]

Even More Outlandish: Further Thoughts on the Role of Translation and Children’s Literature

Outlandish

In 2002 I was spending my lunch hour as I usually did: reading through academic children’s literature journals for fun.  There was one in particular that dealt with international children’s books that I took a shine to.  Called Bookbird, one particular issue presented an article comparing and contrasting different translations of Hans Christian Andersen.  I […]

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

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In 2013 I had a crazy notion to list every single children’s literature statue I could think of in a single blog post.  I did.  It was fun. And now almost four years have gone by and I’ve thought often of the piece.  Honestly, I never finished incorporating some of the suggested statues from my […]

Guest Post: Marc Aronson and the Design and Flow of Nonfiction

EyesoftheWorld

It is difficult to pin down the first time I became aware of the work of Marc Aronson.  The likelihood is that it occurred when I read his books.  Or was it his work as an Assistant Teaching Professor in the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University?  How about his support of international […]

Back In Print: A Newbery Honor Winner Returns From the Dead

Winged Girl

Let me do a little math here. If I got my library degree in 2003 and was in school in 2002 then I must have first laid eyes on The Winged Girl of Knossos by Erick Berry fifteen years ago.  I was in a transitional point of my career.  Having taken a year of library […]

Announcing the 2017 Children’s Book Week Bookmarks Reveal

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Folks, it is my very great pleasure today to present to you today with the Children’s Book Week Bookmarks of 2017. Featuring art from the illustrious pens and paints of Ekua Holmes, Yuyi Morales, LeUyen Pham, and Sonja Wimmer, you can thank Every Child a Reader (a nonprofit literacy organization dedicated to inspiring a love […]

Some of the Funniest Picture Books of 2017

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Like many of you I snuggled down the other day and watched the Oscar Award ceremony in the comfort of my own home.  I was happy.  I was disappointed.  I was amused.  I didn’t have, what you might call, particularly high expectations, so the results often pleased me.  Then we got to the end of […]