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Cover Reveal: Miguel’s Brave Knight by Margarita Engle, ill. Raul Colon

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When I worked in the Donnell Central Children’s Room I got used to handling all kinds of interesting reference requests.  One that I got frequently was parents looking for child-friendly versions of Don Quixote.  The pickings were, to say the least, slim.  There was Eric A. Kimmel’s Don Quixote and the Windmills and one other […]

Art in the Children’s Room: Elisha Cooper Style – Part Two!

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In 2012 I wrote a piece for this blog entitled Art in the Children’s Room: Elisha Cooper Style.  In it, I wrote the following: Here at New York Public Library you might think that the branches are filled to brimming with the art of local authors and illustrators.  While it may be true that we […]

Steam Trains and Fire Poles: Outdated Tropes in Picture Books

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I’m sure you heard the news. After more than 100 years Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey have closed. Their final performances will be in May of this year due to declining ticket sales. Now I’m sure that there are small time circus operations out there in the world, but for a lot of places […]

I Spy With My Little Eye . . . Treasures at the 2017 ALA Midwinter Conference

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Today is a nicely visual little post!  We’re going to take a gander at what I saw when I attended the ALA Midwinter Conference this past weekend.  The large publishers can only highlight a small selection from their list.  The little publishers can highlight everything coming out in a given season.  Bearing that in mind, […]

Post-Game Wrap-Up: The ALA Youth Media Awards

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Now THAT is how you do an award season, my friends.  Boy oh boy, I was mighty pleased MIGHTY PLEASED by a good 98% of the winners (and of that 2% that didn’t please me, I’ll never tell). I fully intend to do a post about all the neat stuff I saw on the conference […]

The Women’s March: Artists Bring Their Talents

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Normally on a Sunday I like to do a light little Video Sunday piece, just highlighting the vids of the week.  Not today.  In light of yesterday’s record breaking marches worldwide, I’d like to pay homage to the children’s book illustrators that used their considerable talents to support the march, marchers, and more.  In case […]

Award Season Speculation: How Has the Process of Discussion Changed Over the Years?

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Are you excited?  I’m excited.  Who wouldn’t be?  Very soon, almost too soon, it will be Monday morning and all around the world we’ll be able to tune into the live feed of ALA’s Youth Media Awards to hear the winners of the Caldecott, Newbery, Printz, etc.  Not like in the old days when you […]

Exclusive Deleted Scene: Steve Sheinkin’s Undefeated

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This past Sunday you might have seen a review in the New York Times for Steve Sheinkin’s latest book Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team.  In the event that it piqued your interest, you were familiar with the Radiolab episode on the same subject, or you simply like Steve Sheinkin (or […]

Unexpected Jolts of Children’s Literature

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It’s that time again!  Because my day job actually consists of buying adult books, not children’s, I am privy to a whole different slant on how children’s literature is perceived by the wider publishing world.  What assumptions do adult authors make of our profession?  How do books for children affect the cultural conversation?  I don’t […]

The Diversity List: Picture, Easy, and Early Chapter Books of 2016

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Not too long ago I created the 31 Days, 31 Lists series where I counted down a list of top 2016 books every day.  When I initially came up with the idea I briefly wondered if I should make lists celebrating specific kinds of diversity.  Top African-American Picture Books of 2016 or Best Diverse Titles.  […]

Warning: Construction (2017 Books) Ahead

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A girl could go quite mad. This is what happens when a blogger has a two-year-old with a penchant for vehicular momentum.  I blame his obsession on the fact that the house next door was leveled and a new one put in its place.  Suddenly my son had a front row seat for the excavator […]

Cover Reveal: Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk

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When I look at the wide swath of books published each and every year it’s a marvel to me that any new children’s book authors are able to claw their way out of the pack to distinguish themselves at all.  Consider adult author Lauren Wolk.  In 2016 her debut children’s book Wolf Hollow became one […]

Blog Tour Warning: Contains Computer Science and Copious Gene Luen Yang

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Folks, if you’re anything like me then you probably live in a lovely little mental bubble, unaware that this week is Computer Science Education Week.  Why should you care?  Well, I’m part of a little Gene Luen Yang blog tour right now, and the folks at First Second just put out these fast facts. The […]

Something’s Coming . . . I Don’t Know What It Is But It Is Gonna Be Great!

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The title of this post isn’t entirely accurate.  I know perfectly well what’s coming.  Tomorrow starts off a magnificent run of Best Books lists.  Yes, starting December 1st I will begin running the 31 Days, 31 Lists streak.  I even have a catchy visual to go with it!  Check it out: You’ll be seeing a […]

Guest Post: Rediscovering Alvin Tresselt

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With November coming to a close and the end of the year fast approaching, we are nearing the announcement of the 2017 Newbery / Caldecott Awards with every passing minute.  This may be the perfect time to take a step back and think about those winners from years past.  Some of them remain in our […]