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Fuse 8 n’ Kate: A Kiss for Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik, ill. Maurice Sendak

Before I discussed this book with Kate I actually Googled, “A Kiss for Little Bear weird” and found nothing. As such, let THIS be the first online article or posting to declare this book to be downright peculiar.

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2019 Great Board Books

What better way to kick off 31 days of my favorite children’s books of the year than with the most successful (I’d argue) format?

Review of the Day: Rat Rule 79 by Rivka Galchen

This book doesn’t look like anything but itself. It doesn’t read like anything but what it is. It is not flashy but it is weirdly engrossing. I think it could have been truly great, but there’s no shame in being merely grand. A book that bucks conformity with every pretty page. Swings big. Aims for the stars.

It’s Almost Here . . . 31 Days, 31 Lists!

It’s almost here! My desperate attempt to celebrate the books I’ve loved best in a given year the only way I know how . . . with lists!

101 Great Books for Kids (2019 Edition)

Sit back and enjoy Evanston Public Library’s 101 Great Books for Kids List (2019 Edition). We may not have the size or girth of a Chicago Public Library or NYPL, but when it comes to lists, we can play with the big boys just fine.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

When Kate challenged me to find a classic Thanksgiving book, she made the mistake of saying off-handedly, “Oh, it could just be about food too.” Ah HAH! Food, eh? Well, we’d already done Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, so that could leave only one other famous food-related piece of children’s literary history. That’s right. Time to down some Green Eggs and Ham.

THE BLUE HOUSE cover reveal and Interview with Phoebe Wahl

Today, I am happy to announce that Phoebe Wahl has an author/illustrated title on the horizon by the name of The Blue House. Touching on the subject of housing insecurity, it manages to be both homey and realistic. Ms. Wahl was kind enough to speak with me about the title, showing why it’s an important contribution to today’s literary landscape.

Cover Reveal: You Matter by Christian Robinson

Now THIS sound interesting. On the heels of Christian Robinson’s Another, (which received five starred reviews and a New York Times Best Illustrated Award) his next solo project is waiting in the wings. Called YOU MATTER, it goes on sale on May 5, 2020. What’s it about?

The Unexpected Ending: Picture Books That Stick the Landing in Weird, Wild Ways

oday, I’d like to pay homage to some 2019 picture books that not only know how to end, but do so in an entirely unexpected manner. You think you know what to expect from a book? Trust me when I say you’ll never see where these books are headed.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Guess the Book!

“50% of this book is just depressed donkeys.” Time to play a new game where you can guess what classic picture book Kate and I are discussing. What’s your guess?

Now Playing at Toronto Public Library: The IBBY Collection for Young People with Disabilities Exhibit

A brand spanking new exhibit is occurring at the Toronto Public Library. Opening tomorrow, it features the “best of the best” from the IBBY Collection for Young People with Disabilities, a multilingual reference collection located at North York Central Library, part of the Toronto Public Library system. But don’t take my word for it.

What Would Be Your Perfect Comic Collection for Kids?

Say you have a budget of $2,500 for a children’s comic collection. What do you put in there? What would you deem absolutely essential and what would you disregard? How many of the materials would be brand new? How many would be older, but essential?

Review of the Day: My Footprints by Bao Phi, ill. Basia Tran

Want a book that’ll stick in your brain for long periods of time for all the right reasons? Chant along with me then . . . my footprints, my footprints, my footprints . . .

Guest Post – Beyond 3 Percent: Translated Children’s Literature in the U.S.

86% of translations are published by small presses. What is the state of children’s literature today and how should it change? David Jacobson guests with some answers.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Big Orange Splot by Daniel Pinkwater

We’d not done a Pinkwater book before, and this is a heckuva way to begin. It’s a glorious celebration of disappointing the homeowner’s associations of the world. It also apparently has to do with Nickelodeon, how to keep a pet alligator, and magical mystery lemonade.