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The Slush Pile Myth

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Kids who love books sometimes find themselves at a crossroads when it comes to determining their future career.  For some, the choice boils down to librarian or a publisher.  Librarianship lacks the sophistication and potential glory of publishing, but feeds very well into a certain type of person’s need to work on a grounded level […]

Announcing the Ultimate End of the Year List Sequence: 31 Days, 31 Lists

The Best Books of the Year lists are beginning to come out right around now. First we saw the Publishers Weekly List. Then the School Library Journal List was presented as part of a live feed on Kidlit TV.  The New York Times released their Best Illustrated list for the year.  Soon enough the other […]

Review of the Day: Five Children on the Western Front by Kate Saunders

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Five Children on the Western Front By Kate Saunders Delacorte Press (an imprint of Random House) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-553-49793-9 Ages 9-12 On shelves now Anytime someone writes a new prequel or sequel to an old children’s literary classic, the first question you have to ask is, “Was this necessary?” And nine times out of ten, […]

Fusenews: But you tell me over and over and over again my friend

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Remember the moment at the end of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire when he funds Fred and George’s joke shop?  What is it he says to them?  Ah yes. “I could do with a few laughs. We could all do with a few laughs. I’ve got a feeling we’re going to need them […]

The Children’s Literary Salon and the World of Rebecca Dudley

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For those of you in the Chicago area, here’s a bit of happiness.  This Saturday I’ll have the pleasure of hosting artist Rebecca Dudley of the incomparable Hank Finds an Egg in my Literary Salon.  Here’s the long and short of it:   Evanston Literary Salon: Rebecca Dudley’s Miniature World Saturday, November 12th, 1:30 – […]

Around This Time It Would Make Sense to Do an Election Day Post

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Though, to be perfectly honest, Saturday’s post sort of covered all the bases there.  Still and all, I wanted to do something in honor of the day.  It’s tricky.  I could do a post of links, like 100 Years of Women in Congress—12 Political Pioneers to Introduce to Kids or Vote Here: Books for Tweens About […]

Cover Reveal: And it’s for my own book!!!

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Ladies and gentlemen . . . the moment I’ve been waiting for. Wait! Wait!  Background information first! So for years I worked as a children’s librarian and I’d get girl after girl after girl coming up to my desk asking for funny books.  I credit some of this to Diary of a Wimpy Kid.  The […]

Video Sunday: Creepiness Abounds!

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Stranger Things, I credit you with this finally happening. Let’s think about doing a Girl With the Silver Eyes film next!  Thanks to Liz Burns for the link. Now when I heard that Nieman Marcus was offering 36 Caldecott Award winning picture books for $10,000 . . . *checks notes*  I’m sorry.  I typed the […]

My Ride to Vote Giveaway, sponsored by Sophie Blackall and FSG

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Unless you missed it, recently the New York Times Best Illustrated list was released.  And amongst the ten books listed was a very lovely title illustrated by Ms. Sophie Blackall and called A Voyage in the Clouds: The (Mostly) True Story of the First International Flight by Balloon in 1785.  Written by Matthew Olshan it has […]

Review of the Day: The Cookie Fiasco by Dan Santat

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The Cookie Fiasco By Dan Santat Additional Art by Mo Willems Hyperion Books for Children (an imprint of Disney) $9.99 ISBN: 978-1484726365 Ages 3-6 On shelves now See, this is tricky. Very tricky indeed. On the one hand, as a reviewer of children’s books, not bound to any single periodical, I have the freedom to […]

And now . . .

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In honor of the historic night yesterday, I give you the following.  See if you can spot the theme. And there aren’t many villainous goat books out there, but I was able to find just one . . . Take THAT, Gilroy!

Chaos Unleashed: What Picture Books Tell Us When They Go Completely Bonkers

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I’ve been thinking a lot about chaos lately. I don’t know if it’s the state of the world today, the upcoming election, or just the fact that I live in a house with a two-year-old and a five-year-old, but in this atmosphere a woman’s thoughts turn to the power of complete and utter anarchy.  That’s […]

Cover Reveal: One Shadow On the Wall by Leah Henderson

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So often a cover reveal is just that.  A reveal.  Here’s your cover, batta bing, badda boom. Today is different. Today, we’re shaking things up a tad.  But a little backstory first. About half a year ago I had the pleasure of speaking at the MD/DE/WV SCBWI Conference in Frederick, Maryland.  I like doing SCBWI Conferences.  […]

Press Release Fun: 90-Second Newbery Film Festival Open for Submissions

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It only comes but once a year. But when it comes, boy howdy is it cool! The press release below reveals everything you need to know, but I just wanted to add that the new website with its searchable capabilities is awesome.  Plus, I just saw this adorable El Deafo video and had to share: […]

Review of the Day: Grandmother Fish by Jonathan Tweet

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Grandmother Fish: A Child’s First Book of Evolution By Jonathan Tweet Illustrated by Karen Lewis Feiwel and Friends (an imprint of Macmillan) $17.99 ISBN: 978-1250113238 Ages 3-6 On shelves now Travel back with me through the Earth’s history, back into the farthest reaches of time when the sand we walk today was still rock and […]