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It Starts Tomorrow! The Return of 31 Days, 31 Lists


I’ve done it once. I’ve done it twice. I’ve done it . . . thrice? Not yet, but that changes tomorrow. All year long I read children’s books. My co-workers joke that I’m never in the lunch room without a big stack of titles appropriate for 5-year-olds. And you know what? They’re completely correct. What […]

Book Trailer Premiere: It’s Not Hansel and Gretel by Josh Funk


It’s a little crazy but do you know how hard it is to find a decent edition of Jack and the Beanstalk these days? The Galdone version is, I’m sorry, really weird and the E. Nesbit too long. Honestly, one of the best versions I’ve run across is Josh Funk’s It’s Not Jack and the […]

Walking and Talking with . . . Kenneth Oppel

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The holidays came early this year. Author and cartoonist Steve Sheinkin is back with another interview in his “Walking and Talking” series. Today’s subject is none other than Kenneth Oppel. How is a first draft like a sine wave? Let the cartoon do the explaining on this one. Don’t forget to catch up with the […]

Book Trailer Reveal: Lily & Kosmo in Outer Outer Space by Johnathan Ashey


The book trailer. It’s a weird invention. When publishers started to create them, the librarians, booksellers, and educators sat back and tried to figure out their ultimate purpose. It’s been a little more than a decade since their emergence and I don’t think we’re any closer to determining their final purpose. I’m working on a […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Arrow to the Sun by Gerald McDermott


Let’s see. We did Tikki Tikki Tembo and Little Black Sambo. Seems like Arrow to the Sun is the natural complement to those two, don’t you think? Kate and I haven’t dug deep into a book with racist issues in a while, and we’ve never done any books where white folks told the stories of […]

The Kidlit Stuffed Animals You’d Most Like to See


The subgenre. A marvelous method of uncovering the obsessions of your fellow human beings. I’ll give you an example. I like children’s literature, a subgenre of literature as a whole, but a broad one. There are a lot of different directions you can go with it. Subgenres within this subgenre, so to speak. I might […]

Review of the Day: The Season of Styx Malone by Kekla Magoon


The Season of Styx Malone By Kekla Magoon Wendy Lamb Books (an imprint of Random House Children’s Books) $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-5247-1595-3 Ages 9-12 On shelves now And it was around this time that I started wondering why more people weren’t talking about The Season of Styx Malone. So let me tell you a little story. […]

Book Trailer Reveal: Meet the Latkes by Alan Silberberg


Every year in December I do this 31 Days, 31 Books series. On each day I present a different list full of the best of the year. Board Books one day. Funny picture books another. And somewhere in there I put out a list I like to call Transcendent Holiday Books. These are the books […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: William’s Doll by Charlotte Zolotow, ill. William Pene du Bois


William’s Doll: Revenge of the Ascot! As you’ll hear on today’s podcast, we’re big time fans of this book, but we’d rather like it if Harper Collins could publish a re-illustrated edition. The reasons for this are, as you can see from the images below, pretty clear. With different clothing, we think William’s story could […]

Review of the Day: A Storytelling of Ravens by Kyle Lukoff and Natalie Nelson


A Storytelling of Ravens By Kyle Lukoff Illustrated by Natalie Nelson Groundwood Books / House of Anansi Press $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-55498-912-6 Ages 4-7 On shelves now Humans love groups. We love separating ourselves into them, or putting other people into them (even when they don’t particularly want to be grouped). As small children, it’s one […]

Better Together: Funny Pairings in 2018 Books for Kids


Look, I’m no teacher. I’m a librarian with a lint roller brain. What I mean to say is that I have a tendency to make connections between the books I read. And since I read primarily children’s literature, these connections have practical applications. So today we’re going to try something a little different. I’m going […]

The Drag Queen Story Hour and Books: Additional Booklist Suggestions


By now you’ve probably hear of Drag Queen Story Hour (sometimes also called Drag Queen Storytimes). The concept is pretty simple. Basically you take a drag queen, preferably one who likes kids and is a good reader, and have them conduct a storytime. According to the official Drag Queen Story Hour website, the concept was […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff


I’m just going to give away the game and break down exactly how this podcast plays out between Kate and myself. As you will recall, I’m a parent of two small children. Kate is not. So when we read this book, Kate became a full-throated supported of Team Mouse, while I put all my money […]

Review of the Day: A History of Pictures for Children by David Hockney & Martin Gayford


A History of Pictures for Children By David Hockney & Martin Gayford Illustrated by Rose Blake Abrams Books for Young Readers $24.99 ISBN: 978-1-4197-3211-9 Ages 9-12 On shelves now. And now, a couple words about expository nonfiction. I . . . . Hey! Hey, where the heck do you people think you’re going? Come right […]

Fusenews: She Has a Name


Well, THAT was exciting! I’ll confess that I had a hard time writing up this Fusenews last night. I kept dipping over to my phone to watch the latest results as they rolled in. To those of you that voted, well done. There is much to celebrate and much to keep fighting for.   Hm. […]