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Press Release Fun: SLJ, MSRI Launch Mathical Book Prize Collection Development Awards

This year I will be co-chairing the Mathical Book Prize committee, so it is with extreme pleasure that I tell you about this new opportunity to get great books in schools. Or, to put it another way, FREE BOOKS!!! Come and get ’em!

Hindsight/The Year is 2020: ALA YMA Wrap-Up

The highlights of the 2020 Youth Media Awards.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Clifford the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell

“I have a big red dog. Accept the reality in which I live.” You’ve gotta hand it to Kate. Thanks to her we find far more to talk about concerning Clifford than I ever thought possible. From Emily Elizabeth’s fashion sense to why you wouldn’t want to camp under his jowls to the logistics of pouring hot tea on your dog’s tongue, this book is rife with possibilities.

Review of the Day: Rita & Ralph’s Rotten Day by Carmen Agra Deedy, ill. Pete Oswald

Taking a common hand rhyme and turning it into a story with a satisfying plot would be a difficult challenge for anyone but for Ms. Carmen Agra Deedy’s Rita & Ralph’s Rotten Day it’s a breeze. A marvelous addition to any storytime roster, no matter where you are.

Guest Post – What We’re Missing: Gems of World Kid Lit

Today we begin a series of posts on outstanding children’s books that have yet to be published in English. We hope to inspire librarians who want to spruce up their international collections, publishers who are looking for exceptional work to translate, or teachers who want to encourage their bilingual pupils to be readers. Or those of you who just like darn good books.

Cover Reveal (and Excerpt!): Everything Sad Is Untrue (a true story) by Daniel Nayeri

Ladies and germs, it is with great pleasure, that I present to you, not only a view of the first Levine Querido title, but also an excerpt from the book itself. Coming to you August 25, 2020 . . .

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: 2020 Caldecott Contenders

If you get your kicks out of Kate and I disagreeing about books, today’s episode may not be for you. Each year I present Kate with 2-3 Caldecott contenders. Which is to say, we discuss books that may or may not win the Caldecott Award (which will be handed out a week from today on […]

Unexpected Jolts of Children’s Literature

Let’s have a round of Unexpected Jolts of Children’s Literature! You know the rules. If I run across a piece of literature or entertainment meant for adults but involving children’s books in some way, I shall mention it here. Eh voila! Consider the following.

Review of the Day: Go With the Flow by Lily Williams, ill. Karen Schneemann

Sometimes you don’t know what you’ve been missing until it’s arrived. I didn’t know I needed a graphic novel for kids on period parity. And now, here we are.

21st Century Oral Storytelling: How PJ Library Connects Kids to Their Heritage via Podcasting

“Folktales were an oral tradition before they were a book tradition.” I interview Meredith Lewis about why podcasts for kids are an ideal venue for carrying on Jewish storytelling traditions.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Trashy Town by Andrea Zimmerman, David Clemsha, and Dan Yaccarino

How old are we all that Trashy Town is 21? Is it just me or does that seem like a very large number? Continuing to attempt to find storytime classics that librarians love, I had Kate take a look at this readaloud classic.

Review of the Day: Deeplight by Frances Hardinge

Whenever I have a chance to get my hands on a new Frances Hardinge book, it’s only because I want one thing: to be told a story I’ve never heard before. Deeplight fulfills that wish and a lot more besides. My sole regret is that I only get to read it for the first time once.

Group Interview: The Sowing Circle sisterhood

Today, I am very pleased to be interviewing not simply one creator but a whole group at once. The Sowing Circle is a sisterhood of Southern Black writers. And, in their own words, the group mission is to “sow affirming words and images in the hearts of children in order to reap a generation that is inquisitive, empathetic and enlightened”.

Newbery/Caldecott 2020: Final Prediction Edition

I’m changing things up. This year I’m splitting my predictions into three categories: Best Chance, Maybe, and Probably Not. Will doing so make me any more accurate? Only time will tell.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Knuffle Bunny Too by Mo Willems

Kate and I had just finished recording our episode on Knuffle Bunny Too. Mind you, Kate has never been the biggest Mo Willems fan out there. She wasn’t particularly enamored of Knuffle Bunny the first. How would the second fare?