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Review of the Day: The Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

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The Book of Boy By Catherine Gilbert Murdock Illustrated by Ian Schoenherr Greenwillow (an imprint of Harper Collins) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-06-268620-6 Ages 9-12 On shelves now When you think about it, many authors of children must have something they’re afraid to write. Some book or idea or concept that tempts them but that they wouldn’t […]

Announcing the Top 100 Board Books Poll!

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If you will be so good as to look over to the right-hand side of my blog here, you’ll notice that the top two links listed in the sidebar are two “Top 100 Polls”. What does that mean? Well, about six years ago I announced a challenge to my readers. I wanted them to personally […]

It’s All In the Wrinkle in Timing: Changes Are Afoot!

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I figured it out. If this whole librarianship ship doesn’t pan out for me (I’ve held down various library jobs for 14 years but nothing in this life is certain) I’ve decided on my back-up career: Film critic of children’s books-to-movies. Granted, I’ve no film background (aside from being married to Matt) but I’ve noticed […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf & Robert Lawson

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Our longest episode yet! That’s not a selling point, is it? Well, I found it notable. As it turns out, I had a LOT to say about this book. Kate had a LOT to opine about this book. Together we just got to ah-gabbin’ and lost track of time. And along the way we learn […]

Review of the Day: It’s Springtime, Mr. Squirrel! by Sebastian Meschenmoser

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It’s Springtime, Mr. Squirrel! By Sebastian Meschenmoser Translated by David Henry Wilson NorthSouth Books ISBN: 978-0-7358-4310-3 $18.95 Ages 4-7 On shelves now. There is an old joke here in America regarding the Germans and their sense of humor. Mainly, that they haven’t got one. I’ve heard everything from Patton Oswalt routines to old commercials that […]

Building a Better Bundo: The History of Picture Books, Politics, and Wiggly Noses

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Like most of my information, I heard about Bundo via an oblique tweet that raised more questions than it answered. Then came the press release from Chronicle Books. It read: “Chronicle Books and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver present A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo ―― 100% of Last Week Tonight’s proceeds […]

Newbery / Caldecott 2019: Spring Prediction Edition

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Happy decade-of-me-doing-this-weird-thing-I-do! That’s right, folks! I’m pleased as punch to announce that as of right now I’ve been making grossly incorrect predictions of the Newberys, Caldecotts, and other ALA Youth Media Awards for a good solid decade. That’s a decade I’ll never get back, by the way. Worth it. As per usual, let’s round-up how […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

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One of the rare instances where the laptop stopped recording us right before the end of our podcast. The important thing is that we were able to fully discuss the book. The sad thing is that we lost our Letters and our Grown-Up Things We Like. Ah well. Next week then. This particular week we […]

Video Sunday: Wenzelian

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A Video Sunday!! How long has it been? Too darn long, that’s what I say. And as it just so happens, we’ve a veritable plethora of goodies for you!  So I think I’ll start with the official announcement of the very first Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards. I chaired the Children’s category this year, so […]

Review of the Day – Irving Berlin: The Immigrant Boy Who Made America Sing by Nancy Churnin

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Irving Berlin: The Immigrant Boy Who Made America Sing By Nancy Churnin Illustrated by James Rey Sanchez Creston Books $17.99 ISBN: 978-1-939547-44-6 Ages 4-9 On shelves May 1st Patriotism is subjective. Until recently I might have thought myself somewhat immune to its charms. I like my country quite a lot, but I’ve a low-tolerance for […]

Insufficient Nostalgia Milking, or, Why The Three Investigators Aren’t Voltron

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A couple weeks ago I was asked to interview screenwriter and podcaster John August at the Seminary Co-op Bookstore in Chicago. John has a new middle grade fantasy series coming out called Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire which is basically Boy Scouts plus magic. It’s not half bad, actually. Since John is best […]

Transcript: A Discussion of Little Black Sambo in Three Different Books

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A hearing impaired reader of my blog recently pointed out to me that at this point in time we produce no transcripts of my podcast. She wondered if one might be made available from our Little Black Sambo episode. Kate then took the time to type up the entire discussion. After that I went through […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Go, Dog. Go! by P.D. Eastman

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Today marks a first. A first time that I have discovered that I’ve been mispronouncing the title of a popular children’s book for years and years and years. You might ask yourself, “How the heck do you mispronounce P.D. Eastman’s most classic book?” It’s all in the punctuation. In fact, I doubt anyone has ever […]

Guest Post: Happy Birthday Lore Segal! Ellen Handler Spitz Celebrates the Return of “Tell Me a Mitzi”

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Dr. Ellen Handler Spitz is back! Today’s guest post celebrates a picture book classic, now back in print after decades of disappearance. Dr. Spitz puts the book in the context of not just its times but the canon of children’s literature itself. It’s too marvelous not to share widely. Consider it your required reading of […]

Review of the Day: The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis

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The Journey of Little Charlie By Christopher Paul Curtis Scholastic Press $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-545-15666-0 For ages 9 and up On shelves now I don’t know Christopher Paul Curtis personally, but if I had to harbor a guess I’d say he’s the type of author that doesn’t like to make things too easy for himself. That’s […]