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Review of the Day: Roller Derby Rivals by Sue Macy

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Roller Derby Rivals By Sue Macy Illustrated by Matt Collins Holiday House $16.95 ISBN: 978-0-8234-2923-3 Ages 5 and up On shelves July 1st In my next life I will come back as a roller derby queen. Since the majority of my adult life has come and gone in complete and utter ignorance of this sport, [...]

Press Release Fun: Sponsor a child for the Summer Illustration Art Academy

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Illustrators Making a Difference for 30 At-Risk Youth in NYC The Society of Illustrators will make a difference in the lives of 30 at-risk youth ages 9-13 from the most vulnerable neighborhoods in New York City this July through their Summer Illustration Art Academy. This project with the Department of Parks & Recreation is supported [...]

Librarian Preview: Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group (Fall 2014)

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And the hits just keep on coming!  Ain’t no party like a Macmillan party, cause a Macmillan party has superior brownies.  So there I was, HUGELY pregnant with some major back pain attending my penultimate librarian preview in a publisher’s home base (I actually have three more to write up after this, so no worries [...]

My First Re-Review: The Qwikpick Papers – Poop Fountain by Tom Angleberger

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Here’s something I’ve never done before.  For years I’ve been waiting for the moment when a book I loved and reviewed dipped out of print only to come back again.  Since I’ve only been doing this gig since 2006 I wasn’t sure what that first book would be.  Then, this year, I got my answer.  [...]

The Best of the Underrated Middle School Books

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In the world of children’s literature we are creatures with short memories.  The new and shiny is always far more preferable to the old and worn.  I’ve been in the children’s book reviewing game for roundabout eight years now and I’ve fallen in love with a fair amount of titles.  But time goes on and [...]

Review of the Day: brown girl dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

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brown girl dreaming By Jacqueline Woodson Nancy Paulsen Books (an imprint of Penguin) $16.99 ISBN: 978- 0399252518 Ages 9-12 On shelves August 28th What does a memoir owe its readers? For that matter, what does a fictionalized memoir written with a child audience in mind owe its readers? Kids come into public libraries every day [...]

Video Sunday: But he was STILL hungry

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Well, had this post just about wrapped up when the whole computer crashed on me.  Viva la internet!  Let’s see if I can recover what I lost. First off, the best thing in the world.  Best.  The world.  Ever. He is, for the record, on Twitter now.  I’m a bit reluctant to tell you this [...]

Fusenews: The Bear grumbleth “mum mum”

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Honestly, I don’t quite know why I even bother doing Fusenews posts on Saturdays.  As you might suspect, my readership dips considerably when the weekends hit, but an old Fusenews post is like a week old fish.  Time does it no favors.  As such, I shall cut through my seething envy of everyone at BookExpo [...]

Un Cri de Coeur: The Masses Demand New Book Jackets (Please?)

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Here we are on the cusp of summer.  It always surprises me when the weather gets warm and yet the kids are still in school here in NYC.  Still, they’ll be out soon enough, running into my libraries with their summer reading lists clenched in their hot little hands.  Here in New York City each [...]

Review of the Day: The Grudge Keeper by Mara Rockliff

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The Grudge Keeper By Mara Rockliff Illustrated by Eliza Wheeler Peachtree Press $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-56145-729-8 Ages 4-7 On shelves now. If I were to hazard a guess, I would say that the phrase, “There’s no use crying over spilled milk” was invented with the intention of comforting a two or three-year-old. Small children, one learns, [...]

Librarian Preview: Lerner Books (Fall 2014)

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Lest we grow complacent in our maternity leave, I’ve quite a few librarian previews just ah-waiting postings.  And what better way to begin than with Lerner Books here?  Everyone’s favorite Minnesotan publisher came to town in the guise of Lindsay Matvick.  We ate pizza.  We talked shop.  We heard about what Lerner has on offer [...]

Video Sunday: Pregnant iguanas galore

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This may sound a little crazy, but even though I’m on maternity leave for three months or so, this video made me nostalgic for my system. It’s the rather remarkable Why Libraries Matter short documentary from The Atlantic. Beautifully shot and LOOK! There’s Rita Meade again! Somebody give that gal her own show. While we’re [...]

Benjamin Chaud: You Know Him. You Just Don’t Know You Know Him.

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Tell me and tell me true, what do the following have in common? From the title of this post you have no doubt concluded that they all share the same illustrator.  However, had you asked me prior to my recent meeting with French artist Benjamin Chaud, I don’t know that it would have necessarily occurred [...]

Review of the Day: A Pond Full of Ink by Annie M.G. Schmidt

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A Pond Full of Ink By Annie M.G. Schmidt Illustrated by Sieb Posthuma Translated by David Colmer Eerdmans Books for Young Readers $16.00 ISBN: 978-0-8028-5433-9 Ages 7 and up On shelves now International children’s authors are great. They’re just not particularly well known in America. There are various reasons for this. Some of it has [...]

Fusenews: “What’s the matter with kids today?” – with apologies to Bye, Bye, Birdie

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Giving birth!  All the kids are doing it these days.  And you know what giving birth means, right?  It means having a little extra time to blog and get my non-work related projects done.  Though, naturally, I wrote 50% of this post a day ago and then must have failed to save the darn thing.  [...]