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Press Release Fun: Shortlist for an Early Literacy Development Award

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This is the kind of award librarians should know about and don’t tend to. For anyone searching for good picture book readalouds, this list is invaluable. Read on: Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy Announces 2016 CLEL Picture Book Awards Shortlists Denver, Colorado, December 15, 2015 – Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL) announces the Shortlist […]

Why This Book? The Conundrum of Virality and A Fine Dessert

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Friends, Romans, Countrymen. Lend me your ears.  I come to discuss A Fine Dessert, not to praise it or denigrate it.  Not to really talk much about the book itself at all except as a recent phenomenon.  A phenomenon unique to our particular day and age and that remains relatively mysterious, despite (or perhaps because […]

Review of the Day: A Great Big Cuddle by Michael Rosen

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A Great Big Cuddle: Poems for the Very Young By Michael Rosen Illustrated by Chris Riddell Candlewick Press $19.99 ISBN: 978076368116 Ages 0-4 On shelves now. Did you know that, generally speaking, Europeans have absolutely no interest in the works of Dr. Seuss? It’s true. For years his works have been untranslatable (though great inroads […]

NYPL Releases Their Annual Lists (Plural!)

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Each year New York Public Library produces what I seriously consider to be the most beautiful Best Books list of them all.  Encompassing 100 books in total, it breaks all children’s books written in different categories to the following: Picture Books, Early Chapter Books, Middle Grade Fiction, Poetry, Folk and Fairytales, Graphic Novels, and Nonfiction.  […]

What Is a Social Script?

Oh, the librarian and the teacher should be friends Yes, the librarian and the teacher should be friends One job invokes all new terms The other hears them and they squirm But that’s no reason why they can’t be friends Literary folks should stick together Literary folks should all be buds Teachers want some Core/STEM […]

Review of the Day: The Perilous Princess Plot by Sarah Courtauld

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Buckle and Squash: The Perilous Princess Plot By Sarah Courtauld Feiwel and Friends (an imprint of Macmillan) $14.99 ISBN: 978-1-250-05277-3 Ages 7-10 On shelves now. Considering that I will never but EVER write an early chapter book or, for that matter, an easy book for new readers, it’s funny how often I sit around contemplating […]

Jolts of Children’s Literature in Unexpected Places

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It’s that time again!  Time for me to bring your attention to a variety of strange and interesting books never meant for children, but that contain some hint of influence (little or big) from the literary world of the youth.  Feast thine peepers on the following: We Were Brothers by Barry Moser It’s not that […]

Fusenews: Reader’s Advisory – Not Just for Librarians Anymore

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In my current job I’ve become somewhat fascinated with what could easily be considered the key tool in a librarian’s toolbelt: Reader’s Advisory.  Patron asks you to recommend a book based on a set of preferences and you knock it out of the park.  That’s our job and we do it well.  Booksellers do it […]

Video Sunday: It burns!

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You know that recurring nightmare where you have to give a TED talk at TedX Beacon Street in Boston?  The one where they fit you with a teeny tiny hand free mic on your head and then you have to stand in front of a series of two-tone cubes?  To combat this fear of mine […]

Disaster Distress Resources

In the wake of the recent San Bernardino shooting, it can be difficult to find resources for children. Recently Andrew Roszak of Child Care Aware offered the following resources to people looking for help and links. I include his resources here today: Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 The helpline is also available in Spanish, by text and […]

Clever Bill and the Death of Script

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And now a word in support of listservs. In an era where serious debates attempt, and fail, to be conducted on such sites as Twitter, a place never meant for serious discussions of any significant length, allow me to sing the praises of an almost old-fashioned web tool that continues to have meaning and currency […]

Favorite Galley of the Week

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Even though I have moved to the wilds of Illinois, I still find myself the happy recipient of many fine and fancy advanced reading copies of children’s books.  It’s very nice, and not something I take for granted, but I’ll confess that in a given season sometimes the titles will blur together.  Plots get jumbled […]

Walking and Talking With . . . Dav Pilkey

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Such a treat! So I’m finally reading Steve Sheinkin’s latest nonfiction work, Most Dangerous, and then out of the blue he sends me the latest in his “Walking and Talking” series. Dav Pilkey, Mr. Captain Underpants himself, is today’s subject. Fun Pilkey Fact You Never Knew: He has exquisite taste in cakes. True fact! Thanks […]

Video Sunday: Monsters, Taxidermy, LeVar and Adele (Though Not Necessarily In That Order)

Morning, folks! Not much in the way of videos caught my eye lately, but the following crew struck me as particularly toothsome. First up, LeVar Burton being LeVar Burton. Next up, libraries that circulate more than books. Things like . . . pelts! Cause where else are you gonna find a beluga vertebrae on such […]

Review of the Day: The Red Hat by David Teague

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The Red Hat By David Teague Illustrated by Antoinette Portis Disney Hyperion (an imprint of Disney Book Group) $16.99 ISBN: 9781423134114 Ages 4-7 On shelves December 8th There is a story out there, and I don’t know if it is true, that the great children’s librarian Anne Carroll Moore had such a low opinion of […]