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E is for Esoteric: 2014 Alphabet Books Get Creative

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What is it about the alphabet that gives artists the license to get weird?  Historically, the alphabet book is one of the earliest American children’s book forms.  You know.  “In Adam’s fall, we sinned all.”  That kind of thing.  I’m certain someone has already written, or is in the process of writing, the full-blooded history [...]

Review of the Day: At Home in Her Tomb by Christine Liu-Perkins

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At Home in Her Tomb: Lady Dai and the Ancient Chinese Trasures of Mawangdui By Christine Liu-Perkins Charlesbridge $19.95 978-1-58089-370-1 Ages 9-12 On shelves now When I say the word “mummy” what springs into your mind? Movies starring Brendan Fraser? Egypt and scarabs and rolls of crumbling papyrus? Absolutely. But what if I told you [...]

Newbery / Caldecott 2015: Fall Prediction Edition

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Now we’re in the thick of it.  Do you hear that?  That is the clicking ticking sound of the reanimation of the Heavy Medal and Calling Caldecott blogs.  They’re a little groggy right now, trying to get their bearings, figuring out which foot to try first.  But don’t be fooled by their initial speed.  Very [...]

Press Release Fun: A $5,000 Award for School Libraries

A message for school librarians: ALA is now accepting applications for the 2015 Sara Jaffarian Award. The award recognizes K-8 schools for exceptional programming in social studies, poetry, drama, art, language arts, culture, or other humanities subjects. Apply by Dec. 15 at www.ala.org/jaffarianaward. More information below. Please let me know if you have any questions. Sarah Ostman Communications Manager [...]

The Hachette/Amazon War: One Writer’s Perspective

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Not too long ago I linked to a letter Amazon had released regarding their spot o’ trouble (to put it mildly) with the publisher Hachette.  In my post I encouraged authors to tell me what they thought about it and they did, but not on my blog itself.  And why should they?  With all the [...]

New Series: Walking and Talking with . . . John Corey Whaley

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Introducing the all new “Walking and Talking” series by Steve Sheinkin! I’m always on the lookout for folks I consider double threats.  In the children’s and YA book biz that translates to mean people who can both write and draw.  Take someone like Kadir Nelson, for example.  One day he’s doing his spectacular art, merry [...]

Press Release Fun: The Second Annual Columbus Children’s Book Festival

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COLUMBUS CHILDREN’S BOOK FESTIVAL RETURNS SEPTEMBER 20 Authors, Illustrators and More to be Featured at Free Outdoor Event at the Columbus Public Library (Columbus, GA) – The long-awaited Second Annual Columbus Children’s Book Festival returns to the grounds of the Columbus Public Library on Macon Road on Saturday, September 20th. The event is free and open [...]

Invented Dialogue and the Conundrum of the Picture Book Biography

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You know, it’s not that I’m a big nonfiction reader or advocate in particular.  It’s just the nature of children’s librarianship in this day and age.  You simply cannot work in the field without encountering nonfiction and, as a result, sometimes you end up with granite hard opinions about the form.  Take me, for example.  [...]

Video Sunday: Need I say more?

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Today I’m feeling a bit brief.  Fortunately the videos in general don’t need much explanation. Three words: Edward. Gorey. Documentary.  Need I say more? Here’s the Indiegogo info, should you wish it. Now care for a little overseas surrealism to add flavor to your day? And if you wish to switch gears so violently your [...]

Fusenews: Hat tips and doffed caps

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I don’t normally do this, but it is books like this one that make it clear that rules are meant to be broken.  We children’s librarians are familiar with books we consider “for professional use”.  These are titles that are of use primarily to library students, librarians, and teachers.  They tend to have ugly covers.  [...]

Ben Hatke Blog Tour: Come buy, come buy!

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I’m pleased as punch to be today’s stop on the Ben Hatke Beastiary of Lost Creatures blog tour (and you know I almost never do blog tours so this book has gotta be good.  Today Ben’s gonna highlight a creature for us himself and I’m gonna sit back and take it easy. Enjoy! Ben Hatke’s [...]

Review of the Day: Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon

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Dory Fantasmagory By Abby Hanlon Dial (an imprint of Penguin) $14.99 ISBN: 978-0-8037-4088-4 Ages 6-8 On shelves October 9th Which of the following types of children’s books are, in your opinion, the most difficult to write: Board books, picture books, easy books (for emerging readers), early chapter books, or middle grade fiction (older chapter books)? [...]

Review of the Day: Bad Bye, Good Bye by Deborah Underwood

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Bad Bye, Good Bye By Deborah Underwood Houghton Mifflin Harcourt $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-547-92852-4 Ages 3-7 On shelves now As a mother who recently spent the better part of twenty hours in a car with a three-year-old and a three-month-old baby, I feel a special kinship with parents who have also engaged in the ultimate endurance [...]

Book Trailer Premiere – Zorgoochi Intergalactic Pizza: Delivery of Doom by Dan Yaccarino

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Today I am pleased as punch to premiere the brand spankin’ new book trailer for Dan Yaccarino’s middle grade novel debut Zorgoochi Intergalactic Pizza: Delivery of Doom (say that five times fast – I dare you).  The video captures humor, pathos, and angry mushrooms.  In other words, everything that makes life worth living. Enjoy

Fusenews: Avada ke-dairy

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I have never, in all my livelong days, been so proud of an illustrator.  And Mary Engelbreit at that.  For someone as well-established as she is the decision to create and sell a print with all proceeds going to the Michael Brown Jr. Memorial Fund, which supports the family of Michael Brown, the Missouri teenager [...]