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Review of the Day: Bronze and Sunflower by Cao Wenxuan, ill. Meilo So

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Bronze and Sunflower By Cao Wenxuan Illustrated by Meilo So Translated by Helen Wang Candlewick Press $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-8816-5 On shelves now It’s odd. Parents these days. I meet so many of them that believe that to live in a globalized society it is imperative for their children to learn another language. That’s not the […]

Updated: The Complete Listing of All Public Children’s Literature Statues in the United States

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In 2013 I had a crazy notion to list every single children’s literature statue I could think of in a single blog post.  I did.  It was fun. And now almost four years have gone by and I’ve thought often of the piece.  Honestly, I never finished incorporating some of the suggested statues from my […]

Cover Reveal: Marabel and the Book of Fate by Tracy Barrett

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You’ve got your cover reveals, and then you’ve got your cover reveals.  Sometimes I’ll get asked to do a reveal and it’ll be for a book that I already have in my possession.  In those cases the book jacket reveal isn’t really all that surprising at all.  In some cases I’ll be asked to reveal […]

Review of the Day: Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell

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Wolf in the Snow By Matthew Cordell Feiwel and Friends (an imprint of Macmillan) $17.99 ISBN: 978-1250076366 Ages 4-7 On shelves now It’s hard to pinpoint exactly why it is that I love picture books as much as I do. Putting aside the usual reasons (brain growth, increasing a child’s capacity for wonder, parent/child bonding, […]

Guest Post: Marc Aronson and the Design and Flow of Nonfiction

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It is difficult to pin down the first time I became aware of the work of Marc Aronson.  The likelihood is that it occurred when I read his books.  Or was it his work as an Assistant Teaching Professor in the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University?  How about his support of international […]

Applications to Host the 2018 May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture Now Open!

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Some of you may recall that I was given the chance to chair the 2018 May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture Committee. I am pleased to announce that if your host site would like to feature the speech, now is the time to make that request public. See below.   CHICAGO–The Association for Library Service to Children […]

Back In Print: A Newbery Honor Winner Returns From the Dead

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Let me do a little math here. If I got my library degree in 2003 and was in school in 2002 then I must have first laid eyes on The Winged Girl of Knossos by Erick Berry fifteen years ago.  I was in a transitional point of my career.  Having taken a year of library […]

Review of the Day: The Youngest Marcher by Cynthia Levinson, ill. Vanessa Brantley Newton

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The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist By Cynthia Levinson Illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton Atheneum (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) $17.99 ISBN: 978-1-4814-0070-1 Ages 6-10 On shelves now Today I’d like to begin with a small talk about diversity. Not diversity of people necessarily, but diversity […]

Fusenews: Quoth Walter Cronkite – “Eloise has been kidnapped”

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I’m quick and slick and blogging like a . . . like a . . . like a woman who can’t come up with a third rhyme!  Doggone it . . .   Look at this guy with this book doing his business like it ain’t no thing.  You go, man, go!   If you’ve […]

Caldecott 2018: Spring Prediction Edition

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Folks, for 9 years now I’ve been doing these goofy little Newbery/Caldecott prediction posts.  I get ’em wrong far more often than I get ’em right but they’re fun and I enjoy doing them.  March 15th is normally the date of the Spring Prediction Edition, and as tradition states I’m supposed to show you how […]

Cover Reveal: Longburrow – Podkin One-Ear by Kieran Larwood

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Strong with the cover reveals is this one. Okay, so I’ve a new technique with these reveals. Covers are nice, absolutely. Who doesn’t like a good old fashioned book jacket straight from the designer’s table? But when you run a blog like this one you want to shake it up a little. After all, don’t […]

Review of the Day: Charlie & Mouse by Laurel Snyder, ill. Emily Hughes

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Charlie & Mouse By Laurel Snyder Illustrated by Emily Hughes Chronicle Books $14.99 ISBN: 978-1-4521-3153-5 Ages 6-9 On shelves April 11th Only the jaded should write reviews of children’s books. Oh, it makes sense! Think about it. Children’s books are where the saccharine and overblown and overbearing go to die. Things that wouldn’t cut it […]

Video Sunday: Dedicated to Hadley and Fluffles

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Hooray! It’s been an awfully long time but at long last Nathan Hale has a new Hazardous Tales story to tell.  #7 in the series will be a WWII tale about bombers called The Raid of No Return and it’s due out November 2017.  There is nothing I don’t like about this.  And best of […]

Cover Reveal: The Mermaid by Jan Brett

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It may be a personal opinion but I’ll stand by it; Children’s books need more octopuses.  The reason is simple.  The octopus is a truly fascinating creature.  Now in 2017 a couple of my favorite illustrators have already tackled the octopus in all its tentacular glory.  David Wiesner, for example, has a picture book out […]

Hey, Baby, They’re Playing Our Song

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The hazards of children’s librarianship are myriad. There is the papercut threat, liable to occur at any time without a moment’s notice.  There is the distinct possibility, every day, that a small child will vomit on you.  The odds may be slim but it’s still possible.  But greater than these, more likely than these, more […]