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31 Days, 31 Lists: Day Four – 2017 Picture Book Readalouds

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When I became a children’s librarian the most nail-biting aspect of the job was, without a doubt, storytime. Granted, this may have had something to do with the fact that part of my training meant doing a storytime for adults. Kids, as it turns out, are a completely different ballgame. My earliest attempts at reading […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Corduroy by Don Freeman

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The gift giving season is upon us so it seemed appropriate to foist upon Kate that old tale of copious consumption and old-fashioned department stores (with just a touch of multiculturalism for spice). Yep! Corduroy it is! I find it very very important to begin this podcast by laying down the law on Marry, Kiss, […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day Three – 2017 Wordless Picture Books

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You know what’s funny? Last year I fully intended to do a wordless picture book list, but wasn’t able to find enough books. This year I was going to do nursery rhymes, and then found a complete and utter lack of them. But wordless? Not a problem! Wordless appears to be back, to the point […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day Two – 2017 Board Book Reprints and Adaptations

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All right, class. Let’s define our terms. This year board books fell into three distinct categories. First, there are the original publications, such as you might find on yesterday’s 2017 Board Books list. Then there are reprints. These are books that were published originally as board books but went out of print at some point. […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day One – 2017 Great Board Books

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The lists begin! And as with last year we’re kicking off with the youngest of readers. This is by no means the only list you’ll find out there of best board books of 2017. However, I do like to distinguish between my age groups when I present this list. As far as I’m concerned, board […]

Announcing the Return of 31 Lists, 31 Days!

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The time is almost here! Almost here I say! Cast your mind back a year ago when, for whatever reason, I decided it might be a good idea to do 31 days of Best Of lists as they pertain to children’s books. That was then. This is now. And I am prepared to do it […]

Fusenews: “Luminous with the beauty and fragility of life”

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Good morning, everyone. To begin today I’d like to note with sadness the passing of Sheila Barry, a publisher at Groundwood Books, who was always very kind to me. We’d often discuss the titles coming out of Groundwood and hers was a face I’d look for at every library conference. You can read the Quill […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola

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Kate is under the distinct impression that she sounds like Dracula in this episode, but I say she’s Luigi-tastic. She also had to edit the living heck out of this one because I just kept flubbing the lines repeatedly. I have no idea what was going on with my tongue that day. She in turn […]

HIC! by Anushka Ravishankar, ill. Christiane Pieper

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HIC! By Anushka Ravishankar Illustrated by Christiane Pieper Tara Books $18.00 ISBN: 9789383145645 Ages 4-7 On shelves now Ladies and gentlemen I ask you, and I ask you truly, can you think of a more international childhood experience than the hiccups? Here we have an unwanted occurrence that comes to every nation in the world. […]

101 Great Books for Kids 2017 (Evanston Public Library Edition)

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This week the “Best of” lists just started hopping out of the woodwork like fleas. On the one hand you have Kirkus, slowly releasing their lists in dribs and drabs, and on the other you have NYPL simultaneously dropping its YA and JUV lists with a great big thunk. I hear that even Chicago Public […]

Cover Reveal: Ocean Meets Sky by Terry Fan and Eric Fan

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Now it’s no secret that I’m keen on one of this year’s Caldecott contenders, The Antlered Ship. As it turns out, this was just the prelude. Illustrated by The Fan Brothers, the two have shown a distinct liking for naval adventures. The proof?  Today, ladies and gentlemen, we present the cover reveal for their upcoming […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears

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She’s no household name, though Verna Aardema has been behind some of the most memorable books in the field of children’s literature. And yet, we could easily have a lot of debate about authenticity and appropriation as it relates to her books. Her best known to this day, I would argue, would have to be […]

A Gantos In My Lap: Getting Kids Excited About Writing

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If, best beloved, you are invited to see Jack Gantos speak, you do it. You do it even if you have to pay money. Even if you are a cheapskate who spends most of her days finding ways to avoid shelling out cold hard cash for authors, you do it. You do it because you […]

Wonder No More: A Look at a Book to Screen Adaptation

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And I wonder. I wah wah wah wah wonder! Why. Why why why why why . . . Just me? Alrighty then. Yep, so though I live far far away from my beloved New York City, this Chicagoland I’ve landed in is pretty darn hopping. They have jazz. They have some kind of ungodly pizza […]

Historical Nonfiction Children’s Books I’d Like to See (Based Entirely on Stuff You Missed in History Class Episodes)

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Two’s a coincidence. Three’s a pattern. So far I’ve found a couple different unexpected places concerning cool history that’s just pitch perfect for children’s books. First I did a post called Picture Books Bios I’d Like to See (Based Entirely on Hark, A Vagrant Comics), (and I’m still waiting for those Katherine Sui Fun Cheung […]