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Review of the Day: Real Friends by Shannon Hale, ill. LeUyen Pham

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Real Friends By Shannon Hale Artwork by LeUyen Pham Color by Jane Poole First Second (an imprint of Roaring Brook Press, Macmillan) $12.99 ISBN: 978-1-62672-785-4 Ages 9-12 On shelves now. The autobiography assignment. I don’t pretend to know precisely why teachers give it out or what they hope child readers will get out of it. […]

An Ode to Cars Galore: The Wackiest Picture Book in the Last Ten Years

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I have, what you might call, a penchant for the peculiar.  Particularly as it applies to books for children.  To my mind, it is easy, oh so easy, to write a book that follows the “rules”.  Color within the lines.  Be nice to your fellow humans.  Pick up after yourself.  It is also easy, odd […]

Fusenews: May Contain Comic Seriousness

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Hey there, hi there, ho there, mouseketeers!  Ain’t the weather lovely out there?  Ain’t the politics insane?  Don’t you want to forget about it for a second or two and indulge in some children’s literature news?  Well now you can! I’ve some interesting tidbits for your consumption.  Behold the following:   I don’t know about […]

Query: Is 2017 a Stronger Than Usual Year for Children’s Nonfiction?

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Once at NYPL I asked Marc Aronson to do a Children’s Literary Salon on the topic of the history of children’s nonfiction. It was eye-opening. It was extraordinary. It was not recorded for posterity so unless he does it again sometime (hint hint, Marc, hint hint) we have nothing to refer to aside from his […]

Review of the Day: The Ethan I Was Before by Ali Standish

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The Ethan I Was Before By Ali Standish Harper (an imprint of Harper Collins) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-06-243340-4 Ages 9-12 On shelves now Southern Gothic children’s literature. Sounds crazy, no? But as weird as it might sound it’s a legitimate genre. You may think it’s all Flannery and Faulkner but kids have a delightful range to […]

Unexpected Jolts of Children’s Literature: You Had Me at “Hellenic Mystery-Cult”

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It’s that time again.  The adult world constantly infringes upon or draws from the rich roster of children’s books we have out there.  Here’s the latest crop of titles you might not have heard about otherwise:   Caroline: Little House, Revisited by Sarah Miller At first this looks pretty standard.  An adult novel about Laura […]

Review of the Day: The Ring Bearer by Floyd Cooper

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The Ring Bearer By Floyd Cooper Philomel Books (an imprint of Penguin Books USA) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0399167409 Ages 4-7 On shelves now. Decent, hard-working, necessary picture books are, in many ways, the hardest books I review. Decency, should anyone ask, is not exciting. Deplorable books are exciting. Madcap horrendous books are exciting. Dirty, indecent, awful, […]

THEY’RE ALIIIIIIIIVE! 2017 Out-of-Print Books Back From the Dead

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I like too many things. It’s beginning to get suspicious. One day I might write a post about the necessity of world literature on our children’s bookshelves. The next day I turn around and start beating the drum for small publishers. Blink again and it is imperative that I talk to you about the importance […]

Video Sunday: It’s Been a Long Long Time, M’Dear

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Howdy! I’m neck deep in book promotion for old Funny Girl these days, but that doesn’t mean I can’t cut a little chunk of time out of my daily schedule to bring you a swath of some good old-fashioned videos for this Sunday morn.  And what a swath it is!  First up, a video that […]

Russia and Children’s Literature: A Storied History

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If you haven’t been living under a large comfortable rock for the last year or so then you might have noticed that Russia has been in the news quite a bit. If you have been under a large comfortable rock, is there room down there for me too? It’s funny but with all the talk […]

Review of the Day: Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and June Jo Lee

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Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix By Jacqueline Briggs Martin and June Jo Lee Illustrated by Man One Readers to Eaters $18.95 ISBN: 978-0-9836615-9-7 Ages 5-10 On shelves now. A kid walked up to my Reference Desk. Looked me square in the eye. Said, “I need a biography…” “Sure thing!” I chirruped. That’s […]

Metareading in Picturebooks: A Dissertation by Melanie McGilloway

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The Twitter has its uses, you have to admit.  The other day I was looped into a conversation there with a seemingly simple question: What are the picture books that favorably portray children reading ebooks?  This question turns out to be a lot more difficult to ascertain than you might think.  Over the years we’ve […]

Funny Girl Week: Some of the Funniest Children’s Books of 2017 by Women

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Well, we’ve had a good week of it. And figuring out how to end my ode to all things funny and womanly wasn’t easy.  I thought about doing a post on funny writers for children from other countries.  I considered looking at funny female character in children’s books.  I definitely wanted to mention in some […]

Funny Girl Week: In Defense of Harley Quinn – The Rarity of the Female Trickster

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In 2007 Viking, an imprint of Penguin Group USA, published the anthology The Coyote Road: Trickster Tales. It was edited by Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling, and edited edited (if there’s a better term of this, I’d love to hear it) by the great and wonderful Sharyn November (who, as luck would have it, initially […]

Dead Funny: Who Says All the Funny Women Are Alive?

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Today marks Day 3 in our celebration of humor, women, and children’s literature.  Produced in tandem with the release of my anthology of funny female writers and illustrators (Funny Girl, Viking) so far we’ve seen the following: Day #1: Children’s Book Biographies of Funny Women Day #2: What Other Projects My Contributors to Funny Girl […]