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Readalouds and the Pregnant Children’s Librarian: A Study

PregnantBetsy

By the way, I’m having a baby in late May.  Did I fail to mention that before?  Having a blog is so awfully odd, because you’re never quite certain how much to tell (and the case of Melissa Anelli just drills that home).  That said, I’ve been running into a lot of friends and folks [...]

Press Release Fun: A Picture Book Debut (WARNING: May Contain Spoilers)

I could not be more pleased with the news I am about to share.  It is my great honor and privilege to introduce to you the next blogger-turned-children’s-author. Minh Lê, the popular Kidlit blogger and opinionator (he has written for the Atlantic and Huffington Post, and is the voice behind such widely-shared features as “Put [...]

Review of the Day: I Kill the Mockingbird by Paul Acampora

IKillMockingbird

I Kill the Mockingbird By Paul Acampora Roaring Brook Press (an imprint of Macmillan) $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-59643-742-5 Ages 10 and up On shelves May 20th It’s probably fair to say that there is no American classic written with an adult audience in mind that is quite as beloved of children’s book authors as To Kill [...]

Fusenews: “. . . his hunger was a writhing and a hissing thing”

HungryCaterpillarCake

Happy President’s Day! We’ve a lot of worthy links today but I’m going to begin with one that was sent to me by Dan Berenberg and that I’ve been enjoying ever since.  Beginning with a caveat, Dan wrote to me and said, “You’ve probably been sent this by a ton of people already, but this [...]

Review of the Day: Three Bears in a Boat by David Soman

ThreeBearsBoat

Three Bears in a Boat By David Soman Dial (a division of Penguin Young Readers Group) $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-8037-3993-2 Ages 3-7 On shelves May 20th I always suspected there was more to David Soman than met the eye. That’s the problem with success. Folks just dismiss you out of hand. If the man’s name is [...]

Press Release Fun: Groundwood Books launches new logo/brand identity

Groundwood

A New Look for Groundwood Books The thirty-five-year-old publisher of beautiful, thought-provoking, and necessary books for young people updates its logo and reinvigorates its brand. To ring in 2014, Groundwood Books is proud to share a new logo. After more than three decades with the meadow mouse logo, Groundwood sought a fresh look for the [...]

Can Re-Illustration Ever Be Justified?

NeverTeaseHampson

I was sitting down with a colleague the other day and the conversation turned, as all conversations are wont to do, to the subject of William’s Doll by Charlotte Zolotow.  I won’t bore you yet again with my theory that the book would sell like hotcakes if they just bothered to re-illustrate the darn thing [...]

Video Sunday: Mind you, it DOES make me want to read The Olde Tobacco Shoppe . . .

BarbLangridge

Gather round me, little children, and let me tell you of a magical time when the Newbery and Caldecott winners were interviewed on NBC the day after their win in a regular annual segment.  Then twas the coming of Snookie and suddenly children’s book awards weren’t considered newsworthy any longer.  I’ve searched the airwaves to [...]

Review of the Day: Hi, Koo!: A Year of Seasons by Jon J. Muth

HiKoo

Hi, Koo! A Year of Seasons By Jon J. Muth Scholastic $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-545-16668-3 Ages 4-8 On shelves February 25th I have a colleague who is mighty careful when regarding haiku. She’s Japanese-American herself, and one thing she simply cannot stand is when someone takes a set of words, slaps them into five/seven/five syllable lines, [...]

Fusenews: Boom!

GiantDanceMatchbox

It’s always the filler.  I have this little file where I jot down ideas for posts on days when my brain is mush, and most recently I jotted down the old “casual diversity” question a friend asked me once.  Figured it would make for a good quickie blog post and then I’d be on my [...]

Press Release Fun: New Children’s Book Group in NYC Alert

housingworks

Keeping a bookgroup alive for kids can be difficult, but its not impossible! I like to keep my finger on the pulse of what’s out there, and now I’ve just heard of the latest bookgroup for the literary kiddos.  Take note, parents of NYC!  One of these days I’ll do a round-up of all the [...]

“Casual Diversity” and the children’s book

MyAunt

A friend of mine turned new mom had an interesting request the other day.  She’d been talking with her friends and they decided that what they’d really like would be a list of children’s books in which diversity is just a part of everyday life.  To illustrate her point she called this “casual diversity”, a [...]

Review of the Day: The Riverman by Aaron Starmer

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The Riverman By Aaron Starmer Farrar Straus & Giroux (an imprint of Macmillan) $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-374-36309-3 Ages 11 and up On shelves March 18th When a book has worked its way into your cranium and is making a home for itself within the darker recesses of your very soul, the natural inclination is to talk [...]

Press Release Fun – This Censorious World: Books for Children and Their Challenges

My Children’s Literary Salons at NYPL continue unabated.  This Saturday’s event?  Well, we’ve some primo talent that I’m sure you would like to know better.  So if you aren’t prepping for the Super Bowl, come on down!  We’d love to have you. New York Public Library’s Children’s Literary Salon is pleased to announce our upcoming [...]

Fusenews: Let the wild (mind the gap) rumpus start!

RavenDoveHouse2

Sometimes I do a little ALA Youth Media Awards wrap-up after all is said and done, but since Lori Ess and I were able to have our say immediately following the awards announcements, I feel like I’ve covered my bases.  Moving on! Lest one be so caught up in the thrilling hullabaloo of the ALA [...]