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Review of the Day: The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty

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The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl By Stacy McAnulty Random House Books for Young Readers $16.99 ISBN: 9781524767570 Ages 9-12 On shelves now The world would have us believe that the left brained and right brained amongst us can never see eye-to-eye. Think about it. How many times have you heard a perfectly intelligent person say […]

Up Lifting: A Talk With Dave Eggers

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I’ve been thinking about people I’ve interviewed over the years, both in person and on this blog. Generally, the in-person interviews are where the big names come out to play. Your Neil Patrick Harrises. Your Art Spiegelman / Francoise Moulys. Your Katherine Paterson/Lois Lowry/ Rebecca Stead / R.L. Stine mash-ups (not the mix you were […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown

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What do making sushi and reading Margaret Wise Brown’s second most popular picture book have in common? We’re doing both in one night on the old podcast Fuse 8 n’ Kate! We’re trying to do a couple more ladies than we’ve done in the past. We talk about whether or not this book has Fellini […]

Fake Children’s Books: What the Books We Make Up Say About Us

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If you missed the recent 100 Scope Notes post I Will Not Retreat to a Book Cave to Eat Taco Bell then you are in for a treat. I agree with everything he has to say about this weirdly out-of-touch librarian, but one part of the Taco Bell commercial in which she appears struck me […]

Board Books 2018: What We’ve Got Here Is an Oddly Strong Year

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As you may recall I put out the announcement in March that during April I’d be asking people to send in Top 10 Board Book lists, ranked in order of preference (#1 being your favorite and #10 being your least favorite). I was gratified to see a nice long list of submissions. The poll officially […]

Sensitivity Readers, Cultural Considerations, and Legends of the Lost Causes

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I’ve never really commented on the recent news articles and discussions about sensitivity readers and their work with children’s books. I suppose that’s just because they make a fair amount of sense to me. If you’re writing about someone unlike yourself, you should be told up front what you are doing wrong with the portrayal. […]

Review of the Day: My Hair Is a Garden by Cozbi A. Cabrera

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My Hair Is a Garden By Cozbi A. Cabrera Albert Whitman & Co. $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-8075-0923-4 Ages 4-7 On shelves now It is very limiting to get your supplemental education solely through children’s books when you’re an adult. Continuing education, in whatever form it takes, should be pursued through a variety of sources. Yet for […]

Cover Reveal: Finchosaurus by Gail Donovan

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Folks, I’ve been doing this whole blogging thing for a long time. And now that I’ve just turned 40, I give myself permission to start acting in a true “kids today” and “get off my lawn” manner.  I also get to dip deep into nostalgia, given half a chance. Now almost ten years ago I […]

Book Trailer Reveal: Heartbeat by Evan Turk

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Someday in the future, children’s literary scholars will specialize in fields like Historical Children’s Book Trailers. They will sift through a century or two’s worth of trailers, marking the significant changes, the highs, and the lows. And when they come to the late teens of this century, I hope that they’ll pause a moment and […]

Review of the Day – The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler by John Hendrix

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The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoefer and the Plot to Kill Hitler By John Hendrix Amulet Books (an imprint of Abrams) $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-4197-2838-9 Ages 10 and up On shelves September 4th In this life, it can be difficult to find absolutes. Absolute good. Absolute evil. Absolute good in the face of absolute evil. For many […]

Discovered in the Archives: An Interview with Russell Hoban (2010)

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When blogs were new and hip and happening, there was a push for everybody to have one. Librarians, publishers, authors, artists, you name it. So in the early part of the 21st century a slew of publisher blogs came into being. Sometimes these came from individual imprints. Sometimes small publishers. Sometimes from the big houses […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

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After promising Kate that we’d do a book by a lady, I had to determine the best possible choice. My idea was to look on my old Top 100 Picture Books Poll and see who the top women on there were. #1? Margaret Wise Brown. #2 was Judith Viorst and this book. You know, you […]

Q&A and Cover Reveal: After Zero by Christina Collins

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A lot of librarians are familiar with books in which a character, maybe the main character or a sibling or a friend, does not speak. The term I always thought applied to this situation was “selective mutism”. It’s so common in books that when I keep track of the books I read on Goodreads I’ve […]

Review of the Day: The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson

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The Parker Inheritance By Varian Johnson Arthur A. Levine Books (an imprint of Scholastic) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-545-94617-9 Ages 9-12 On shelves now. The other day I was asked to come up with ten children’s book equivalents to Claudia Rankine’s book Citizen (which, should anybody ask you, is not for kids). To do this, I wanted […]

Fusenews: Eat Your Heart Out, “Awful Library Books”

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As a librarian I know that reading aloud to children is necessary for their growth and development. And I know that periodically new parents that happen to be writers in other fields will come to children’s books through their offspring and suddenly be overwhelmed with the importance of reading. In cases such as these they […]