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Librarian Preview: Chronicle Books (Fall/Winter 2012)

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Been a while since I indulged in one of these, right?  Well, those Top 100 polls threw me for a bit of a doozy and believe it or not I’m only catching up now.  Before I took a month and a half to post their results I had five or six librarian previews on the [...]

Librarian Preview: Penguin Books for Young Readers – Viking, Philomel and Puffin

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On to Viking! Viking This year I have carefully been keeping track of all the books that Kirkus stars.  This is partially because Kirkus doesn’t star all that many things and partly because I like their taste.  When I get a chance I go out, locate the starred books and read them through.  One such [...]

Librarian Preview: Penguin Books for Young Readers – Razorbill and Grosset & Dunlap (Summer 2012)

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And now the thrilling conclusion! Just kidding.  I’ve lots more to do.  But if you already read Part One then this should fall along the same lines. Razorbill In the past this imprint was best known for its teen fare.  A slow and steady increase in their middle grade offerings, however, has turned it into [...]

Librarian Preview: Penguin Books for Young Readers – Dial & G.P. Putnam’s Sons (Summer 2012)

BadApple

It’s baaaack!  Preview season is up and running and to kick it all off we begin with one of the biggies.  Thanks to my new fancy dancy job I am now able to stay for a whole librarian preview without rushing back to cover the reference desk.  So that’s nice.  The downside is that there [...]

Librarian Preview: Blue Apple Books (Spring 2012)

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Granted we are currently IN the Spring of 2012 so this is probably less of a preview and more of a . . . uh . . . here and now discourse.  But by my reckoning Blue Apple Books is one of those smaller pubs that don’t get a lot of airplay next to the [...]

Review of the Day: Jazz Age Josephine by Jonah Winter

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Jazz Age Josephine By Jonah Winter Illustrated by Marjorie Priceman Atheneum (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) $16.99 ISBN: 978-104169-6123-9 Ages 6 and up On shelves now When we try to name the biggest and best picture book biography authors out there, two names spring immediately to mind. The first is David Adler. Mr. Adler [...]

Librarian Preview: Tara Books (Spring 2012)

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As publisher previews go this may be one of my shorter posts if only because the featured publisher of the day is not a large sort.  I have had the pleasure of seeing the products of Tara Books for a couple years now, but it was only recently that Gita Wolf herself came to town [...]

Librarian Preview: Albert Whitman & Company (Spring 2012)

BittersweetSummer

Yeah, remember when I had that baby and everything looked like things were going to stay exactly the same, like nothing had changed a jot?  Well, I’ve found at least one aspect of the blog that’s taken a serious hit since the arrive of the small Bird.  Librarian previews.  For some reason I just don’t [...]

Librarian Preview: Little, Brown and Company (Spring/Summer 2012)

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There are many reasons to love Little, Brown but at the moment the company has my heart because their last librarian preview consisted of less than thirty books in total.  And when you’re dealing with less than thirty books, typing up what they have is much easier on the old post-natal still-carpal-tunnely digits.  So it [...]

Video Sunday: How have I lived this long without hearing the name “Lothar Meggendorfer”?

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While the message is encouraging in and of itself, Joe Sabia’s TED talk on The Technology of Storytelling is also a brilliant example of how to do an iPad presentation with skill, humor, and facts.  I can’t imagine how long this three minute, fifty-one second talk took to put together, but it’s kinda worth it.  [...]

Librarian Preview: Chronicle Books (Spring/Summer 2012)

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What publisher created the first librarian preview, inviting local carriers of MLIS degrees to their places of work to show off the upcoming season?  I don’t have an answer to that, I’m just asking.  With my NYC preferences and tunnel vision my inclination is to believe that it was one of The Big Six based [...]

Librarian Preview: Harper Collins (Spring 2012)

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Here’s how paranoid I am.  I saw an allusion somewhere to someone having written up the recent Harper Collins 2012 preview and my first reaction was, “GAH!  Someone else is working my beat!!”  That was followed promptly by a sense of profound relief.  “Aww.  That’s awesome.  Someone else is working my beat.”  Then I actually [...]

Librarian Preview: Lerner Books (Spring 2012)

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Fun Fact: Librarian previews done in the presence of small attention seeking babies yield surprisingly drool-soaked notes.  Not so drool-soaked that a person couldn’t decipher them later, but wet with the moisture of someone else’s mouth just the same. Still and all, the good people of Lerner Publishing Group (Lindsay Matvick and Terri Reden if [...]

Librarian Preview: Penguin Young Readers Group (Spring 2012)

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At last!  The season for previews has begun yet again!  And as of right now I am (checks watch) four previews behind. Yipes! Guess we better get started then.  If you want to read a recap of this same preview done already (and on time) though, check out this Early Word post by Lisa Von [...]