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Fusenews: Pretty sneaky, sis.

Mr.LegoTiger

I have a sister.  Did you know that?  Tis true.  She’s not a librarian and her interest in children’s literature pretty much begins and ends with me, which is probably why she hasn’t come up before.  One thing she is?  Crafty.  Crafty as all get out.  And the kicker is that she’s just started this [...]

Video Sunday: “Guys, smell 11 Birthdays”

BookSmell

I think it fitting that I follow up the last Video Sunday bit of teacher enthusiasm with this subsequent sneaky teacher taping.  “We’re just smelling books, Mr. Lewis.”  That would be Mike Lewis and though they acknowledge him at the start, it’s pretty clear they don’t know he’s taping until much later on.  This should [...]

Fusenews: Though to be fair, who ever heard of harmFUL spitballing?

4WayPolarization

Howdy-do, folks.  Today I am off to the Yonkers Library to participate in a Charles Dickens panel with some experts in the field.  Why me?  I don’t precisely know but I’m honored to be asked.  Plus the train ride will allow me to read my new Lemony Snicket book (this would be the children’s literature [...]

Video Sunday: Weirdly supple crystal balls

ReadingBook

Oh good. Now we have a rallying cry. Bonus.  Thanks to Maureen Johnson for the link. Travis at 100 Scope Notes recently discovered the author video cache to beat all author video caches.  As he puts it “I challenge you to a good ol’ fashioned game of ‘I Bet I Can Find a Video Interview [...]

SLJ’s 2011 Day of Dialog: “The best thing about being a writer is that you have readers” – Katherine Paterson

Balto

So let’s get a grasp on what exactly it is I’m talking about here.  Day of Dialog.  A day when School Library Journal and roughly 1.5 billion children’s book publishers (read: 16, give or take) get together and attendees (who are mostly children’s librarians and children’s booksellers) get to witness a variety of interesting panels [...]

Video Sunday: 24,800

VanDraanen

Book trailers get based on all sorts of things, but I have never encountered one that took its cue from the book’s own cover.  And not in a cheap way either.  This rather breathtaking trailer for Adam Gidwitz’s A Tale Dark and Grimm somehow manages to be precisely the right length with precisely the right [...]

Review of the Day: A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz

GrimmBio

A Tale Dark and Grimm By Adam Gidwitz Dutton (a division of Penguin) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-525-42334-8 Ages 9-12 On shelves November 11, 2010 Didn’t want to read this. Nope. Not a jot. Three reasons for that. First off, the title. I’ve said it about twenty times since reading it and every time I can’t quite [...]