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Video Sunday: Because clearly Alice in Wonderland wasn’t trippy enough

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The We Need Diverse Books campaign has kicked it up a notch with an Indiegogo campaign. They’re raising money to support authors, diversify classrooms, develop educational kits, promote diverse programming, you name it.  As of my writing this they are $40,000 or so away from their goal.  Check it out: Diverse Campaign w Thanks Card [...]

Fusenews: “Red Nine doth here stand by”

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Me stuff.  You have been warned.  So the first thing to know today is that this coming Saturday I’ll be speaking at the Eric Carle Museum about Wild Things: Acts of Mischief in Children’s Literature.  It will prove to be an amusing talk and if you live in the area I’d desperately love it if [...]

Fusenews: Confessions of a syllabus addict

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Allrighty then (remember when this phrase was a thing?).  Time to whip out a Fusenews in this new format.  Let’s crank her up and see what she can do! Let’s start with the me stuff.  This happened while I was on vacation:  The folks at the New York Times asked me to be a part [...]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #31: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

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#31 Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (1865) 58 points A full out absurdist assault at the arbitrary nature of language, Carroll challenges everything about the way we speak and write, from homonyms to idioms. When people talk about children’s movies and books being entertaining for both kids and adults, they usually mean that [...]

Fusenews: Like you for always *shudder*

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Actually, that little icon here is a touch misleading, but I took it since it talks about our first news item of the day.  This l’il here ole blog got itself nominated for an Edublog Award, which is mighty nice.  SLJ wrote an article about me and my fellow nominees, Joyce Valenza’s NeverEndingSearch, Karyn Silverman [...]

Fusenews: In which I get to use the term “mankiest”

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Daylight Saving (not “Savings” I just learned) has arrived and you know what that means?  It means babies have a terrible sense of telling time.  Just awful.  And that, in turn, means I’d better crank out a lickety-split Fusenews before I hear the telltale sound of little eyelids opening. First up, The New York Times [...]

Press Release Fun: The Greatest Alice in Wonderland Exhibition of the 21st Century

They even got the Dali art! Impressive stuff: During the IBBY Regional Conference in Fresno, California, October 21-23, the Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at California State University, Fresno, will offer “Down the Rabbit Hole with Lewis Carroll and Leonard Weisgard,” a major exhibition, September 16-October 26, 2011, at the Henry Madden [...]

Video Sunday: Blogging, I Am. Everything, I Post.

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Time to brush up on your high school German meine Damen und Herren.  Yes The Strange Case of Origami Yoda got its own pretty impressive fan trailer straight outta Germany the other day.  It’s interesting, but I was even more taken with the German name of the book.  Yoda, I Am!  Everything, I Know! As [...]

Fusenews: Warning – Contains Me

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That’s what Neil Gaiman writes on Twitter whenever he links to one of his blog posts.  “Warning: Contains Me.”  Well, today’s a nice me-centric post, but let’s start off by looking at a “them” instead.  Specifically, a “them” of awesome. Two years ago authors Jim Averbeck and Maria Van Lieshout had an idea.  Since the [...]