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Board Books 2012: What Works. What Doesn’t.

AreYouACow

I’ve become a bit of a board book connoisseur in my old age.  While my cohorts are reading speculative YA fiction and high end narrative nonfiction I’ve been getting up close and personal with books that have pages that can double as coasters.  Aside from realizing just how difficult the darn things are to write [...]

Board Books 2011: What Worked Well (a biased opinion)

happy+hippo

Okay.  Fine.  You got me.  This is one of those posts.  The ones I’ve actively been trying to avoid all year, and until now I’ve been pretty good about it.  As a reviewer I have a duty to remember that though I now have in my home a chatterbox of a six-month year-old, she is [...]

Fusenews: Zap! Pow! Zam! (Zam?)

adele-simon

Ruh-roh.  I’ve been having too much fun earning a living to leave enough time for blogging.  Time yet again for a super quickie point-by-point-without-the-details Fusenews!  Hold onto your hats . . . Who are the artists overlooked by the Caldecott?  Elizabeth Bluemle has the scoop. An East Harlem bookstore needs your help! Thanks to Heather [...]

Review of the Day: What Do You See? by Martine Perrin

WhatDoYouSee2

What Do You See? By Martine Perrin Albert Whitman & Co. $8.99 ISBN: 978-0-8075-6712-8 Ages 0-4 On shelves now. *Offspring Approved* I have always acknowledged the danger of having a child of my own. You see, as a children’s librarian I deal with parents that truly believe that if their kid does or does not [...]

It’s Not a Board Book?

HelloDay

In the book A Family of Readers: The Book Lover’s Guide to Children’s and Young Adult Literature by Roger Sutton and Martha Parravano there is a marvelous chapter right at the beginning called “A Future of Page Turns”.  Found in the “Books for Babies” section the piece (written by Ms. Parravano) has this to say [...]

Board Book Investigations: Herve Tullet

FingerWorms

They’ve never much appealed to me before, but with my future spawn a-kicking in my midriff, it’s high time I started seeking out some of the better quality board books out there.  After all, I ain’t reading no junk to the fledgling.  So it is we begin a new series here on Fuse #8: Board [...]

Recommend Me Board Books for My Young

MooBaa

Librarians like to recommend books.  Sort of their raison d’etre, if you will.  Then WHAMMO!  Stick a fetus in their belly and suddenly the tables are turned*.  Because now I’m under the distinct impression that there are some gaps in my knowledge.  Specifically, the baby knowledge.  I’m good at picture books and middle grade but [...]