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The ALA Youth Media Awards are announced: Predictions and Reactions

SLJPregame

Well THAT was exciting!  Exciting and fun and not a single winner of today’s awards made me bang my head on a table at any point.  Hooray!  That’s what constitutes a good year, in my book.  If you’re curious about what won, the press release listing the authors can be found here.  We can now [...]

Fusenews: “There are no good books which are only for children” – W.H. Auden

Little Fuzzy

Morning, fellow plebes!  And isn’t the weather just fine and dandy these last few days?  It has been in New York anyway.  Which is to say, it feels like we briefly stole San Francisco’s temperatures for our own use this week.  Giving it back is going to be awful.  To take my mind off that, [...]

Fusenews: “…there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run / There’s still time to change the road you’re on.”

CarleHonorsWillems

The last few days have been a blur, helped not a bit by a toddler who suddenly took it into her head that 4:45 a.m. is a perfectly reasonable time to wake up and that perfectly reasonable people should be up and about and WHY ISN’T MOMMY BEING PERFECTLY REASONABLE ABOUT THIS???? … WAAAAAAUUUUGGGGHHHH!  So [...]

Fusenews: You know what they say about the size of a man’s autograph, don’t you?

MoserCarleJuster

Okay, let’s do this thing.  I’ve had a remarkably busy week and I’m itching to discuss it alongside all the other newsworthy schtoof floating about in the atmosphere.  First up . . . That Linda Epstein gal, that Linda Epstain gal, I do I LIKE that Linda Epstein gal (can you tell I’ve been reading [...]

Fusenews: Post-Sandy Edition

As I write this I don’t know what the election results are and I shall refuse to think about them all the livelong day.  Lalalalalala!  No images today, by the way.  I apparently hit my limit and need to beg SLJ for a little more space.  I’m good for it!  Honest! So there’s lots of [...]

Newbery / Caldecott 2013: The Fall Prediction Edition

For the final prediction edition of the 2013 Newbery/Caldecott Awards be sure to see my latest post here. A little late but still got it out before the end of October and the imminent arrival of Frankenstorm.  I spent a goodly part of yesterday preparing for the hurricane by baking pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.  Now [...]

Fusenews: Answer – The Horse

SassyClock

The laptop of my infinite sadness continues to remain broken which wrecks a certain special kind of havoc with my gray cells.  To distract myself, I plunge headlong into the silliest news of the week.  Let’s see if there’s anything here to console a battered Bird brain (something tells me that didn’t come out sounding [...]

Fusenews: Gleep!

BecauseDaddyLovesYou

Durn.  This is what I get for not doing a Fusenews in a while.  A whole plethora of good stuff!  Let’s see what we can use up in a single day, eh? For the record, if you haven’t read these Hunger Games comics (in the style of Kate Beaton, no?) then now’s the time.  They’re [...]

Newbery / Caldecott / Etc. 2012: Post Awards Edition

ballfordaisyNewbery

Since it’s apparently football season (or at least that’s what the trending topics on Twitter seem to imply) think of this as a kind of post-game recap of what went on yesterday in the land of ALA Media Awards.  Each year I like to look at what I got right, what I got wrong, what [...]

A Fuse #8 Prediction: Newbery / Caldecott 2012

AllWayAmerica

When you consider the fact that whole hoards of librarians will be traipsing Texas-ward this week so as to attend the Midwinter American Library Association Conference, this post is pretty much coming in at the last possible moment.  Even as we speak committee members are girding their loins (or whatever it is committee members gird) [...]

Love It to Death BUT It’ll Never Win a Caldecott

Okay, here’s a thought for you.  Perhaps this is a conversation better suited to Calling Caldecott but I’ve been thinking about those picture books that folks love in a given year but that they know in their heart of hearts will never win a Caldecott Award.  And not because their illustrators aren’t American residents, but [...]

The Conundrum of The Secret River

SecretRiver2

Oh, it’s too soon to consider 2012 Caldecott/Newbery books, right?  Of course it is.  Far too soon.  Still in the first flush of the announcements regarding the 2011 winners we should do a bit of maxin’ and relaxin’.  Enjoy some adult literature.  Sip a gimlet and enjoy all that Masterpiece Theater queuing up on our [...]

Fusenews: Newbery Fallout

Bizarro

Oh sure, it may seem like everyone’s all smiles and happiness after the recent announcements of the ALA Media awards, but don’t be fooled.  There’s definitely a deep discord of discontent out there.  Funny thing is, it has nothing to do with the books and everything to do with the day after the awards.  For [...]

Newbery/Caldecott 2011 or Well, How Awesome Was THAT?

Didn’t I TELL you it was a Wild Card Year?  And the truth?  I adore Wild Card Years.  They’re my favorites, and not just because my Newbery year’s committee picked The Higher Power of Lucky either.  The whole reason I like the ALA Media Awards is because right until the last minute anybody can win [...]

Fusenews: As one does

NancyDrew

I am writing this post today around 9 p.m. on Sunday.  As such, many of you will read this, knowing full well who the Newbery and Caldecott winners are.  I will be a little behind you in this respect.  Amusingly, I realized too late that I scheduled my latest sonogram for the PRECISE moment the [...]