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Video Sunday: Robot, heck. You should see my krumping.

BabyNames

All right.  Me stuff off the bat.  I was recently asked to moderate a panel of authors for the Children’s Media Association.  The panel consisted of Ame Dyckman, Joanne Levy, Katherine Longshore, Elisa Ludwig, Lynda Mullaly Hunt, and Sarvenaz Tash.  During the course of the evening it was suggested that we perform a Giant Dance [...]

Fusenews: I had a little list, the prettiest ever seen

CarleBlumeBird

Oh, so very much has gone on this week!  Where to begin?  What to do?  Well, for starters, NYPL released a handy dandy list to accompany their current exhibit The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter.  I helped make said list, which is officially called 100 Great Children’s Books, 100 Years.  So, two things.  [...]

The New National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature: Who’s It Gonna Be?

NationalAmbassador

There must be a psychological disorder associated with an extreme preference for speculation over cold hard facts.  Or, at the very least, a layman’s term for it.  But until I research this fully, let us indulge my proclivities and talk a little about the National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature and all that it entails.  [...]

Fusenews: Though wouldn’t you rather read “Bertie & Psmith”?

PigeonHamlet

Before we begin I would like to have a few words with the publishers on behalf of catalogers nationwide. Ahem. Hi, guys.  How’s it going?  Heckuva weird weather we’ve had lately, right?  Yeah . . . so . . . here’s the thing.  You know how you’ve been rereleasing a couple classic children’s books recently [...]

Fusenews: Paddington V. Pooh (supporters could call themselves marmalites and hunnies)

AaronZenz

You folks have been awfully good about my recent shoddy blogging, so I tip my hat in your general direction.  Jules of 7-Imp and I are putting the final touches on our book for Candlewick editing-wise and, as you might imagine, it eats up large swaths of time like an irate and hungry badger.  There [...]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #35: Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume

TalesFourth1

#35 Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume (1972) 54 points Nobody can get the voice of kids quite like Judy Blume. Fudge and Peter are every kid and just as relevant today as they were in 1972. – Stacy Dillon The synopsis from the publisher reads, “Living with his little brother, Fudge, [...]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #74: Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume

AreYouThereGod01

#74 Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume (1970) 27 points This was a story that Mom and I shared. She read it to me at bedtime during my 4th-grade year. – Hilary Writt In her June/July 1999 American Libraries article “Places I Never Meant to Be: A Personal View”, Ms. Blume [...]

Video Sunday: “Not after what those kids did to Pop.”

LoraxColbert

Fun Fact: Remember that Re-Seussification Project I posted?  And how it happened to come out the day before the birthday of the good doctor himself?  Total coincidence.  I had no idea.  At the same time The Lorax has come out in theaters.  Know how I know?  Because every other minute there’s an ad on my [...]

Fusenews: Shelve the books but shelve them slant

BoyBearBoatBrit

“I just finished a poem where St. Francis and St. Clare double-date with Thoreau and Evita and it just makes me very happy.”  My mother was the winner of the 2011 Prairie Schooner Book Prize because she is as good as it gets.  No brag.  Just fact.  Prairie Schooner recently interviewed her as well and [...]