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Video Sunday: Gingerbread houses, red carpets, and virtual toilet paper

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How do, folks.  Well, as you might have heard, this past ALA Caldecott/Newbery/Wilder Banquet saw me interviewing hoards of famous people alongside the multi-talented Jim Averbeck and partner-in-crime Kristin Clark.  Those videos have now all appeared online at a single solitary location: Kidlit Red Carpet.  It is very unfortunate that my interview with Laura Rodgers [...]

Review of the Day: Little Chicken’s Big Day by Katie Davis and Jerry Davis

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Little Chicken’s Big Day By Katie Davis and Jerry Davis Margaret K. McElderry Books (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) $14.99 ISBN: 978-1-4424-1401-3 Ages 4-8 On shelves now. Are there any picture book catchphrases that have entered the cultural lexicon? I’m serious in asking this, but I’m a poor judge of what everyone knows. When [...]

Video Sunday: Weirdly supple crystal balls

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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 [...]

Video Sunday: The Swankiest Bathmat in Town

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It’s hard to have a favorite part of the Newbery/Caldecott Banquet to look forward to, but definitely up there is the red carpet interview portion.  Each year Jim Averbeck whips out the camera and questions and has the luminaries of the field give their thoughts and opinions on a variety of schtoofs.  2011 was no [...]

Video Sunday: Hey, you like Turkish Delight as much as I do

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Oh, wow.  Just . . . wow.  Some of you may already be aware of the Boogie Woogie blog, run by author/illustrator Aaron Zenz and his three kids.  The fact that it may be the best blog out there in which kids participate in the discussion of children’s literature is evidenced by nothing so much [...]

Video Sunday: Delicious Bee-Meat

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Well, that was satisfying.  For those of you unfamiliar with the James Kennedy/Neil Gaiman “feud” (and I use that term loosely) this video may work best with a little background.  You see, I first became acquainted with the YA author of The Order of Odd Fish when he wrote this remarkable screed entitled America, Emulate [...]

Fusenews: It’s a mouse. It’s a monkey. It’s a blue footed booby.

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So I’m at a lovely picture book author’s event the other night at Sharlene’s (note the shameless plug for my friend’s bar) and while talking to some industry folks I hear a rumor I’d previously been unaware of.  “Did you know that they’re thinking of merging the ALA and BEA conferences?”  Uh . . . [...]

Fusenews: Of gigs and dreck

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Comic book bloggers and children’s literature bloggers are two sides of the same coin.  Our interests often run parallel.  The degree to which the academic world regards us is fairly similar (though admittedly we get to have Norton Anthologies while they are sorely lacking any such distinction).  I don’t read my comic book blogs as [...]

Press Release Fun: Brain Burps About Books & Contest!

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Here’s the pretty lady I occasionally do podcast reviews for.  She’s got herself a sweet little press release.  Heads up: THINKING ABOUT CHILDREN’S BOOKS? THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT! Author/illustrator creates kidlit-centric podcast with bonus-laden app Online talk radio attracts over 2.6 million listeners each month and practically all of them listen to Katie Davis’s [...]

Video Sunday: “If I hadn’t become an artist I probably would have become a serial killer.”

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What you are witnessing here is the first trailer for Library of the Early Mind — a feature-length documentary film by Edward J. Delaney and Steven Withrow exploring children’s literature.  According to its website, “The film will have its first public screening at Harvard University in October and is now being submitted to film festivals [...]