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The ALA Youth Media Awards are announced: Predictions and Reactions


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 […]

Introducing the First Ever, Absolutely Fantastic, SLJ Pre-Game and Post-Game Show!!!


Here’s the situation.  The ALA Youth Media Awards are going to air this coming Monday, January 27th.  If you’re anything like me, you’ve been waiting for them for quite a long time.  You’ve read the Mock Newberys and Caldecotts.  You’ve read some of the contenders and thought things through.  Now’s the time to find out […]

Video Sunday: Everything in this post reeks of awesome


Took me a couple minutes to get into this one, but once I remembered the premise it helped.  This is basically The Wizard of Oz redone with pop songs.  A lot of which, sad to say, I have never heard of.  Fortunately I could at least recognize the weird genius of the line, “You’re just […]

Giving Scaredy New Reasons to Fear: A Gingerbread House Extravaganza (With Some Shrinky Dinks for Spice!)


The jolly gift of the season, for me, is to have friends with oodles, sheer oodles, of talent just ah-flowing out of their gills (so to speak).  Last year I posted about how some buddies and I got together to make Shrinky-Dink Christmas ornaments (which, in turn, led to Shrinky-Dink Caldecott jewelry later in the […]

Dueling Bingos: Emphasis on “Duel”


I have promised you tales of BINGO, have I not?  Tales to curl the very insides of your soul.  Tales that recount my magnificent victory over Lady Luck, Charlie Chance, and Sarah Serendipity!  And recount my tale I shall! A week and a half ago I asked you, my faithful readers, to sponsor me in […]