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We Need Diverse Books . . . But Are We Willing to Discuss Them With Our Kids?

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For my birthday my husband picked me up a copy of the bestselling book NurtureShock by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman.  To be frank, I hadn’t heard of it.  Though it’s been called “The Freakonomics of child rearing” and lauded by reviewer after reviewer it’s from the world of adult books.  I traipse there but [...]

Review of the Day: The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson

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The Great Greene Heist By Varian Johnson Arthur A. Levine Books (an imprint of Scholastic) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-545-52552-7 Ages 10 and up On shelves May 27th What is the ultimate child fantasy? I’m not talking bubble gum sheets or wizards that tell you you’re “the chosen one”. Let’s think a little more realistically here. When [...]

Fusenews: Abundant Smart Cookies

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Oh, what fun we shall have now that the weather is better.  Here in New York spring sprang yesterday and all the New Yorkers, as one, exhaled in relief.  We are perfectly aware that it can’t last (can anything?) but we’re enjoying it while we can.  So sit back and glue your eyes to a [...]

Top 100 books by Indigenous Masters

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Everyone loves a good list but finding lists that reflect the intelligence of experts in a given field can sometimes be tricky.  Consider, if you will, books about American Indians for the kiddos.  I can’t tell you how many summer reading lists I see every year that have The Indian in the Cupboard, The Matchlock [...]

Fusenews: Boom!

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It’s always the filler.  I have this little file where I jot down ideas for posts on days when my brain is mush, and most recently I jotted down the old “casual diversity” question a friend asked me once.  Figured it would make for a good quickie blog post and then I’d be on my [...]

2014 Kids of Color: Things Are Looking Up

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You know why I’m looking forward to 2014?  It’s not the fresh start that comes with every turn of the globe.  It’s not the incipient birth of my second child (I lie . . . it is that, but for the purposes of this piece we’re going to pretend that it’s not).  It’s not the [...]

Fusenews: Et tu, Mike Inkpen?

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New Blog Alert: There’s a CCBC blog.  Did you know that?  I didn’t know that.  I am, of course, perfectly aware that only a good 15% of my readers instantly can call to mind what CCBC even stands for.  It’s the Cooperative Children’s Book Center and for years I’ve followed ccbc-net, their listserv.  I must [...]

Review of the Day: A Song for Bijou by Josh Farrar

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A Song for Bijou By Josh Farrar Walker Books for Young Readers (an imprint of Bloomsbury) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-8027-3394-8 Ages 9-12 On shelves now Now let us discuss the middle school book. It is, arguably, the most forgotten book of its kind on a library and/or bookstore shelf. The book written for your average everyday [...]

Fusenews: More rubbish, please!

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You know what’s hot these days, topic-wise?  Diversity!  Or maybe just the lack thereof.  Seems its all anyone can talk about this week.  First the First Book blog reported that “at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America) meeting, hosted by President Bill Clinton, [they] announced First Book’s commitment to create a sustainable solution [...]

A Mexican Conundrum

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The other day I sat down with one Karen Coeman to discuss the state of Mexican children’s books today.  Working as she does in Mexico with the hope of bringing more Mexican titles to American shores, she filled me in on a lot of the difficulties facing Mexican books for kids.  Between the difficulty of [...]

Review of the Day: Never Forgotten by Patricia McKissack

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Never Forgotten By Patricia C. McKissack Illustrated by Leon and Diane Dillon Schwartz & Wade $18.99 ISBN: 978-0-375-84384-6 Ages 4 and up On shelves October 11, 2011 The more I read children’s literature the more I come to realize that my favorite books for kids are the ones that can take disparate facts, elements, and [...]

Review of the Day: The No. I Car Spotter by Atinuke

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The No. 1 Car Spotter By Atinuke Illustrated by Warwick Johnson Cadwell Kane/Miller (a division of EDC Publishing) $5.99 ISBN: 978-1-61067-051-7 Ages 7-11 On shelves September 1st. When I discovered the amazing, remarkable, one-of-a-kind, never before seen Anna Hibiscus books by Atinuke last year I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. It just didn’t [...]

Review of the Day: EllRay Jakes is Not a Chicken by Sally Warner

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EllRay Jakes is Not a Chicken! By Sally Warner Illustrated by Jamie Harper Viking (an imprint of Penguin) $14.99 ISBN: 978-0-670-06243-0 Ages 6-9 On shelves May 12th Quiz time. Place your books under your desks and bring out your #2 pencils. Everyone ready? All right. Reach back into your brain cells and please name for [...]

Review of the Day: Words in the Dust by Trent Reedy

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Words in the Dust By Trend Reedy Arthur A. Levine Books (an imprint of Scholastic) $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-545-26125-8 Ages 11 and up. On shelves now. A children’s book, written by a soldier about an Afghani girl, set in the recent past. That’s a toughie. There are a lot of easier books out there to review [...]

Columbus Day Review: A Coyote Columbus Story by Thomas King

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A Coyote Columbus Story By Thomas King Illustrated by William Kent Monkman Groundwood Books $6.95 978-0-88899-830-9 Ages 5 and up On shelves now Happy Fiorello H. LaGuardia Day!* One of the perks that came with attending the Kidlitosphere Conference was free goodies.  For example, Ellen Klages was kind enough to hand me The Coyote Road: [...]