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Press Release Obit: Donald J. Sobol – Creator of Encyclopedia Brown

In the fall of 2011 I was contacted by the Oberlin Alumni Magazine. Oberlin had been my #3 choice of college when I was a high school senior and I wondered in the vaguest sense if they were going to try a new pitch on me. Nothing doing, they simply wanted to get a quote [...]

RIP Leo Dillon, 1933-2012

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As I’m sure you’ve heard the news already but in case you haven’t, yet another star in the Caldecott firmament went out.  Leo Dillon, perhaps best known as the first African-American winner of the Caldecott Award, has passed away following complications with a recent surgery.  For a recap of his history, his life with Diane, [...]

Saying Goodbye to Yet Another Legend: Jean Craighead George

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It seems natural to mention at this time the passing of Jean Craighead George, surprisingly so soon after Maurice Sendak’s demise. I’m sure I surprise no one when I say that she will be appearing on this list of top Chapter Books.  You may read her obituary in Publishers Weekly here. Also, Open Road Media [...]

Wild Thing, I Think I Loved You: Maurice Sendak 1928-2012

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We’ve lost one of the old guard.  One of our legends.  The fellow you could name in a crowded room and find that everyone, regardless of their age or occupation, knew in some way.  Maurice Sendak, as I’m sure we all know by now, passed away Tuesday.  While the CBC Gala celebrating the Children’s Book [...]

Fusenews: “whimsically apocalyptic”

As I’m sure many of you heard Jan Berenstain, half of The Berenstain Bears, passed away recently. The Gothamist called us up at NYPL and wondered if we had any Berenstain goodies in our collection. We don’t but we knew who did. You can read their obit here. The SLJ obit is also well worth [...]

Fusenews: In which I cram in a whole mess of resources just for the heck of it

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Two authors of children’s books passed away recently, one on the American side of the equation and one across the sea in Britain.  For the Yanks, Bill Wallace has been on our shelves for any number of years.  You can read a lovely SLJ obituary for him here.  As for the other person, that would [...]

Fusenews: When “going green” is a bad thing

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The last time I did a Fusenews was more than a week ago.  As such my links all seem a bit out of date.  Ah well.  Let’s have fun with a partially abbreviated Fusenews today then.  However, to begin . . . Sometimes it feels like we always lose some of the best ones at [...]

Fusenews: Hubba wha?

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Oh!  This is very sad news.  Russell Hoban, the genius behind the Frances books (Bread & Jam for Frances, etc.) as well as older titles like The Mouse and His Child (relatively recently re-illustrated by David Small) has died.  Perhaps appropriate for the season he was also the genius behind Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas, a [...]

Fusenews: A Very Young Blogger

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Anne McCaffrey passed away yesterday at the age of 85.  I have linked to the io9 obituary because the title mentions her book The Ship Who Sang which was a great favorite of my mother’s back in the day.  I was more of a Dragonriders of Pern fan myself.  I have a very clear memory [...]

Fusenews: “A sort of child’s Jane Eyre.”

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“Jarrett Krosoczka is one of 25 hottest children’s authors in the nation.” So said Henderson City Mayor Andy Hafen when presenting Mr. Krosoczka with the key to the city.  I’ll just say that again.  The mayor of a city mentioned Jarrett being part of my old The Hot Men of Children’s Literature series when presenting [...]

Fusenews: Horton hears too much. He must be dealt with.

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As you may have heard, last week author William Sleator passed away.  I met him once during the Midwinter ALA Conference in Philadelphia.  He was part of an Abrams brunch in which librarians munched on food and spoke to various authors.  I was pleased to get Mr. Sleator’s autograph on a book for a friend [...]

Fusenews: Who reviews the reviewers?

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I was saddened to learn of the death of children’s author Georgess McHargue on Monday, July 18th.  It seems that this was a death our community missed and I am sorry for it.  Ms. McHargue penned many a fine children’s novel, but my favorite would have to be Stoneflight, a tale of New York City’s [...]

Fusenews: Back to work, everybody!

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Top o’ the Tuesday to you, gentle readers!  After a delightful Memorial Day Weekend of doing very little (aside from watching somewhat strangely high statistics for my dinky little Saturday review) I am now working my final week at NYPL before the imminent arrival of a brand new Baby Bird.  So let’s pack in the [...]

Obituary: Steven Kroll

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Oh.  I heard with great sorrow that children’s author Steven Kroll passed away earlier this week.  I don’t know how many of you ever had the chance to meet Steven.  He was a big part of PEN here in New York City, which is where I’d usually run into him.  Over the years I got [...]

Obit: Perry Moore, YA author of Hero

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I was incredibly sorry to hear that Perry Moore, the producer of the Narnia films and the YA author of Hero was found dead recently.  Perry was really just the sweetest guy, the few times I met with him.  We speak of people being warm, but Perry really was.  There was nothing “Hollywood” about him [...]