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Fusenews: May Contain Comic Seriousness

Netflix version of Anne poster. (Anne of Green Gables) (Photo: Twitter Photo - @24frameworks)

Hey there, hi there, ho there, mouseketeers!  Ain’t the weather lovely out there?  Ain’t the politics insane?  Don’t you want to forget about it for a second or two and indulge in some children’s literature news?  Well now you can! I’ve some interesting tidbits for your consumption.  Behold the following:   I don’t know about […]

THEY’RE ALIIIIIIIIVE! 2017 Out-of-Print Books Back From the Dead

Print

I like too many things. It’s beginning to get suspicious. One day I might write a post about the necessity of world literature on our children’s bookshelves. The next day I turn around and start beating the drum for small publishers. Blink again and it is imperative that I talk to you about the importance […]

Back In Print: A Newbery Honor Winner Returns From the Dead

Winged Girl

Let me do a little math here. If I got my library degree in 2003 and was in school in 2002 then I must have first laid eyes on The Winged Girl of Knossos by Erick Berry fifteen years ago.  I was in a transitional point of my career.  Having taken a year of library […]

Beyond a Snowy Day: Out-of-Print African-American Children’s Book Classics

BabySays

Recently Slate decided to create a “pop-up blog” of sorts with a concentration on children’s literature. They’ve called it nightlight.  A good name.  We would have also accepted “flashlight under the sheets”.  In any case, I was initially worried that this would be another case of writers who have just found themselves to be parents […]

Out-of-Print Diversity

LavenderGreen

There is a perception that we’re all very sophisticated and educated these days, as opposed to the past.  That older books for children have a tendency to be racist or contain outdated ideas. Not so. In my *does the math* thirteen years as a children’s librarian I’ve discovered that you can find some real gems […]

Bring It Back! Out-of-Print Crimes Against Humanity: Adios, Oscar

AdiosOscar

Let’s try something a little new.  I’m only human.  I like to rant and rail about various children’s books being lamentably out-of-print as much as the next guy.  But I also acknowledge that in the current publishing state in which we live it is simply not possible to keep all books in print. That said, […]

Fusenews: Hotsy Totsy, Ducky, Spiffy, Etc.

CatcherintheRye

When I first became interested in children’s literature I decided that it would be a good idea to teach myself about all the old greats of the picture book world.  A good idea, but self-teaching is inherently limited.  As such, I’ve missed a lot of folks. For example, until now “Saul Bass” meant nothing to […]

Two Down! One to Go.

Winged+Girl

Back when my blog was an itty bitty little thing, just puttering away on Blogger, I made a little sidebar called BRING IT BACK! Out-of-Print Crimes Against Humanity! (I’m often going for the touchdown in the hyperbole). I must’ve put it up in 2007 or so, and you can look at it now if you […]