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Fusenews: Honest Toddlers and Awesome Amish

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First off, I have to suspect that after this week my blogging stats will be fairly healthy.  First I wondered whither the 2013 middle grade black boys and then Sophie Blackall let me become the repository for some truly fantastic stories.  Doubling back to that question about diversity in 2013 middle grades, author Varian Johnson [...]

The Niblings Arrive: A Children’s Literature Supergroup for All Your Children’s Literary Needs

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Think of it like Voltron.  Or, better yet, don’t. If you are a clever daily blog reader and you have already seen the posts at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast, Nine Kinds of Pie, and 100 Scope Notes then what I’m about to tell you will come as no surprise.  To wit: The Niblings is [...]

Children’s Literary Salon: Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss

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I am serious as death when I state that if you see no other Children’s Literary Salon at NYPL, see this one: The Children’s Literary Salon is pleased to announce our next event this Saturday, October 27th at 2:00 p.m. Children’s Literary Salon Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss: How an Unlikely Couple Found Love, Dodged [...]

Fusenews: “This book might change your soul”

Okay. News of a double quick time fashion today, folks. Let’s see what you can do with these yummy numbers: Maurice Sendak as hot young man. Now that I have your attention I will now direct you to this magnificent interview with Phil Nel. As you may have heard he has a helluva biography coming [...]

Fusenews: Just your average everyday “New York Public Library girl materials dilettante”

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Okay!  So I’m a little out of practice when it comes to these news items and looking at some of the stuff I’ve accumulated in the last month, a good swath of it is out of date.  Here’s what I have that’s current then. Not long ago the good people at the Women’s National Book [...]

Fusenews: Now with more earthquaky goodness

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The fabulous Colleen Mondor and Jackie Parker-Robinson have come up with a clever notion.  Kidlitcon, the yearly conference for bloggers of child and teen literature, fast approacheth and this year, things are getting a bit switched.  As Colleen says on her blog, “What we decided was to shift things just a bit, both by moving [...]

Video Sunday: Now with more monkeys

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First off, today I’d be amiss if I did not direct you to submit your favorite book trailers to the SLJ Trailee Awards.*  If you’ve a favorite trailer that was posted between the dates of July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011, SLJ wants to hear about it.  Think back through all the book trailers [...]

Video Sunday: Spook-Offs and More

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I hope you will excuse the lateness of today’s post.  I was watching Men in Black last night.  As excuses go, I’m sure you’ve heard worse. 100 Scope Notes found what has to be my favorite video of the week, bar none.  George Kareman reminds me of nothing so much as a slightly less weird [...]

Video Sunday: “We’re keeping food fresh till the end of days!”

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I’ve been clutching this video to my chest for months, just waiting, waiting, waiting for September to come around.  Children’s literature related?  Not unless funky puppets count (that puppet makes me laugh every time).  Just consider this something to get your groove on today.  September is here (yipes!) and if your weather is anything like [...]

Fusenews: I mean, a fear of tent worms isn’t all THAT ridiculous, right?

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I am indebted to Jenny Schwartzberg for bringing to my attention the fact that the BBC’s extensive archives are offering up recordings of some of the great British Novelists of the past.  These are both television and radio programs and they are intoxicating.  You can hear the very voice of Virginia Woolf herself.  And on [...]