Search on SLJ.com ....
Subscribe to SLJ
Follow This Blog: RSS feed
A Fuse #8 Production
Inside A Fuse #8 Production

Fusenews: Because nothing says “birthday” like Barbarsol

Bunny

First and foremost, hello.  How are you?  Are you having a nice day?  So nice to see you here, but before we go any further I must tell you that you very much need to leave me.  Just for a little while.  As you may have heard, my book with Jules Danielson and Peter Sieruta, [...]

Fusenews: Private jet, please

KidlitCupcakes2

First up, my little sister.  My daughter recently had her third birthday so my sis came up with a craft involving what she calls Do It Yourself Cupcakes. Each cupcake sported a teeny tiny cover of one of my child’s favorite books.  Then we took them to her daycare where she delightedly set about pointing [...]

Fusenews: Nailed It!

Witches

Don’t you hate it when you’ve saved oodles of links for a Fusenews only to find your computer apparently ate them without informing you?  Fun times.  So if I promised some of you that I’d post something and then I didn’t, remind me of the fact.  Clearly me brain is running on fumes. Stop.  Before [...]

Fusenews: The P.D. Eastman Influence

Crowpaperback

Hope you all had a marvelous Thanksgiving yesterday!  I had family in town, including my niece and brother-in-law.  Steve, the bro-in-law in question, has a kind of genius for synthesizing down P.D. Eastman books to their most essential lessons.  He’s always objected to Are You My Mother? on the basis that this baby bird is [...]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #28: The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

GoldenCompass1

#28 The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman (1995) 61 points It’s refreshing when children’s literature tackles grand themes and trusts that the reader can handle them. Such is the case with Philip Pullman’s landmark 1995 fantasy. What’s more grand than a meditation on the human soul? But maybe Pullman’s greatest feat was to craft a [...]

Video Sunday: Feel Good, Inc.

HalloweenRecs

Halloween is on the horizon so Monica Edinger (of Educating Alice n’ such) whipped together a handy dandy little list of recommended spooky 2011 books for the season.  These videos take a bloody long time to make but dude, they are so worth it in the end. Now I should remind you that soon soon [...]

Video Sunday: Weirdly supple crystal balls

ReadingBook

Oh good. Now we have a rallying cry. Bonus.  Thanks to Maureen Johnson for the link. Travis at 100 Scope Notes recently discovered the author video cache to beat all author video caches.  As he puts it “I challenge you to a good ol’ fashioned game of ‘I Bet I Can Find a Video Interview [...]

The Secret Past of Phillip Pullman

Howtobecool

Let this reassure all the authors of children’s books out there.  You can be the greatest writer in the world and still produce middling fare in your early years.  Today’s example is How to Be Cool by Philip Pullman circa 1987.  Perhaps a bit different from The Golden Compass: Step One: Find some hot pink [...]

Celebrate Banned Books Week 2010

myracle

Well, kiddos, it’s that time of year again.  And what better way to kick it all off than by beginning with the Yahoo! News opinion piece Opinion: There is a time to ban books from school libraries?  Once again, Lauren Myracle is the author on trial.  Honestly, if you had told me three years ago [...]