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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 [...]

Review of the Day: A Little Bitty Man by Halfdan Rasmussen

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A Little Bitty Man and Other Poems for the Very Young By Halfdan Rasmussen Translated by Marilyn Nelson and Pamela Espeland Illustrated by Kevin Hawkes Candlewick Press $15.99 ISBN: 978-0763623791 Ages 3-8 On shelves now. Denmark! Mention the country and children’s literature in one breath and what would most Americans think of? Well, if they [...]

Poetry Month Ideas: Try Something a Little Different

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Don’t look now but it’s Poetry Month.  Yup.  It kind of snuck up on me too.  For a lot of librarians Poetry Month is that blessed time of year when our Dewey Decimal #811 books start flying off the shelves.  The time of year when we can start to seriously recommend those titles that might [...]

Review of the Day: Won Ton by Lee Wardlaw

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Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku By Lee Wardlaw Illustrated by Eugene Yelchin Henry Holt and Company (a division of Macmillan) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-805-8995-0 Ages 4-8 On shelves February 15, 2011 A substitute teacher came up to my reference desk seeking, “Fun haiku books” to turn into lesson plans with their kids. That’s [...]

Review of the Day: Nest, Nook and Cranny by Susan Blackaby

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Nest, Nook and Cranny By Susan Blackaby Illustrated by Jamie Hogan Charlesbridge $15.95 ISBN: 978-1-58089-350-3 Ages 5-12 On shelves now I don’t know about kids in other parts of the country but in New York City kids get a particular assignment, usually around their second or third grade year. When the leaves have long since [...]

Review of the Day: Ubiquitous by Joyce Sidman

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Ubiquitous: Celebrating Nature’s Survivors By Joyce Sidman Illustrated by Beckie Prange $17.00 ISBN: 978-0-618-71719-4 Ages 6-10 On shelves now. I believe that there are different muses of children’s literature. You have you Beautiful Spine muses, your Great Editor muses, your Awe-Inspiring Marketing muses, and your Copyediting Magnificence muses. Each one of these references those elements [...]

Review of the Day: Sharing the Seasons selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins

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Sharing the Seasons: A Book of Poems Selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins Illustrated by David Diaz Margaret K. McElderry Books (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) $21.99 ISBN: 978-1-4169-0210-4 Ages 8-12 On shelves now Yesterday I was frustrated. Very very frustrated. I’m a children’s librarian. Patrons tell me what they desire and I find just [...]

Review of the Day: Guyku by Bob Raczka

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Guyku: A Year of Haiku for Boys By Bob Raczka Illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds Houghton Mifflin Harcourt $14.99 ISBN: 978-0-547-24003-9 Ages 4-8 On shelves October 4, 2010 There’s been a lot of discussion lately about getting guys to read. Little guys, that is. The figuring is that if you don’t rope boys into the [...]

Baby Wants Another New Award: Poetry Time!

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Demanding little thing, aren’t I?  No sooner has the discussion of what an ALA accredited graphic novel award would entail than I launch into a new discussion.  It is Friday, the time when bloggers like myself customarily participate in Poetry Friday (today Live. Love. Explore! has the round-up).  What better time then to talk about [...]

Review of the Day – Skywriting: Poems to Fly by J. Patrick Lewis

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Skywriting: Poems to Fly By J. Patrick Lewis Illustrated by Laszlo Kubinyi Creative Editions $17.95 ISBN: 978-1-56846-203-5 Ages 4-8 On shelves September 1, 2010 We were promised jet packs. That’s what the future was supposed to hold for us. When you think of the future you may imagine things like flying cars or personalized jet [...]

Review of the Day: Mirror Mirror by Marilyn Singer

Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse By Marilyn Singer Illustrated by Josee Masse Dutton (an imprint of Penguin) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-525-47901-7 Ages 4 and up On shelves now. I like to think that the world of children’s literature has gained a bit more respect in the last decade or so. Folks notice it and [...]

Review of the Day: The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear

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The Owl and the Pussycat By Edward Lear Illustrations by Stephane Jorisch Part of the Visions in Poetry Series. KCP Press (an imprint of Kids Can Press) I’ve no beef with Edward Lear, but I’ve no particular love of him either. Best known for his sweet nonsense poems, Lear often comes off as a slightly [...]