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An Unbiased Plug for My Mother

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Okay.  That’s an outright lie, I suppose.  Who can be unbiased about their mom?  Particularly when their mom writes awesome poetry?  Particularly particularly when she has been published by The University of Nebraska Press and her book is out on shelves now. You can’t trust me (obviously).  So I’ll just casually put these quotes from […]

Review of the Day: Step Gently Out by Helen Frost and Rick Lieder

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Step Gently Out By Helen Frost Photographs by Rick Lieder Candlewick Press $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-5601-0 Ages 3-8 On shelves now I have lots of little soapboxes scattered around my home that I like to pounce on in idle moments. Big soapboxes. Little soapboxes. Anyone who knows me is forced to hear me expound from one […]

Review of the Day: The President’s Stuck in the Bathtub by Susan Katz

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The President’s Stuck in the Bathtub!: Poems About the Presidents By Susan Katz Illustrated by Robert Neubecker Clarion Books (an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-547-18221-6 Ages 6-10 On shelves now Funny what kids pick up. When I was a tot of four I had a little electronic game that came with its […]

Review of the Day: A Stick Is an Excellent Thing by Marilyn Singer

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A Stick Is an Excellent Thing By Marilyn Singer Illustrated by LeUyen Pham Clarion Books (a Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-547-12493-3 Ages 4-8 On shelves now If the helicopter parents don’t smother `em then the death of recess by test-minded schools will. Kids today have a heck of a time playing like they used […]

Review of the Day: Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It by Gail Carson Levine

Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It: False Apology Poems By Gail Carson Levine Illustrated by Matthew Cordell Harper (an imprint of Harper Collins) $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-06-178725-6 Ages 5-10 On shelves March 13th I tend to run my bookgroup for kids between the ages of 9-12 like a gentle dictatorship. I choose the books, the […]

Review of the Day: Peaceful Pieces by Anna Grossnickle Hines

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Peaceful Pieces: Poems and Quilts About Peace By Anna Grossnickle Hines Henry Holt (Macmillan) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-8050-899607 Ages 4-8 On shelves now. Folks will ask for it. Sure they will. You sit at a children’s reference desk in a library long enough and eventually somebody is going to ask you for a book on the […]

Fusenews: Hotsy Totsy, Ducky, Spiffy, Etc.

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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 […]