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RIP Gene Wilder: Children’s Literature’s Avatar


Consider, if you will, the life of Gene Wilder.  Since his death, many people have been doing precisely that.  It makes me happy, but since I’ve harbored a not-so-secret crush on the man for decades (a quick search of this blog will back that up) I felt it necessary to point out that for all […]

Video Sunday: I Have Felt It


Are you aware of the Cozy Classics board book series? How about the felted board book versions of the original Star Wars movies? The other night I had dinner with Cozy Classics creator Holman Wang and we talked about his process. Turns out, the felted characters are needle felted entirely. A lawyer by trade, Holman […]

Video Sunday: Meeting All Your Sleer n’ Thneed Needs


2014 marked a distinct increase in attention spent on children’s books with diverse characters. However, this is not to say that all books with diverse characters got the same amount of attention.  Take, for example, Saving Baby Doe by Danette Vigilante.  It was one of the only middle grade books in 2014 to sport a […]

Fusenews: Red-bearded ghosts welcome!


I begin today with news that is only tangentially children’s literature related.  My excuse is that it makes me so happy I can hardly breathe.  For Christmas I got the soundtrack of the musical Matilda, and I’ve been cooing over the brilliant lyrics and music ever since.  Tim Minchin was the man behind said lyrics […]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #95: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery


#95 The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1943) 20 points One of the most marvelous books in children’s literature. Period. – Hotspur Closser And now the book that I simply could not believe didn’t make the poll the last time! Though I’m sure we all read it in in French class the book has […]

Fusenews: Prehistoric Security Guards = Instant Awe


I must say, I was more than impressed by the sheer wealth of great children’s poets weighing in on yesterday’s post about the conspicuous lack of an ALSC poetry award.  Today, we shall switch gears and instead start off the day with a fine little . . . New Blog Alert: I’ve decided that I […]