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Fusenews: All you need is love (and books before the age of 3)

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Zounds! No reason in particular I wrote that word.  I just like to say “Zounds!” from time to time. Onward! I initially misread this post as “Summer Reading Takes a Hit From Online Scanning and Skimming Researchers Say” (which shows you where my mind is these days).  It’s not “Summer” but Serious Reading Takes a [...]

Fusenews: Blink and you’ll miss it

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Hey all!  Before I dive into the oddities of the world in which we live, I just wanted to give a bit of a shout out to two distinct groups that allowed me to sprawl my librarian self all over their respective gatherings.  First up, credit and love to Nancy Castaldo and all the folks [...]

Fusenews: Berries of new, cots of Cal.

WinnieComic

Today I shall begin by ripping out your heart and stomping it into tiny shreds upon the floor.  You may be aware that for years I have worked with the real Winnie-the-Pooh toys at NYPL.  You may also know that the real Christopher Robin had a serious falling out with his father about the books.  [...]

Fusenews: Paddington V. Pooh (supporters could call themselves marmalites and hunnies)

AaronZenz

You folks have been awfully good about my recent shoddy blogging, so I tip my hat in your general direction.  Jules of 7-Imp and I are putting the final touches on our book for Candlewick editing-wise and, as you might imagine, it eats up large swaths of time like an irate and hungry badger.  There [...]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #26: Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne

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#26 Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne (1926) 65 points Time to scrub our minds of Disney and go back to the original. Yes, I was a proud member of a student initiated “A.A. Milne Society” in college. – Aaron Zenz This book has been part of my life for as long as I can remember. I [...]

Fusenews: Words, words, wonderful words

DanSantat

Though I mentioned it yesterday, I was pleased as punch to discover the recent winners of the Society of Illustrator’s Original Art.  The Gold?  It went to a plucky (and very good) little nonfiction title by the name of Witches! The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem, both written and illustrated by Rosalyn Schanzer.  [...]

Fusenews: Hand me my smelling salts! I think I have the vapors!

Krosockza

There was a kerfuffle this weekend.  Did you notice?  It was a YA kerfuffle, which I generally tend to avoid, but sometimes inanity makes for good blogging.  And nothing was quite as inane as the recent Wall Street Journal article Darkness Too Visible.  The gist: My goodness, my gracious, have you seen what kids are [...]

Fusenews: A Scarry Renaissance

Nellie

Recently a fellow co-worker at NYPL, a Mr. Jonathan Pace, decided to write a piece for NYPL’s Huffington blog called Returning to Busytown: Remembering Richard Scarry.  Best of all, the man did his research.  He got in touch with Scarry’s son, Mr. Huck Scarry, and has posted all kinds of information and photographs that certainly [...]

Fusenews: A small smackerel of news

ForeverRose

When you work with the real Winnie-the-Pooh you have a tendency to get complacent. “Oh sure,” you think.  ” I know everything about that bear.  Absolutely everything.”  So it’s nice when the universe gives you a swift kick in the pants to remind you that you are not always up on your Pooh knowledge.  Or [...]

Fusenews: Juice proof

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Oh man.  I need to get my third Newbery/Caldecott predictions up and pronto.  Now that the Heavy Medal blog has entered the arena again you just know that the debating is about to begin.  Already I can see that I’ll have to fight tooth and nail for my beloved One Crazy Summer and that Nina [...]

Fusenews: Chubby little cubby all stuffed with RAGE!!!!

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On Saturday, August 7th at 2:00 p.m. I will be moderating a talk with Stephen Roxburgh of namelos and Jennifer Perry, the Assistant Vice President & Editorial Director of the Book Publishing Group at Sesame Workshop, about ebooks, digital literature, and the current children’s literary industry.  As preparation, this article from Publishers Weekly called The [...]