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Fusenews: Aw, pfui

It is WAY too late in the day for me to be only starting a Fusenews post now.  All right, guys. Looks like we’re gonna have to do today double quick time.  Sorry, but I’ve a ticking time bomb in the other room (sometimes also known as “my daughter”) and I gotsta gets to bed before midnight.  Here we go!

  • February means only one thing.  The Brown Bookshelf has resumed their 28 Days Later campaign.  So stop complaining about the fact that black writers and illustrators aren’t better acknowledged and actually read all about them!  This is your required reading of the month.  And no, I’m not joking.
  • Some sad Obit news.  Diane Wolkstein, storyteller and picture book/folktale author passed away after heart surgery in Taiwan.
  • Happier news.  My mom, the published poet, gets interviewed by Foreword Magazine.  Note the copious Little Women references.
  • The happiest news of all.  This will, if you are anything like me, make your day.  Delightful doesn’t even begin to describe it.  Thanks to Robin Springberg Parry for the link.
  • Were you aware that there was an offensive Flat Stanley book out there?  Nor I.  And yet . . .
  • Hat tip to the ShelfTalker folks for actually putting together the top starred books of 2012.  Mind you, only YA titles can get seven stars because (I think) they include VOYA.  Ah well.
  • My new favorite thing?  Jon Klassen fan art.  Like this one from Nancy Vo.  Cute.
  • Meet Eerdmans, my new best friend.  Look what they put on their books for the last ALA Midwinter.

Thanks to Travis Jonker for the heads up!

  • Hey!  Public school librarians and public library librarians!  Want money?  The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation is giving away grants.  Free money!  Take it, people, take it!
  • The Battle of the (Kids’) Book Contenders are announced and nigh.  I’m a little bit late with that info.  Ah well.
  • One of my children’s librarians has been getting twenty different kinds of attention because she circulated an American Girl doll.  Now try and picture how many donations she now has to deal with.  Yup.
  • An interesting use of the term “whittle”.  As in, “I think I’m going to whittle off all the toes on my feet”.  Except more drastic, less cosmetic.
  • Travis Jonker and the very fun idea to create a Children’s Literature casting call.  I’d counter that Josh Radnor is more Jarrett Krosoczka (though I may be just a bit confused since Jarrett was actually in the background of an episode of How I Met Your Mother in the past), Lisa Loeb is more Erin E. Stead, Neal Patrick Harris as either Mac Barnett or Adam Gidwitz, Stanley Tucci as Arthur A. Levine, and maybe Jeffrey Wright as Kadir Nelson, except that Kadir is better looking.  Hm.  This will bear additional thought.
  • Daily Image:

Fair play to The College of Creative Design. I do like this new ad campaign of theirs.

Thanks to The Infomancer for the link.

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. Taye Diggs isn’t quite good looking enough, either, but he’s another possibliity.

  2. Betsy,

    I am very sad that Dr. Zetta Elliott feels the need to move away from the world of children’s literature but understand her reasons all too well. Perhaps what we need more than a “read these books” campaign is a “buy these books” push. I want to adapt the Room of One’s Own bookstore (Madison, WI) campaign to challenge readers of your blog and elsewhere to pledge to buy two more books this year that are written by people of color than were purchased last year.

    On a completely different note, I hear that there may be a mother daughter signing in Kalamazoo in April! Don’t completely fill up your schedule until we have a chance to chat! Cheers!

    • Me, too, Ed. Maybe we can add a twist to the challenge of buying two more books by people of color… what if we also asked for our money back on one with racist images?

      Flat Stanley at Mount Rushmore (Betsy linked to my critique) is one option. So are the LITTLE HOUSE books. Yesterday, Ebony Thomas pointing me to an illustration of Pa in blackface in LITTLE TOWN ON THE PRAIRIE. I added that illustration to my post about Pa remembering how, as a kid, he’d imagine himself hunting Indians ( Every time I think about that idea being in a children’s book, I’m blown away.

      Some years ago, I asked people on child_lit and elsewhere to tell me of another children’s book in which a character expressed that idea (hunting Indians or any people) and the only title anyone could remember was a short story sometimes read in high school English classes.

      So—what if we bought two books and returned two others at the same time? Or bought two books and deselected two and wrote to the publisher letting them know we were deselecting the two books and why… Or bought two books and blogged about two we were pledging not to use anymore with children (saving them, perhaps, for use in a high school Social Justice class or the like)…

      One thing I learned in my Collection Development class is that by deselecting (weeding) books from a library shelf, there is room for new books. We need room for new books—not just on the shelf—but in our hearts and minds, too. We’ll need to be willing to admit that some books gotta go!

  3. You should do more posts late in the day and in a hurry as this one is pretty darned good. Lots of good links and the “If someone offers you art school, just say ‘No’ ” ads are hillarious.


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