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The Top 100 Children’s Novels Poll: Everything Else (Part One)

And so we reach the end of everything.  Due to the sheer size of this list, I haven’t been able to change the formatting sufficiently.  However, it’s readable to a large extent. And if you pick through it there are still some surprises. Three number 6 votes for The Silver Curlew by Eleanor Farjeon. The […]

Video Sunday: A bounty! A plethora! A magnificent host of videos!

It makes my life so much easier when there is zero question of what video to begin Video Sunday with. And author Sarah Miller is a door able, as they say. Good work, Sarah. Now convert The Pigeon Wants a Hot Dog into The Writer Wants a Cupcake (in which she competes with an equally […]

Top 100 Children’s Novels (#20)

And now that we’ve hit the Top 20 on the Children’s Novels list we’re dropping down to a mere one a day. Just to delay the suspense, you understand. #20 Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt (1975) (#1)(#1)(#1)(#2)(#2)(#2)(#3)(#4)(#5)(#5)(#5)(#5)(#6)(#6)(#6)(#6)(#7)(#7) (#8)(#8)(#8)(#8)(#9)(#9)(#9)(#10) – 143 points Never has mortality been articulated so beautifully. – Eliza Brown, Assistant Retail Manager, The […]

Top 100 Children’s Novels (#85-81)

Sometimes I’d feel like a matchmaker while making this list. Folks would include the same books on their Top 10 lists, but in a slightly different order from one another. They were children’s literary book soulmates, if you will. There was no predicting it either. I’ll have to check and see if anyone had a […]

Top 100 Picture Books Poll Results (#25-21)

This is it.  The last of the countdown by fives.  After this I’ll be creating individual posts for the remaining Top 20.  I know that a fair amount of you have expressed your hopes of what will appear there.  We’ll see how you feel when all is said and done . . . . #25: […]

Top 100 Picture Books Poll Results (#70-66)

Alternate title: How Far Can I Push My Readers? Heh heh.  So you remember when Hugo Cabret won a Caldecott and suddenly all anyone could talk about was whether or not it constituted a "picture book"?  And really, what is the definition of a picture book anyway?  And so the debate raged, and I’m sure […]

Top 100 Picture Books Poll Results (#85-81)

Someone asked if I was using this poll as a kind of psychological test. It would make more sense than blots of ink on paper, don’t you think?  What a person chooses says a lot about them. I’ve already mentioned the idea that choosing between an artist’s work says something about a person, but as […]

Interview Talkety Talk: Ben Hatke on Nobody Likes a Goblin

The problem is this: In a given year hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of children’s books are published. Of these, a percentage are really extraordinary. Of that percentage, a smidgen get reviewed on this site. Though I began my blogging career doing a review a day (because I WAS CRAAAAAAZY!!!), I’m lucky if I can […]

The Fairytales and Folktales of 2013: An Accounting

If you’ve sat in the audience during one of my talks of 2013, any of them really, then at some point during my presentation I probably mentioned that my deep and abiding love for small publishers is due, in no small part, to the rise in the fairytales and folktales in the marketplace.  It’s not […]

Fusenews: Hidey-holes

Tra la!  It’s May!  The lusty month of May!  The time that  . . . . what? It’s March? Seriously?  Forget it then.  I’m going back in my hidey-hole.  Call me when it’s May.  But before I go, here’s a swath of delicious Fusenews.  Good for what ails ye. First off, a gem.  I got […]

Fusenews: In which I manage to work in the phrase “shirtless Jason Isaacs” seemingly with no effort at all

When you’re a parent you don’t get a whole lot of time to take off and see new movies.  Tell you something you don’t already know, right?  Well for Christmas my husband and I got a copy of Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom and even with the film in our home we STILL didn’t get around […]

Betsy Regretsy: Books I Most Regret Not Reviewing in 2012

Observe!  Before your very eyes I will now beat my breast and rend my clothing (simultaneously… I’m talented like that) while wailing at a fever pitch about the books that I wish I had reviewed in 2012.  You see, I give myself some pretty strict rules when it comes to reviewing.  Once the second hand […]

Fusenews: Christmas is coming, the goose is getting rotund

Here we are on Christmas Eve but all I can do is point at the future like a sniffer dog and wonder what’s coming next.  I tell ya, no sooner have I churned out my 100 Magnificent Books list than I want to take a gander at 2012.  But before I let myself do so […]

Newbery/Caldecott 2022: Fall Prediction Edition

Now that fall has fallen, I’m looking through the Newbery and Caldecott contenders, trying to see into the heads of the committees and figure out what they’ll pick!

Introducing Evanston Public Library’s 101 Great Books for Kids 2021 List!

Today, I am delighted to present to you Evanston Public Library’s 100 Great Books for Kids list of 2021. Are your favorites here? Better check it out and see.