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Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Meet Danitra Brown by Nikki Grimes, ill. Floyd Cooper

With the recent death of Floyd Cooper, we consider the “classic” status of one of his best. Added Bonus: Nikki Grimes!

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Napping House by Audrey Wood, ill. Don Wood

We try another Audrey & Don Wood title above and beyond King Bidgood’s In the Bathtub. It’s a cumulative tale that has continued to remain in print for the last 37 years.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert

Having already covered the recently departed legend Eric Carle, we figure it only makes sense (and is fair) to mention the other recently departed legend, Lois Ehlert with this delicious entry.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Owl Moon by Jane Yolen, ill. John Schoenherr

Cool off from these hot summer days with this cool nighttime excursion. Kate and I make weird owl noises and debate why we don’t eat them for food (amongst other things).

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Abiyoyo by Pete Seeger, ill. Michael Hays

A simple case of cultural appropriation or something a bit more complicated? There are all kinds of twists and turns in our discussion of Pete Seeger’s ABIYOYO, and it doesn’t always go in the direction you’d expect.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Draw Me a Star by Eric Carle

We’re back! And just in time to honor Eric Carle with a brand new book. What better one to do than the one that’s been banned several times around the country? We talk nudity, sassy suns (or lack thereof), and Kate selects a new potential tattoo. Listen in!

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Pigs’ Wedding by Helme Heine

With Kate’s nuptials on the horizon, we select a book today that’s not only on topic, it’s also a German import. Can it be used as a guide for her special day? We’re willing to find out.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Sissy Duckling by Harvey Fierstein, ill. Henry Cole

“I am perfectly willing to believe that this is a stupidflock.” Kate challenges me to find her a new celebrity picture book. So Harvey Fierstein it is.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses by Paul Goble

Kate and I discuss the many problematic elements of Paul Goble’s 1979 Caldecott Award winner at length.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Mr. Gumpy’s Outing by John Burningham

“They get in the boat. They fall out of the boat. They drink tea. The end”. Kate is succinct about today’s book.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Arthur’s Nose by Marc Brown

We all know that Arthur’s nose shrank significantly since his 1976 debut. We dive into the original book and then discuss all its strangeness and semi-psychedelic origins.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: One Grain of Rice by Demi

Hope you like math and shiny things, because today’s book has both. We consider Demi and whether or not her book attains “classic” status.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Ugly Vegetables by Grace Lin

How about we consider a book with positive portrayals of Asian-American families on our podcast for a change? I snag Grace Lin’s first picture book and we talk soup, seeds, and greedy neighbors.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

It never won a single official children’s book award (not really) and yet it may well be the most famous Kevin Henkes book out there. Today we finally tackle it!

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: St. Patrick’s Day in the Morning by Eve Bunting / Tim O’Toole and the Wee Folk by Gerald McDermott

Kate asked for a St. Patrick’s Day classic, so I handed her TWO! Her preference? The one with physical violence and bodily harm. Can you blame her?