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The Only Thing I Could Think To Do On Election Day

Safe in the knowledge that with the Election today no one is going to want to look at much of anything else, I’m putting together a post of cute Halloween costumes and pictures with kidlit connections. Enjoy.

Vintage Reviews from 2006: Behind the Mask by Yangsook Choi

It’s the first of my new Vintage Reviews series. Today I travel back in time to 2006, the first year I started blogging. What book did I review for Halloween that year? Turns out, it was this now out-of-print but still beautiful classic.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams

If you’ve ever listened to our podcast you’ll know that when it comes to readalouds, that particular kind of a picture book is a little difficult to convey when Kate reads it. I also love that Kate interpreted the cover of today’s book, before reading it, as a story about a gigantic, 24-ft tall pumpkin […]

Best Halloween Picture Books (an Entirely Subjective List)

About 2010, when I still worked as a children’s librarian for New York Public Library, I was sitting at the Reference Desk in the Children’s Center at 42nd Street when this 3-year-old walked up to me, bold as brass. He had the biggest brown eyes I’d ever seen outside of a Chuck Jones cartoon, and […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: A Tiger Called Thomas by Charlotte Zolotow

Older holiday books for kids have a tendency to be a bit on the white side. So I was thinking I was pretty slick when I came up with A Tiger Called Thomas for today’s discussion. But here’s the thing; I thought the version illustrated by Diana Cain Bluthenthal was the only one out there. […]

Halloween Costumes with First Book: Go Big or Go Home

The idea for today’s post completely annihilated my original plan. In an early draft I was just going to gather together a variety of Halloween-appropriate links from over the past few years.  For example, there’s this kooky post from a blog called The Haunted Closet (which is still running and fantastic) back in 2010 that […]

Happy Halloween: Boo!

Boy, it truly was Devil’s Night yesterday.  Actually, it appears that my calling October 30th “Devil’s Night” is a clear cut case of showing how Michiganian I am.  Who knew?  At any rate, I had a whole post written up and boy it was beautiful.  Tons of videos and pictures.  The whole kerschmozzle.  Then it […]

Video Sunday: Robot, heck. You should see my krumping.

All right.  Me stuff off the bat.  I was recently asked to moderate a panel of authors for the Children’s Media Association.  The panel consisted of Ame Dyckman, Joanne Levy, Katherine Longshore, Elisa Ludwig, Lynda Mullaly Hunt, and Sarvenaz Tash.  During the course of the evening it was suggested that we perform a Giant Dance […]

Halloween: Now with more cupcakes

Happy Halloween, all you clever critters!  This past Saturday New York’s resident weather gods decided we had it too easy this autumnal season.  Fall leaves?  Cooling breezes off the ocean?  Cider!?!  Hogwash!  So they doused us in a snowfall the likes of which you might be more accustomed to in, oh I dunno, WINTER OR […]

Happy Halloween! Video Sunday Goes Goth.

You could be forgiven for thinking you could get through the day without seeing a Dickensian interpretation of Thriller.  Some folks are Harry Potter fans.  Others love Oz.  It is the Dickens fan that is the most interesting to me sometimes, though.  My friend Marci informed me that when Michael Jackson died there were a […]

Halloween Picture Books: Wherefore the Style?

Lazy, Betsy.  Truth be told I’d love to laze about allowing my serving boys to feed me peeled grapes as I recline on a divan composed entirely of rejected F&Gs.  Instead, I’m going to do a very small Halloween round-up post.  This is unusual.  I know that real review journals like Kirkus like to round-up […]