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The 2021 Sydney Taylor Blog Tour: A Talk with Lesléa Newman and Susan Gal about Welcoming Elijah

Lesléa Newman and Susan Gal join us to answer some of my questions about their Sydney Taylor Book Award winner Welcoming Elijah, its process, and where they’re headed next.

New Fuse 8 n’ Kate Episode: Heather Has Two Mommies

In honor of Pride Month, Kate and I decided to celebrate with a practical consideration of the most famous same-sex parent book of all time (sorry, Tango).  But here’s the thing – I remembered disliking the original art intensely when I was younger. Does the book actually belong in the children’s literature canon? Is it […]

Librarian Preview: Candlewick Press (Fall 2012)

You’ve got your big-time fancy pants New York publishers on the one hand, and then you have your big-time fancy pants Boston publishers on the other.  A perusal of Minders of Make-Believe by Leonard Marcus provides a pretty good explanation for why Boston is, in its way, a small children’s book enclave of its own.  […]

Fusenews: What’s wrong with this picture?

With Book Expo going full-blast in town and my library celebrating its Centennial all at the same time, blogging is possible but slightly more difficult than usual.  I am amused to find that when I skip a day some folks worry that I might be in labor.  Fear not.  I’ll find a way to update […]

Fusenews: I speak for the trees . . . and oatmeal

Lest we forget that book banning and free speech issues are conversational topics appropriate beyond the brackets of Banned Books Week, a recent news item has me lost for words.  A federal appeals court has ruled, and this is true, that an Ohio high school teacher “has no First Amendment right to make assignments about […]

Reviews of the Day: "Mommy, Mama, and Me" AND "Daddy, Papa, and Me" by Leslea Newman

Daddy, Papa and Me Mommy, Mama, and Me By Leslea Newman Illustrated by Carol Thompson Tricycle Press $7.99 ISBN: 978-1582462639 ISBN: 978-1582462622 Ages 0-2 On shelves now What is the purpose of your average everyday board book? It’s not really a crazy question. In the history of printed literature, board books are relative newcomers. I […]