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ALA Annual 2018: Recap Time

When traveling to a library conference in New Orleans, might I suggest that you take your little sister along. There are a multitude of good reasons to do so. 1. If you used to share a bedroom with the little sister, you may find that she is just as quiet a roommate now as she […]

Newbery Caldecott Wilder Banquet Outfit 2017: Paper Doll

It began so simply. One year I discovered that it was possible to make your own temporary tattoos. For fun I made some Newbery winners and placed a band of them on one arm right before the Newbery Caldecott Wilder banquet. When the next year rolled around I did two arms, one for the Caldecotts […]

Reflections on a Banquet: Newbery/Caldecott/Wilder 2016

While I acknowledge that the logical way to write about the ALA Annual 2016 Conference in Orlando would be to do it chronologically, on the cusp of the banquet and all that it entailed, it makes more sense to me to write that part up first and then circle back to the conference in the […]

Video Sunday: Gingerbread houses, red carpets, and virtual toilet paper

How do, folks.  Well, as you might have heard, this past ALA Caldecott/Newbery/Wilder Banquet saw me interviewing hoards of famous people alongside the multi-talented Jim Averbeck and partner-in-crime Kristin Clark.  Those videos have now all appeared online at a single solitary location: Kidlit Red Carpet.  It is very unfortunate that my interview with Laura Rodgers […]

American Library Association Annual Conference Thoughts and Recaps: 2013 Edition (Part Two)

In which our heroine discovers the true price of donning the outwear of men and takes horrendous advantage of a blood relation Saturday morning bloomed bright and clear.  The perfect weather for lugging yourself out of bed at an ungodly hour.  At past ALAs I’ve eschewed publishers’ breakfasts since they have a tendency to occur […]

Video Sunday: Proverbial cookies happen to go very well with axiomatic milk

Dwell not on the fact that you were unable to attend the Newbery/Caldecott Banquet whilst your fellows caroused to all hours of the night (or so I assume . . . I left when I felt sleepy, party animal that I am). Now you can feel like you were there in the supple flesh all […]

The 2013 Newbery/Caldecott Banquet: What to Wear?

As some of you may have heard, the Caldecott turns 75 this year.  This begs the all important question on everyone’s lips: What are you wearing to the Newbery/Caldecott Banquet this year?  And don’t tell me you’re not going.  If you’re in Chicago on Sunday, June 30th then you should attend.  Even if you don’t […]

Newbery/Caldecott Banquet Tips and Tricks: ALA Annual Conference 2012

In which our hero ostensibly writes about the Newbery/Caldecott Banquet but, in truth, just wants to talk to you about Shrinky-Dinks.  Full credit to Rocco Staino at SLJ for the image to the left here. Day Three of ALA and I can say with certainty that lots of interesting things to do abounded.  Collection specialist […]

Fusenews: Warning – Contains Me

That’s what Neil Gaiman writes on Twitter whenever he links to one of his blog posts.  “Warning: Contains Me.”  Well, today’s a nice me-centric post, but let’s start off by looking at a “them” instead.  Specifically, a “them” of awesome. Two years ago authors Jim Averbeck and Maria Van Lieshout had an idea.  Since the […]

Newbery/Caldecott Banquet 2010: The Pageantry. The Splendor. The Tats.

Each and every year I decide to celebrate the Newbery/Caldecott winners with a bit of old-fashioned body art. In the past this has involved bands of the covers of the winners on either arm.  This is fine and all, but this year I wanted to step it up a notch. So it was that I […]

Fusenews: De-kinkifying the Kinks

I’m still wrestling with this new blog format.  I worry that a lot of you are checking the old links or the old RSS feeds and are simply under the impression that I’m not updating anymore.  Aside from Facebook, Twitter, and various Group updates (social networking has never been so useful) I’m not sure how […]