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April 15, 2014

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Review of the Day – Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems selected by Paul B. Janeczko

Review of the Day – Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems selected by Paul B. Janeczko

Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems Selected by Paul B. Janeczko Illustrated by Melissa Sweet Candlewick Press $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-4842-8 Ages 4-8 On shelves now Is reviewing works of poetry essentially a ridiculous thing to attempt? I’m not trying to be facetious or anything, I honestly want to know. It took me a [...]

Newbery / Caldecott 2015: Spring Prediction Edition

Newbery / Caldecott 2015: Spring Prediction Edition

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  Yes, folks, it’s that time of year again.  Just when you had a spare moment to catch your breath after all that award craziness, I come in with my wheelbarrow of 2015 predictions ready to dump them on your proverbial lap whether you want them or not.  And on a holiday [...]

Always Bridesmaids, Never Brides: Caldecott Almosts

There is a phenomenon that I have detected in the wide world of Caldecott Awards.  A phenomenon to which one cannot ascribe blame, but rather occurs in a bubble outside of any logic or comprehension.  It’s something I’ve noticed for a little while but have never put a name to. Inspiration for this post came [...]

Always Bridesmaids, Never Brides: Caldecott Almosts

Always Bridesmaids, Never Brides: Caldecott Almosts

There is a phenomenon that I have detected in the wide world of Caldecott Awards.  A phenomenon to which one cannot ascribe blame, but rather occurs in a bubble outside of any logic or comprehension.  It’s something I’ve noticed for a little while but have never put a name to. Inspiration for this post came [...]

Press Release Fun: Eric Carle Museum Seeks Public Submissions

Press Release Fun: Eric Carle Museum Seeks Public Submissions

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Seeks Public Submissions for its What’s Your Favorite Animal? Exhibition   (Amherst, MA—March 10, 2014) The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is creating a special exhibition to celebrate the new book, What’s Your Favorite Animal? by Eric Carle and Friends. The Museum will showcase the [...]

Review of the Day: The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

Review of the Day: The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

The Night Gardener By Jonathan Auxier Illustrated by Patrick Arrasmith Amulet Books (an imprint of Abrams) $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-4197-1144-2 Ages 10 and up On shelves May 20th For whatever reason, 2014 is a dark year in children’s middle grade fiction. I speak from experience. Fantasy in particular has been steeped in a kind of thoughtful [...]

Fusenews: Gleeps! Whiskers! Golly!

Fusenews: Gleeps! Whiskers! Golly!

Good old brackets.  They’re the greatest gift basketball ever gave to children’s literature.  I’m certain you’ve all been following the Battle of the Kids’ Books over at our sister blog here at SLJ.  That upcoming schedule sure looks like a doozy.  3/12 Doll Bones vs Eleanor & Park judged by Lauren Oliver?  Lauren, baby, my [...]

Review of the Day: Sparky! by Jenny Offill

Review of the Day: Sparky! by Jenny Offill

Sparky! By Jenny Offill Illustrated by Chris Appelhans Schwartz & Wade (an imprint of Random House) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-375-87023-1 Ages 4-8 On shelves March 11th The sloth is not a noble animal. Few people spend time contemplating their heroic qualities and distinguished countenances. Had I an Oxford English Dictionary on hand I’d be mighty interested [...]

People . . . people who eat . . . people . . .

People . . . people who eat . . . people . . .

ARE THE HUNGRIEST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD!!!! Sorry.  But if it’s going to be caught in my head all day then I may as well share the love. What has inspired today’s bout of cannibalism?  A conversation at work, as it happens.  Is it just me, or is there a whole lot more people eating [...]

Review of the Day: The Griffin and the Dinosaur by Marc Aronson with Adrienne Mayor

Review of the Day: The Griffin and the Dinosaur by Marc Aronson with Adrienne Mayor

The Griffin and the Dinosaur: How Adrienne Mayor Discovered a Fascinating Link Between Myth and Science By Marc Aronson with Adrienne Mayor Illustrated by Chris Muller National Geographic $18.99 ISBN: 978-1-4263-1108-6 Ages 9-12 On shelves April 8th. I remember back in 2007 when the American Museum of Natural History in NYC premiered a show called [...]

Press Release Fun: Two Big Authors Visit the Thalia Kids’ Book Club

Press Release Fun: Two Big Authors Visit the Thalia Kids’ Book Club

Good old Symphony Space has two HUGE authors in the realm of children’s books coming to speak. And though you won’t see it in the press release below, I’m slated to interview the Newbery Honor winner amongst them. Woo-hoo! So take note: Thalia Kids’ Book Club events with top authors Tickets: $15/$12 members  http://www.symphonyspace.org/events/series/96/thalia-kidsrsquo-book-club Saturday, [...]

Fusenews: No snow day for me. Better blog then.

Fusenews: No snow day for me. Better blog then.

Avast!  Tis me sister, me hearties!  Finding yet ANOTHER fun and crafty way to work children’s literature into your lives.  Children of the 80s and 90s (and perhaps the 70s for that matter) may remember the old board game Guess Who with fondness.  So what about finding an old run-down copy at a garage sale [...]

Review of the Day: Nightingale’s Nest by Nikki Loftin

Review of the Day: Nightingale’s Nest by Nikki Loftin

Nightingale’s Nest By Nikki Loftin Razorbill (an imprint of Penguin) $16.99 ISNB: 978-1-59514-546-8 Ages 10-14 On shelves now. Magical realism in children’s novels is a rarity. It’s not unheard of, but when children’s authors want fantasy, they write fantasy. When they want reality, they write reality. A potentially uncomfortable mix of the two is harder [...]

Press Release Fun: 2014 Children’s Book Week Poster Revealed!

Press Release Fun: 2014 Children’s Book Week Poster Revealed!

BESTSELLING FANCY NANCY ILLUSTRATOR ROBIN PREISS GLASSER’S OFFICIAL 2014 CHILDREN’S BOOK WEEK POSTER UNVEILED AT BOOKWEEKONLINE.COM PREISS GLASSER’S OFFICIAL POSTER COMMEMORATES THE 95TH ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF CHILDREN’S BOOK WEEK (MAY 12-18, 2014), THE LONGEST-RUNNING NATIONAL LITERACY INITIATIVE IN THE COUNTRY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New York, NY — February 27, 2014 – The Children’s Book Council [...]

Top 100 books by Indigenous Masters

Top 100 books by Indigenous Masters

Everyone loves a good list but finding lists that reflect the intelligence of experts in a given field can sometimes be tricky.  Consider, if you will, books about American Indians for the kiddos.  I can’t tell you how many summer reading lists I see every year that have The Indian in the Cupboard, The Matchlock [...]

Book Trailer Premiere: The Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovern

For a blog that only does videos on Sundays regularly, I’m often surprised when folks offer to premiere their book trailers here.  I am, however, always flattered, particularly when the trailers are as good as the one you’re seeing here today.  The Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovern falls into the category of books-that-are-turning-my-youth-into-historical-fiction.  [...]

Review of the Day: Anna Carries Water by Olive Senior

Review of the Day: Anna Carries Water by Olive Senior

Anna Carries Water By Olive Senior Illustrated by Laura James Tradewind Books $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-896580-60-9 Ages 3-7 On shelves now. I was recently engaged in a high-energy search at my library to locate as swiftly and surely as possible a listing of any and all children’s books set in the Caribbean. We were eventually able [...]

Video Sunday: Ice ice, baby

Video Sunday: Ice ice, baby

If you’re anything like me you probably found this video of the YOU WON calls given by the Caldecott, Newbery and Coretta Scott King committees to be a heckuva lot of fun.  I could watch people getting good news all day, I could.  Particularly when it’s people I like. Tongue . . . tongue stuck [...]

Review of the Day: Space Mountain by Bryan Q. Miller

Review of the Day: Space Mountain by Bryan Q. Miller

Space Mountain: A Graphic Novel By Bryan Q. Miller Pencils and Inks by Kelley Jones Letters by Rob Leigh Colors by Brian & Kristy Miller Disney Press (an imprint of Disney Book Group) $12.99 ISBN: 978-1423162292 Ages 9-12 On shelves May 6th It sounds at first like a bit of a joke. You take a [...]

Readalouds and the Pregnant Children’s Librarian: A Study

Readalouds and the Pregnant Children’s Librarian: A Study

Over on “A Fuse #8 Production,” Betsy Bird has tagged her readaloud favorites.