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July 22, 2014

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2014 Quaker Books for Quaker Kids

So I’m having lunch with a fellow from the entertainment industry the other day and by some quirk of conversation we begin discussing Quakerism.  I attending a Quaker liberal arts college called Earlham (“Fight! Fight! Inner light! Kill, Quakers, Kill!”) and he, I believe, was raised Quaker.  And since the focus of everything in my [...]

Fusenews: Private jet, please

Fusenews: Private jet, please

First up, my little sister.  My daughter recently had her third birthday so my sis came up with a craft involving what she calls Do It Yourself Cupcakes. Each cupcake sported a teeny tiny cover of one of my child’s favorite books.  Then we took them to her daycare where she delightedly set about pointing [...]

Review of the Day: Greenglass House by Kate Milford

Review of the Day: Greenglass House by Kate Milford

Greenglass House By Kate Milford Clarion Books (an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-544-05270-3 Ages 9-12 On shelves August 26th When I was a kid I had a real and abiding love of Agatha Christie. This would be around the time when I was ten or eleven. It wasn’t that I was rejecting [...]

Press Release Fun: Teachers Are Givers Contest

Press Release Fun: Teachers Are Givers Contest

For what it’s worth, this contest is for librarians as well as teachers.   To Honor Educators and to Highlight the August Movie Release of “The Giver,” Walden Media Announces its “Teachers are Givers” Contest Educators Will Receive Cash Prizes for Themselves, Their Schools, and Libraries as well as a Special Hometown Screening of “The [...]

Newbery / Caldecott 2015: The Summer Prediction Edition

Newbery / Caldecott 2015: The Summer Prediction Edition

“Sloooooowly the predictions begin,” writes Betsy Bird. “As I post this I’m hitting the sweet spot right between Book Expo and the annual American Library Association conference.” Herewith, her summer, maternity leave, predictions.

Video Sunday: Not that anyone doubed LeVar’s godlike qualities

A couple thoughts on that video. First off, it is sung by author Deborah Underwood (whatta pretty pretty voice, eh?) and editor Arthur A. Levine (whatta pretty pretty voice, eh?) at what Vimeo calls an “agency retreat in Brandon, Vermont”. So I had to wonder what precisely an “agency retreat” really is.  Well, there’s a [...]

Posthu-must we?*

Posthu-must we?*

I was listening to a Pop Culture Happy Hour show the other day when the topic turned to posthumous works published after a creator’s death.  When is it okay to raid a dead author or illustrator’s drawers for unpublished material? Is it ever okay?  And is there a significant difference between works that someone finished [...]

Review of the Day: Hug Machine by Scott Campbell

Review of the Day: Hug Machine by Scott Campbell

Hug Machine By Scott Campbell Atheneum (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-4424-593509 Ages 3-7 On shelves August 26th Do you remember that old Shel Silverstein poem “Hug O’ War”? This may be considered sacrilege but did you ever notice how the guy could do something brilliant one moment, like “Sister For Sale” [...]

Fusenews: Of talking tigers and square penguins

Fusenews: Of talking tigers and square penguins

So the big news this week was that a writer at Slate decided that now was an ideal time to take a potshot at adults reading young adult books.  And, as you might expect, everyone got quite hot under the collar about it.  To arms!  To arms!  Considering that this sort of thing happens pretty [...]

#DadsRead Because Dads are Awesome

#DadsRead Because Dads are Awesome

Howdy, folks!  We’re approaching Father’s Day here which makes today’s post a bit premature.  Then again, the concept of dads reading to their kids is for forever, not a single day.  You see Zoobean is launching this campaign in conjunction with The Good Men Project from June 2 – June 15, just in time for Father’s Day. [...]

Review of the Day: Roller Derby Rivals by Sue Macy

Review of the Day: Roller Derby Rivals by Sue Macy

Roller Derby Rivals By Sue Macy Illustrated by Matt Collins Holiday House $16.95 ISBN: 978-0-8234-2923-3 Ages 5 and up On shelves July 1st In my next life I will come back as a roller derby queen. Since the majority of my adult life has come and gone in complete and utter ignorance of this sport, [...]

Press Release Fun: Sponsor a child for the Summer Illustration Art Academy

Press Release Fun: Sponsor a child for the Summer Illustration Art Academy

Illustrators Making a Difference for 30 At-Risk Youth in NYC The Society of Illustrators will make a difference in the lives of 30 at-risk youth ages 9-13 from the most vulnerable neighborhoods in New York City this July through their Summer Illustration Art Academy. This project with the Department of Parks & Recreation is supported [...]

Librarian Preview: Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group (Fall 2014)

Librarian Preview: Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group (Fall 2014)

And the hits just keep on coming!  Ain’t no party like a Macmillan party, cause a Macmillan party has superior brownies.  So there I was, HUGELY pregnant with some major back pain attending my penultimate librarian preview in a publisher’s home base (I actually have three more to write up after this, so no worries [...]

My First Re-Review: The Qwikpick Papers – Poop Fountain by Tom Angleberger

My First Re-Review: The Qwikpick Papers – Poop Fountain by Tom Angleberger

Here’s something I’ve never done before.  For years I’ve been waiting for the moment when a book I loved and reviewed dipped out of print only to come back again.  Since I’ve only been doing this gig since 2006 I wasn’t sure what that first book would be.  Then, this year, I got my answer.  [...]

The Best of the Underrated Middle School Books

The Best of the Underrated Middle School Books

A list of recommended, but too little loved books “for the middle schoolers of the world,” by Betsy Bird.

Review of the Day: brown girl dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Review of the Day: brown girl dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

brown girl dreaming By Jacqueline Woodson Nancy Paulsen Books (an imprint of Penguin) $16.99 ISBN: 978- 0399252518 Ages 9-12 On shelves August 28th What does a memoir owe its readers? For that matter, what does a fictionalized memoir written with a child audience in mind owe its readers? Kids come into public libraries every day [...]

Video Sunday: But he was STILL hungry

Video Sunday: But he was STILL hungry

Well, had this post just about wrapped up when the whole computer crashed on me.  Viva la internet!  Let’s see if I can recover what I lost. First off, the best thing in the world.  Best.  The world.  Ever. He is, for the record, on Twitter now.  I’m a bit reluctant to tell you this [...]

Fusenews: The Bear grumbleth “mum mum”

Fusenews: The Bear grumbleth “mum mum”

Honestly, I don’t quite know why I even bother doing Fusenews posts on Saturdays.  As you might suspect, my readership dips considerably when the weekends hit, but an old Fusenews post is like a week old fish.  Time does it no favors.  As such, I shall cut through my seething envy of everyone at BookExpo [...]

Un Crie de Coeur: The Masses Demand New Book Jackets (Please?)

Here we are on the cusp of summer.  It always surprises me when the weather gets warm and yet the kids are still in school here in NYC.  Still, they’ll be out soon enough, running into my libraries with their summer reading lists clenched in their hot little hands.  Here in New York City each [...]

Review of the Day: The Grudge Keeper by Mara Rockliff

Review of the Day: The Grudge Keeper by Mara Rockliff

The Grudge Keeper By Mara Rockliff Illustrated by Eliza Wheeler Peachtree Press $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-56145-729-8 Ages 4-7 On shelves now. If I were to hazard a guess, I would say that the phrase, “There’s no use crying over spilled milk” was invented with the intention of comforting a two or three-year-old. Small children, one learns, [...]