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January 30, 2015

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100 Magnificent Children’s Books 2014

100 Magnificent Children’s Books 2014

If I’m going to be honest about it, this is a list I do every year strictly for myself.  It sort of helps me get my head in order.  Figure out what I liked.  What I didn’t.  What I reviewed.  What I missed.  I recommend you make your own sometime.  The categories are from the […]

Betsy Regretsy: Books I Most Regret Not Reviewing in 2014

Betsy Regretsy: Books I Most Regret Not Reviewing in 2014

Babies.  They just sorta throw the whole reviewing machine into a tizzy.  When I first started blogging I was actually able to do a review a day.  That was crazy.  Then kiddo #1 was born and that slowed to 2-3 reviews a week.  Manageable.  This year (2014) kiddo #2 made his debut and now I […]

Review of the Day: Hansel and Gretel by Neil Gaiman

Review of the Day: Hansel and Gretel by Neil Gaiman

Hansel and Gretel By Neil Gaiman Illustrated by Lorenzo Mattotti Candlewick $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-935179-62-7 Ages 6 and up When a successful writer of books for adults decides to traipse headlong into the world of children’s literature, the results are too often disastrous. From Donald Barthelme’s self-indulgent Slightly Irregular Fire Engine to the more recent, if […]

Press Release Fun: Stephen Barbara on the Move!

Press Release Fun: Stephen Barbara on the Move!

My agent has just found a new home. And since he’s a stellar feller, here are the details of the matter. LITERARY AGENT STEPHEN BARBARA JOINS INKWELL MANAGEMENT After six years at Foundry Literary + Media, literary agent Stephen Barbara will join InkWell Management, effective January 5th, 2015. Barbara, who was instrumental in building Foundry’s books […]

Fusenews: On the bocce ball court with a banjo

Fusenews: On the bocce ball court with a banjo

In the realm of “How crazy is this?” I have a whopper of a weirdo story.  As you may or may not know, for many years I worked with the delightful Winnie-the-Pooh toys in the Children’s Center at 42nd Street.  Because the toys originally hailed from Britain I become well and truly familiar with folks […]

Merry Christmas to all!

Merry Christmas to all!

Merry Christmas!  Or whatever holiday you choose to celebrate.  My week here’s a bit off thanks to the holidays and travels to Kalamazoo (which is to say, Bookbug).  Still, we can’t help but do a happy little holiday post once in a while.  And with that in mind . . . . First off, Rudolph!  […]

We Need Diverse Comic Books: Meet Mafalda

My husband’s best friend returned to us the other day from his vacation in South America bearing gifts.  Amongst them was a t-shirt for my daughter featuring this cartoon tyke: Know her?  If you’re American the answer is probably no.  But if you were Argentinian you’d instantly recognize her as Mafalda.  She was Argentina’s answer […]

Librarian Preview: Harper Collins (Spring 2015)

Librarian Preview: Harper Collins (Spring 2015)

Oh, it’s a big one.  A big honking preview, this is.  Yes indeed, folks, Harper Collins is in town and they’ve a mess of good looking books just aching to arrive on your shelves.  Now the last time I attending a preview for HC I was massively pregnant with back pain to match.  This time […]

Fuse #8 TV: The Grolier Exhibit and Author Jennifer Niven!

Fuse #8 TV: The Grolier Exhibit and Author Jennifer Niven!

I think I’m beginning to get the hang of this! Yes, we’ve yet another Fuse #8 TV episode today and this time we’ve worked out some of the kinks. No more with the herky jerky videos at the start! Instead, I take you on a lovely little tour of the current Grolier exhibit of children’s […]

Announcing NYPL’s 2014 100 Books for Reading Sharing List!

Announcing NYPL’s 2014 100 Books for Reading Sharing List!

You know, folks, there are lists and then there are LISTS.  And I’m not saying one is any better than another.  Of course not.  But when we look at lists of children’s books there’s only one that truly has my heart.  Coming in at 103 years old this year, NYPL’s 100 Titles for Reading and […]

Newbery / Caldecott 2015: Final Prediction Edition

Newbery / Caldecott 2015: Final Prediction Edition

And thus, we end. Though, with such a late ALA Media Awards announcement this year (Monday, February 2nd!) my predictions are coming a bit early in the game.  Still, it’s not as though I’ll be seeing much that’s new between now and 2/2.  I have watched with great interest the discussions on Heavy Medal and […]

American Cover Reveal: Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge

American Cover Reveal: Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge

Consider, if you will, the strange relationship that exists between a book jacket created in America vs. a book jacket created in the United Kingdom. Both are appealing to an audience that speaks primarily English.  But the perception of what will sell/appeal in one country can vary widely from that of another.  Over the years […]

Walking and Talking with . . . Gene Luen Yang!

Walking and Talking with . . . Gene Luen Yang!

Author and artist Steve Sheinkin continues his marvelous “Walking and Talking” series with us today. The subject? Gene Luen Yang, who draws connections between immigration and superheroes in ways I’ve never really ever considered before. Enjoy! Previous editions of this series include: Walking and Talking With John Corey Whaley Walking and Talking with Jenni Holm

Could It Be Published Today?

Could It Be Published Today?

This past Saturday I hosted a Children’s Literary Salon at the main branch of NYPL that discussed the past, present, and future of children’s book publishing. It was a stellar line-up, moderated by author Jane Zalben. To kick off the panel discussion, the panel was asked a question that has been posed many times before […]

Video Sunday: Or Jon Klassen himself. He’d make a nice bear.

Video Sunday: Or Jon Klassen himself. He’d make a nice bear.

The holidays are nearly upon us!  Time to buy things!  To chop down trees.  To find books for the small fry!  I can’t help you with the first or second of these necessities but #3?  Here’s a bit of an aid for you.  As you may know, Rocco Staino and KidLit TV have together been […]

Review of the Day: Halfway Home by Christine Mari Inzer

Review of the Day: Halfway Home by Christine Mari Inzer

Halfway Home: Drawing My Way Through Japan By Christine Mari Inzer Naruhodo Press $11.95 ISBN: 978-0-9907014-0-8 Ages 12 and up On shelves now There’s been a lot of talk about the role of the reviewer when it comes to self-published books. Horn Book Magazine makes a point of not reviewing self-published fare of any sort. […]

Why Is Nothing Easy Anymore?

Why Is Nothing Easy Anymore?

A patron walks up to your children’s reference desk.  Asks for books for beginning readers.  The patron has a small child who is just at the very very beginning of learning to read and needs books with simple words.  No big long sentences.  Nothing too intense.  Just the basics.  You walk over to your easy […]

Fusenews: I’m Cuckoo for Cuckoo Song

Fusenews: I’m Cuckoo for Cuckoo Song

There was a time, oh children of mine, when the ALA Media Awards would be announced and the morning after the announcement the winners of the Caldecott and Newbery Awards would be whisked away to New York City to speak on NBC.  Then Snooki came and ruined everything (this is the abbreviated version, but it’s […]

Blog Tour Stop: Children’s Literary Podcasting Loves a Winner

Blog Tour Stop: Children’s Literary Podcasting Loves a Winner

On April 19th of this past year I hosted a Children’s Literary Salon at NYPL called Podcasting Children’s Books: Ins and Outs, Ups and Downs. Unlike a lot of my Salons, this one was actually recorded and turned into a podcast here.  Why am I telling you all this?  Because that podcaster, one Matthew Winner, […]

Review of the Day: Lulu and Pip by Nina Gruener

Review of the Day: Lulu and Pip by Nina Gruener

Lulu & Pip By Nina Gurener Photography by Stephanie Rausser Cameron & Company $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-937359-60-7 Ages 3-7 On shelves now To what do we credit the distinct increase in children’s books containing photography this year? I posed that very question to a group of children’s book photographers not that long ago and the answers […]