December 4, 2016

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Around This Time It Would Make Sense to Do an Election Day Post

Though, to be perfectly honest, Saturday’s post sort of covered all the bases there.  Still and all, I wanted to do something in honor of the day.  It’s tricky.  I could do a post of links, like 100 Years of Women in Congress—12 Political Pioneers to Introduce to Kids or Vote Here: Books for Tweens About […]

Around This Time It Would Make Sense to Do an Election Day Post

Though, to be perfectly honest, Saturday’s post sort of covered all the bases there.  Still and all, I wanted to do something in honor of the day.  It’s tricky.  I could do a post of links, like 100 Years of Women in Congress—12 Political Pioneers to Introduce to Kids or Vote Here: Books for Tweens About […]

Cover Reveal: And it’s for my own book!!!

Ladies and gentlemen . . . the moment I’ve been waiting for. Wait! Wait!  Background information first! So for years I worked as a children’s librarian and I’d get girl after girl after girl coming up to my desk asking for funny books.  I credit some of this to Diary of a Wimpy Kid.  The […]

Video Sunday: Creepiness Abounds!

Stranger Things, I credit you with this finally happening. Let’s think about doing a Girl With the Silver Eyes film next!  Thanks to Liz Burns for the link. Now when I heard that Nieman Marcus was offering 36 Caldecott Award winning picture books for $10,000 . . . *checks notes*  I’m sorry.  I typed the […]

My Ride to Vote Giveaway, sponsored by Sophie Blackall and FSG

Unless you missed it, recently the New York Times Best Illustrated list was released.  And amongst the ten books listed was a very lovely title illustrated by Ms. Sophie Blackall and called A Voyage in the Clouds: The (Mostly) True Story of the First International Flight by Balloon in 1785.  Written by Matthew Olshan it has […]

Review of the Day: The Cookie Fiasco by Dan Santat

The Cookie Fiasco By Dan Santat Additional Art by Mo Willems Hyperion Books for Children (an imprint of Disney) $9.99 ISBN: 978-1484726365 Ages 3-6 On shelves now See, this is tricky. Very tricky indeed. On the one hand, as a reviewer of children’s books, not bound to any single periodical, I have the freedom to […]

And now . . .

In honor of the historic night yesterday, I give you the following.  See if you can spot the theme.  

Chaos Unleashed: What Picture Books Tell Us When They Go Completely Bonkers

I’ve been thinking a lot about chaos lately. I don’t know if it’s the state of the world today, the upcoming election, or just the fact that I live in a house with a two-year-old and a five-year-old, but in this atmosphere a woman’s thoughts turn to the power of complete and utter anarchy.  That’s […]

Cover Reveal: One Shadow On the Wall by Leah Henderson

So often a cover reveal is just that.  A reveal.  Here’s your cover, batta bing, badda boom. Today is different. Today, we’re shaking things up a tad.  But a little backstory first. About half a year ago I had the pleasure of speaking at the MD/DE/WV SCBWI Conference in Frederick, Maryland.  I like doing SCBWI Conferences.  […]

Press Release Fun: 90-Second Newbery Film Festival Open for Submissions

It only comes but once a year. But when it comes, boy howdy is it cool! The press release below reveals everything you need to know, but I just wanted to add that the new website with its searchable capabilities is awesome.  Plus, I just saw this adorable El Deafo video and had to share: […]

Review of the Day: Grandmother Fish by Jonathan Tweet

Grandmother Fish: A Child’s First Book of Evolution By Jonathan Tweet Illustrated by Karen Lewis Feiwel and Friends (an imprint of Macmillan) $17.99 ISBN: 978-1250113238 Ages 3-6 On shelves now Travel back with me through the Earth’s history, back into the farthest reaches of time when the sand we walk today was still rock and […]

Celebrating Tomi Ungerer in Style (Artists Need Apply)

Oh, where to begin. So the other day, I got to thinking that my kids have had an insufficient dosage of Tomi Ungerer in their daily diets.  Ungerer, if you are unfamiliar with him, has always been the enfant terrible of children’s literature.  Having dared to publish children’s books for kids at the same time […]

Fusenews: Moominlatte

Good morning!  I’d like to begin today by thanking the good people of Foundation 65 for allowing me to moderate a panel discussion last night with Duncan Tonatiuh, Grace Lin, Matt de la Pena, Janice Harrington, and Steve Sheinkin.  Foundation 65 has created this cool program where these authors are visiting every single child in […]

What Steven Universe Tells Us About Children’s Books and Libraries in Pop Culture

I’ve grown a bit fond of the Cartoon Network show Steven Universe lately.  Coming to it a bit late (I believe we’re on season 4 now, yes?) it took a Pop Culture Happy Hour episode to explain to me why the series was as groundbreaking and important as it was.  This is advantage of having […]

Press Release Fun: Important Ivy & Bean Announcement (and a 6-inch protective layer of lard)

Naturally you know what tomorrow is. You don’t?  Doggone calendars.  You’d think they’d have the wherewithal to remember that October 21st is Ivy & Bean Day.  And now here’s the interesting part.  You heard it here first, folks, but Ivy & Bean are going to have . . .  AN ELEVENTH BOOK!! Don’t believe me?  […]

Press Release Fun: Institute of Children’s Literature Quarterly Contest

Generally speaking, I tend to go whole weeks without a press release to my name.  Then I get a whole slew of them submitted in a single week.  So far I’ve one on Tuesday, one today, and probably one tomorrow or Saturday.  It’s a full life.  If the one on Tuesday was for librarians, the […]

Review of the Day: Juana & Lucas by Juana Medina

Juana and Lucas By Juana Medina Candlewick Press $14.99 ISBN: 978-1-7636-7208-9 Ages 6-9 On shelves now Windows. Mirrors. Mirrors. Windows. Windowy mirrors. Mirrory windows. Windows. Mirrors. Sliding doors! Mirrors. Windows. In the world of 21st century children’s literature, diversity should be the name of the game. We want books for our children that reflect the […]

Review of the Day: Juana & Lucas by Juana Medina

Juana and Lucas By Juana Medina Candlewick Press $14.99 ISBN: 978-1-7636-7208-9 Ages 6-9 On shelves now Windows. Mirrors. Mirrors. Windows. Windowy mirrors. Mirrory windows. Windows. Mirrors. Sliding doors! Mirrors. Windows. In the world of 21st century children’s literature, diversity should be the name of the game. We want books for our children that reflect the […]

Press Release Fun: The 2017 Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Award

This one’s for the school and public librarians.  Don’t let the title of this post fool you.  For all that this sounds like an award for authors  and illustrators, it’s actually a grant so that you can get some into your library.  On site.  In person.  Here’s the text, and it’s fantastic.  Maybe one of […]

Cover Reveal: Almost Paradise by Corabel Shofner

Folks ask me to reveal middle grade covers from time to time.  Sometimes I say yes.  Sometimes I say no.  If you ever happen to be interested in my doing so then the following elements should ideally be combined: A nun A smarmy man with a mustache (handlebar preferred but not required) An unnerved woman […]