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February 4, 2016

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Comics Squad: Lunch – Now With More Pearl Harbor! A Nathan Hale Interview

I like my comics like I like my men. Chock full of lunch and Pearl Harbor references. Hm? That didn’t make sense? Maybe not, but if nonsense is pouring out of my mouth then I believe it may have something to do with the excitement I feel about today’s guest. If the term “Nathan Hale’s […]

RETURN of the Children’s Literary Salon: January Event

It wasn’t too long ago that I was running the Children’s Literary Salon, a monthly gathering of topics presented to children’s literature enthusiasts, in the hallowed halls of NYPL.  Times change, people move, and lo and behold here I am on the outskirts of Chicago (if Evanston can really be designated as “the outskirts”) bringing […]

Video Sunday: Wind’s in the East . . .

Fun stuff.  Looks a lot like Harry Potter to a certain extent (mood, lighting, music, etc.).  It’s the trailer for Roald Dahl’s The BFG. Thanks to 100 Scope Notes for the link! A bit of an older video here.  In my travels recently I discovered that the entirety of the Oliver Jeffers short film version […]

100 Magnificent Children’s Books 2015

Happy New Year!! As with each and every year, I like to make my own little list of 100 children’s book titles.  These are pretty much for my own reference in the future, though you’re more than welcome to critique the choices as you prefer.  Previous lists can be found for 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, […]

Fusenews: The bumps on the tongue just add insult to injury

Good morning, campers!  Are we ironing out the last of the holiday season from our socks?  Are we eyeing our decorations with a jaded eye?  Well, wonderful news!  2016 is on the horizon and I bring you news of the peppy variety.  Packed deep in snow, no less, since I appear to be living in […]

The British to American Translation

This Christmas I was delighted to find that someone had given me the latest incarnation of Harry Potter, this time in the form of the fully illustrated book by Jim Kay.  Called Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, my book was a little different as it was the British Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.  […]

Review of the Day: The Tea Party in the Woods by Akiko Miyakoshi

The Tea Party in the Woods By Akiko Miyakoshi Kids Can Press $16.95 ISBN: 978-1771381079 Ages 3-6 There are picture books out there that feel like short films. Some of the time they’re adapted into them (as with The Snowman or The Lost Thing or Lost and Found) and sometimes they’re made in tandem (The […]

Merry Christmas Weirdest Holiday Picture Book of All Time!

This is a reprint of a Christmas related post I did about two years ago.  I cannot tell you how often I think of this book.  Eventually I’m just going to cave and buy it.  In any case, Merry Christmas!   In the past I’ve done posts about Weirdo Picture Books and others on Out-of-Print […]

Press Release Fun: Collecting the Mocks

In preparation for the SLJ Pre-Game / Post-Game Show each year I try to collect all the Mock elections for Newbery or Caldecott or Printz or Sibert or Coretta Scott King or really anything that’s out there.  It’s mildly exhausting and you’re always bound to miss someone somewhere.  Last year I dutifully collected the Mocks […]

Guest Post: Melissa Stewart and Diversity in Thinking

I don’t often do much in the way of guest posts on this site. Aside from the occasional Walking and Talking episode by Steve Sheinkin it’s almost always a one-woman show over here. That said, when someone presents me with something particularly interesting and asks if they can post it on my site, I can’t […]

Press Release Fun: Shortlist for an Early Literacy Development Award

This is the kind of award librarians should know about and don’t tend to. For anyone searching for good picture book readalouds, this list is invaluable. Read on: Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy Announces 2016 CLEL Picture Book Awards Shortlists Denver, Colorado, December 15, 2015 – Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL) announces the Shortlist […]

Why This Book? The Conundrum of Virality and A Fine Dessert

Friends, Romans, Countrymen. Lend me your ears.  I come to discuss A Fine Dessert, not to praise it or denigrate it.  Not to really talk much about the book itself at all except as a recent phenomenon.  A phenomenon unique to our particular day and age and that remains relatively mysterious, despite (or perhaps because […]

Review of the Day: A Great Big Cuddle by Michael Rosen

A Great Big Cuddle: Poems for the Very Young By Michael Rosen Illustrated by Chris Riddell Candlewick Press $19.99 ISBN: 978076368116 Ages 0-4 On shelves now. Did you know that, generally speaking, Europeans have absolutely no interest in the works of Dr. Seuss? It’s true. For years his works have been untranslatable (though great inroads […]

NYPL Releases Their Annual Lists (Plural!)

Each year New York Public Library produces what I seriously consider to be the most beautiful Best Books list of them all.  Encompassing 100 books in total, it breaks all children’s books written in different categories to the following: Picture Books, Early Chapter Books, Middle Grade Fiction, Poetry, Folk and Fairytales, Graphic Novels, and Nonfiction.  […]

What Is a Social Script?

Oh, the librarian and the teacher should be friends Yes, the librarian and the teacher should be friends One job invokes all new terms The other hears them and they squirm But that’s no reason why they can’t be friends Literary folks should stick together Literary folks should all be buds Teachers want some Core/STEM […]

Review of the Day: The Perilous Princess Plot by Sarah Courtauld

Buckle and Squash: The Perilous Princess Plot By Sarah Courtauld Feiwel and Friends (an imprint of Macmillan) $14.99 ISBN: 978-1-250-05277-3 Ages 7-10 On shelves now. Considering that I will never but EVER write an early chapter book or, for that matter, an easy book for new readers, it’s funny how often I sit around contemplating […]

Review of the Day: The Perilous Princess Plot by Sarah Courtauld

Buckle and Squash: The Perilous Princess Plot By Sarah Courtauld Feiwel and Friends (an imprint of Macmillan) $14.99 ISBN: 978-1-250-05277-3 Ages 7-10 On shelves now. Considering that I will never but EVER write an early chapter book or, for that matter, an easy book for new readers, it’s funny how often I sit around contemplating […]

Jolts of Children’s Literature in Unexpected Places

It’s that time again!  Time for me to bring your attention to a variety of strange and interesting books never meant for children, but that contain some hint of influence (little or big) from the literary world of the youth.  Feast thine peepers on the following: We Were Brothers by Barry Moser It’s not that […]

Fusenews: Reader’s Advisory – Not Just for Librarians Anymore

In my current job I’ve become somewhat fascinated with what could easily be considered the key tool in a librarian’s toolbelt: Reader’s Advisory.  Patron asks you to recommend a book based on a set of preferences and you knock it out of the park.  That’s our job and we do it well.  Booksellers do it […]

Video Sunday: It burns!

You know that recurring nightmare where you have to give a TED talk at TedX Beacon Street in Boston?  The one where they fit you with a teeny tiny hand free mic on your head and then you have to stand in front of a series of two-tone cubes?  To combat this fear of mine […]