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October 24, 2014

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Fusenews: Properly vicious

There comes a time when I have so much news for a Fusenews that it paralyzes me and rather than write one up I just let my files accrue more and more schtoof until the vicious circle ends with a massive deletion.  Today some of this stuff will strike you as a bit out of [...]

Surprise! It’s Racist! Unwanted Children’s Book Surprises.

Surprise!  It’s Racist!  Unwanted Children’s Book Surprises.

I think many of us have done this at some point.  You’ve picked up a favorite old children’s book to read to your own kiddos.  Everything’s going smoothly and you’re all having a fabulous time.  Then, WHAMMO!  Surprise!  It’s racist! Have no idea what I’m talking about?  Well today we’re talking race and we’re talking [...]

Press Release Fun: Me!

It’s the blatant self-promotion game!  Starring me!  Forgive me, folks, but a gal’s gotta do what a gal’s gotta do.  Don’t worry.  I’ve at least one post lined up for later this week that will involve children’s books that are surprisingly racist (fun!).  Until then, I’d be honored if you were so good as to [...]

Review of the Day: Fox’s Garden by Princesse Camcam

Review of the Day: Fox’s Garden by Princesse Camcam

Fox’s Garden By Princesse Camcam Enchanted Lion Books ISBN: 978-1-59270-167-4 $14.95 Ages 3-6 On shelves now. Have you ever read a picture book multiple times, enjoying it with each and every read, and then find later that it was wordless . . . and you didn’t even notice? Now THAT is the mark of an [...]

Video Sunday: No. Seriously, Lisa. Hire me.

Video Sunday: No. Seriously, Lisa. Hire me.

Howdy, folks.  I have news for you.  Did you have any idea that a children’s literature online show called KidLit TV was in the works?  Nor did I until I stopped by Roxie Munroe’s studio the other day.  She informed me that man-about-town Rocco Staino had been by with an honest-to-goodness film crew to talk [...]

E is for Esoteric: 2014 Alphabet Books Get Creative

E is for Esoteric: 2014 Alphabet Books Get Creative

What is it about the alphabet that gives artists the license to get weird?  Historically, the alphabet book is one of the earliest American children’s book forms.  You know.  “In Adam’s fall, we sinned all.”  That kind of thing.  I’m certain someone has already written, or is in the process of writing, the full-blooded history [...]

Newbery / Caldecott 2015: Fall Prediction Edition

Newbery / Caldecott 2015: Fall Prediction Edition

Why cede the fun to the bloggers at Heavy Medal and Calling Caldecott? according to Betsy Bird. Here are her own predictions for the 2015 awards.

Review of the Day: At Home in Her Tomb by Christine Liu-Perkins

Review of the Day: At Home in Her Tomb by Christine Liu-Perkins

At Home in Her Tomb: Lady Dai and the Ancient Chinese Trasures of Mawangdui By Christine Liu-Perkins Charlesbridge $19.95 978-1-58089-370-1 Ages 9-12 On shelves now When I say the word “mummy” what springs into your mind? Movies starring Brendan Fraser? Egypt and scarabs and rolls of crumbling papyrus? Absolutely. But what if I told you [...]

Press Release Fun: A $5,000 Award for School Libraries

A message for school librarians: ALA is now accepting applications for the 2015 Sara Jaffarian Award. The award recognizes K-8 schools for exceptional programming in social studies, poetry, drama, art, language arts, culture, or other humanities subjects. Apply by Dec. 15 at www.ala.org/jaffarianaward. More information below. Please let me know if you have any questions. Sarah Ostman Communications Manager [...]

The Hachette/Amazon War: One Writer’s Perspective

Not too long ago I linked to a letter Amazon had released regarding their spot o’ trouble (to put it mildly) with the publisher Hachette.  In my post I encouraged authors to tell me what they thought about it and they did, but not on my blog itself.  And why should they?  With all the [...]

New Series: Walking and Talking with . . . John Corey Whaley

New Series: Walking and Talking with . . . John Corey Whaley

Introducing the all new “Walking and Talking” series by Steve Sheinkin! I’m always on the lookout for folks I consider double threats.  In the children’s and YA book biz that translates to mean people who can both write and draw.  Take someone like Kadir Nelson, for example.  One day he’s doing his spectacular art, merry [...]

Press Release Fun: The Second Annual Columbus Children’s Book Festival

Press Release Fun: The Second Annual Columbus Children’s Book Festival

COLUMBUS CHILDREN’S BOOK FESTIVAL RETURNS SEPTEMBER 20 Authors, Illustrators and More to be Featured at Free Outdoor Event at the Columbus Public Library (Columbus, GA) – The long-awaited Second Annual Columbus Children’s Book Festival returns to the grounds of the Columbus Public Library on Macon Road on Saturday, September 20th. The event is free and open [...]

Invented Dialogue and the Conundrum of the Picture Book Biography

Invented Dialogue and the Conundrum of the Picture Book Biography

You know, it’s not that I’m a big nonfiction reader or advocate in particular.  It’s just the nature of children’s librarianship in this day and age.  You simply cannot work in the field without encountering nonfiction and, as a result, sometimes you end up with granite hard opinions about the form.  Take me, for example.  [...]

Video Sunday: Need I say more?

Video Sunday: Need I say more?

Today I’m feeling a bit brief.  Fortunately the videos in general don’t need much explanation. Three words: Edward. Gorey. Documentary.  Need I say more? Here’s the Indiegogo info, should you wish it. Now care for a little overseas surrealism to add flavor to your day? And if you wish to switch gears so violently your [...]

Fusenews: Hat tips and doffed caps

Fusenews: Hat tips and doffed caps

I don’t normally do this, but it is books like this one that make it clear that rules are meant to be broken.  We children’s librarians are familiar with books we consider “for professional use”.  These are titles that are of use primarily to library students, librarians, and teachers.  They tend to have ugly covers.  [...]

Ben Hatke Blog Tour: Come buy, come buy!

Ben Hatke Blog Tour: Come buy, come buy!

I’m pleased as punch to be today’s stop on the Ben Hatke Beastiary of Lost Creatures blog tour (and you know I almost never do blog tours so this book has gotta be good.  Today Ben’s gonna highlight a creature for us himself and I’m gonna sit back and take it easy. Enjoy! Ben Hatke’s [...]

Review of the Day: Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon

Review of the Day: Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon

Dory Fantasmagory By Abby Hanlon Dial (an imprint of Penguin) $14.99 ISBN: 978-0-8037-4088-4 Ages 6-8 On shelves October 9th Which of the following types of children’s books are, in your opinion, the most difficult to write: Board books, picture books, easy books (for emerging readers), early chapter books, or middle grade fiction (older chapter books)? [...]

Review of the Day: Bad Bye, Good Bye by Deborah Underwood

Review of the Day: Bad Bye, Good Bye by Deborah Underwood

Bad Bye, Good Bye By Deborah Underwood Houghton Mifflin Harcourt $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-547-92852-4 Ages 3-7 On shelves now As a mother who recently spent the better part of twenty hours in a car with a three-year-old and a three-month-old baby, I feel a special kinship with parents who have also engaged in the ultimate endurance [...]

Book Trailer Premiere – Zorgoochi Intergalactic Pizza: Delivery of Doom by Dan Yaccarino

Book Trailer Premiere – Zorgoochi Intergalactic Pizza: Delivery of Doom by Dan Yaccarino

Today I am pleased as punch to premiere the brand spankin’ new book trailer for Dan Yaccarino’s middel grade novel debut Zorgoochi Intergalactic Pizza: Delivery of Doom (say that five times fast – I dare you).  The video captures humor, pathos, and angry mushrooms.  In other words, everything that makes life worth living. Enjoy

Fusenews: Avada ke-dairy

Fusenews: Avada ke-dairy

I have never, in all my livelong days, been so proud of an illustrator.  And Mary Engelbreit at that.  For someone as well-established as she is the decision to create and sell a print with all proceeds going to the Michael Brown Jr. Memorial Fund, which supports the family of Michael Brown, the Missouri teenager [...]