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October 21, 2014

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Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out

Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out, Susan Kuklin Candlewick Press, February 2014 Reviewed from ARC Does literary quality mean that a writer has to have a strong authorial presence? I bring this up because Beyond Magenta is a wonderful nonfiction book. It’s easily one of the strongest contenders for this year’s YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction—but [...]

Fusenews: “Red Nine doth here stand by”

Fusenews: “Red Nine doth here stand by”

Me stuff.  You have been warned.  So the first thing to know today is that this coming Saturday I’ll be speaking at the Eric Carle Museum about Wild Things: Acts of Mischief in Children’s Literature.  It will prove to be an amusing talk and if you live in the area I’d desperately love it if [...]

Historical Accuracy in Illustration: Shifting Standards or Stubborn Certainties?

Historical Accuracy in Illustration: Shifting Standards or Stubborn Certainties?

There’s been a lot of talk about accuracy in children’s nonfiction recently (which is just a fancy way of saying that there’s been a lot of talk on this particular blog).  Everything from invented dialogue to series that are nonfiction-ish.  One element we haven’t discussed in any way, shape, or form though is the notion [...]

Books on Film: Illustrators Illustrate Before Your Eyes

Books on Film: Illustrators Illustrate Before Your Eyes

The Guardian children’s books blog busted out a bit of a treasure trove this week. They captured ten top UK illustrators doing their thing via Vine (the six-second video service). Here’s Axel Scheffler (The Gruffalo) drawing a character from his latest book with Julia Donaldson, The Scarecrow’s Wedding: The rest are just as cool (I [...]

Two possible explanations for all the zombie books

Two possible explanations for all the zombie books

Holy shit became the slogan of the day at HBAS after Julie Strauss-Gabel used it to describe her initial reaction to reading the ms. of Andrew Smith’s Grasshopper Jungle (winner of the BGHB award for fiction). Her point was that this was the reaction an editor should have in making a decision to acquire a […]

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Review: Picture Windows’ DC educational board books

Review: Picture Windows’ DC educational board books

DC’s superheroes are muscling in on the market for educational board books aimed at the youngest of children, and it’s not like Elmo, Dora and company can stop them from teaching readers about shapes, colors, letters and numbers.They’ve got super-powers! And bat-shaped gadgets! And they’re not afraid to play rough! Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and [...]

Spring Contenders

Spring Contenders

Earlier Nina asked us to glance ahead and talk about some of our Fall Favorites, but we’re not done with the spring season yet either.  What about this trio of contenders? ABSOLUTELY ALMOST by Lisa Graff I haven’t read this anywhere, but does anybody else get a slightly WONDER-ish vibe from this one?  New York [...]

Press Release Fun: Honoring William Steig and Atha Tehon

Press Release Fun: Honoring William Steig and Atha Tehon

Creating Children’s Books: Collaboration and Change A Symposium in Honor of William Steig and Atha Tehon http://www.library.upenn.edu/exhibits/childrensbooks_symposium.html Creating Children’s Books: Collaboration and Change honors the contributions of William Steig and Atha Tehon to the world of children’s literature during late-twentieth and early-twenty-first centuries. The symposium will explore the creation of children’s books from both the [...]

Challenge Accepted: The Blogger’s Desk

Challenge Accepted: The Blogger’s Desk

Over at Bookends, Cindy and Lynn are doing something fun. In honor of one of their favorite out-of-print gems, The Writer’s Desk by Jill Krementz, they’ve shared where they do their blogging. While no one can outdo Cindy’s Tiki bar, they’re encouraging others to share where they get their work done. Here’s my annotated downstairs [...]

Malala Yousafzai Wins Nobel Peace Prize

Malala Yousafzai Wins Nobel Peace Prize

I thought readers here might be interested to know, if they hadn’t heard already, that Malala Yousafzai has just been named a co-recipient of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. Malala is, of course, the author of I Am Malala–reviewed here back in December–which chronicles her struggle for education for girls in Pakistan, and eventual shooting [...]

Two Girls Staring at the Ceiling

Two Girls Staring at the Ceiling

Two Girls Staring at the Ceiling, Lucy Frank Schwartz & Wade, August 2014 Reviewed from final copy I’m old. This year, it has really come home to me that I have been doing this for a while, with the following exchanges: Me: Oooh, a new one from Cecil Castellucci! Joy: You mean the LA Review [...]

Columbus Day? Direct Thine Attention Hence

Columbus Day? Direct Thine Attention Hence

So I’m sitting at a Tri-Library Book Buzz event in NYC the other day, which is basically this massive librarian preview event where publishers of every stripe hock their wares in a lickety-split fashion.  I like to go because it lets me see a lot of the little publishers who don’t get a lot of [...]

Review: Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton

Review: Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton

Shh! We Have a Plan By Chris Haughton Candlewick Press ISBN: 9780763672935 $15.99 Grades PreK-2 Out Now *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Admission: I’ve edited books on the fly. In a school library setting, the clock is king, and I’ve had to trim a sentence or paragraph when running [...]

Anchor charts away!

Anchor charts away!

Anchor charts make learning sticky and visible. By presenting visual reminders of what is being taught, they support instruction and reinforce learning, anchoring or holding it in place. Anchor charts are most effective, and most likely to be used, when they are focused and co-created during instruction, with a class engaged in think-alouds or writing, [...]

In case you missed Connected Librarian Day & Library 2.014

In case you missed Connected Librarian Day & Library 2.014

If you missed Connected Librarian Day on Tuesday, or the super-fabulous fourth annual Library 2.014 Worldwide Virtual Conference on Wednesday and Thursday . . . or if you were there and want to relive it or catch up with any sessions you missed . . . . . . it’s archived in all its glory [...]

Video Sunday: Dancing in the Stacks

Video Sunday: Dancing in the Stacks

A veritable plethora of dancing librarians greet you this weekend.  Now I’ll be the first to say that if you’re going to have librarians or library patrons dancing in a video then the video has to be pretty darn impressive in some way.  Life’s too short otherwise.  But thing is, these folks are pretty extraordinary.  [...]

Preview: The Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow

Preview: The Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow

Jim Henson and his collaborator, Jerry Juhl, wrote the script for The Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow as a television special, but it was never produced; instead, 46 years later, the folks at Archaia have turned it into a graphic novel, with the adaptation and art by none other than Roger Langridge, the artist for [...]

Zane and the Hurricane, and Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere

Zane and the Hurricane, and Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere

Debbie made a plea back in Fall Favorites for ZANE AND THE HURRICANE, which I’m seeing on many Mock Newbery lists. But we have to talk about it alongside Julie Lamana’s UPSIDE DOWN IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE, which is essentially the same story:  Katrina. Stranded in the Lower Ninth. Dog escaping causes trouble. Rescue. [...]

Review of the Day: Water Rolls, Water Rises: El Agua Rueda, el Agua Sube by Pat Mora

Review of the Day: Water Rolls, Water Rises: El Agua Rueda, el Agua Sube by Pat Mora

Water Rolls, Water Rises: El Agua Rueda, el Agua Sube By Pat Mora Illustrated by Meilo So Children’s Book Press (an imprint of Lee & Low Books) $17.95 ISBN: 978-0892393251 Ages 4-8 On shelves now. Sometimes I wonder what effect the televised ephemera I took in as a child has had on my memories and [...]

This Week’s Comics: Rabbid Quest

This Week’s Comics: Rabbid Quest

As the nights get shorter and cooler, strange creatures emerge from the night. BOOM! Studios releases the first issue in a new series of Fraggle Rock comics with the Journey to the Everspring. First Second releases a fun graphic novel based on a classic, Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth, and Eureka Productions presents a [...]