November 21, 2017

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Video Sunday: Butterfly in the sky / I can go twice as high (thanks in large part to physics)…

Happy news, neighborinos! Today I bring unto you a video from BookFest, a yearly celebration of children’s literature hosted (these days) by Bank Street College of Education. Kidlit TV recorded almost the entire thing live and then put it on air. This year I had the honor of moderating a panel discussion with funny folks […]

Pictures of the Week | Bank Street Literary Salon

A look at the Pratt Institute / Bank Street College of Education exhibit, “The Picture Book Re-imagined,” in New York City.

Barbara Carle, Cofounder of the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Has Died at 76

Barbara Carle, an educator who served as the first board chair of the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, died on September 7 in North Carolina, following a brief illness. She was 76.

Why the Great Green Room is Green, Facing Censorship, and More from BookFest @ Bank Street

During the event at Manhattan’s Bank Street College of Education, Leonard S. Marcus, Brian Pinkney, Jason Chin, Coe Booth, Tim Federle, Matt de la Peña, and others talked about why they do what they do.

Video Sunday: “One floating duck does not a children’s book make”

I’ll confess to you that I think I just discovered the secret to Video Sunday.  If I “Favorite” videos I see in Twitter throughout the week I end up having a MUCH stronger series than if I’d just scouted them out on my own.  Phew!  Happy to know there’s a secret there. Now in the […]

NYPL Censorship Salon Focuses on Self-Censorship, Book Rating Trend

Participants in a New York Public Library Children’s Literature Salon discussed pressing censorship issues, from self-censorship by authors and librarians to schools that rate titles for appropriateness, and the chilling impact a challenge can have on a book.

Video Sunday: Robot, heck. You should see my krumping.

All right.  Me stuff off the bat.  I was recently asked to moderate a panel of authors for the Children’s Media Association.  The panel consisted of Ame Dyckman, Joanne Levy, Katherine Longshore, Elisa Ludwig, Lynda Mullaly Hunt, and Sarvenaz Tash.  During the course of the evening it was suggested that we perform a Giant Dance […]

People Who Left Their Mark: Picture Book Biographies | JLG’s On the Radar

From breaking gender barriers to being the forerunner in children’s books illustrating, the subjects in the following titles selected by the editors at Junior Library Guild were ordinary people who did extraordinary things.

The ABC of It: New York Public Library gives a children’s literary exhibit its all

It is a truth universally acknowledged that when you have easy access to amazing things the relative value you place upon those things diminishes significantly after a surprisingly short amount of time. Case in Point: When I worked across the street from the MOMA for several years it was apparently too difficult for me, even […]

Fusenews: “There are no good books which are only for children” – W.H. Auden

Morning, fellow plebes!  And isn’t the weather just fine and dandy these last few days?  It has been in New York anyway.  Which is to say, it feels like we briefly stole San Francisco’s temperatures for our own use this week.  Giving it back is going to be awful.  To take my mind off that, […]

Pictures of the Week: The Dedication of St. John the Divine as Literary Landmark; Holiday House’s Spring Preview

Hope Larson and Leonard S. Marcus autograph books at the dedication of Saint John the Divine as a Literary Landmark in honor of Madeleine L’Engle, and SLJ Book Review editor Trev Jones at the Holiday House Spring preview.