To accompany its annual Best Books, School Library Journal commissions luminaries in the field of children’s book illustration to create our December cover. Go behind the scenes of this year’s selection and peruse the gallery of Best Book covers since 1998.
In his opening Day of Dialog speech, “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” author paid tribute to librarians and described his personal challenge to make each book better than the last, along with a theme in his books: a quest to create a family.
Some me stuff to start us off. NYPL turned its handy dandy little 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing 2014 list into an interactive bit of gorgeousness. So as to help it along, I wrote a blog post on the library’s website (I have two blogs, if you want to get technical about it, but […]
The author of Wicked, the book that spawned the blockbuster Broadway play, Gregory Maguire talks with SLJ about his latest otherworldly novel Egg and Spoon, who should be reading it, and why fairy tales are necessary nutrition for the modern world.
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When I was invited to visit with the 2014 Sendak Fellows at Maurice’s farm, I thought it would be, you know, a “farm,” AKA a rurally situated but otherwise urbane getaway retreat. But it was an actual farming farm with rows of vegetables and corn and a tractor and silo and chickens. Sendak’s longtime assistant […]
We’re off tomorrow to spend a few days with the Sendak Fellows, Nora Krug and Harry Bliss, at a farm Maurice owned in upstate New York. (Why did he need a farm? Did he need a place to get away from it all from his place to get away from it all in the wilds […]
Unless you resided under a Wi-Fi free rock you may have missed the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign that went wholly and totally viral – among other news.
Previously on A Fuse #8 Production . . . In 2012 I came up with a crazy idea. We all love Dr. Seuss. We all know his work. So for fun I asked folks to illustrate a scene from their favorite Seuss book in the style of a different children’s author. The result: The Re-Seussification […]
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the prestigious Caldecott Award, bestowed annually to the “artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.” Here’s a look at a few books about past and recent recipients.
Meet Isol. Incredibly badass Isol. The fact that you may not know her name instantly is a crime. We Americans are fairly . . . how to put this . . . screamingly awful about paying attention to authors and illustrators from other countries. Isol won the most recent Astrid Lindgren Award, but she’s hardly […]
Dwell not on the fact that you were unable to attend the Newbery/Caldecott Banquet whilst your fellows caroused to all hours of the night (or so I assume . . . I left when I felt sleepy, party animal that I am). Now you can feel like you were there in the supple flesh all […]
You know what’s hot these days, topic-wise? Diversity! Or maybe just the lack thereof. Seems its all anyone can talk about this week. First the First Book blog reported that “at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America) meeting, hosted by President Bill Clinton, [they] announced First Book’s commitment to create a sustainable solution […]
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, […]
Now this is really neat. There’s a series called BOOKD through THINKR (apparently E’s are considered gauche these days) that will take a topic and really go into it with a panel of experts. In this particular case the question is whether or not you should re-read Charlotte’s Web. Author Bruce Coville and teacher/blogger/author Monica […]
I must apologize to you for falling down on my regular Video Sundays. Saturday night I made the executive decision to rewatch Ghostbusters so as best to ascertain its relative awesomeness. Conclusion: The movie continues to rock. I was surprised to hear that the shots of the Ghostbusters in the stacks of my library were […]