March 28, 2015

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Video Sunday: La la la!

Morning, folks.  We’ve a good store of goodies this morning, and I’m pleased as punch to give them to you.  First up, a short film.  A very short film, actually.  I’ve spoken in the past on how Hollywood views children’s writers and the creation of children’s books.  This film seems to believe that children’s books […]

Carnivorous cakes, nail-biting horror, and a reimagined Alice | SLJ Sneak Peek


From a hilarious chapter book set in space to an imaginative origin story for Alice and Wonderland’s Queen of Hearts, the following works featured in SLJ’s February 2015 issue will entertain and pique the interest of voracious and emergent readers. Check out the latest sneak peek of reviews appearing in the next print issue.

Fusenews: Don’t Let the Pigeon Shoot First

Hi-ho, folks. Well, there’s a nice little second part to that interview I did with Kidlit TV last week.  Basically, if you’ve ever wanted me to predict the Newbery and Caldecott on air or offer up my assessment of the worst written children’s book of 2014, you are in luck.  I think there may even […]

Board Book Bonanza | Preschool to Grade 4 Roundup


These 39 new board books were all published in the second half of 2014. They include concept books, stories, titles new to the board book format, and a few recommended titles in Spanish.

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Fusenews: Bemoaning, Lamenting, and Generally Carrying On

Fusenews: Bemoaning, Lamenting, and Generally Carrying On

A stumper to begin the day. I got this message from my aunt and I simply do not know the answer. Librarians of the world, do you know? Just to clarify beforehand, the answer is unfortunately not Are Your My Mother? by P.D. Eastman: “… seeking info on a children’s book that was [a] favorite […]

Birds of a Feather: Fiction and Nonfiction Books for Young Readers │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

Pigeon Needs a Bath

Books about birds can teach kids amazing facts about nature, and they can also make them laugh. From a lost chicken in the city to a pigeon who really needs a bath, these following titles will be a feather in your cap.

Video Sunday: Mind you, it DOES make me want to read The Olde Tobacco Shoppe . . .

Video Sunday: Mind you, it DOES make me want to read The Olde Tobacco Shoppe . . .

Gather round me, little children, and let me tell you of a magical time when the Newbery and Caldecott winners were interviewed on NBC the day after their win in a regular annual segment.  Then twas the coming of Snookie and suddenly children’s book awards weren’t considered newsworthy any longer.  I’ve searched the airwaves to […]

Video Sunday: Gobs of authorial types (and the filling of pants with tacos)

Video Sunday: Gobs of authorial types (and the filling of pants with tacos)

This is probably going to be of the most interest to those of you who have an interest in comic book inking in general.  Paul Karasik, who is the head of programming for Comic Arts Brooklyn, interviewed Jeff Smith while he (the creator of the Bone graphic novel series) inked a Bone illustration for the […]

The Pigeon Is Back! | Touch and Go


Featuring beloved Mo Willems characters, this impressive production offers several entertaining game options as well as cameo appearances by the author.

Fusenews: “Who is Fishface, and where can I find him?”

Fusenews: “Who is Fishface, and where can I find him?”

Required Reading of the Day: Roger Sutton already told you to read it, and now I’m backing him up.  If you have not cast thine eyes upon Christopher Myers’s piece Young Dreamers in which he talks about the Trayvon Martin decision as well as Christopher’s own role in the world of children’s literature and the […]

Celebrating Picture Books: Not Just For Kids

Maurice Sendak A Celebration of the Artist and His Work

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.

Video Sunday: Proverbial cookies happen to go very well with axiomatic milk

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 […]

Video Sunday: “… drawing and doodling is a form of physicalized empathy” – Mo Willems

Video Sunday: “… drawing and doodling is a form of physicalized empathy” – Mo Willems

Oh, like I was going to start off with anything else this week.  Dahl was robbed! During BEA, one of the women of the hour was our own Monica Edinger (who blogged about the experience here).  Her upcoming book Africa Is My Home: A Child of the Amistad is so remarkable that it is physically […]

JLG’s On the Radar: Picture Books for Primary Readers

Grandma the Great Gourd

Junior Library Guild editors select picture books that are perfect for storytime; these titles are destined to become favorite read-alouds and will delight the imaginations of kids in kindergarten and first grade.

Fusenews: “…there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run / There’s still time to change the road you’re on.”

The last few days have been a blur, helped not a bit by a toddler who suddenly took it into her head that 4:45 a.m. is a perfectly reasonable time to wake up and that perfectly reasonable people should be up and about and WHY ISN’T MOMMY BEING PERFECTLY REASONABLE ABOUT THIS???? … WAAAAAAUUUUGGGGHHHH!  So […]

Fusenews: The P.D. Eastman Influence

Collage of Spanish Book covers

Hope you all had a marvelous Thanksgiving yesterday!  I had family in town, including my niece and brother-in-law.  Steve, the bro-in-law in question, has a kind of genius for synthesizing down P.D. Eastman books to their most essential lessons.  He’s always objected to Are You My Mother? on the basis that this baby bird is […]

News Bites: Free Video Series from NBC Learn: “Writers Speak to Kids”

writers speak to kids

Watch a series of 17 interviews with children’s author’s for free, apply for book donation and literacy grants, get free writing rubrics, and much more—just check out this week’s News Bites for lots of great information for librarians, teachers, and everyone involved in education.

Pick of the Day: Knuffle Bunny Free: An Unexpected Diversion (DVD)

DVD Cover of little girl stuffed bunny

Knuffle Bunny Free: An Unexpected Diversion. DVD. 13 min. with tchr’s. guide. Weston Woods. 2012. ISBN 978-0-545-044753-9. $59.95; CD, ISBN 978-0-545-044758-4: $12.95; CD with hardcover book, ISBN 978-0-545-44810-9: $29.95.
PreS-Gr 1–Mo Willems’s conclusion (Balzer + Bray, 2012) to his Knuffle Bunny trilogy begins with a photographic sequence of Trixie’s growth from previous books and closes with a similar sequence chronicling Trixie’s journey of maturation. Trixie and her family take a plane to visit her grandparents, Oma and Opa, in Holland. When […]

Fresh and Fun | Books for Emergent Readers


Whether they are taking their first steps and beginning to sound out words or making leaps and bounds toward decoding longer sentences and more complex story plots, emergent readers benefit from high-quality books that grab their interest and support their efforts. Ranging from funny tales to nonfiction, these books are guaranteed to reel in developing readers and keep them turning pages.

Pick of the Day: Edwina, the Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct (DVD)

DVD pink cover with illustrated dinosaur

Edwina, the Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct. DVD. 7 min. Weston Woods. 2012. ISBN 978-0-545-37414-9. $59.59; CD: ISBN 978-0-545-37498-9: $ 12.95; CD with hardcover book, ISBN 978-0-545-44813-0: $29.95.
PreS-Gr 2–Edwina the dinosaur helps out in her community, bakes chocolate-chip cookies, and everyone loves her, except for Reginald Von Hoobie-Doobie, the class know-it-all, who is positive that dinosaurs are extinct. When Reginald makes it his mission to force the townspeople to accept that fact, no one bothers to listen to […]