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September 30, 2014

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Fusenews: Private jet, please

Fusenews: Private jet, please

First up, my little sister.  My daughter recently had her third birthday so my sis came up with a craft involving what she calls Do It Yourself Cupcakes. Each cupcake sported a teeny tiny cover of one of my child’s favorite books.  Then we took them to her daycare where she delightedly set about pointing [...]

You thought you got good stuff for Christmas? Beat this!

Well, the Bird family had a lovely Christmas down in old Atlanta, GA.  We didn’t lose any offspring either going there or back again, so I consider that a win.  And the presents!  Whether it was the Matilda soundtrack (yes, I’m a million years old and still request CDs as presents) or the collected Pogo [...]

Fusenews: Like a common peasant

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They say that there are more children’s book authors and illustrators in Brooklyn than any other city in the nation.  How appropriate then that they should be the ones behind the inaugural Atlantic Avenue Children’s Literature Contest.  The rules are simple: If you have never written a published children’s book then you are eligible.  You [...]

Interview: Nathan Hale on The Donner Dinner Party

Donner Dinner Party

Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales books are a cheeky take on American history, but they are also sophisticated graphic storytelling that help bring the events to life in ways that simple prose could not. His latest book, The Donner Dinner Party, takes on a subject that has horrified and fascinated the public since it happened and [...]

Links: Kevin Keller’s first kiss

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Archie Comics’ openly gay character Kevin Keller gets his first kiss in August—and provokes the ire of a Riverdale mom, whose reaction Veronica catches on video. Archie writer and artist Dan Parent discusses the storyline at USA Today, and Archie co-CEO Jon Goldwater notes that the remarkable thing about Kevin’s kiss is not that he [...]

Fusenews: Mysterious Edges, Heroic Worlds

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Well sir, it’s a heckuva week.  Book stuff is happening out the wazoo, but for a moment I’d like to concentrate on what else is going on in the wider children’s literary world.  What say we Fusenews it up a bit, eh? Of course there’s no way to begin today without a hat tip to [...]

Links: Viz announces Ben 10 graphic novels; Archie meets Glee

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Viz Media has launched a kid-oriented comics app, sticky DOT comics, which features a slew of Pokemon manga as well as their Voltron Force, Redekai, and Mameshiba graphic novels; Mr. Men and Little Miss are on the way as well. And they had another big announcement as well: They will publish a line of original [...]

Amazing but True | Nonfiction for Reluctant Readers

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Beyond those tried-and-true series entries there are many stand-alone titles with engaging texts and high-quality art to lure reluctant readers into informational texts.

On the Radar: Top Picks from the Editors at Junior Library Guild: Great Graphic Novels to Use in Your Common Core Classroom

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These graphic novels that include tales of space travel, American history, and more, will entertain middle grade readers while also satisfying Common Core standards.