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Morning Notes: Whitewash TV Edition

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COVER WHITEWASHING HITS THE EVENING NEWS KMOV in St. Louis ran a story about the recent outbreak in children’s/YA book cover whitewashing. The usual suspects are all mentioned or shown: Liar, Magic Under Glass, and The Mysterious Benedict Society. They did a pretty nice job on this story, hitting the local indie bookstore and talking […]

Toon Review: One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

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One Crazy Summer By Rita Williams-Garcia Amistad (HarperCollins) ISBN: 9780060760892 $15.99 Grades 4-7 In Stores *Best New Books* Review copy from library. Also reviewed by Kids Lit, A Chair, A Fireplace, A Tea Cozy, Educating Alice (in the New York Times), A Fuse #8 Production. Find this book at your local library with WorldCat.

Link Du Jour: De Nombreux Liens

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Children’s lit, it done changed. Indy Week has a nice interview with Lois Lowry, where she talks about how books for young people have changed since the 70’s. Click here to read. Read a book online. A book is donated to someone in need. Penguin Group is making this happen. Click here to read. If […]

Cover Controversy: Flying Away

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Knock, knock. Who’s there? Hey, mon… Wow. Is this some sort of lame Jamaican stereotype knock knock joke? That’s in pretty poor taste. …arch butterflies seem to be on a lot of book covers lately. Oh, heh. Hey monarch butterflies seem to be on a lot of book covers lately who? This isn’t a joke; […]

Morning Notes: Horsehair Bookbinding Edition

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I PREFER MY ARTWORK INSPIRED BY KID’S BOOKS Picture Book Report is a site where illustrations inspired by books are put on display. Or, from the site: Picture Book Report is an extended love-song to books. Fifteen illustrators will reach out to their favorite books and create wonderful pieces of art in response to the […]

Send Me Your Spines

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April has been a great month. After laying down the gauntlet, challenging teacher and librarian-types to try book spine poems with kids, emails have been arriving. Yesterday, after receiving a new batch, two thoughts struck me: 1. You should check out the student book spine poem gallery. 2. Keep sending ’em. You can email me […]

The Delicate Art of Library Signage

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Bookshelves of Doom recently made me aware of BuzzFeed’s collection of 20 Passive Aggressive Library Signs. If you find mirth in the following… …then I advise you click here to head over to the aforementioned Bookshelves and read the rest. (Headline Image: ‘Oral Roberts University Holy Spirit Research Center‘ http://www.flickr.com/photos/45082883@N00/436337545)

Link Du Jour: All Your Tweets Are Belong to Us

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What’s with the bad grammar in this headline? Abby (the) Librarian recently wrote about The Library of Congress acquiring the Twitter archive (click here to read more at MSNBC). This deal means that the LOC will be preserving every tweet ever written until, most likely, the end of time. I use Twitter to share such […]

Cover Controversy: Shut It

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Books – frustrating, aren’t they? Covers always wanting to flap open, all those pages so easily turned. Recently, a group of book covers have tried solving this problem. The cover artwork isn’t similar, but they all have one element that (bad pun alert!) binds them together: Queste by Angie Sage. The Flight of the Phoenix […]

ALA Most Frequently Challenged Books 2009

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Avert your eyes! The American Library Association just released their list of the ten most challenged books of the past year. Here are the top five: 1. ttyl, ttfn, l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle Reasons: Nudity, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group, Drugs 2. “And Tango Makes Three” by Peter Parnell and […]

Morning Notes: National Library Week Edition

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BUY A BOOK ALREADY; OPERATION TEEN BOOK DROP IN FULL SWING Are you busy today? Yes? Well, don’t worry about that. Purchase a book or two for teens in need. Guys Lit Wire has the details. I’VE GOT 30 PROBLEMS; A POEM AIN’T ONE The premise is simple – 30 days in April, 30 original […]

Review: What If? by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

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What If? By Laura Vaccaro Seeger Roaring Brook Press ISBN: 9781596433984 $15.99 Grades PreK-1 In Stores April 27, 2010 *Best New Books* Six words. While the overall count is higher, Laura Vaccaro Seeger (First the Egg) uses only six individual words to create What If? How much can you do with six words? Apparently, plenty. […]

Visualizing the Top 100 Children’s Novels

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In honor of A Fuse #8 Production’s Top 100 Children’s Novels countdown coming to an end, I threw together a Wordle to see which words popped up the most. I’m now off to write what will surely be the most successful children’s book of all time: Little Harry Potter and the Green Witch Ramona Mountain […]

Link Du Jour: Take the Judy Blume Quiz

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I’d say I know Judy Blume with about 64% accuracy. How can I be so specific (when my math skills are so poor I can hardly add)? I just took The Judy Blume Quiz at mental_floss.com, and that was my score. I was feeling pretty good about myself until I put that number on a […]

2010 Eisner Award Nominees Announced!

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The Eisner Awards, shining a light on the best the comics world has to offer since 1988, just announced their 2010 nominees. The category I’m most interested in is “Best Publication for Kids”. Let’s take a look at the list: This, friends, is a tough call. I liked Lunch Lady, but I loved The Secret […]