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Create Your Own Middle Grade Book Title for Girls!

Middle Grade Title Generator

I often talk cover trends on this here blog, but rarely do title trends come up. Well, it appears we’re in the midst of one for middle grade books aimed at girls. The equation goes like this: The (insert word ending in -ion) of (insert slightly off kilter first and last name for girls) Have […]

10 to Note: Summer Preview 2011

Summer Preview

With all the summer catalogs properly pored over, now is the time for the quarterly season preview I call 10 to Note. The following is a highly subjective list of books set to arrive in June, July, and August that are intriguing to my eyes and ears. Fiction Missing on Superstition Mountain by Elise Broach; […]

Review: Leap Back Home to Me by Lauren Thompson

Leap Back Home

Leap Back Home to Me By Lauren Thompson Illustrated by Matthew Cordell McElderry Books (Simon & Schuster) ISBN: 9781416906643 $15.99 Grades PreK-1 In Stores Look, I love subversive. I’m a fan of unorthodox. I dig meta. This century’s picture books have been kind to my tastes, with craziness around every corner. But it seems that […]

Review: Sidekicks by Dan Santat


Sidekicks By Dan Santat Arthur A. Levine Books ISBN: 9780439298117 $24.99 hardcover; $12.99 paperback Grades 3-6 In Stores July 1, 2011 Let us be honest, folks – at this point, you could slap a cape on a coat rack, toss in a few one-liners and our current superhero-crazed culture would eat it up. Give Dan […]

Morning Notes: Book Xylophone Edition

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GIVE BOOKS TO A SCHOOL THAT NEEDS THEM The 2011 edition of the Guys Lit Wire Book Fair is underway and I encourage one and all to lend a hand by buying a book for Ballou Senior High School in Washington DC. Let’s help them build a library, folks ! Click here for more information […]

Fuse Live!


I recently visited New York to meet up with some college friends (see also: playing soccer, watching televised soccer, and watching live soccer) and figured I’d take the opportunity to visit excellent children’s librarian and A Fuse #8 Production blogger Elizabeth Bird. Plans set, I made my way to the main branch of the New […]

Q-ing and A-ing

Children's Books

Golden Girls research, Girl Scout cookies, and the true story of how a library book (maybe) saved a life. I recently did the Q and A thing with Children’s Books and Reviews and the results are up and running.  Click here to read.

Link Du Jour: Top 10 Historical Fiction

Booklist Historical Fict

Does it seem to you like historical fiction flies under the radar? Seems that way to me. A shame I say, because the genre is in a great place right now, with many of the best books of the year falling under this umbrella. Countdown, Turtle in Paradise, Zora and Me – the list goes […]

Morning Notes: Richard Scarry is a-Changin’ Edition

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DO YOU WORK IN A QUAINT RELIC? Have you heard the comments CNET Editior Brian Cooley made about libraries on a recent Buzz Out Loud podcast? Let’s just say he’s not a fan. While steam begins to emit from my ears when I read stuff like this, I do think there are some lessons that […]

Covering the Newbery (#18): Thimble Summer

Thimble Summer

I’m foolishly attempting to give each and every Newbery-winning book a new look. Today, we close out the ’30s with… 1939: Thimble Summer by Elizabeth Enright Older Cover: My Redo: Side by Side: Verdict: Not my favorite. Not sure if the pig focus is working. Read Previous Covering the Newbery Posts: 1938: White Stag 1937: […]

Link Du Jour: Kindle Makes Nice with the Library


If you’re like me, hesitant to take the eReader plunge due to the frustratingly complicated web of “it works with this, but not with that” compatibility, it looks like one of these issues is about to be solved. By the end of the year, Kindle owners will be able to check out books at 11,000 […]

Review: Lemonade by Bob Raczka


Lemonade and Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word By Bob Raczka Illustrated by Nancy Doniger Roaring Brook Press ISBN: 9781596435414 $16.99 Grades 1-6 In Stores *Best New Books* Give me one month and every word in the English language and I can write you a bad poem. One year? You’ll likely get about the […]

Review: Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow? by Susan A. Shea

Which Ones

Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow? By Susan A. Shea Illustrated by Tom Slaughter Blue Apple ISBN: 978160950627 $16.99 Grades PreK-1 In Stores *Best New Books* Often times, lift the flap books bring little more to the table than flaps. I’ve read scores of them where the primary focus amounts to something like “Hey, […]

Morning Notes: Children’s Lit Billionaire Edition

48 HOURS WORTH OF READING Every now and again, a thorough testing of reading limits is in order. The annual 48 Hour Reading Challenge has been announced (actually, pre-announced), and presents an excellent occasion to see what you can do. As always, MotherReader is hosting. Click here for more details. THE OBVIOUS NEXT STEP IN […]

Library Slang Dictionary: Artificial Author


Artificial Author -noun 1. Author who continues a popular book franchise that he/she did not originally write. Wait – Margret and H.A. Rey are still writing Curious George books? Nope. Artificial author. (Top image: ‘Montgomery Ward Escort 55‘