Fusenews: And the tree was moderately amused
- Here’s your SAT question for the day: “Making fun of The Giving Tree in a parody is to shooting fish in a barrel as . . .” You may put your response in the comments below. I’ve lived long enough to feel that I’ve seen every possible Giving Tree parody man or woman could imagine. The Taking Tree, the video with Sassy Gay Friend, that other video where it shows the boy growing up. Been there, done that. That’s why I really kind of respected The Toast’s take. At first it sounds like it’s going to be more of the same old, same old: If the Boy From the Giving Tree Was Your Boyfriend. But like most pieces on The Toast, it’s much smarter and cleverer than its initial concept. Well played, Meghann Gordon. Well played indeed. Thanks to Cheryl Klein for the link.
- Me stuff. If you find that you haven’t heard enough talkety talk from me, Mr. Tim Podell was recently kind enough to speak to interview me for his remarkable, and longstanding, Good Conversations Radio Podcast. Seven years ago he walked into my library and we talked about where to take his show. Now he has a successful podcast and I my same blog. Seems like only yesterday, eh, Tim?
- This one just sort of sells itself. The headline read, “British Library releases children’s book illustrations into public domain.”
- Not to be outdone, the Bodleian Library launches its own children’s book imprint. Not entirely certain how they managed to get Babar, but there you go, I guess. Thanks to Emma Dryden for the link.
- I don’t know as many literary apps for kids as I might. Pretty much everything on my phone is of the Endless series. Endless Reader. Endless Alphabet. Now I hear they’ve a Spanish one as well: Endless Spanish/Infinito Español. This is a great day for kinderappkind.
- Who doesn’t like a good bookface (as the kids are calling it these days)? Lots of children’s literature was on display in this recent Guardian article about NYPL’s call for pictures ala #bookfacefriday.
I think the Libba Bray one is particularly inspired too.
- With the sheer number of picture books out there, sometimes you want to see a recommendation list that isn’t the same old, same old. So if you want something fun and entirely up-t0-date, step this way and take in the Pink Me post Super Summer Picture Books 2015. Good for what ails ya.
- I missed a lot of Publisher’s Weekly Children’s Bookshelf issues while I was moving to Evanston, so perhaps this piece has already been discussed ad nauseum without me. Just in case it hasn’t, though, The Guardian post Picture Books That Draw the Line Against Pink Stereotypes of Girls is very interesting to me. I should do an American version as a post soon. In any case, many of these I recognize but I don’t think we’ve seen I’m a Girl by Yasmeen Ismail yet. Eh, Bloomsbury? Eh? Eh eh? *bats eyelashes* Eh? Thanks to Kate for the link.
- With his customary verve and panache, Travis Jonker accurately (insofar as I am concerned) pinpoints the books that will probably get some New York Times Best Illustrated love this year. The sole book he neglects to mention, insofar as I am concerned, is my beloved Moletown by Torben Kuhlmann and possibly Mr. Squirrel and the Moon by Sebastian Meschenmoser. Let’s show our German compatriots a little affection!
- One might argue that launching a literary periodical with a concentration on children’s literature in this day and age is as fraught with peril as launching a children’s bookstore (if not more so). Yet I find much to celebrate in this recent announcement about The Read Quarterly and what it hopes to accomplish. You know what? What the heck. I’ll subscribe. Could be good for the little gray cells.
- Daily Image:
This . . . this looks like a lot of work. Whooboy. A lot of work. But super cool, you bet. Super cool. It’s kids made out of books:
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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