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Morning, folks. Here in the frozen tundra they call the Chicago area (a hot toddy to anyone who can explain to me why the wind blows TO the lake and not from it) we’re huddled in our homes dreaming of spring. So while you shiver and shake (obviously this does not apply to you tropical climate denizens) warm yourself over some truly goofy links today.
- First up, Travis Jonker wins. He wins for the best Finding Winnie post of all time. What’s it about? Here’s a hint: Baby got back.
- Many things changed when I moved from NYC to Evanston. My commute is shorter. The air is clearer. And I’ve actually joined two (count ’em) two online mom groups. I had sort of heard of them before, but the idea of joining one for NYC moms was too daunting. With that in mind, this 10 Little Monkeys parody called to me. It speaks truth. Thanks to brother-in-law Steve for the link.
- So, uh, what’d you do this week? Did you start a campaign to collect #1000blackgirlbooks? A woman by the name of Marley Dias did that. Marley is also 11. Marley is clearly going to rule the world someday and I welcome that day when it comes. In the meantime, those authors and illustrators amongst you that have something to contribute, you might want to learn more. The address on where to send the books appears at the end of the article. Thanks to mom for the link.
- There are many places to go if you’re in the mood to see what precisely people are talking about when they discuss A Birthday Cake for George Washington. I’ve very much enjoyed the comments on Read Roger’s recent post A Bumpy Ride. Also enjoyable is Mitali Perkins’ blog where she considers what a different biography of Hercules might consist of. Food for thought.
- Great casting or the greatest casting? I never would have thought of it myself but I think we’ve found ourselves the world’s most fantastic Count Olaf. It’s like Dr. Horrible Redux!
- Look what Bob Staake’s next book looks like!! Look familiar?
- It came out a little while ago but the Chronicle post So You Want to Work In Publishing: Advice from a Chronicle Books Editor could be of use to either you or any student you happen to know with an interest in joining publishing’s ranks.
Every year USBBY (the United States Board on Books for Young People) creates a list of Outstanding International Books. They recently released their 2016 Outstanding International Books and it’s well worth a gander. If you feel that your knowledge of international children’s literature is lacking, boy are you in luck! The list is also available in bookmark form and as a Google Map form with annotations and cover art. Looking at it, you get a real sense of which countries are producing the most interesting children’s book imports. Wouldn’t mind an uptick in the number of African nations and South America is faring poorly. I remember from my time visiting the Bologna Book Fair about 5 years ago the lack of South American books. If I recall, they mostly import and translate titles.
- They’re turning a YA novel into an opera. Cool, right? Let’s just go and see which one it’s gonna beeeeYAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!! THAT one? They’re turning THAT novel into an opera? The novel that takes huge bites out of my soul every evening since I read it? THAT one?
This is for you teachers and parents out there. The V&A Museum has come up with this amazing design-your-own-wig feature on their website. Informative and fun and kind of disgusting all at once. What’s not to love? Consider this my ode to Seuss.
Many thanks to Alison Goodman for the link.
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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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