Fusenews: Who are we to say?
- We’re diving right in today. Check out this killer poster:
Now if you’re one of the lucky ducks living in NYC, or will be there on the date of 4/16, you now have your marching orders. This is an event held at Bank Street College of Education and in wracking my brains I can’t think of anything more timely. You can see the full listing of the events here. Wish I were there. Go in my stead, won’t you?
- New Podcast Alert: This one sports a catchy moniker that will strike some of you as familiar. Kidlit Drink Night (which would also make a good name for a band, a blog, or a dog) is the official podcast of one Amy Kurtz Skelding. There’s a bit of YA cluttering up the works, but enough children’s stuff is present to make it worth your pretty while. Do be so good as to check it out.
- Hey! Hey hey! The Eric Carle Honorees were named, did you see? And did you notice that amongst them Lee & Low Books was named an Angel? Such fantastic news. A strong year of nominees.
- So Phil Nel shared something recently that I’d like you to note. There is apparently a Tumblr out there called Setup Wizard which consists of the, “Daily Accounts of a Muggle I.T. Guy working at Hogwarts.” Phil suggests reading them in order. I concur. Thanks to Phil for the link.
- Ooo! The Indies Choice / E.B. White Read-Aloud Award Finalists for 2016 were announced recently. Fascinating choices, I must say. Not the first books that would have come to my mind, but still good books.
- I have lots of favorite blogs, but Pop Goes the Page clearly belongs in the upper echelon. Two posts by Dana Sheridan (the Education & Outreach Coordinator of the Cotsen Children’s Library at Princeton University) caught my eye recently. Dana, as you will recall, is responsible for my little toilet paper tube profile picture on Twitter. Well now she’s used her knowledge of all things cardboard to create the world’s most adorable subway system complete with Broadway posters. In a different post Dana, in partnership with The Met Museum’s Nolen Library (the one for the kids), shows a killer display on taking care of your books. It doesn’t necessarily sound interesting, until you see how they magnified a book eating buggy.
- So the other day I’m talking up Evan Turk and his new book The Storyteller, as per usual, and I mention to a librarian that the guy not too long ago did some killer sketches of Chicago blues musicians. Naturally she wanted to see what I was talking about. After all, I practically live in Chicago these days, so if there’s a talented illustrator going about making Chi-town art, it’s well worth promoting. I took her to Evan’s blog and there, beautiful as all get out, is the art. Then I thought I might share it with you as well. This is just a tiny smidgen of what he has up so go to his blog to see more. The sheer talent of it all floors me.
- Do you know who is awesome? Sharyn November, former Viking editor, is awesome. So awesome, in fact, that she has her own brand of tea. You can buy this tea, if you like. I’ll put its description right here:
“sdn tea was created specifically for the punk goddess of children’s publishing, Sharyn November. This deity, who is all sharp angles, quick wit, and extraordinary fashion, is a fiery force of nature–literally and figuratively. She already has her own time zone, so it’s high time she has her own tea. This blend is strong and highly caffeinated. Almost impossibly fruity on the nose, it tastes of warm spice and goes extremely well with a piece of chocolate and a cigarette.”
- Do school librarians yield higher test scores? You may have always suspected that was the case but a recent study out of South Carolina now has some facts so that you can put your money where your mouth is. Are you a school librarian in need of justifying your existence to your employer? You can’t afford not to read this SLJ piece.
- I dunno. I get Neil Patrick Harris playing Count Olaf in the new Netflix series of A Series of Unfortunate Events. That makes sense to me. It’s Dr. Horrible without the songs. Sure. But Patrick Warburton as Snicket? Last time we had Jude Law, and I’m pretty sure that was the right move to make. Puddy as Lemony Snicket seems to lack the right panache.
- In America we have our Newbery and Caldecott Medals. In England it’s all about the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards. And unlike the States, they create shortlists. Those shortlists have just been released for 2016 and (also unlike the States) they nominate books outside their nation. So Canadians like Jon Klassen and Sydney Smith have a fighting chance. I agree with Travis Jonker, though. The alternate title for Sidewalk Flowers was a surprise.
- On the old To Do list: Meet Jan Susina, the Illinois State English Professor who also happens to be an expert on children’s literature. In a recent interview he produced this marvelous mention of Beatrix Potter: “Potter once said, ‘Although nature is not consciously wicked, it is always ruthless.’ Peter Rabbit is a survival story, not a cute bunny story.” How perfectly that quote could have worked in Wild Things. Ah well. The entire interview is well worth your time, particularly his answer to the question, “What is the greatest secret in children’s literature?” The answer will surprise you. Thanks to Phil Nel for the link.
- This Saturday I’ve a Children’s Literary Salon at 2:00. Yet a couple months ago I hosted Jeff Garrett who spoke about his work with the Reforma Children in Crisis Project. You can imagine how pleased I was to hear that ALSC will be donating $5,000 to the project as well. Fantastic news.
- Daily Image:
I was dumpster diving in the donation bin this week when an old book caught my eye. Hate to say it, but this thing seriously disturbs me. They just don’t make ’em like this anymore (phew!).
Run, girl, run!! Or rather . . . skate, girl, skate!
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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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