Fusenews: I wouldn’t waste my time riding a bike
Hokey dokey. Too much stuff here to cover very well, but try we shall. Hold on to your hats, folks! It’s gonna be a bumpy ride.
First off, you know how I was talking the other day about constructing the ideal educator website of children’s literature resources? Well, this might have to be one of said resources I’d include. Called Uncover the Past, the site is dedicated to “helping library and education professionals teach history through children’s literature!” The booklists are particularly interesting.
Thanks to Rebecca Redinger for the link.
Next up, one for the “how cute is this?” files. I don’t know why the idea of Mary Blair tableware isn’t commonplace, but so far this is the first place I’ve seen it done properly. Blair, as you may recall, worked as a Disney animator for years before becoming a children’s book illustrator.Take the survey and you might win a set of your very own.
Mmm. Process. Sweet, delicious process. What’s better than watching an Art Director explain how they came up with a YA cover? Watching an Art Director explain how they came up with a YA cover after considering LOADS of alternatives. Chad Beckerman shows us how The Haters came to be. I don’t usually do YA, but in this special case I am making an exception. You bet I am.
Oo. Auction. Now normally one wouldn’t have the money for such a thing, but this one’s special. What we’re talking about here is a Refugee Benefit Auction, created by authors Shannon Hale and Mette Ivie Harrison. 100% of the proceeds go to Lifting Hands International, a charity that gets life-saving supplies directly to refugee camps. As for the things you could get, they’re pretty fantastic. My personal favorite? A pole dance (or fan dance, they’re easy) performed by Shannon Hale and Daniel Handler. “Negligible nudity assured”. Oddly, this item has yet to secure an initial bid. Would someone like to lend me $10,000?
The Fictional Book Characters Who Sparked Our Sexual Awakenings. Meh. None of these ranked in my book, but it’s interesting to see the fellers other gals were into. And, happily, it reminded me of one of my favorite Toast pieces of all time: Things I’ve Learned About Heterosexual Female Desire From Decades Of Reading.
I think I’m the last one to link to the Alexander London piece Our Stories Are As Unlimited As Our Selves or Why I Came Out as a Gay Children’s Book Author. A great piece and one that ties in nicely with the GLBTQ chapter of Wild Things. Should we ever update that book, this is going in.
Oo! Eisner Award nominees. Love that stuff, I do. And check it out! Not only is Nathan Hale nominated in the Best Publication for Kids category (for The Underground Abductor, naturally) but he’s also in the Best Writer / Artist category as well. He is the ONLY children’s book creator in that category, by the way. Regardless of whether or not he wins, that is significant.
Travis Jonker. He comes up with so many good ideas. Have you seen his Endangered Series, uh, series? Well, it’s a great idea. Series that once were strong but now are waning are given a close examination. Cam Jansen was the latest to fall under scrutiny. I suspect The Kids of the Polk Street School already hit the dust, but if not then this would be an ideal candidate for a future post.
Wow. Two thumbs up to the ALSC board for voting to cancel the National Institute in Charlotte, North Carolina. American Libraries Magazine has the scoop. Thanks to Jules Danielson for the link.
How on this good green earth did I miss Rick Riordan’s letter to kids who are faced with the dire prospect of being shown one of the Percy Jackson movies in school? I’ve seen authors dislike their books’ adaptations before, but nothing quite matches this. Thanks to Monica Edinger for the link.
“With such a huge international variety of books and illustrators on display in Bologna, are there differences in illustration styles among individual countries?” Yep. Moving on. Oh, wait . . . no, let’s dwell on this idea a bit longer. Four German children’s book publishers were asked this question and they gave their responses. The thing is, here in the States we’re seeing some remarkably high quality German children’s book fare on a regular basis and it’s GREAT! I’d love this question to be regularly posed with folks from other countries as well.
The site Brightly has had a couple good articles up lately. I liked 8 Surprising Facts About Your Local Librarian not the least because I knew the librarians quoted. NYC pride!
I almost never do images of books here for the Daily Image since it’s sort of a case of bringing coals to Newcastle. But then I saw that one of my greatest picture readalouds, one of my core books, a title I’ve loved for years, is getting a sequel. At long long last I have an answer for those kids who have been asking me, “Is there a sequel with the tractor?”
Yes, children. Yes there is. And life is good.
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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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