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url 2014-08-02 13:24
Check out the New York Public Library’s hilarious archive of librarians’ harsh children’s book reviews

The New York Public Library has begun making public some of the thousands of short, hand-typed evaluations of children's literature the librarians wrote up as part of collection development. Because they were never meant to be seen by the public, the reviews are often charmingly harsh. 

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url 2014-04-08 21:23
Fall 2014 Children's Sneak Previews

From Publishers' Weekly, a cheat sheet to the highlights of the Fall 2014 season in children's picture books, MG, and YA.


Featuring! Quest, a followup to the very lovely wordless picture book Journey, by Aaron Becker, from Candlewick Press.

illustration from Quest by Aaron Becker



A new Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates book!

A new Septimus Heap series!

A 50th anniversary edition of The Book of Three.


From Eos and Mani, illus. by Lindsey Yankey (Simply Read Books)

From Eos and Mani, illus. by Lindsey Yankey (Simply Read Books)



  • The Isobel Journal, previously published in the UK by Hot Key Books, now gets a US edition
  • The second in the Lockwood & Co. series, by Jonathan Stroud
  • A new book from Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Love Is the Drug by the author of last year's The Summer Prince, Alaya Dawn Johnson
  • Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms by Katherine Rundell, whose Rooftoppers just won the Waterstones Children's Book Prize
  • A new book from Scott Westerfeld


...and like a hundred more.


Basically, get excited.

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url 2014-03-16 16:34
The Apartheid of Children's Literature

Of 3,200 children’s books published in 2013, just 93 were about black people, according to a study by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin.


There's a lot in this op-ed in the NYT that I want to quote, so you should probably go read it if you care at all about children's lit. Also check out the raw data from the study, as the Cooperative Children's Book Center documents much more than this single metric. 


"We adults -- parents, authors, illustrators and publishers -- give [children] in each book a supposedly boundless imagination that can delineate the most ornate geographies, and yet too often today's books remain blind to the everyday reality of thousands of children. Children of color remain outside the boundaries of imagination. The cartography we create with this literature is flawed."



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