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In our upcoming May/June issue, we review two nonfiction books starring jazz greats from the Big Easy: How Jelly Roll Morton Invented Jazz and Trombone Shorty.    Now I’m nostalgic for NOLA, particularly its incredible live music scene! I can’t wait to get back to Frenchmen St. The annual — and beloved — New Orleans […]

“Every book I read’s a journey…”

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I love this song and video that singer-songwriter Alastair Moock and his eight-year-old daughter, Elsa, made to support Mass Literacy. The song celebrates reading and libraries — and the video features cameos by librarians from my hometown library!   Download the song here to donate.

1D in 3D

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The boys of One Direction have been staring at me from the cover of Malcolm Croft’s “unofficial and unauthorized” One Direction in 3D (Sterling, February 2015) for a week now, waiting for me to consider and discuss their 3D-ness. Niall and Louis are pointing at Harry (who is definitely for sure one hundred percent actually […]

Catchy titles

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I was entering some new book titles into our database this morning and ran across the late, great Walter Dean Myers’s novel On a Clear Day (Crown, September 2014). Now for the last hour I’ve had Barbra Streisand in my head singing “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever” from the musical and film […]

Beatlemania! A Beatles booklist

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Yesterday, February 9th, marked the fiftieth anniversary of The Beatles’ famous Ed Sullivan Show performance — their first U.S. appearance and the beginning of the British Invasion. Here, from us to you, is a list of Beatle-centric books recommended by The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book Guide. Primary In The Beatles Were Fab […]

The whole song and…book?

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I’m going to come straight out and admit it­ — I’m kind of a choir nerd. Or at least, I was in high school. So when I pulled Sleep (Acroterion, August 2013) by Charles Anthony Silvestri from a box this morning, a familiar chord sounded somewhere in the recesses of my mind (nope, not sorry […]

Lisa! You’re back!

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Last winter, overcome with mid-nineties nostalgia, I excitedly blogged about Lisa Loeb’s Silly Sing-Along: The Disappointing Pancake and Other Zany Songs (Sterling, January 2012). The cute bespectacled songstress is back with another picture book/CD package, Lisa Loeb’s Songs for Movin’ & Shakin’: The Air Band Song and Other Toe-Tapping Tunes (Sterling, April 2013). These songs […]

Over the moon for Broadway lullabies

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. How, you may ask, does this connect with children’s books? Over the Moon: The Broadway Lullaby Project (Easton Studio Press, May 2012) includes a book of illustrated poems/lullabies, two CDs of the songs, and an e-book. Actress Kate Dawson developed this project to honor her cousin, who died of […]

Lisa, we missed you.

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Lisa Loeb (and her iconic, adorable cat-eye glasses) burst into popular consciousness in 1994 with the smash single “Stay (I Missed You).” She apparently didn’t fall off the face of the earth since then: Lisa Loeb’s Silly Sing-Along: The Disappointing Pancake and Other Zany Songs (Sterling, January) will have children of this decade—and their nostalgic […]

He sings, too?

nighty night

As you may recall, I’ve got a bit of a crush on author Neil Gaiman. Today I’ve been obsessively listening to “Nighty Night” by 8in8, the self-described “world’s least super supergroup” (comprised of lyricist Gaiman with musicians Amanda Palmer, Ben Folds, and Damian Kulash). The album was written, recorded, released for download, and performed live—all […]