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The Elephant in the Industry

For a long time, too long a time, the elephant in the room—the thing almost everyone never talked about—was sexual harassment in the [fill in the blank] industry. That has begun to change, most notably in Hollywood with women speaking up about years of abuse from producer Harvey Weinstein and a growing list of others. This month, the scandals finally reached another corner of the entertainment industry: children’s book publishing. Following a recent survey by […]

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I Don’t like…

As a bookseller, if there’s one phrase I’ve come to hate it’s “I don’t like”. Ironically, this is a phrase I used to use myself quite often, and catch myself still using on occasion. I have eaten bananas. I know I don’t like bananas. Maybe it’s a texture thing or a taste thing, but either way, I know I don’t like them and will politely refuse one if offered to me. I know I am […]

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Discussing Race/Sexuality in Reviews

In the last year or so, Kirkus reviews changed their review policy to try and better identify diverse books for readers. In an article by Vicky Smith from last may, (https://www.kirkusreviews.com/features/unmaking-white-default/) she writes “But as the conversation surrounding diversity in children’s literature has heated up, I’ve felt more and more that naming race and identity is one of the duties of a reviewer.” I understand her point. Covers and plot descriptions of novels are not […]

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April 2014 Releases!

Spring is (sorta) here. Hurrah! Good riddance, snow! As much as I love curling under a warm blanket to read in the winter months, it just doesn’t compare to the feeling of warm sunshine. But Spring also means rainy days, and nights that are uncomfortably chilly compared to the balmy days – not that I’m complaining! Because, of course, it also means MORE BOOKS. Now, before I get to the list of April YA & MG […]

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February & March 2014 Releases!

I know, I know. These are hardly “upcoming” titles anymore, but still! Cut a girl some slack. February is a short month, and it also happens to be one of the busiest months for me, work-wise. March is almost just as hectic… and so. That leads us to this: A dual February & March releases list! I know, it’s practically April, but it feels really wrong to not point out the shiny new books that have come […]

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