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Archive for January, 2009

Who Needs A Librarian Anyway?

Saturday, January 31st, 2009 Posted in Current Events | No Comments »


My local community is in a minor state of upset over a recent School Board decision to NOT replace a retiring elementary school librarian, who stepped down on January 30, 2009. On a personal note, the retiring librarian in question, Nancy ...

2009 ALA Children’s Notable Books: Holy Wow!

Thursday, January 29th, 2009 Posted in Six Innings | 4 Comments »


The American Library Association website has put up a "Final - Uncorrected" list of 2009 Children's Notable Books. I am honored and thrilled to see Six Innings on that list, amidst such spectacular company. Congratulations, all. According to the site: Each year ...

Fan Mail Wednesday #28 (Thursday Edition)

Thursday, January 29th, 2009 Posted in Fan Mail, Jigsaw Jones, Uncategorized | 3 Comments »


I read today that the U.S. Post Office lost $2.8 BILLION last year, and is on track to lose $6 BILLION this fiscal year. They are talking about eliminating a delivery day, possibly Tuesdays. And yet Fan Mail Wednesday marches on ...

This Week’s Greatest Thing Ever: Jackson Pollock

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009 Posted in Around the Web | 1 Comment »


It's Jackson Pollock's birthday. Check out this fabulous link below, scroll and dip and dive and swirl. Every time you click it changes color. So. Much. Fun. For the record: I've got five kids here and me: two 4th-graders, two 2nd-graders, and ...

Why You Should Always Check Your Children’s Homework

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009 Posted in Family | 3 Comments »


Snow Day today! I have to take off work, since Lisa is studying furiously for some kind of gigantic test -- she's about to become a certified nurse midwife with a job at highly-regarded Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, and this ...

Jen Robinson Reviews “Six Innings”

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009 Posted in Six Innings | 3 Comments »


The ubiquitous, voracious Jen Robinson reviewed Six Innings. And all I can say is, Whew! I admit it. A part of me hates reviews. It's not intellectual, it's emotional. They scare me. I freeze up and can't read them. I was ...

It’s Good to Be Neil Gaiman: Newbery Medal Winner

Monday, January 26th, 2009 Posted in Current Events | 1 Comment »


Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard was just announced as the Newbery Medal Winner. Amazingly, it's about the only book on the long list of potential titles that I actually read. I often thought about blogging on it over the past month ...

Greg Ruth Illustrates “Our Enduring Spirit: President Barack Obama’s First Address to the Nation.”

Friday, January 23rd, 2009 Posted in A Pirates Guide (Series), Current Events | 2 Comments »


Back on November 5th, the day after the election, I acted quickly and purchased this remarkable, evocative piece of art from my friend, illustrator Greg Ruth. For the story on that, and where to find other art by Greg, click ...

Along Came . . . Another Blog from Ohio

Friday, January 23rd, 2009 Posted in Along Came Spider | 4 Comments »


Let's face it, we can't spend all day clicking links and reading blogs. Right? We just can't, much. Things to do and all that. But still, some folks make it hard. I just found a nice blog, curiously titled, Best Book ...

Fan Mail Wednesday #27: Signed Copies

Friday, January 23rd, 2009 Posted in Along Came Spider, Fan Mail | 1 Comment »


I got this note all the way from Jersey! Actually, I figure the info in my response might help somebody else, so I thought I'd pass it along. Dear Mr. Preller, My name Jordan and I am eleven years old. I ...