"We've got a fan right here... he knows about the wild rumpus!" This was definitely one of the week's highlights, getting to watch Obama read aloud from Where the Wild Things Are, with this video that somehow made it from the White House Easter Egg Roll onto YouTube.
As Bookninja says, "Obama can not only choose a decent kids book, he can read it upside down." (My favorite part: seeing the little hand motion and sound effects he does for the "wild rumpus." I know as a frequent reader of this book--Silas loves, loves, loves it--that those spreads are the heart of the performance.)
New blog from Carin Berger. Fuse #8 alerts us that there's a new blog by the author and illustrator behind The Little Yellow Leaf. And, very cool, she's included some in-progress work pics from her next picture book, Forever Friends, like this one of these "spare blossoms":
A new "Notes from the Horn Book." The Horn Book's latest fun monthly newsletter is out, with a Buzz Aldrin Q&A (on the occasion of his upcoming picture book Look to the Stars), recommendations for new bird-related picture books, and more.
Mo Willems on TV! Sort of? Educating Alice points us to the strange story of Mo Willems' downplayed involvement in Mitch Hurwitz's new animated series on Fox, Sit Down, Shut Up. Apparently Hurwitz (who created Arrested Development) was inspired to seek out Willems after seeing a copy of Knuffle Bunny at a bookstore (possibly not even realizing that Willems is a very experienced animator)--but Willems, understandably, doesn't want to highlight his involvement since the show isn't exactly appropriate for his younger fans.
(In other TV-plus-kid-lit news from Educating Alice, it's Amy Poehler and the Phantom Tollbooth!)
Kid-lit art show. Gallery 1988 in San Francisco is about to hold a show called Beyond the Page: Re-Illustrating Our Favorite Children's Books. Check out the Red Riding Hood invite and some previews from the show, like this Little Prince:
Video interview with Mark Teague. I'm more a fan of the Dear Mrs. LaRue books than the How Do Dinosaurs series--but really, everything that Mark Teague does is pretty great. Scholastic put up a fun, in-the-studio video interview of him, and you even get to see his dogs:
(via 100 Scope Notes)
Doc Wilde and the Frogs of Doom. Original Content has an insightful write-up of "father book" Doc Wilde and the Frogs of Doom. Love this funny observation, when talking about how it's a family book: "The mom...well, the mom is dead because in adventure stories the mom is almost always dead. No mom would allow a kid to rappel down the side of the Empire State Building. You have to get rid of them in order for the kids to be able to do things."
The battle rages on! The endlessly entertaining, rough-and-tumble Battle of the Kids' Books took no prisoners on its opening week, starting with an immediate upset. If you're following the buzz, the BoB blog collects links in Peanut Gallery posts, but a great place for color commentary is good ol' Tea Cozy.