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We Aren’t Going Anywhere Until We Look at Some Links

22 Jul
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Source: Wikimedia Commons

Hullo!  I hope everyone is managing through their Summer Readings, if not with grace and aplomb, then at least by taking advantage of the Fizz! Boom! Read! theme and making things explode.  I for one have pledged to set off at least one Diet Coke and Mentos geyser at my library before Labor Day.  If you want to join me, maybe we can set a date and time and do it together.  Coke Geysers Across America! Who’s in?

Anyone?

[crickets]

Anyway…

I believe it’s time for a good old-fashioned link roundup.  I’ve come across some interesting and weird stuff over the past few days, and I’m going to write it up before it becomes last week’s news.  Pour yourself a glass of sweet tea, find a nice shady spot, and enjoy!

*  Public Libraries and Summer Meals Programs: I learned back in April that my branch was chosen to be a NYC Summer Meals lunch site this year.  I was very pleased.  Besides providing mid-day nutrition to neighborhood kids during the summer months, I figured it would also draw children into the library who were not otherwise using it.  We could work with them on their library cards, sign them up for Summer Reading, steer them towards programming and self-directed activities, and just demonstrate that the library is a lovely and welcoming place where they can have fun and get fed, no questions or strings attached.  If you are interested in hosting a Summer Meals program in your library (or putting together a proposal you can take your library administrators), SLJ is on it.  Check out their article, Libraries Needed to Host Summer Meals Programs.  Here’s How to Help.

*  Stand By Your Summer Reading Lists!: There are a few people who work at the Brooklyn Public Library I would readily say are ‘feisty’.  Rita Meade makes the list, and that’s a compliment.  Here’s the skinny.  Local rag The NY Post publishes an editorial, The New York Public Library’s Pathetic Summer Reading List for Kids in which the author (1) waxes nostalgic for the classics of her youth;  (2) harangues about titles that feature diverse characters; and (3) simultaneously takes the list to task for being politicized, but also fluffy and unchallenging.  Enter Rita, who in this piece on Book Riot, combs through the  editorial paragraph-by-paragraph and thoughtfully refutes this so-called pathetic-ness once and for all.

*  Speaking of BPL…: We’re hiring some children’s and YA librarians.  If you’re in town this Thursday or Saturday, stop by one of our job fairs with your resumes and smiling faces.

blastoff*  The 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing is this week.  Back in May of this year, Brain Pickings had a fascinating post about a visionary picture book published in 1973.  Called Blast Off!, it is the story of an African American girl named Regina who wants to be an astronaut.  She gets some pushback, but only from kids in her neighborhood who don’t know what astronauts are.  No one is saying Regina can’t be one because she’s a girl or she’s non-caucasian.  Blast Off! was written by two women writers, Linda C. Cain and Susan Rosenbaum, and was illustrated by a husband-and-wife pair you may be familiar with…

blastoff4

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Moon Over StarYup, that’s Leo and Diane DillonBlast Off! is long out of print, but I can recommend an equally heartwarming title set in July, 1969 that also features an African-American girl inspired by the Moon Landing.  I’m talking about The Moon Over Star, published in 2008 and written by Dianna Hutts Aston and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney.  If you never read it, your homework this week is to pull it off the shelf and prepare to wipe away a tear (or two).

*  I like to joke (at least in my head) that when you open the Books category in Buzzfeed, the posts break down as follows: 40% are about Harry Potter, 40% are about The Fault in Our Stars, and the remaining 20% covers everything else.  I’m going to cherry-pick a few images from this HP post, 22 Harry Potter Puns that Are So Bad They’re Good.  Because they cracked me up.  And because I am 10 years old.

HP Keeper

 

I am seriously considering doing this to the front door of my apartment.

I am seriously considering doing this to the front door of my apartment.

Chamber Pun

Some people think I have more coffee coursing through my veins than red blood cells.

Some people think I have more coffee coursing through my veins than red blood cells.

*  I am a longtime lurker and very rare commenter on the ALA Think Tank Facebook group.  Over the weekend, an ALATT-er posted this image:

Bukowski  Now the only things I know about Charles Bukowski are he was a Beat poet, he hung out with William S. Burroughs, he drank a lot, and Mickey Rourke played him in the movie.  However, I am well-acquainted with the work of  Bob Staake, and when I noticed he had a whole site devoted to these Bad Children’s Books, I went straight to Google.  Behold the weirdness (If you click through to the site, heads up. A lot of entries are not exactly…er…sensitive).  Here’s a (tame) sampling.

Bad Books 1Bad Books 2Bad Books 3

eloise-690*  I’ve obviously entered the realm of the bizarre, offensive and unsettling here, so I’ll wrap up this post with one more link in the same vein.  I give you Eloise: an Update by Carolyn Parkhurst, found on the New Yorker online.   Our girl is now 46 years old.  She no longer resides at THE Plaza, but has moved downtown, to the Crowne Plaza hotel in Times Square.  Skipperdee apparently was not one of those long-lived turtles because Eloise now shares her suite with a dog named McConaughey and her valet/personal assistant Manny. She still revels in hotel life and, being Eloise, has loads of friends to act amiably haughty towards.

Sometimes I talk to Mark-on-the-sidewalk, who sells fraudulent merchandise to tourists
I ask, “How’s business, Mark?”
and he says, “Hey, you want some comedy-club tickets? I can get you into Caroline’s, cheap,”
and I say, “Not today, thank you very much”
Ooh, I love love love Times Square!

Adulthood hasn’t been kind to Ms. E. (Defense Exhibit 1: she live in Times Square).  However, her exuberance and mischievous nature seem to be totally intact after 40 years.  I’ll leave it to you to decide if (a) that is too depressing to bear or (b) is something all of us who are staring middle-age in the face should celebrate.

If she were still with us, I think Kay Thompson would get a big kick out of this piece.

Until next time!

~Catherine

Another Handful of Links

19 Nov

I posted a link roundup on Friday, but I have a few more I’d like to add.

What Ratzan does is illustrate how Junie B. Jones exemplifies four properties of language: (1) Language follows rules; (2) Language is constantly changing; (3) Language is learned at special times and in special ways; and (4) Language is a reflection of social power.  Using examples from the books, she demonstrates how Junie B.’s s0-called sloppy grammar is actually quite smart and astute for a child of her age and experience.

The article made me realize that Barbara Park was a freaking genius.  She created a voice for Junie that rang authentic to her readers, and Junie’s hilarious misuse of the English language was an ongoing joke between those readers and Barbara Park.  No wonder kids love those books so much, and will continue to do so for a long time to come.

  • Back in September, I posted a link to a shirt.woot tee inspired by Ylvis’ YouTube smash hit, “What Does the Fox Say?” (230 million views and counting).  I proposed the shirt be adopted as the official storytime uniform of 2013.  After all, we can all name books where we’re reading along, making the appropriate animal sounds, and then we turn the page and there’s an animal for which we have to admit to our  audiences, “I have no clue what they sound like.”
I keep meaning to ask the good people at shirt.woot for royalties.  By far, there have been more clicks on this link than any other on my young blog.

I keep meaning to ask the good people at shirt.woot for royalties.  There have been more clicks on this link than any other on ‘Z Before Y’.  By far.

What Does the Fox SaySimon & Schuster has put two and two together and inked a deal with the Norwegian group to turn “What Does the Fox Say?” into a children’s book, which will be released here in the U.S. on December 10th.  Some background on the song: Ylvis recorded it at Jay Z’s Roc the Mic studio here in New York kind of as a lark.  Their mission, they say, was to produce the stupidest song on the most expensive equipment in the history of the music industry.  It appears they are taking the book more seriously.  Says Vergard Ylvisaker, one half of Ylyvis:

“[the book is]…much more than just a spin-off from the video. We actually started the process with the illustrator before we even uploaded the video to YouTube. As we were working with the song it just felt like it had the potential of becoming an interesting book as well, mostly because all of a sudden we found ourselves wondering what does the fox really say?” (source: The Guardian)

Maybe in Norway animals make ding-a-ring-ding sounds when no one is around to hear them.  But here in the U.S., the frogs, owls, bears, and turtles seem to prefer either some variation on, “La-la-la-la-la” or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle catchphrases.  Jbrary (whose new website looks terrific!) is one of my go-to resources when I need new storytime material.  Here are Lindsey and Dana doing a widely-loved storytime song, “Mmm, Ahh Went the Little Green Frog”, complete with jazz hands:

Then they offer a variation with a brown bear and a turtle who says, “Cowabunga, Dude!”

And then they give us a version for fall storytimes with verses about a Little Brown Owl and a Little Red Squirrel.  Full disclosure: I am responsible for bringing the owl song to their attention, but the ingenious addition of the little red squirrel verse is 100% Jbrary.

Thanks for reading, everyone.  Enjoy the rest of the week!

~Catherine

Wake Up, Kitty Cats, and Look at Some Links

15 Nov
Ya-ww-n!  This is one lynx who is ready for some links (photo source: wallpaperswa.com)

Str-e-tch!  This lynx is clearly ready for some hot links (photo source: wallpaperswa.com)

Hullo!  I’ve been dumping articles and and addresses into WordPress for a couple of weeks, and now I will share the bounty with all of you.  Happy scrolling!

  • I am hardly a snappy dresser.  All of my clothes are black, gray, and blue, and I own very little in terms of jewelry and accessories.  I never even got my ears pierced, for pete’s sake.  Show me a Tumblr of outfits inspired by Nancy Drew, though, and suddenly I am looking online for a cute cloche.  These outfits aren’t directly inspired by the Nancy Drew books, by the way, but by a series of Nancy online games produced by HeR Interactive.  No matter.  They look like something Nancy would wear on the covers of the original books from the 1930’s, the ones with the yellow spines.  (via Buzzfeed)
Nancy Drew Outfit

Outfit inspired by a Nancy Drew online game, ‘Message in a Haunted Mansion.’ Look at those cute oxfords!

  • This one is from a couple of months ago.  The always eccentric Lemony Snicket was a guest-judge on an episode of Top Chefs Masters on Bravo.  In his 12-minute appearance, he serenaded the celebrity chef contestants with his accordion, shared with the audience that his nickname in high school was Blood Turnip, and made florid, over-the-top pronouncements on the dishes he sampled.  Frankly, the chefs and the host looked irritated with him, and thought he was a bit of a whack-a-doodle.  They obviously can’t appreciate him like we do, right?  Judge for yourself, you’ll find the video at this link.  Mr. Snicket’s segment is the first one after the opening credits.
  • Picture Book MonthNovember is Picture Book Month! As its website states, “Picture Book Month is an international literacy initiative that celebrates the print picture book during the month of November”.  Every day they publish a short essay from an author, illustrator, educator, and picture book enthusiast on why picture books are important.  We are halfway through the month, and we have already been treated to posts from the likes of Tomie dePaola, Rosemary Wells, and Laura Vaccaro Seeger.  Looking through the site has certainly motivated me to join the celebration and shine a spotlight on picture books at my library before the end of November.  Illustrator Katie Davis, a Picture Book Month co-founder, gives us this lovely video of authors and illustrators answering the question, “What is a picture book?”

  • I’m still milking my success with all things Yoda.  First on the docket, a mashup of Dr. Seuss and Star Wars.  (via Affectdad)

Yoda SeussThen, although it has nothing to do with children’s books or libraries, I submit for your viewing pleasure a photo of a pig with an image of Yoda on its forehead. (via Richard Wiseman).

Yoda Pig

I’m a vegetarian, so jokes about Dagoban ham and bacon, I WILL NOT MAKE.

Image Source: Tiny Tips for Library Fun

Image Source: Tiny Tips for Library Fun

  • I don’t order books anymore.  My library system does centralized ordering for its branches, and only the divisions of our Central Library do their own ordering.  I don’t miss it (yet), and I am mostly satisfied with how responsive our collection is to our patrons (although I have not seen a single copy of Rick Riordan or any title from the  Diary of a Wimpy Kid oeuvre in the 3 1/2 weeks since I started at my new branch).   When I was in charge of purchasing children’s books for the Central Library, I came up with all sorts of rules, systems, and axioms for getting the most bang out of our book budget buck.  Thanks to Marge at Tiny Tips for Library Fun, I don’t need to type them out here.  She lays out her top poor selection practices in two installments of, “Top 12 Ways to Be a BAD Selector” (post 1 and post 2).  I am not 100% in following Marge’s words of wisdom, however.  I’ll own up to not weeding books by Canadian writer Brian Doyle for the longest time because I loved them, even though it was clear Brooklyn’s young readers could care less.  That’s a flagrant violation of Rule #8.
  • Cover Grimms MarchenLast year, Philip Pullman published an English translation of Grimm’s Fairy Tales.  Now there is a German edition that has translated Pullman’s English translation back into German (stay with me) and it has been illustrated with sculptures by Shaun Tan.  You don’t need to know a lick of German to recognize how fittingly Tan’s use of basic elements (sand, metal, clay) represents the dreamlike and emotionally charged strangeness of these classic stories.  Take a look. (via Educating Alice)
Hansel and Gretel

“Hansel and Gretel”

"The Fisherman's Wife"

“The Fisherman’s Wife”

  • Warby Parker, purveyors of those librarian-chic eyeglasses that all cost just 95 bucks, gives us this handy chart of Reading Positions.  I can vouch that The Inchworm (fig. 7), is pretty darn comfy, while The Modified Beyoncé (fig. 10) gives burying one’s nose in a book a certain dramatic flair.  (via Swiss Miss)
  • Warby Parker
    tree octopus

    Taking a trip to the Pacific Northwest? Don’t forget your tree octopus repellent.

    A ‘Z BeforeY’ post is incomplete unless I link to my dearest of colleagues, Ingrid.  Check out this post in which she tackles an all-too-common presumption: that kids and teens are naturals at sniffing out inaccurate, biased, or sloppy information when they search online.  Not so.  The internet may have been around since before they were born, but they are not being taught to scrutinize the integrity of the information they encounter online (And I mean that as a sweeping generalization.  I know there are communities that offer rigorous information literacy training to their students, but those are too few and too far in between).   Ingrid’s post provides some excellent resources ( The ‘Save the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus’ has long been my favorite hoax site) AND she blows the cover off the great Brooklyn Public Library/Disappearance of Agatha Ann Cunningham Mystery.  Folks, it was all made up.  It never happened.  It sure fooled a lot of people, though.  Heh, heh, heh.

  • I’m going to wrap up with a book trailer for a new title that boasts a SQUEEEE! Factor that is off the charts.  It is Newborn Puppies: Dogs in Their First Three Weeks by Traer Scott.  Mr. Schu included it in a roundup of titles for holiday giving.  If you can make it through the video below WITHOUT bellowing out some iteration of, ‘Awwww!’ or ‘PUH-PEEES!’, you are a much less of a mush than yours truly.

All together, now.  PUH-PEEEEES!!!!!

                                                                                    ~Catherine

LYNX!

13 Sep
Kitty hunts rabbits on the Northern Tundra AND keeps up with his blog reader.

Kitty hunts rabbits in Northern Boreal Forests AND keeps on top of her blog reader.

This is the first lynx (I can’t be the first blogger making this joke) roundup I’ve done on Z Before Y, and before I dive in, I want to get something off my chest.  Putting this post together has been a weird experience, fraught with lots of second-guessing and doubt.  Am I striking a proper balance between professional and playful?  If I use links seen on Facebook or Twitter, wouldn’t I be upstreaming the posters before they can add them to their own links roundups on their own blogs?  Is this link old news?  Has it already made an appearance in lots of other blogs?  Gaa-rrrh!

I don’t have scads of sites to share with you in this debut roundup.  What I decided to do was trust my instincts here and go with the material  I can say something about.

BREAKING ROWLING NEWS! 

fantastic beastsThe J.K. Rowling movie that will focus on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them author, Newt Scamander, will be at least partially set in New York City.  This Gothamist article quotes Rowling’s Facebook announcement where she writes.

“The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway.”  (emphasis mine)

Seventy years before the Harry Potter books?  So that puts us in the early decades of the twentieth century.  How picturesque!  And impoverished.  And perilous.  I have one request for Ms. Rowling as she writes her script: don’t forget  the outer boroughs.

We Give Books“We Give Books” Lets You Read E-Picture Books for Free

A joint effort between Penguin and the Pearson Foundation, We Give Books makes dozens of high-quality and recognized picture books available to be read for free over the internet.  Madeline is there, as are Max and Ruby, along with new favorites like Llama, Llama Misses Mama and No Fits, Nilson!  You’ll also find lots of non-fiction, as well as offerings in Spanish and Nepali.  Here’s hoping the collection continues to grow!  (via Pragmatic Mom)

Pete the Cat Play to Learn Program

In my library, we are all huge devotees of the Pete the Cat books.  In fact we have Pete and his groovy buttons prominently displayed on the windows that overlook the entire Youth Wing (if I weren’t on vacation, I would take a picture and post it here).  That’s why I’ve put the spotlight on this Pete the Cat Play to Learn program that Lisa from Libraryland posted in March, instead of the more recent Where Is the Green Sheep? program praised earlier this week in Storytime Underground. Such great ideas!  Such a thoughtful blend of fun, interactivity, and focus on early literacy skills!  Now I totally want to do my own Play to Learn program.  Luckily the Pete the Cat one is there for the taking.

Pete the Cat Collage

Four stations from Libraryland’s “Pete the Cat” Play to Learn Program.

A Banned Books Display the Magpie Librarian Way!

chocolate warOur 1,118 Origami Yodas are not the only display going on where I work.   Ingrid is crushing it with her Banned Books Display.  Some patrons may be taking the signage a little too literally, but censorship has definitely become a real-life Trending Topic in the Youth Wing (and not just among those who may need to adjust their irony antennas).  Also take a look at Ingrid’s earlier post about her colorful and thought-provoking Censorship Poster.  For the record, I have killed exactly zero flies.  They hadn’t infiltrated my part of the workroom by the time I left for vacation, so I wasn’t exactly being a team player in their slaughter.

Ingrid Poster

Speaking of Origami…

In a blog post titled Brooklyn Folds 1K Yodas!!!!!!!, Mr. Tom Angleberger posts on his Origami Yoda site the video I made.  I especially like the comment from Zacharosorigami: yoda overload lol!

Looking to the future, though, I’ve been talking about making “Let’s Fold 1,000 Origami Corgis!” my next campaign.  Tasha Tudor loved corgis, so there’s your tie-in to children’s books.  It will work.  Right?  Right?  Anyone?  (LinkHow About Orange?)

origami-corgi-steven-casey

Microaggression in the Form of a Pink Ribbon?

You Can Do ItThe term ‘microaggression’ was introduced in the 1970’s by Harvard professor of psychiatry, Chester M. Pierce.  They are small acts of non-violent aggression, intentional or not, directed against those of different races, genders, cultures, etc.  The marvelous Betsy Lewin recently published an early reader title, You Can Do It!, in which a pink-beribboned girl alligator serves little other purpose to the plot than to bolster the confidence of the boy alligator protagonist.  I included the book in a new books presentation I did earlier this year, and I probably said something along the lines of, “It’s a great book, but that part isn’t cool.  Not cool at all” regarding this aspect of its character development.  Allie Jane Bruce, in a Children’s Book Council blog post, Microaggressions: Those Small Acts that Pack a Big, Negative Punchlays it out much more eloquently than I could.

“Ultimately, when analyzing for microaggressions (or, for that matter, macroaggressions), the question is “what effect does this have on its audience?” In this case, You Can Do It positively affected most of the children in my group, who enjoyed the fun, inspiring story. My impression of Charlotte, however, was that she seemed to feel devalued and type-cast. And this reaction—even if it was just Charlotte’s—is valid and deserves consideration”.

To Wear to All Your Storytimes…At Least Until the Next YouTube Sensation Hits

Fox ShirtAdmit it, children’s librarians.  You’ve been tempted to use Ylvis’ viral hit, What Does a Fox Say? in a program, haven’t you?  To make up for all those times you were flummoxed about what to do with those squirrels, rabbits, moles, and yes, foxes?  Well, the good people at shirt.woot have created the perfect shirt to wear when you do that program.  If you’re not familiar with shirt.woot, they blog a new t-shirt design every day.  If you buy it on day one, it costs a flat $12.00 (shipping and taxes included in the price).  After that, it’s $15.00.  If you go deeper into their back-catalog, it will cost you $18.00.  Not a bad deal at all!  I’d say about 2/3 of the shirts in my t-shirt drawer are products of shirt.woot.    

Well, that’s a wrap on my first links roundup.  It wasn’t so bad after all.  Have a great weekend, y’all!

~Catherine

It Smells Like Lacquer, Acetone, and Children’s Books in Here

14 Aug
My short, unembellished fingernails.

My short, unembellished fingernails.

I don’t do anything with my nails except keep them cut short.  I play the violin (mediocre-ly) and I’m not allowed to grow them too long.  Also, nailpolish irritates me.  Once I have it on, all I want to do is pick at it (with my non-existent fingernails) and peel it off.

Even though I am firmly in the ‘keep it simple’ camp when it comes to my own nails, I think nail art is fascinating.  It takes a steady hand and a lot of skill to create such clean, imaginative, and elaborate designs on those 10 tiny keratin canvases.  Also, I appreciate how nail art is meant to be short-lived, ephemeral. It may last only a week or two before you have to wipe it off, but the tradeoff is you can get new and fresh designs painted on all year long if that’s your cup of tea.  By contrast, once you get a tattoo or piercing, you’re stuck with it.  Pretty much forever.

I was poking around Buzzfeed a couple of weeks ago and I came across an article called, 12 Incredibly Intricate Harry Potter Inspired Manicures.  This one was my favorite:

Try to guess which one is George and which is Fred (http://www.pulliptears.com)

Try to guess which one is George and which is Fred. (http://www.pulliptears.com)

I figured there had to be other examples of nail art inspired by children’s books out there, and a Google Image search did not prove me wrong.   I wish I could say that I’m giving you a small sampling of what I found.  It is undeniably just a sampling, but small?  Far from it.  Flex your fingers and crack your knuckles because there’s some hard-core scrolling ahead .

All of the examples I chose are hand-painted, hand-drawn, or hand-glued.  There are no overlays or wraps to be found here.  Click on the photos to be directed to the sites where all of these marvelous designs are found.

One of the First Things I Noticed Was How Popular Rainbow Fish Is in the Nail Art Biz

Dr. Seuss Also Looms Large…

Cat in the Hat #1 (http://workplaypolish.com)

Cat in the Hat #1 (http://workplaypolish.com)

I love the designs where the fingers have to be stacked on top of each other to make the picture.

Cat in the Hat #2.  I love the designs where the fingers have to be stacked on top of each other to make the picture (http://www.bforbel.com)

Cat in the Hat #2. (http://www.bforbel.com)

One Fish Two Fish (http://www.sonomanailart.com)

One Fish Two Fish (http://www.sonomanailart.com)

Green Eggs and Ham (http://nailuscious.blogspot.com)

Green Eggs and Ham (http://nailuscious.blogspot.com)

Let’s Not Forget About Seuss’ Beginner Books Stablemate, P.D. Eastman

Are You My Mother?(http://workplaypolish.com)

Are You My Mother? (http://workplaypolish.com)

When You Think Eric Carle, Don’t Just Think, ‘Caterpillar’

Of course there's a caterpillar (http://www.dippedinlacquer.com)

Of course there’s going to be a caterpillar (http://www.dippedinlacquer.com)

But also Mister Seahorse (http://www.adventuresinacetone.com)

But also Mister Seahorse (http://www.adventuresinacetone.com)

But also 'Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?' (http://www.adventuresinacetone.com)

And  ‘Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?’ (http://www.adventuresinacetone.com)

My Opinion of The Giving Tree Is Hardly NuancedIt Creeps Me Out!

I can get behind 'Giving Tree' manicures, however (http://hellogiggles.com)

I can get behind ‘Giving Tree’ manicures, however (http://hellogiggles.com)

These 'Where the Sidewalk Ends' take the bad 'Giving Tree' taste from my mouth (http://www.thedailynailblog.com)

These ‘Where the Sidewalk Ends’ nails make the squirmy ‘Giving Tree’ feelings go away (http://www.thedailynailblog.com)

Ditto for this 'Missing Piece' Nail Job (http://www.chalkboardnails.com)

Ditto for this ‘Missing Piece’ nail job (http://www.chalkboardnails.com)

Never Underestimate the Power of the Timeless Classics

Curious George (http://workplaypolish.com)

Curious George (http://workplaypolish.com)

Where the Wild Things Are (http://nailsinnippon.blogspot.com)

Where the Wild Things Are (http://nailsinnippon.blogspot.com)

The Little Prince (http://naominailsnyc.tumblr.com)

The Little Prince (including baobob tree) (http://naominailsnyc.tumblr.com)

Harold and the Purple Crayon (http://www.sincerelystephanienails.com)

Harold and the Purple Crayon (http://www.sincerelystephanienails.com)

The Runaway Bunny (http://jeealee.tumblr.com)

The Runaway Bunny (http://jeealee.tumblr.com)

Contemporary Picture Books Are Also Generously Represented

'Dancing Feet' by Lindsey Craig (http://www.adventuresinacetone.com)

‘Dancing Feet’ by Lindsey Craig (http://www.adventuresinacetone.com)

You Don’t Have to Use French or British Polish to Paint European Characters

Kipper (Great Britain) (http://www.the-crumpet.com)

Kipper (Great Britain) (http://www.the-crumpet.com)

Jip and Janneke (Netherlands) (http://thelacquerfiles.blogspot.com)

Jip and Janneke (Netherlands) (http://thelacquerfiles.blogspot.com)

Harry Potter Isn’t the Only Chapter Book Nail Art Game in Town

Pippilotta Delicatessa Windowshade Mackrelmint Ephraim's Daughter Longstocking (http://www.creativenaildesignbysue.com)

Pippilotta Delicatessa Windowshade Mackrelmint Ephraim’s Daughter Longstocking (http://www.creativenaildesignbysue.com)

The House with a Clock in Its Walls (http://www.agirlandherpolish.com)

The House with a Clock in Its Walls (http://www.agirlandherpolish.com)

Like other blogging communities, nail art bloggers build their community (while sharpening their own skills) by joining blog campaigns and challenges.  Many of the pictures I found were submissions in something called the Digit-al Dozen: Books Challenge (digit-al– get it?).  After putting this post together, I can safely say I won’t be taking a u-turn and getting into paraffin treatments and basecoats, but I will profess that it has made me more a fan of nail art than ever.  Thank you, nail artists!  I’ll keep collecting links to your kidlit-related work, and I’ll definitely showcase more of them in the future.  Readers, have you seen a great children’s book-related manicure?  Share it in the comments!

~Catherine

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