Thursday, September 3, 2009

About Mouse-traps and the Moon

I, lucky librarian that I am, get to spend my day with children's books. The collection I curate is the largest of its kind in Atlantic Canada, with holdings that are diverse, as well as serendipitous, built up over time by collection founder and benefactor, Eileen Wallace. A significant collection strength is historical and contemporary Atlantic Canadian Books for Children.

On this blog, I will showcase material from the collection as well as ramble on about children's and YA literature and some of the cultural issues that impinge upon them. As the mother of a pre-schooler, I will also share some of my daughter's lists of favourite books.

As for the title of this blog, it is taken from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll and is spoken by the Dormouse at the Mad Hatter's tea party: "mouse-traps, and the moon, and memory, and muchness-- you know you say things are 'much of a muchness'--did you ever see such a thing as a drawing of a muchness?"


  1. Well, Carroll is always a good place to start when you are talking kidslit... did I ever tell you what I did with that? Carroll, I mean?

  2. I do believe I'm going to revel in the muchness that you are launching.

  3. Yes! Can you do a post on bedtime books to read to precocious six year olds? Is that spelled right? I just checked it and that's what came up, but it doesn't look right. Sigh.

  4. Welcome back!

    (your) Anon

  5. I enjoyed seeing the Visual Literacy posts again.

    Although our library seems to have tons of money, based on the bulging "new books" shelves at both branches, I have occasionally gone with list copied from your posts in hand and come away disappointed, although in the last year or so I have mostly given over the selection process to the children.

    Very excited to add this blog to my reader.

  6. although.

    (Just thought another one was needed. What the heck's that preview button for anyway?)

  7. What a great site. Sally Ito passed the link along to me and I have added it to PaperTigers' blog roll.


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