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Jay Bushara
Jay Bushara is the founder of, an online children's bookstore specializing in lost and overlooked titles.

Entries by Jay Bushara

Picture Books to Put the Fright Back in Halloween

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2013 | 2:28 PM

Maybe you live in a neighborhood full of Halloween pop-up stores, for one or two months of the year occupying that seemingly hopeless and possibly contaminated real estate that used to be a bank, now full of cellophane chicken costumes and last year's super-villains, swords, staffs, brooms, sexy gags and...

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9 New Picture Books That Need Rescuing From Permanent Obscurity

(3) Comments | Posted April 3, 2013 | 12:10 PM

There are many good reasons you missed the latest literary wonder in this age of picture book plenty. It came from a tiny publishing outpost in Michigan, Ontario, Norway. It was recommended for six-year-olds and your child is four. You do your browsing online, and it was labeled with the...

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The Season in Picture Books

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2012 | 10:37 AM

Autumn is here! Maybe you noticed. Not from the foliage probably, unless you are living in Newfoundland or Alaska - and not for the plummeting temperatures. Still, chances are you meet more people dressed preemptively in corduroy and tweeds as though there were always some appointment just around the corner...

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Nothing is Terrible: A Back to School Reminder

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2012 | 9:35 AM

Right about now, as educators around the nation get busy dusting and disinfecting surfaces, and parents write checks and buy white-out and pointy compasses that nobody will probably ever use except to torment each other - right now, as the wheels and belts of academia lurch momentously back to life,...

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10 Great Picture Books for Father's Day

(1) Comments | Posted June 7, 2012 | 6:49 PM

Remember when we used to give our fathers ties for presents because we didn't know anything else about them? I used to dread growing into the man whom anyone would ever want to buy a tie. With Father's Day approaching, here are ten great books -- most of them not...

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Some Things Are Scary (No Matter How Old You Are)

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2012 | 5:02 PM

I don't give heights or tight spaces or snakes a second thought, but the faintest possibility of ever needing to speak to more than a dozen or so people at a time has sent me scurrying for thirty-something years. And plotting hypothetical excuses. And trading favors. And looking for restrooms,...

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Springtime for Picture Books

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2012 | 1:40 PM

Every few weeks, a book shoots briefly across the publishing firmament which restores and even enlivens my faith in the future of this often underestimated form. Because anyone can go and draw up a list of favorite books they remember from their childhood, and fuss about the good old days,...

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Best Summer Children's Books

(3) Comments | Posted August 6, 2011 | 3:29 PM

December never looks like the end of anything to me. Summer does. Not only for all of the stuff that gets emphatically put on hold -- school, serious movies, professional accountability -- but also because summer is the season we are terminally in the habit of measuring by how close...

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13 Children's Books About Food (PHOTOS)

(21) Comments | Posted March 10, 2011 | 9:11 AM

For parents and children, the subjects of what, when, and how much to eat are vexing, endlessly debatable, and, I think, a source of skepticism that can often stretch lifetimes. Remembering the hours we have probably logged projecting false confidence that our children will actually like what we are foisting,...

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