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February 27, 2015

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Morning Notes: Novel In Verse Writing Coach Edition

Morning Notes: Novel In Verse Writing Coach Edition

SO FAR, THE STARS Man, two months into the new year and we already have five books that have received five starred reviews each? Can you name one? Click here for the whole list. DETAILS ABOUT DIVERSITY The Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) has been keeping track of the number of books by and about people […]

2015 Preview Interview: Annick Press

2015 Preview Interview: Annick Press

One publisher I’ve never talked to is Canada’s Annick Press. Let’s fix that, shall we? I talked to Brigitte Waisberg over at Annick to get up to date on their 2015 books. Travis: How was 2014 for Annick Press? Things you were especially happy about? We were thrilled when The Man with the Violin by Kathy Stinson, illustrated […]

Review: Betty Goes Bananas by Steve Antony

Review: Betty Goes Bananas by Steve Antony

Betty Goes Bananas
By Steve Antony
Schwartz & Wade (Random House)
ISBN: 9780553507614
$16.99
Grades PreK-1
Out Now
*Best New Book*
Find it at:
Schuler Books | Your Library

Books on Film: Seuss on Good Morning America

Books on Film: Seuss on Good Morning America

A new Dr. Seuss book is one of those children’s literature stories that has the ability to make nation news. This week Good Morning America talked about What Pet Should I Get?

One Star Review Guess Who? (#28)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? Very few books failed to engage me, but I loathed this one with a purple passion. The main character, a young boy who writes letters to an author without success (?), has such an aggravating, whiny personality that I […]

Morning Notes: Nice Shade of Eggplant Edition

Morning Notes: Nice Shade of Eggplant Edition

THE FASTEST WAY TO FIND WALDO Real headline alert! Who doesn’t want to amaze their friends by finding Waldo first? Click here to find out how. YA COLOR OF THE YEAR? Eggplant. IT’S WINNING TIME The CYBILS award winners were announced recently and it’s (as usual) a nice group of books. If you see me […]

Review: Holy Cow by David Duchovny

Review: Holy Cow by David Duchovny

Holy Cow: A Modern Day Dairy Tale By David Duchovny Farrar, Straus and Giroux ISBN: 9780374172077 $24.00 Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library I think I can speak for everyone when I say the world needs more pseudo children’s books. Credit to David Duchovny for braving the pirannah-filled celebrity author waters […]

Review: Apocalypse Bow Wow by James Proimos III

Review: Apocalypse Bow Wow by James Proimos III

Apocalypse Bow Wow By James Proimos III Illustrated by James Proimos Jr. Bloomsbury ISBN: 9781619634428 $13.99 Grades 3-6 Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Dystopia. Although it’s been a popular theme lately in books for young people, my experience with it  is fairly limited. Maybe I need to read more YA. […]

Endangered Series #5: The Bailey School Kids

Endangered Series #5: The Bailey School Kids

Popularity comes, popularity goes. As librarians we’re always balancing between what will circulate like crazy and what we need to have in the collection. And we’re not the Library of Congress – we can’t (and shouldn’t) keep everything. An endangered series is one that appears to be waning in terms of popularity. But popularity isn’t everything. Should it […]

Morning Notes

Morning Notes

YOU MAY NOW PLACE YOUR KATE GREENAWAY BETS The biggest picture book prize in the UK just named their 20 longest titles. I had a feeling Shh! We Have a Plan was going to be in this group – that’s my horse. How about you? Click here to see all 20 finalists. HOW A PICTURE BOOK […]

2015 Preview Interview: Kids Can Press

2015 Preview Interview: Kids Can Press

About time we caught up with Canadian publisher Kids Can Press, right? I talked to Michaela Cornell about what’s on the horizon. Travis Jonker: Greetings from Michigan! How’s Toronto? Michaela Cornell: Toronto is fantastic! New Year, new mayor — things couldn’t be better! Wow, yeah, that whole situation was really something. The new year is […]

Review: Ballet Cat: The Totally Secret Secret by Bob Shea

Review: Ballet Cat: The Totally Secret Secret by Bob Shea

Ballet Cat: The Totally Secret Secret By Bob Shea Disney-Hyperion ISBN: 9781484713785 $9.99 Grades K-2 Out May 5, 2015 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library *Best New Book* There are plenty of early reader greats, from Frog and Toad to Little Bear to The Cat in the Hat,  but compared to other types […]

Reaction Tweets from the 2015 Caldecott Winners

Reaction Tweets from the 2015 Caldecott Winners

Exciting day, Monday. I was in attendance for the ALA Youth Media Awards and it was like a surprising, satisfying stew. Satis-prising Stew. But who cares what I think? Let’s hear from the folks who had their names called. Here they are in all their Twitter reaction glory (at least those who are on Twitter). […]

2015 Preview Interview: Flying Eye Books

2015 Preview Interview: Flying Eye Books

Flying Eye Books is always up to something interesting. I talked to Tucker Stone (the US Sales and Marketing Rep for Nobrow/Flying Eye Books) about what to look for in 2015. Travis Jonker: How’s it going at Flying Eye? How’d that name come about, by the way? Tucker Stone: Things are going great! 2014 was […]

A Niblings Announcement (Hint: More Niblings)

A Niblings Announcement (Hint: More Niblings)

A while back Jules Danielson (Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast), Philip Nel (Nine Kinds of Pie), Betsy Bird (A Fuse #8 Production), and I joined Facebook forces. We named ourselves The Niblings and began putting our blog posts up on a group page. After plugging away for a while, it became clear that there were a […]

2015 Caldecott Comment Card

2015 Caldecott Comment Card

It was so much fun last year, I decided to bring it back!
Now that the winners have been announced, I want to know what you think. Go ahead and share in the comments. What Caldecott choices are you happy with? What did the committee miss?

Watch the Newbery and Caldecott Announcement Live!

Watch the Newbery and Caldecott Announcement Live!

In a matter of days the biggest awards in children’s literature will be dished out in Chicago. The Newbery and Caldecott medals are just the tip of the iceberg at the ALA Youth Media Awards. I’ll be in attendance and am excited as all get out. But those in faraway locales can take part too. […]

The Circs So Far: The 10 Most Popular Books in Our K-4 School Library

The Circs So Far: The 10 Most Popular Books in Our K-4 School Library

Now that we’re back into the swing of things after winter break, I thought I’d fire up the computer and look at which books have been checked out the most in my school library, count them down 10-1, and draw a couple conclusions. (Thanks to ShelfTalker for the title inspiration) 10. Become a Pokemon Trainer […]

2015 Preview Interview: Groundwood Books

2015 Preview Interview: Groundwood Books

If you’re interested in diverse children’s books that take chances, take a look at what Canadian publisher Groundwood puts out. I shot the email breeze with Groundwood publisher Sheila Berry about their upcoming books. (click images to enlarge) Travis Jonker: Alright. 2014: surprises? Good News? Things you were especially happy about at Groundwood? We were […]

Mock Caldecott 2015

Mock Caldecott 2015

Our K-4 Mock Caldecott programs are like snowflakes – no two years are alike. Last year I was on the Caldecott committee and wanted to read a lot of books to gauge how they worked with kids. It was good for students (lots of great books) and good for me (the experience was invaluable in […]