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July 3, 2015

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Crying Emoji: ALA Annual Recap (Part III)

Previously… Camera Tricks: ALA Annual 2015 Recap (Part I) Raising a Lone Eyebrow: ALA Annual 2015 Recap (Part II) SUNDAY My first stop was at the Park something or other Hotel to see some of the upcoming books from Scholastic. They had authors do some reader’s theater. It was a lot of fun. Here we […]

Notes on June 2015

In June… …we learned which 2015 picture books have secrets. The art of the case cover is alive and well. …we got an update on the state of photography illustration. Who needs brushes? These books don’t – all use photography to get the story across. …you found out where you fell on the book critic/champion […]

Raising a Lone Eyebrow: ALA Annual Recap (Part II)

Previously… Camera Tricks: ALA Annual Recap (Part I) SATURDAY I had a few minute at the beginning of the day, so I stopped in the exhibits: Here are a few books I saw: Departure much? Melanie Watt’s latest is a 96 page picture book about… the five stages of grief (conceived of before Scaredy Squirrel […]

Camera Tricks: ALA Annual 2015 Recap (Part I)

I just returned from the American Library Association Annual Conference and boy are my arms… No. Can’t do it. There shall be no corny jokes here, my friends¹. The conference was too wonderful. Too meaningful. Let’s start at the start… ¹Rule applies to the first sentence of this post only. THURSDAY It’s become a tradition […]

Off to ALA Annual 2015

Today I’m making my way to San Fransisco for the American Library Association Annual Conference. I’m planning to post a recap when I get back, but until then, I’ll be sharing the trip via Instagram and Twitter.

Morning Notes: 10 Minute Edition

TRUTH WINS The Kate Greenaway and Carnegie Medals, the UK equivalent to the Caldecott and Newbery, were recently announced. Shackleton’s Journey by William Grill won Greenaway, and Buffalo Soldier by Tanya Landman took the Carnegie – both true stories. I managed to review the Greenaway winner. Sometimes it pays to be a Shack-o-phile. Click here for […]

Review: Dory and the Real True Friend by Abby Hanlon

Dory and the Real True Friend By Abby Hanlon Dial (Penguin) ISBN: 9780525428664 $14.99 Grades 1-3 Out July 7, 2015 *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Why review a particular book? I was asked this recently and my answer was pretty simple: I like to review books I’m excited about. […]

Gallery: These 2015 Picture Book Have Secrets

A picture book with a creative case cover is like a person who wears bold socks (note: my sock drawer is filled to the brim with a single color: dark gray. I am the Steve Jobs of socks), it’s a rarely seen detail, but delightful when discovered. Previously… Gallery: These 2013 Picture Books Have Secrets […]

Morning Notes: Baba O’Snoopy Edition

SO FAR, THE STARS In 2015, only three books have earned six starred reviews. Shelftalker has the latest update of The Stars So Far – the place to look for the most critically acclaimed books of the year. Click here to read. COMING SOON TO THE SMALL SCREEN Looks like I’m going to have to […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#32)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? The message of this book: You can’t escape your mom, so don’t even try. Click here for the answer. One Star Review Guess Who (#1) One Star Review Guess Who (#2) One Star Review Guess Who (#3) One Star […]

Where Do You Fall On The Book Critic/Book Champion Continuum?

A complete navel-gazer today… A pure book critic focuses on evaluation. A pure book champion focuses on promotion. Both are important for different reasons. I love that both exist. Here’s where I’d put myself: I write reviews (critic), but not for books I don’t care for. I like sharing books I’m enjoying on social media […]

The Children’s Lit/Sesame Street Connection

Sesame Street. One of the most beloved children’s television programs of all time has children’s literature ties.  Here’s a sampling of children’s book illustrators who have done some work beside the big yellow bird.  Mo Willems Christian Robinson Bob Boyle William Wegman Maurice Sendak Etienne Delessert Christopher Cerf

Review: The Little Gardener by Emily Hughes

The Little Gardener By Emily Hughes Flying Eye Books ISBN: 9781909263437 $17.95 Grades PreK-2 Out August 11, 2015 *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library To quote Great American Poet and Suggestive Dancer, Usher Raymond: “These are my confessions.” I arrived a bit late to the quiet book party. I’m there […]

Exclusive Book Trailer Reveal: Max the Brave by Ed Vere

Today I’m doing something I’ve never done before: debuting a book trailer. My favorite part is that the trailer is for a book I love: Max the Brave by Ed Vere. Max is a fearless kitten. Max is a brave kitten. Max is a kitten who chases mice. There’s only one problem—Max doesn’t know what […]

Morning Notes: ‘There’s No Plot’ Edition

TO-READ SNOOPING What are Katherine Applegate, Phil & Erin Stead, Nikki Grimes, Mo Willems, and other authors and illustrators reading this summer? SLJ has the scoop. Click here to read. BIG SCREEN BEEKLE In case you missed it, last week we had the biggest Caldecott Medal movie news since Martin Scorsese directed Hugo Cabret. Jason […]

Review: Billy and Goat at the State Fair by Dan Yaccorino

Billy and Goat at the State Fair By Dan Yaccarino Knopf (Random House) ISBN: 9780385753258 $16.99 Grades K-2 Out June 30, 2015 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Since it seems appropriate, I’d like to start with a very perceptive quote by author-illustrator Peter Brown, from his Boston Globe-Horn Book acceptance speech for […]

‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#5)

  Previously… ‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#1) ‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#2) ‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#3) ‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#4) Sure you may know your children’s authors and illustrators, but can you name […]

Morning Notes: Shirt and Tie Edition

  NEW YPPL   Jacqueline Woodson has been named the new Young People’s Poet Laureate. An excellent choice, I say. Click here to read. MORE MARGARET News on the Margaret Wise Brown front! From the source: New York, NY (June 2, 2015) – HarperCollins Children’s Books announced today the acquisition of New York Times bestselling […]

The State of Photography Illustration in 2015

It’s been a while since we last checked the photography in fiction picture report. Let’s have a look… Here are all the 2015 picture books I’ve noticed that use photography in some way. If I missed any, let’s hear it in the comments. Tiny Hamster is a Giant Monster by Joel Jensen, Joseph Matsushima, and […]

Notes on May 2015

In May… …we discovered the real ages of children’s literature characters. Since they wouldn’t produce their birth certificates, I took matters into my own hands. …we looked at 10 intriguing books for summer. It’s shaping up to be a great season. …we had a great day with Shea. Bob Shea visited my school and I […]