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July 29, 2014

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An Endorsement: Comic Collections

An Endorsement: Comic Collections

Growing up, comic strip collections were as important to me as any single book. I’ve talked about Roald Dahl’s influence (in this Nerdy Book Club post), but I could just as easily talk about The Far Side and Fox Trot collections that piled up next to my bed during that same time period. It wasn’t [...]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#22)

One Star Review Guess Who? (#22)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? CREEPY! I never understood why it is such a children’s favourite. It is creepy in psychotic clown sort of a way and highly highly trippy! Click here for the answer. One Star Review Guess Who (#1) One Star Review [...]

Link Du Jour: Kindle Unlimited from All Sides

Link Du Jour: Kindle Unlimited from All Sides

Amazon is now offering Kindle Unlimited, an all-you-can-read e-book service that will cost 9.99 per month. Kindle Unlimited is stirring up all sorts of reactions online: Huffington Post says what I was thinking: this is sort of a glorified library card On the flip side, Tom Worstall thinks the UK should ditch libraries and give everyone a Kindle [...]

Books on Film: Staake Spotted

Books on Film: Staake Spotted

While watching the Top 100 House Party Songs on Fuse last night (don’t judge), who do I see? Bob Staake – the illustrator responsible for Bluebird, The Red Lemon, and a batch of other picture books. No, he hasn’t created one of the Top 100 House Party Songs of all time (although I’m guessing he [...]

Review: Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

Review: Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

Sisters By Raina Telgemeier Color by Braden Lamb Graphix (Scholastic) ISBN: 9780545540599 $24.99 Grades 3- Out August 26, 2014 *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Family stories are tough to beat, aren’t they? Aside from being endlessly relatable, they also give a peek into the inner workings of a household [...]

Creepy Library Statue Status Update

Creepy Library Statue Status Update

If you’re confused, click here for the creepy library statues backstory. Created with thewallmachine.com

Books on Film: ‘They’re Playing a Game Without Rules’

Books on Film: ‘They’re Playing a Game Without Rules’

The first book Dahlov Ipcar ever illustrated was The Little Fisherman, written by a gal named Margaret Wise Brown. Ipcar went on to illustrate somewhere in the neighborhood of thirty more. This video, produced by Nobrow/Flying Eye Books on the occasion of the re-release of two of Ipcar’s books (The Wonderful Egg and I Like [...]

All Middle Grade Novels Should Be 192 Pages. No Exceptions.

All Middle Grade Novels Should Be 192 Pages. No Exceptions.

Imagine a world… Where all middle grade fiction is 192 pages. No exceptions. There’s been talk for a few years now about the expanding page counts in books for young people. Some point to Harry Potter as the reason. One type of book that hasn’t ballooned is the humble picture book. There are exceptions, but [...]

The Wildest Children’s Books of 2014

The Wildest Children’s Books of 2014

“What follows are a few 2014 books that made me and Salvador Dali double take – in a good way,” writes Travis Jonker, introducing this year’s edition of an annual feature on his blog 100 Scope Notes.

Link Du Jour: Get Wilder

Link Du Jour: Get Wilder

Travis here with a quick public service announcement for those who love children’s literature: In the lead-up to the release of their book Wild Things! Acts of Mischief in Children’s Literature, authors Betsy Bird (A Fuse #8 Production) and Julie Danielson (Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast) are posting some of the true stories that weren’t included [...]

This One Time, At Nerdcamp

Come for the knowledge, stay to admire the spectacular balloons. Earlier this week 350 teachers, librarians, administrators, authors, and illustrators converged on Parma, Michigan for the second annual nErDcampMI. Like any good sequel, the is year’s camp was bigger and bolder. It also got some nice coverage in the local news. It was an early [...]

The State of Doughnuts in Las Vegas, Nevada (or 2014 ALA Annual Conference Recap)

The State of Doughnuts in Las Vegas, Nevada (or 2014 ALA Annual Conference Recap)

In case you’ve never been there (as I hadn’t before the 2014 American Library Association Annual Conference a couple weekends ago), the first thing you need to know about Las Vegas is: they don’t mess around. When you visit, you can be playing the slots seconds after deplaning. I kinda love the idea that someone [...]

Scenes from the ‘Ultimate Picture Book Sketch-Off’ | ALA 2014

Scieszka, Dewdney, Schachner, Jeffers

“The rules are: I get to make up the rules for this thing.” And with that, Master of Ceremonies Jon Scieszka opened the first “Ultimate Picture Book Sketch-Off,” held June 29 at ALA Annual and featuring ‘contestants’ Anna Dewdney, Judy Schachner, Loren Long, and Oliver Jeffers.

Review: The Qwikpick Papers: Poop Fountain! by Tom Angleberger

Review: The Qwikpick Papers: Poop Fountain! by Tom Angleberger

The Qwikpick Papers: Poop Fountain! By Tom Angleberger Amulet (ABRAMS) ISBN: 9781419704253 $12.95 Grades 4-7 Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Note: Sometimes an idea makes so much sense, you have to steal it try it yourself. Poop Fountain! is a re-release of The Qwikpick Adventure Society, originally published by Dial [...]

Link Du Jour: Speak Loudly

Link Du Jour: Speak Loudly

Have you been following the discussion about the latest update in the ALSC policy for service on award committees? Roger Sutton talks about it in the current Horn Book editorial and the comments section has been lighting up. If you’ve served on an award committee or you hope to, you’ll want to read this. Click [...]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#21)

One Star Review Guess Who? (#21)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon?

Walter Dean Myers, 1937-2014

Walter Dean Myers, 1937-2014

It was a shock to hear that author Walter Dean Myers passed away on July 1st. Myers’s work had a tremendous impact on books for young people, and he will be sorely missed. Click here to read his obituary at walterdeanmyers.net. (Photo: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/67/Walter_Dean_Myers_2001_Bookfest_screen_grab.jpg)

Books on Film: Kate DiCamillo on NBC

Books on Film: Kate DiCamillo on NBC

I’m back in the Mitten State after watching Kate DiCamillo and Brian Floca collect their Newbery and Caldecott Medals in Las Vegas during the ALA Annual Conference. Good timing, then, for nbcnews.com to run this story about Ms. Dicamillo’s perseverance on the rejection-filled road to publication. A must watch.

Dry Heat: ALA Annual Conference 2014

Dry Heat: ALA Annual Conference 2014

The American Library Association Annual Conference is happening this weekend in Las Vegas. I’ll be there taking in the sights and sounds and expelling the perspiration. There will likely be a “Photos from the Conference”-type post at some point, but mostly I’ll be talking and sharing pics on Twitter – click here to find me [...]

Morning Notes: Lend Me an Extendable Ear, Then Another Ear Edition

Morning Notes: Lend Me an Extendable Ear, Then Another Ear Edition

UNHAPPILY EVER AFTER The Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals are the oldest and most prestigious of UK children’s book awards. Both winners this year have less-than-happy endings. The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks picked up the Carnegie and will soon be available for US readers in spring 2015 – it was just acquired by Carolrhoda Lab. [...]