May 27, 2016

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What’s Your FOUND Story?

A fourth grade student walked into the library yesterday morning, triumphantly holding this book above her head: The book had been lost. Now it was found. Me: That’s great! Thanks for bringing it back. Student: I found it in a dream. Me: You found it in a dream? Student: Yeah. Me: What do you mean? […]

Top 10 Circulated Picture Books of 2016

I know I made everyone jealous with my teacher’s lounge snacks in my last post. Top 10 Circulated Graphic Novels of 2016 Allow me to turn the screws a bit more. I walked into the lounge this morning and saw this glorious sight: Yep – crate full of Cheetos. But enough with the important stuff […]

Top 10 Circulated Graphic Novels of 2016

When random jugs of Sunny D and begin to appear in the teacher’s lounge (leftover from one classroom celebration or another), you know the end of the school year is near. As the sun slowly sets on the 2015-16 campaign, I like to gaze off into the distance with a pile of circ stat printouts, […]

Announcing the Biggest and Best New Award in Children’s Literature: The Undies

It’s okay. We’ve all done it. Stripped off the dust jacket to expose the naked underbelly of that brand new picture book. Peeked underneath the taped-on-Mylar of library books, desperate for an Easter egg or two. Sighed with delight and intrigue when we catch a glimpse of that unexpected story. When the case cover functions […]

Books on Film: Down the I WANT MY HAT BACK Tribute Video Rabbit Hole

*Pant* *Pant* I *Pant* *Pant* just made the mistake of *Pant* *Pant* typing in “I Want My Hat Back” into YouTube. *Pant* All sorts of crazy/weird/funny stuff came up. Here’s a three piece sampler platter. 1. I Want My Hat Back – Video Game What do Jon Klassen’s book and an NES-era role playing game […]

Morning Notes: Ye Who Enter Edition

COMING SOON: THE WORLD’S MOST EXPENSIVE CHILDREN’S BOOK? A rare first edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is going up for auction soon and it might become the most expensive ever. Click here to read. EATING IN A BOXCAR Filed away in my mind as “curiosity” are children’s lit cookbooks. “Yes, yes, Nancy Drew can […]

My (Censored) Caldecott Diary: Part I of III

I was a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. During that year, I kept a Day One journal. Now, I’m going to share it with you – typos (I blame auto-correct), lame journal jokes (unfortunately, no one to blame but myself there) and all. In classic journal form, I update it in bursts and there’s […]

The Yarn: Writing from Memory with Kelly Barnhill

My god, I was a weird kid. – Kelly Barnhill In the latest episode of The Yarn, Kelly Barnhill talks about her book The Witch’s Boy. Her process (she writes longhand, puts that notebook in another room, and writes from memory) is unlike anything I’ve heard before (that begins at the 3:25 mark). We’re giving […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#43)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? Jesus, what an a******. 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 Review Guess Who (#4) One Star Review Guess Who (#5) […]

Books on Film: Morris Micklewhite’s Controversy

Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress is about a boy who likes to wear a dress, and how he handles the bullying he experiences because of this choice. If you haven’t read it, you should – it’s a beautiful, well-crafted book on a subject that can be tricky to tackle. Now, unfortunately, the book is the […]

Morning Notes

JK Q AND A Sometimes fully-formed websites pop up and I’m left wondering “Where did this come from?” That’s been my reaction to Brightly. Looking into the matter, I see that it’s a Penguin Random House operation. But they’re covering books from other publishers – now I’m confused again! While I try to sort this […]

Exclusive Book Trailer Premier: Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie and Yuyi Morales

The author is a National Book Award winner.
The illustrator is a Caldecott honoree.
The book has received five starred reviews to date.
Here is the first look at the trailer for Thunder Boy Jr.

Lifting the Cone of Silence? The ALSC Awards and Confidentiality

Did you read this post over at the ALSC Blog yesterday? While I’ve witnessed (and sometimes been a part of) “Should award discussions be secret forever?” conversations over the years, I didn’t expect ALSC Board to gather opinions on the matter. I know when you have a blog you’re supposed to have really strong feelings about […]

Children’s Book Week Celebration: An Interview with Nathan Hale

First Second Books is doing something fun for Children’s Book Week – sharing comics creators in conversation. Today we have a little Q&A with John Patrick Green (Teen Boat, Hippopotamister) and Nathan Hale. John Patrick Green: What are your favorite children’s or comic books from your youth? Nathan Hale: I didn’t have a comic shop […]

Endangered Series: The Kids of the Polk Street School

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 […]

Chicagoland! I! AM! EXCITED!

Betsy Bird has brought her brand of children’s literary breeze-shooting to the midwest, and I’m honored to be a part of it: This weekend I get to chat with John Schumacher, Colby Sharp, and Betsy Bird at the Evanston Public Library. If you’re in the area, come on over and say hi.

Are You Thinking What I’m Thinking?

First came… Then came… And I went… Then came… and THEN came… And I went…

More Yarn! Maris Wicks on Human Body Theater

We’re continuing our series called The Unraveller, where an author or illustrator brings us behind the scenes of one of their books. The latest episode is up, with author Maris Wicks talking about Human Body Theater. We’re giving away a signed copy of the book. Maris Wicks even drew a cell in there. Click here to […]

#Holdshelf Gallery: April 2016

To the librarians who submitted photos and videos of the hold shelves in their lives: thank you. We we have below is a document of the books that kids are excited about at this moment in time. Here’s mine: Cristy K: #holdshelf speed view https://t.co/LlnzxxwVzh — Laura Given (@LibLaura5) April 28, 2016 When the #holdshelf […]

Review: Tell Me a Tattoo Story by Alison McGhee

Tell Me a Tattoo Story By Alison McGhee Illustrated by Eliza Wheeler Chronicle Books ISBN: 9781452119373 $16.99 Grades K-3 Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library I’m going to begin this review with an admission I never thought I would make at the beginning of a picture book review: I don’t have […]