September 23, 2016

Subscribe to SLJ

#PigeonSpotting

We just ordered a brand-new complete set of the Elephant & Piggie Series. So, of course, I had to find the Pigeon in each one. (Don’t even try to call this a spoiler – you’ve read all these)

Preview: The Crusty Nibs

It’s been two years since we checked in with the Crusty Nibs. You know The Crusty Nibs, right? The collective of author/illustrators based in the Chicago area, including (but not limited to) Stacy Curtis, Larry Day, Chris Sheban, Eric Rohmann, Tom Lichtenheld, Jeff Newman, and Matthew Cordell? It seems like a good time to check […]

This Is A Problem

Our Pokemon and Minecraft books are on the same shelf.

Morning Notes: Tuscan Jungle Gyms Edition

PIGS FOR A CAUSE The children’s literature community came together in a big way to support a bookseller in need. Click here to read. UNFORTUNATE EVENTS NEWS Neil Patrick Harris recently shared info on the upcoming Series of Unfortunate Events show on Netflix (he’s playing Count Olaf). Expect a different tone than the 2004 film. […]

The Failed Presidential Campaigns of Children’s Book Characters

It’s weird. Over the years many children’s book characters have tried running for President of the United States. They announce their candidacy on the covers of books. You’ve seen them. Yet not one has successfully become President of the United States. And now none of them even mention politics at all. Who ran? What caused their […]

Who Has Published the Most NYT Best Illustrated Books in the Last Decade?

Kind of a specific question, but I wanted to know. After making my 2016 NYT Best Illustrated Children’s Books predictions yesterday, I crunched the numbers from the last 10 years of lists. I wanted to see which publishers had put out the most Best Illustrated books. There are two ways to dice up the numbers. […]

#2 Raina Telgemeier (S1 E2)

Travis: We’re taking another look back today as we continue posting all of the past Yarn episodes here on this blog. Okay, so – Colby and I (mostly Colby) had the idea for a podcast: multiple episodes focusing on the making of one book. We chose the book: Sunny Side Up by Jennifer and Matthew […]

Predictions! 2016 NYT 10 Best Illustrated Books

My dream assignment is to be a judge for the New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books List. While I bide my time plotting a way to get on that committee (current plan: write a blog post clearly stating that it’s my dream assignment), why not make a few predictions? Last year I managed to […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#49)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? This is the kind of literature that caused the panic that led to the Salem Witch Trials. Click here for the answer. One Star Review Guess Who (#1) One Star Review Guess Who (#2) One Star Review Guess Who (#3) […]

The Geisel Award Infographic

The world needs more children’s literature infographics, I say. I’ve already tried to remedy the situation with The Newbery Medal Infographic and The Caldecott Medal Infographic. Today I put together an infographic for a fairly new award, the Geisel. (Click to enlarge)

Happy Birthday To . . . Every Author Ever

September 8 is Jon Scieszka’s birthday. Next week is Roald Dahl’s. I like author and illustrator birthdays, and it’s fun to share them with kids too. One of the best places to find them is over at Through the Looking Glass. Click here for their big ol’ list, sorted by month.

Happy Birthday To . . . Every Author Ever

September 8 is Jon Scieszka’s birthday. Next week is Roald Dahl’s. I like author and illustrator birthdays, and it’s fun to share them with kids too. One of the best places to find them is over at Through the Looking Glass. Click here for their big ol’ list, sorted by month.

Happy Birthday To . . . Every Author Ever

September 8 is Jon Scieszka’s birthday. Next week is Roald Dahl’s. I like author and illustrator birthdays, and it’s fun to share them with kids too. One of the best places to find them is over at Through the Looking Glass. Click here for their big ol’ list, sorted by month.

Morning Notes: Cover Not Final Edition

ANNA DEWDNEY: 1965-2016 Sad news. Anna Dewdney, creator of the beloved Llama Llama series of picture books, has passed away. Click here to read more over at Publishers Weekly. CELEBRITY LIBRARIAN I hope after this piece, Rita Meade introduces herself as “Celebrity Librarian Rita Meade”. (Thanks to LISNews for the link) PICTURE BOOKS FOR NEWBERY […]

#28 Lauren Castillo – NANA IN THE CITY Unraveled

Travis: In the latest episode, Lauren Castillo talks about her book Nana in the City. We recorded this interview at Western High School in Parma, Michigan (the site of Nerd Camp) back in July. Here was the scene: This was the first high school classroom I’d seen with a record player: (and a fine collection […]

A Tribute to the Best Picture Book Author Photo of All Time

There have been some great picture book author photos before. I’m pretty fond of Don and Audrey Wood on the back of In The Napping House: And of course, Uncle Shelby on the back of The Giving Tree: But those shots (and all other picture book author photos in recorded history) can’t touch an author […]

Notes on August 2016

In August . . . I Snapped with Hugo Cabret. Snapchat has a purpose. we added a Planet of the Apes twist to well-known children’s books. Every book is better with a decaying statue of liberty at the end. we looked at the Most Astonishingly Unconventional Children’s Books of 2016. It’s a good crop this […]

Exclusive Book Cover Reveal: CLAYMATES by Dev Petty and Lauren Eldridge

I am a sucker for unique illustration techniques. Photographs, cut paper, painted hands – yes, yes, and well, maybe not (but upon further contemplation, heck yes). Because of this affinity for the unique, an upcoming book called Claymates has been on my radar for a while. It’s written by Dev Petty (author of I Don’t […]

#1 Travis and Colby (S1 E1)

Travis: The problem: there are a whole bunch of episodes of The Yarn that are nowhere to be found on The Yarn blog. You see the issue here, right? Today we start to fix that. Let’s begin at the beginning, with the very first episode. Over time we’ll give all the past episodes a proper home […]

Every EVERY Book

I’ve been noticing a batch of 2016 books with “Every” at the start of the title. Have you noticed this too? It’s more YA-ish than anything, but here’s every (sorry, had to do it) 2016 example I could find: