March 26, 2017

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Books on Film: Watch the Captain Underpants Trailer

The Captain is coming to theaters on June 2nd and here’s the first trailer for the film. Seems like the spirit of the books is intact. Or, if you prefer, you can watch someone watching the trailer. Youtube is a strange place.

Morning Notes: Winged Blog Edition

MO POD Mo Willems was recently on the NPR show On Point with Tom Ashbrook. I had a great time listening to it and I bet you will too. You can listen to the podcast here. S.L.Y. Who will be the next School Librarian of the Year? Click here to get your nominations in. Nominations […]

2017 Books from Newbery Winners

We’ve covered the Geisel award. We’ve covered the Coretta Scott King award. How about some Newbery? Below are all the books coming out this year by past Newbery Medal or Honor winners. If I missed any, let’s hear it in the comments. The Crying Rocks by Janet Taylor Lisle (May 16) The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets […]

The Things Triangle Has Seen

Look at that face. Rather, look at those eyes. There’s no denying it, Triangle (by Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen) has seen some things. Bad things: Good things: Disturbing things: Inexplicable things: Shocking things: Mind-bending things: I repeat: mind-bending things:

Talking About Hats with Jon Klassen (Part 1)

Travis: Do you remember reading I Want My Hat Back for the first time? I bet you do. With a combination of unique execution and a daring ending it quickly became the “have you read this yet?” picture book of 2011. Its affect on the world of picture books is still being felt today. Two more hat-themed books would […]

Endorsement: Lynn Rutan for Caldecott Committee

If you’re anything like me, when ALA election time comes around you vote for people you feel would successfully carry out the duties of their post. Often times these people end up being those you personally know and have confidence in. And then there are the situations when you aren’t familiar with any of the […]

Books on Film: Enter the Newbery/Caldecott Wayback Machine

What’s this? A librarian at a podium holding up a physical copy of a book? We must have stumbled into the Newbery/Caldecott Wayback Machine. Before the live webcast, before social media, before the Geisel, before it was even called the Youth Media Awards, we had the “Newbery & Caldecott Medals Award Ceremony” on C-SPAN2. I’ve […]

Books on Film: Enter the Newbery/Caldecott Wayback Machine

What’s this? A librarian at a podium holding up a physical copy of a book? We must have stumbled into the Newbery/Caldecott Wayback Machine. Before the live webcast, before social media, before the Geisel, before it was even called the Youth Media Awards, we had the “Newbery & Caldecott Medals Award Ceremony” on C-SPAN2. I’ve […]

Morning Notes: AKR Edition

AMY KROUSE ROSENTHAL Sad news. As you’ve likely heard, author Amy Krouse Rosenthal passed away this week at 51. If you haven’t read her essay for the New York Times Modern Love column, You May Want to Marry My Husband, go do that. FAKE BOOKS How are nonfiction children’s books explaining President Trump? Very carefully. […]

Instagramming an Author Visit: Aaron Zenz

Last week author/illustrator Aaron Zenz visited our school. Let this web log post serve as the photographic evidence. Librarians/teachers out there: now that I’ve hosted a few visits, I can say with confidence that student prep is the make or break factor when an author comes to town. Should I chart it out? Okay, I’ll chart […]

2017 Books from Coretta Scott King Winners

We took a look at books coming in 2017 from past Geisel winners, how about authors and illustrators who have won Coretta Scott King awards (including author, illustrator, and new talent)? If I missed one, let’s hear it in the comments. The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Jerry Pinkney (May 9) When’s My Birthday? by […]

Books on Film: Shannon Hale, Jerry Pinkney, and Raina Telgemeier on Literacy

The Library of Congress recently released a series of short videos with authors talking about literacy (I shared one with Kwame Alexander last week). Today we hear from more children’s literature voices, including Shannon Hale, Jerry Pinkney, and Raina Telgemeier.

I speak for the trees

Today is dress like a favorite book character day at my school, so . . .

2017 Books from Geisel Winners

Around this time I start getting the itch to track down all the books coming out from previous Youth Media Award winners. We’ll begin with Geisel today, but look for other batches (Coretta Scott King, Newbery, etc.) headed your way soon. Listing all the new books from past Geisel winners is tricky, because it’s an […]

Your 2018 Newbery/Caldecott ‘Hey, Keep An Eye Out’ Lists

The 2017 Youth Media Awards: pretty good, right? Pretty, pretty good. But like a cool guy who doesn’t look at explosions, I now have my eyes set forward to 2018. Pulled from the Goodreads 2018 Mock Newbery and Caldecott lists, here are some books to keep an eye on (preferably both eyes, moving from left to […]

“Pick Your Nose.”

“Ah, ah, aahh! I didn’t say ‘Big Bird SAYS pick your nose’.”

Surprise! Announcing THE VERY LAST CASTLE

Morning Notes: Needlessly Frightening Edition

‘A MERE QUARTER’ Little Golden Books turn 75 this year and NPR has the story covered. It makes for a pretty fascinating listen. Leonard Marcus and George Saunders even chime in. Click here to listen. (Thanks to my dad for the link) THE WORLD’S MOST VALUABLE CHILDREN’S BOOKS – DO YOU HAVE ONE? Real Headline […]

Notes on February 2017

In February . . . I used book titles to make a comic. . . . I talked to Jon Agee about snacks. Also we got a first look at the trailer for his new book, Life on Mars. . . . we took a look at 10 books I’m excited about coming in spring. It’s […]

Local Man Attends 2017 SCBWI Winter Conference

I did something new a couple weekends back – left my mitten-shaped home and attended a Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) conference. You ever been to one of these things? They’re pretty great. I was invited to talk about unusual picture books and social media. Usually when I travel I have a one […]