December 6, 2016

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2016 Children’s Lit: The Year in Miscellanea

It’s time to take a look back at the year that was in children’s lit miscellanea. (Read previous Year in Miscellanea Posts: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008) Best Appearance of Celebrity Chef Guy Fieri in a Picture Book: Because of Thursday by Patricia Polacco A complete win for the chef. Not only does he show up toward the end […]

2016 Librarian Lump of Coal Gift Guide

Time is running out to get a gift for the insufferable librarian in your life. With help from Etsy, the 2016 edition of the Librarian Lump of Coal Gift Guide has your back. Click here for the 2015 guide Click here for the 2014 guide Click here for the 2013 guide Click here for the 2012 […]

10 to Note: Winter Preview 2017

Here’s how I come up with these 10 to Note lists: I go through every publisher catalog I can find. I mark any book that catches my eye (this could be for one of a bunch of different reasons) This usually results in a list of around 50-130 books. Now the listmaking happens. I start plugging […]

Throwback Thursday: Comics Maker and Colorist Lark Pien (S1 E6)

Travis: Our goal with the first season of The Yarn was to talk to people who were vital to making Sunny Side Up, but aren’t necessarily credited on the cover. You have to open the cover to learn that Lark Pien was the colorist for the book. Pien is also a cartoonist, creating the Long Tail […]

The Ultimate Children’s Literature Illustrator Gift Guide 2016

What are you going to give, a mermaid blanket? Come on. Give art. Recently updated for the 2016 gift-giving season, here is my collection of children’s literature illustrator shops on the world wide web. This isn’t a comprehensive list – let me hear about what I missed in the comments. (Many thanks to Debbie Ridpath Ohi (who […]

Books on Film: The Making of an Amazing Cover

Wow. Wow. I just keep saying it. When I saw the cover for Cassie Beasley’s next book, Tumble & Blue, I was impressed. When Entertainment Weekly shared a video of how it was made, I was amazed. Check it out:

Notes on November 2016

In November . . . . . . the children’s literature community reacted to the 2016 presidential election. A whole lot of feelings. . . . our children’s lit election was a success. Duck vs. Squid – kids decided. . . . we found a man . . . in a yellow hat? Nothing to see […]

And the Undie Goes To . . .

Thank you to everyone who voted in the very first Undies: Case Cover Awards. The results are in, and it’s time to announce the winners. Don’t forget to visit Design of the Picture Book to see the winners in the rest of the categories.  BEST IMPRESSION OF SOMETHING OTHER THAN A PICTURE BOOK And the […]

#34 Javaka Steptoe – RADIANT CHILD Unraveled

Travis: With Radiant Child, Javaka Steptoe has created one of the best picture books of the year. On the latest episode of The Yarn, Steptoe talks about when he first discovered Jean-Michel Basquiat, the parallels in their lives, and how he created the stunning artwork in the book.   Here’s the episode:   Subscribe below to […]

New York Notables

One of my favorite Best lists just came out – the New York Times Notable Children’s Books. The 2016 edition is full of good stuff. Click here to check it out.

New York Notables

One of my favorite Best lists just came out – the New York Times Notable Children’s Books. The 2016 edition is full of good stuff. Click here to check it out.

Thank You

Thank you for caring about children’s literature. Thank you for reading this blog. Happy Thanksgiving.

Morning Notes: More Is More Edition

BIGGEST BEST Kirkus takes a “more is more” approach to year end lists. I’m not complaining – their sprawling Best Picture Books of 2016 list has plenty of favorites, but also a lot of room for surprises (Everyone is Yawning? Never seen it!). Click here to see the whole list. THE MORALLY AMBIGUOUS UNIVERSE OF […]

Voting Is Open in The Undies Case Cover Awards!

Voting is now open in the first annual Undies Case Cover Awards! *Applause* *Applause* *Applause* Thank you. Carter Higgins and I are co-hosting this first-of-its-kind award dedicated to the case cover. We’ve accepted submissions. We’ve arranged them into pleasing categories. We’ve decided on shortlists of nominees. Now it’s your turn to decide our winners. Check out […]

Coming Soon . . . Vote in The Undies Case Cover Awards!

This Tuesday, Design of the Picture Book and I will announce nominees for the first annual Undies Awards. But it is up to YOU to select our winners. Voting will begin Tuesday, and winners will be announced the following Tuesday (November 29). Oh, and here’s an early concept drawing of the award the winners might receive: For framing, […]

Morning Notes: Sometimes It’s Pretty Frightening Edition

A DECLARATION The Brown Bookshelf recently posted A Declaration of Support of Children, signed and supported by a huge cast of children’s authors and illustrators. Click here to read it. DOWN WITH HOVERBOARDS Do some good this holiday season: give books. And if you pledge to do so, Chronicle Books will donate a book to […]

The 2016 National Book Award Goes To . . .

Such a deserving book (and series). Well done, Young People’s Literature committee. Two facts worth noting: And also:

Holdshelf: November 2016

Here are the books currently on hold at my K-4 school library:

The Children’s Literature Community Responds to the 2016 Presidential Election

If you’re not up for a Kumbaya sort of post (and I respect that), don’t read this post. Here are some reactions to the 2016 presidential election by the children’s literature community. Have a friend? Hug a friend. — Mo Willems’ Pigeon (@The_Pigeon) November 9, 2016 A Letter From Our President @elloellenoh to the […]

It’s Election Day (And One of These Books Will Soon Be Real)

A couple weeks back I received an email from Running Kids Press about The New Big Book of Presidents. Pretty much every library has this book (or something similar from another publisher). It is the one-stop-shop for all presidential info. An updated version will be released in January to reflect the winner of the 2016 presidential […]