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May 25, 2015

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Top 10 Circulated Picture Books of 2015

Previously… Top 10 Circulated Graphic Novels of 2015 Today we have the 10 most popular picture books of the year in my K-4 school library. 10. Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds; illustrated by Peter Brown This book goes to show that a little bit of spookiness goes a long way. It’s been consistently checked out […]

Top 10 Circulated Graphic Novels of 2015

The end of the school year: the time when pizza and ice cream sandwiches miraculously appear in the teacher’s lounge. It’s also when I like to look back at the most checked-out books in our school library during the year. This year, I thought it would be interesting to look at the most popular by […]

Hey! A Day with Shea in 10(ish) Images

Author/illustrator Robert “Bob” Shea visited my school yesterday and I am here to bring you the sights and sounds. Actually, just the sights. And wordy descriptions of the sights. But they were good sights. First sight: This here is certified Shea Day plaid. Rumor has it that Mr. Shea enjoys a good tartan. I decided […]

10 to Note: Summer Preview 2015

Ho ho! Summer is here folks. You know what summer has? Books. Warm weather and books. I surveyed the landscape and noticed titles arriving in June, July, and August that you might want to keep an eye out for – I know I will. Keep your shades on. Stay cool, summer. Never change. Picture Books […]

This Story Has An Important Moral

In first world blog problems… I served on the 2014 Caldecott committee. It was completely wonderful. Locomotive was our winner. Now that I’ve been on the committee, occasionally people will ask if I have any advice for those who will be serving in the future. I’m here to tell you that the most important thing […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#31)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? Where do I even begin? How about the cover? The cover makes it look like it’s some sort of book about potty training or something. Awful choice. Click here for the answer. One Star Review Guess Who (#1) One […]

The Pros and Cons of Writing a Blog

The Pros and Cons of Writing a Blog

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‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#4)

‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#4)

Previously… ‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#1) ‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#2) ‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#3) Sure you may know your children’s authors and illustrators, but can you name them from reading their Twitter bios? Test your skills below. All […]

An Illustrated Interview with Ben Hatke

Morning Notes: Is Anne of Green Gables 34? Edition

GREEN EGGS AND  NETFLIX A series based on Green Eggs and Ham is coming to Netflix. Well, the Cat in the Hat PBS series is solid, so I would put expectations at medium. It was announced in a properly Seussian way – with a rhyming press release. Click here to read. (via Sharyn November on Facebook) […]

Morning Notes: Is Anne of Green Gables 34? Edition

GREEN EGGS AND  NETFLIX A series based on Green Eggs and Ham is coming to Netflix. Well, the Cat in the Hat PBS series is solid, so I would put expectations at medium. It was announced in a properly Seussian way – with a rhyming press release. Click here to read. (via Sharyn November on Facebook) […]

The Real Age of Children’s Literature Characters

The Real Age of Children’s Literature Characters

When this How Old Do I Look thing came out, my first thought was “Finally! Children’s literature characters have been lying about their ages for years! Moment of truth time.” So, don’t believe everything you read, folks – here are the real ages of these characters… So Johnny Tremain claims to be 14. Nope: Ella, […]

Challenge Accepted! You Created a Book Cover for this Bookless Character

Challenge Accepted! You Created a Book Cover for this Bookless Character

Last week I challenged anyone and everyone to create a book based on this as-yet-unidentified character on the wall of Barnes & Noble children’s sections across the country. You didn’t disappoint. Here they are… This one is mine via Linda Meuse via Minh Le via Dan Moynihan via Monica Capra Hodges via Benji Martin via […]

Notes on April 2015

Notes on April 2015

In April… …we found out what former Newbery and Caldecott winners have up their sleeves. A lot, it turns out. …a presidential story time was unexpectedly interrupted (and we all could relate). Be sure to check the comments, where folks shared their story time FAILS. …we toured the talent-packed Atlas Powder Picture Book Company studio. […]

State Secret: Do You Know the R.L. Stine of Michigan?

State Secret: Do You Know the R.L. Stine of Michigan?

What if I told you one of the most popular book series not just in my school, but in the state of Michigan is one that out-of-staters have likely never heard of? What if I told you Michigan is home to the second coming of R.L. Stine (sorry, Bob, I know you’re still with us […]

Slim Appeal: 5 Successful Book Spines

Slim Appeal: 5 Successful Book Spines

The “Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover” war has been over for a while now, with everyone conceding that while a cover isn’t always an indicator of what’s inside, an aesthetically pleasing one can certainly make a child (/33 year old school librarian) want to read it. That’s all well and good for books […]

Challenge! Create a Book Cover for this Bookless Character

Challenge! Create a Book Cover for this Bookless Character

Last week I passed along a question author/illustrator Matthew Cordell posed on Facebook: who is this character on the walls of Barnes & Noble stores across the country? Update: no one knows. So author/illustrator Aaron Zenz had a good idea: why not take matters into our own hands? Lets give this little blue wolf (a […]

Review: The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach

Review: The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach

The Bear Ate Your Sandwich By Julia Sarcone-Roach Knopf (Random House) ISBN: 9780375858604 $16.99 Grades K-2 Out Now *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library It’s sounds counter-intuitive, but the best Big Reveals are the ones that aren’t necessary. Or maybe it makes more sense to think of it this way: […]

Books on Film: Let’s Take a Coffee Break

Books on Film: Let’s Take a Coffee Break

In a short period of time, Eerdmans Books has built an online presence that other publishers should be taking notes on. The Eerdlings website and Coffee Break videos are consistently excellent. They’re starting a new interview series on Coffee Break called “A Day in the Life”, and yesterday Ahna and Katherine swung by my library […]

Preview: The Atlas Powder Picture Book Company

Preview: The Atlas Powder Picture Book Company

From top to bottom, left to right we have: Sophie Blackall, John Bemelmans Marciano, Sergio Ruzzier, Eddie Hemingway, Brian Floca I’m tempted to just end this post right here – I mean, where do you go after one of the best children’s literature GIFs of all time? But fear not! There are plenty of interesting […]