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November 24, 2014

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At Episode 100, Let’s Get Busy Looks Back

At Episode 100, Let’s Get Busy Looks Back

If the children’s literature podcast Let’s Get Busy were a person, it would be wizened and wise by now, with a flowing white beard and a twinkle in its eye. That’s because the podcast, created by teacher-librarian Matthew Winner, has reached the impressive mark of 100 episodes. To note the occasion, I asked centenarian-by-association Winner [...]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#26)

One Star Review Guess Who? (#26)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? Instead of listening to my own children, who I love, fight with each other, I got to hear whiny, screechy-voiced [character] whine, sullen, put-upon [character] whine, and both of their parents whine. It felt like watching Supernanny. Click here [...]

Library Tip: Keep a Basket of Kittens Around

Library Tip: Keep a Basket of Kittens Around

Soon after I was hired for my current job, a basket of kittens arrived in the library. Not real kittens, no. But they might as well be. This family of cats was unlike any stuffed animal I’d seen before – highly realistic and all lumped together. They all sat in a basket about the size [...]

Morning Notes: TBD Edition

Morning Notes: TBD Edition

PICK THIS LIST Over at Brain Pickings, Maria Popova has selected her favorite children’s books of the year. It’s a list so cool it almost hurts, but it highlights some great books that you won’t find anywhere else. Click here to read. CHEZ DEPAOLA Alright – who wants to see Tomi dePaola’s house? You sir? [...]

Sara Varon Has Been Busy: An Exclusive First Look at Her New Projects

Sara Varon Has Been Busy: An Exclusive First Look at Her New Projects

Sara Varon is the creator of the first book I ever reviewed on this blog – Robot Dreams. I’ve been enjoying her work ever since, including Chicken and Cat Clean Up in 2009 and Odd Duck last year. Today I’m happy to announce that Sara has a batch of new projects in the works. Let’s hear [...]

Review: A Perfectly Messed-Up Story by Patrick McDonnell

Review: A Perfectly Messed-Up Story by Patrick McDonnell

A Perfectly Messed-Up Story By Patrick McDonnell Little, Brown ISBN: 9780316222587 $17.00 Grades PreK-2 Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library For people in the human world, being used is a bad thing. For books in the school library world, being used is a fact of life. Librarians are always looking for [...]

Morning Notes: Roxanne, Roxanne Edition

Morning Notes: Roxanne, Roxanne Edition

BATTLE OVER MAURICE SENDAK’S BOOK COLLECTION Now that Maurice is no longer with us, what will become of his book collection? Two interested parties are having it out in court to decide. Click here to read. 25 DAYS, 25 BOOKS Niki at Daydream Reader is doing something cool to celebrate Picture Book Month – presenting [...]

10 to Note: Winter Preview 2015

10 to Note: Winter Preview 2015

Why ten? Why not 20? 30? Seriously, tell me. Narrowing an entire season’s worth of books to just ten titles is tricky business. But I managed to wrestle my way to the magic number. Here, then, are ten books that I’m looking forward to this winter. Picture Books I Don’t Want to be a Frog! [...]

Breakdown: The National Book Award/Newbery Overlap

Breakdown: The National Book Award/Newbery Overlap

I had a good time last week looking at the Best Illustrated/Caldecott overlap (tip o’ the hat to @muellerspace). I thought it would make sense to look at the Newbery side of things – specifically how finalists in the Young People’s Literature category of the National Book Award (NBA) fare in the Newbery race. I [...]

A Splash of Red: Adding Full Color Where There Was None

A Splash of Red: Adding Full Color Where There Was None

You hear that tiny siren? It’s alerting you to a mini trend in children’s literature. Two popular series previously illustrated in black and white are being reissued in color. Will more follow? Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne Both series appear to be slowly re-releasing each book in full [...]

‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#3)

‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#3)

Previously… “And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#1) “And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#2) 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 credit for this post idea goes to Laura Given (@LibLaura5) – she [...]

Morning Notes: Awkward Illustrator Nickname Edition

Morning Notes: Awkward Illustrator Nickname Edition

BESTING THE BEST Last week’s New York Times Best Illustrated list opened the floodgates, folks. Now the Best of 2014 stuff is coming at a steady pace. First up today are the Goodreads Choice Awards. This is an award decided by readers, so head on over and vote for your favorites in the categories of [...]

Exclusive Cover Reveal: Fable Comics Edited by Chris Duffy

Alright, who knew this was happening? Following in the footsteps of the wonderful Nursery Rhyme Comics and Fairy Tale Comics comes Fable Comics, another collection of cartoons by some of the biggest and best names in the field. Here’s a first look at the cover: How about a description? From classics like “The Tortoise and [...]

Breakdown: The NYT Best Illustrated/Caldecott Overlap

Breakdown: The NYT Best Illustrated/Caldecott Overlap

The other day on twitter, Kelly Mueller (@muellerspace) asked me if I’d ever taken a look at how books on the annual New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books list (click here for the 2014 list) fare in terms of Caldecott. I looked at the last ten years of data and made a few interesting [...]

It Is Picture Book Month

It Is Picture Book Month

November is Picture Book Month. Tell kids about it. Read picture books. Buy picture books. Celebrate picture books. Visit the Picture Book Month website and spread the word.

Notes on October 2014

Notes on October 2014

In October… …we theorized on the most theorizable picture book of the year. I brought forth six explanations on the end of Sam & Dave Dig a Hole, and folks added some great ideas in the comments. …we went wordless. In the midst of another great wordless picture book year, I considered why we are [...]

Everybody Plays the Cat (Sometimes)

Everybody Plays the Cat (Sometimes)

There’s no exception to the rule. Every librarian will one day be The Cat in the Hat. Today is my day. Have a happy Halloween everyone!

Gallery: The New York Times 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2014

Gallery: The New York Times 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2014

Let the season of “Best” begin. The 2014 edition of the New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books has been announced, and it’s a great group. I went three for ten in my predictions from earlier in the year. Let’s have a look at the winners: DRAW! Written and illustrated by Raúl Colón | A Paula Wiseman [...]

Giving Up the Newbery Ghost?

Giving Up the Newbery Ghost?

Librarians are the original hoarders (but, you know, in a positive way). But I always maintain that we’re not the Library of Congress here. We can’t hang on to every book, no matter how much we’d like to. A while back I noticed our copy of 1955 Newbery Medal winner The Wheel on the School sitting, [...]

Morning Notes: Books in Disguise Edition

Morning Notes: Books in Disguise Edition

KLASSEN IN DEMAND The Globe and Mail has a great piece about Jon Klassen’s career and current place as one of the most sought-after illustrators around. Click here to read. YOU ATE MY BOOK Halloween book return, anyone? Spotted at an Omaha public library branch. (Thanks to LISNews for the link) YOU CAN SUPPORT DIVERSE BOOKS [...]