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February 11, 2016

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Morning Notes: Bills in Books Edition

THURSDAY AT THE THEATER While there was a Japanese animated film, The Magic Tree House series has never been adapted for U.S. audiences. That may change soon. Click here to read. (Thanks to EarlyWord for the link) GO NERDCAMPING Nerdcamp MI is going to be great this year. Short description: it’s an unconference focused on literacy. Long […]

Nonfiction Monday: Dr. Seuss: The Great Doodler by Kate Klimo

Dr. Seuss: The Great Doodler By Kate Klimo Illustrated by Steve Johnson & Lou Fancher Random House Books ISBN: 9781101935514 $12.99 Grades K-2 Out January 26, 2016 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library There are plenty of picture book biographies out there. And plenty that fall in the chapter zone (of which the […]

More Yarn! Gary D. Schmidt: Orbiting Jupiter Unravelled (Part 2)

Last week I shared the first part of our interview with Gary D. Schmidt talking about Orbiting Jupiter. This week we have the conclusion. Hear Gary talk about: his interpretation of the Orbiting Jupiter cover. his love of the typewriter. why Anita Silvey yelled at him. his admiration for the writing bravery of Kate DiCamillo. Giveaway […]

4 Things I Noticed About the Bestselling Children’s Books of 2015

Yesterday Publishers Weekly released their lists of the bestselling children books of 2015. Here’s what I noticed… 1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School topped the fiction list by a mile. Second place, John Green’s Paper Towns, trailed by a mere … 500,000 copies. Yes, #1 beat #2 by a number that almost matched the total […]

Library Litter

Ugh! Litterbug! How many times do I have to say not to litter the library with date due slips from Caldecott Medal winning books? Caldecott Medal winner date due slip litter is the worst. Backstory: In the 90s our school library automated their checkout system (I wasn’t here for that). You know the drill – […]

First Second Tenth: A Cover Extravaganza

Publisher First Second is ten years old. Ten years of making some of the best graphic novels around – for kids and grown-ups. To celebrate, I thought it would be fun for First Second artists to pay tribute to their favorite First Second books. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right? That’s how the […]

#Holdshelf: January 2016

I am endlessly fascinated by the books that end up on the holds shelf of our school library. Some are expected. Some are seemingly out of left field. I’m going to play-by-play this Vine of our most recent shelf while repeatedly listening to Lose Yourself to Dance on my headphones. Whoa – a little Beatrix […]

More Yarn! Gary D. Schmidt: Orbiting Jupiter Unravelled

We’re continuing our new series called The Unraveller, where an author or illustrator brings us behind the scenes of one of their books. The latest episode is up, with author Gary D. Schmidt talking about Orbiting Jupiter. If you’re not sure how to download a podcast to your phone, allow Ira Glass and his friend […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#40)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? I found this to be the singular most irritating gift upon graduation day…and while I like [Author] okay and all, I don’t necessarily find wisdom in his rhymes upon graduating from college. When [Author] can find me a job, then […]

Calde-Bump, Newbery Jump

The Caldecott and Newbery sell books. How have the recent winners fared on the bestseller lists? Here are the picture book bestsellers from last week (which takes data from before the awards were announced): And here are the picture book bestsellers for this week: Notice the change? Finding Winnie moved to number one, Last Stop […]

Morning Notes: Newbery Marzipan Edition

WHERE IS THE DIVERSITY IN PUBLISHING? A year in the making, Lee & Low books just published the results of their Diversity in Publishing survey. It includes data from 34 publishers and 8 review journals. Click the image below for a closer look and additional details. (Thanks to Bookshelves of Doom for the Link) TODAY […]

The Circs So Far: The 10 Most Checked Out Books of the 2015-16 School Year

(Thanks to Shelftalker for inspiring the title of this post) While the year year is new, the school year is not. We’ve been up and running since September. Time to check in on the most checked out books in our school library so far in the 2015-16 campaign. 10. Ballet Cat: The Totally Secret Secret […]

Finding Winnie…’s Butt

Since it won the Caldecott Medal last week, I’ve been reading Finding Winnie to all of my classes (I work with students in grades K-4). I love the book, and it’s been getting a great reception from kids. Especially the furry butt cheeks. What? You don’t see them? Now, don’t be ashamed if you don’t […]

Morning Notes: All Cop Edition

NO MORE CAKE The aftermath of Scholastic pulling A Birthday Cake for George Washington continues. The story has been picked up by, let’s see… The New York Times TIME NPR BBC CBS News And others. THE ART OF THE AWARD PLACEMENT This week there have been a lot of librarians putting award stickers on books […]

Cover Reveal: PIRASAURS! by Josh Funk, Illustrated by Michael Slack

If someone did a Best Read-Alouds of 2015 list (man, why didn’t I do that list?) Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast would have been on my list. That book was written by Josh Funk. Now Josh has a new book on the horizon (with illustrator Michael Slack) and I’m pleased to share a first […]

The Short Shelf Life of ‘A Birthday Cake for George Washington’

Released on Tuesday, January 5th, A Birthday Cake for George Washington has been pulled from shelves. Here’s a statement on the decision from publisher Scholastic: If you haven’t been following the discussion about this book, there’s a good collection of links at American Indians in Children’s literature to get you caught up.

Nonfiction Monday: Welcome to the Symphony by Carolyn Sloan

Welcome to the Symphony By Carolyn Sloan Illustrated by James Williamson Workman ISBN: 9780761176473 $24.99 Grades K-3 Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library I’ve never felt the need to review a book with sounds on this blog before. Push a button, Elmo giggles – I get the appeal. Most don’t beg […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#39)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? I often wonder if I had a time machine what I would use it for. After reading the first [title of the series] novel I can safely say I would go back and spare myself the time I took reading […]

The Relative Surprise-iness of the 2016 Youth Media Awards

“So, what are your favorites?” That’s the question everyone asks each other at ALA Midwinter. The day before the Youth Media Awards were announced, I told a friend I was hoping for a happy surprise or two. Now that the medals have been distributed, I want to talk about four individual moments that made me raise […]

Reaction Tweets of the 2016 Youth Media Award Winners

Here’s a batch of first reactions from the recent class of Youth Media Award winners… Matt de la Peña: Newbery Medal, Last Stop on Market Street: pic.twitter.com/1XfKCCSAcP — Matt de la Pena (@mattdelapena) January 11, 2016 Sophie Blackall: Caldecott Medal, Finding Winnie: Told the cat I’d won the #Caldecott. She couldn’t care less. pic.twitter.com/I59i8A9YYQ — […]