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April 19, 2015

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Cover Curiosity: Title Takeover

Cover Curiosity: Title Takeover

Is it just me, or have you noticed some picture book titles getting real these days? Really real. Taking up the whole cover real. Not just type laid over top, but part of the illustration real. Today we have three books that put the title front, center, and right in the middle of the the […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#30)

One Star Review Guess Who? (#30)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? A novel about word-changing… riveting! I apologize for the sarcasm, but… th-th-th-th-that’s all, folks! Click here for the answer. One Star Review Guess Who (#1) One Star Review Guess Who (#2) One Star Review Guess Who (#3) One Star […]

Morning Notes: Grandma Madeline Edition

Morning Notes: Grandma Madeline Edition

READSTRICTED In case you missed it, there was an uproar this week about the 2015 Banned Books Week poster. So much so that ALA posted a response to the negative reaction and about how the poster was created. THREE WORDS: LIBRARY PUTT PUTT Dear Canton (MI) Public Library: You’re all geniuses over there. Click here for images of […]

2015 Books from Caldecott Winners

2015 Books from Caldecott Winners

Of the seven illustrators who received Caldecott recognition back in February, two had been there before (Jon Klassen and Melissa Sweet). Seeing as how often previous winners win again, let’s have a look at 2015 books from Caldecott Medal/Honor illustrators. Did I miss one? Let me know in the comments. (Click on images to enlarge) The […]

Review: Roger is Reading a Book by Koen Van Biesen

Review: Roger is Reading a Book by Koen Van Biesen

Roger is Reading a Book By Koen Van Biesen Eerdmans Books ISBN: 9780802854421 $16.00 Grades PreK-1 Out Now *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library When I finally get around to writing the blog post “You Might Be Reading A Foreign Picture Book If…” one of the things on that list […]

What’s Your Story Time FAIL?

What’s Your Story Time FAIL?

During the annual White House Easter celebration this past weekend President Obama read Where the Wild Things Are to a group of children (I was hoping for Beekle, but oh well). Things were going great. Then the bees attacked: Having experienced story times interrupted by all manner of bugs (also: bodily functions, rogue runners, and once, […]

Meet Professor Owen: Last of the Sandwalkers Blog Tour

Meet Professor Owen: Last of the Sandwalkers Blog Tour

Something a bit different today – a beetle. Graphic novel Last of the Sandwalkers by author/illustrator (and biology professor) Jay Hosler arrives on shelves today, featuring a beetle civilization making contact with the wider world. Mr. Hosler is here to tell us about one of the characters from the book. The floor is all yours, Jay… […]

2015 Books from Newbery Winners

2015 Books from Newbery Winners

If I’ve said it once I’ve said it twice – nearly a third of all Newbery Medal/Honor winners are multiple Newbery Medal/Honor winners. A perfect example of this was the most recent Newbery, where how many of the winners had won before? One out of three. 33%. Case rested. With those thoughts dancing in mind, […]

See You at the 2015 ALSC Preconference

See You at the 2015 ALSC Preconference

What do (*deep breath*) Cece Bell, Jacqueline Woodson, Lauren Castillo, Mary GrandPré, Candace Fleming, Yuyi Morales, Jillian Tamaki, Katherine Roy, John Parra, Patricia Hruby Powell, Mark Siegel, Christian Robinson, Jon Klassen and Melissa Sweet all have in common? They all helped create books that won honors at the 2015 ALSC Youth Media Awards. Also, they will […]

Endangered Series #6: Nate the Great

Popularity comes, popularity goes. As librarians we’re always balancing between what will circulate like crazy and what we need to have in the collection. And we’re not the Library of Congress – we can’t (and shouldn’t) keep everything. An endangered series is one that appears to be waning in terms of popularity. But popularity isn’t everything. Should it […]

REPORT: Library Books ‘Our Nation’s Largest Health Hazard’

REPORT: Library Books ‘Our Nation’s Largest Health Hazard’

Scary… via ChildLitZoom: The U.S. Wellness Department is about to release a study that might signal the end of libraries as we know them. Libraries around the country are girding themselves for a true “Battle of the Books” as the study is reported to recommend ending all forms of book lending by the year 2019. […]

Morning Notes: The Feel-Good Event of the Season Edition

YOU FANCY, EH? Fancy Nancy, everyones favorite faux Parisian will hit small screens in a big way in 2017, with a movie and series for the Disney Junior channel. Click here to read. JUNIE B. JONES AND THE STUPID SMELLY COVER One of the most well-known rascals of children’s literature is getting a cover update. Coming […]

Coming Soon: National Poetry Month

Coming Soon: National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month. And around this neck of the woods the poetry form of choice is the book spine cento. What’s a cento? Check out the 2014 Book Spine Poem Gallery to find out. Or take a look at the work of Nina Katchadourian. Students, teachers, librarians, book lovers, odd ducks who enjoy piling things […]

Cover Curiosity: Go Set a Watchman and To Kill a Mockingbird

Cover Curiosity: Go Set a Watchman and To Kill a Mockingbird

Usually during these Cover Curiosity posts I highlight two unrelated books that (for a variety of reasons) have similar covers. Today I have to make an exception and talk about two related books, mostly because one of them has one of the most recognizable covers of all time, and the other is bound to be […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#29)

One Star Review Guess Who? (#29)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? As I am writing this review a song plays faintly in my mind: Sweet dreams are made of these Who am I to disagree? Travel the world and the seven seas Everybody’s looking for something Some of them want to use […]

I Ask You: What Is On Your #HOLDSHELF?

I Ask You: What Is On Your #HOLDSHELF?

Why the triumphant pose? The monthly photo roundup of hold shelves across the country is back. This month, the gallery will be over at Watch. Connect. Read. Here’s how to get in on the action: Locate a shelf used as a waiting area for books your patrons have put on hold. Photograph/video/Vine that thing like […]

Dismounting the High Horse: My Child Loves a Book I Don’t

Dismounting the High Horse: My Child Loves a Book I Don’t

There are some books I don’t care for because I’ve read them (see: anything ending in -alicious). There are some books I loved as a kid but find hard to read to my children as an adult (Richard Scarry, do you have to name every last thing on the page? Surely you can skip the creamer […]

Gallery: The Art of the Picture Book Barcode

Gallery: The Art of the Picture Book Barcode

A creative barcode on the back of a picture book is like when you have one pump of peanut butter sauce in your Oreo blizzard. It doesn’t have to be there, but things a just a little bit better when it is. I was recently given the challenge of whipping up a gallery of examples, […]

Review: Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

Review: Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

Roller Girl By Victoria Jamieson Dial Books (Penguin) ISBN: 9780803740167 $12.99 Grades 4-8 Out Now *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Before I begin this review, let me set the right tone: That’s better. Sometimes you can find a lot of truth in unexpected places. Victoria Jamieson’s Roller Girl takes […]

Your Official 2015 Children’s Literature Ninja Buying Guide

Your Official 2015 Children’s Literature Ninja Buying Guide

And here I thought ninjas were big last year. 2015 puts 2014 to shame. Shame! Because I get ninja requests all the time in my school library, I bring you this list of children’s book containing ninjas in 2015. Joey and Johnny, the Ninjas: Get Mooned by Kevin Serwacki; illustrated by Chris Pallace. Out now. This […]