November 23, 2015

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Sendak for Sale: The Most Unique Items Available at Sotheby’s

47 pieces of original art by Maurice Sendak are currently up for sale at Sotheby’s in New York. According to the AP, “prices range from $3,000 to $950,000″. So gather up your pennies, folks – the sale runs until December 18. Below are three of my favorite items, but you can click here to see the […]

*Breaking News of Great Importance* Barnes & Noble L.B.B. Mystery Solved!

Back in April, author/illustrator Matthew Cordell re-ignited a mystery that had perplexed the children’s literature community for years: Surrounded by popular characters in the children’s section, this little dog (/cat/wolf/???) stood out. Some of the best minds pondered, speculated, and researched. Some of the best illustrators created alternate stories for the character who had come […]

Morning Notes: Where’s the Squirrel? Edition

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD AWARDED First there were 10: Then five: Now one: Our National Book Award winner in the young people’s literature category is Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman. THE STATISTICAL DOMINANCE OF DR. SEUSS Real headline alert! Priceonomics looks at the authors who have sold the most children’s books. While they’re using numbers from […]

Review: Is Mommy? by Victoria Chang

Is Mommy? By Victoria Chang Illustrated by Marla Frazee Beach Lane Books (Simon & Schuster) ISBN: 9781481402927 $15.99 Grades PreK-1 *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Rarely do I read something and think, “Wait. You can do that in a picture book?” But that was exactly my experience reading Is […]

We Publish Caldecott Winners

I wanted to know which publisher has put out the most Caldecott-winning books over the last 20 years, so I looked at the data. But take these numbers with a grain of salt. The totals were a bit difficult to compile, mostly due to the numerous acquisitions that have taken place in publishing over the […]

MAME 2015

Hello MAME conference-goers!
Click here for a list of the books we discussed in our session today.

Mock Caldecott 2016

I love this time of year. The Mock Caldecott has become an annual K-4 tradition at my school. We’ve tried it a number of different ways, as you can see in these posts: Mock Caldecott 2015 Mock Caldecott 2014 Mock Caldecott 2013 Here’s how we’re running things this year. Week 1: I introduce/remind students about the Caldecott – […]

Cover Reveal: BOOKED by Kwame Alexander

The question always comes. After the flood of excitement and gratitude, a Newbery winner must face the inevitable blank page. Kwame Alexander, author of Newbery Medal-winning The Crossover, faced the blank page and lived to tell about it. His new book, called Booked, arrives on April 5, 2016. Today we have a first look at […]


If there is one thing we can all agree on, it’s food. Food is good. While entire meals are great (fantastic, even), there’s another category of food that is just as near and dear to my heart. The snack. I’ve always imagined that snacks are very important to children’s book creators. For one thing, they […]

8 Years of 100 Scope Notes

In 2007 I started this blog with a review of the book Robot Dreams. Eight years later, here we are. Thank you for reading and sharing. To celebrate, here are eight posts I like – one from each year this blog has been around. 2007: Review: Robot Dreams by Sara Varon (my first post) 2008: Children’s […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#38)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? seriously, a children’s book on how to abuse your dad physically? unacceptable in my eyes. Click here for the answer. One Star Review Guess Who (#1) One Star Review Guess Who (#2) One Star Review Guess Who (#3) One […]

Bibliography: A Fine Dessert

Like many of you, I’ve been thinking a lot about this book. I’ve read all the critiques, all the support, all the comments, all the tweets. I can’t look away, and I think I’m glad I can’t. The thing that makes the most sense to me is to share the things I’ve been reading, and encourage you […]

Morning Notes: Careful At Home Kids Edition

GOOD CHOICE Oh, the best of the year lists are coming out at a steady clip now. The Goodreads Choice Awards are the latest. They also happen to be pretty fun. There are a bunch of good books are nominated, and you can visit and vote for your favorites easily. I encourage you to do […]

A Conversation with Hervé Tullet, Continued

I had a conversation with my favorite picture book-making Frenchman over at The Number Five Bus Presents… Click here to read it. Thank you Erin & Philip Stead for inviting me to take part. Thank you Hervé Tullet for the chat.

#Holdshelf: October 2015

You know what this day needs? A little #holdshelf. With “AROLD”.

If the Public Picked the Newbery…

…these are the books that would win. People sometimes get irritated with me me when I bring up the mock Newbery list on Goodreads. It is certainly a popularity contest, when the real award is certainly not. Anyone can vote for a book for any reason on the Goodreads list. This is not the way […]

Gallery: The New York Times Best Illustrated Books of 2015

New York Times Best Illustrated Books list, you catch me off guard every time. And I like it. The 2015 winners have been announced. Let’s have a look at them, shall we? (Side note: I went three for ten in my predictions from a couple months back.) Big Bear Little Chair by Lizi Boyd A […]

Morning Notes: Elaborate Hoax Meter Edition

WONDER OF WONDERS A bunch of talented children’s literature folks recently banded together to create All the Wonders, a site that wants to take readers “beyond the book”. Here’s the deal: they take a book (like Ed Vere’s Max the Brave) and offer up a bunch of stuff to go along with it. There’s a song […]

Coming Soon: November is Picture Book Month!

November: around the corner. You know what that means… Picture Book Month is coming. During November I’ll be showing the video above and asking students share their all-time favorite picture books on our school library blog. But most of all we’ll be reading and talking about picture books (not a change from the other months […]

Morning Notes: Two Truths and a Lie Edition

THESE ARE THE STARS ShelfTalker recently updated their annual list of books that have received starred reviews from the major review journals. Man, do I need to read Lost in NYC. Click here to see the list. BONUS YARN Under the cover of darkness a brand new bonus episode of The Yarn has been released. […]