October 15, 2017

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Books on Film: From the Archives: Maurice Sendak on Charlie Rose in 1993

“You tell the truth as best you can. And the people who need the truth most are children.” —Maurice Sendak Oh man, this is a good one. 25 years ago Maurice Sendak visited the Charlie Rose show to talk about his latest book at the time, We’re All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy. […]

Not On The Yarn: Philip and Erin Stead on NPR

Travis: Picture book makers Philip and Erin Stead have a new book out – one co-written with Mark Twain.

The story of how this book came about is fascinating stuff, and NPR captured the whole thing on audio. Click below to listen.

Thing 1 and Thing 2: A Pair of Dr. Seuss Controversies

Dr. Seuss has been in the news a lot lately. And not just in the children’s literature corner of the internet. Like in Time magazine (see above). And a whole bunch of newspapers and television. Two different Seuss-related controversies are to blame, so let’s do a quick recap . . . Thing 1: A school […]

Books on Film: From the Vault: Tomi Ungerer

One of my favorite parts about writing this blog is when I can share something unique. Makes me feel like I’m doing my job. I’ve been a fan of Tomi Ungerer since I became a school librarian a little over a decade ago¹,  but it’s hard to find video of the guy. Today we have […]

Gallery: These 2017 Picture Books Have Secrets

Remember The Undies? That was fun. While there will be no official Undies awarded this year (they may very well make a triumphant return next year), I still wanted to highlight the best picture book case covers of 2017. Any to add to this gallery? Email me a photo at scopenotes [at] gmail [dot] com. […]

The October Newsletter is Real!

I sent out the October installment of From the Desk of 100 Scope Notes on Friday. I tried my best to keep it interesting – you can click here to see it (the giveaway copy of The Coloring Book is already spoken for, though). If you like the looks of it, click here to subscribe and never miss the weirdness […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#60)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? Mrs. Mallard raises the children while Mr. Mallard decides “he’d like to explore the rest of the river.” Yeah. Like she’s gonna believe that. Click here for the answer. Why do I share these? Click here. Previously . . […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#60)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? Mrs. Mallard raises the children while Mr. Mallard decides “he’d like to explore the rest of the river.” Yeah. Like she’s gonna believe that. Click here for the answer. Why do I share these? Click here. Previously . . […]

Children’s Lit Commish: Bye Bye Fly Guy

The following is a work of fiction. This morning the Commissioner of Children’s Literature announced that the popular Fly Guy series will come to an end due to a lack of exciting background patterns for the covers of new books. “They’re out of ideas and they’re terrified”, said the Commissioner. “They’ve used circles . . […]

Exclusive Book Cover Reveal: AL CAPONE THROWS ME A CURVE by Gennifer Choldenko

Gennifer Choldenko’s Alcatraz series began memorably – with a Newbery honor. Today, we have a first look at the cover of the fourth book in the series – Al Capone Throws Me a Curve (coming May 8th, 2018). But is this the final book? And what creativity tricks and hot beverages have helped fuel the series? I […]

Books on Film: Phil & Erin Stead on CBS Sunday Morning

A message to CBS Sunday Morning: keep it up the good work. A couple weeks back the show covered Dav Pilkey, and this week they visit Philip and Erin Stead on the occasion of that book they made with Mark Twain that you might have heard of. Add this to the list of wonderful children’s […]

Notes on September 2017

In September . . . . . . we looked ahead. I highlighted ten books coming out this fall. . . . I noticed a new category of books. On a scale of 1-10, how mad will these books make our president? . . . we checked in on some books that might (might) be […]

Exclusive Book Cover Reveal: HELLO HELLO by Brendan Wenzel

This Wenzel guy knows a thing or two about making picture books, as evidenced by that thing propping up all the stars in the picture above. Well, now Brendan Wenzel has a new book on the horizon (arriving in the spring of 2018) and today we have a first look at the cover and interior […]

Exclusive Book Cover Reveal: HELLO HELLO by Brendan Wenzel

This Wenzel guy knows a thing or two about making picture books, as evidenced by that thing propping up all the stars in the picture above. Well, now Brendan Wenzel has a new book on the horizon (arriving in the spring of 2018) and today we have a first look at the cover and interior […]

Morning Notes: Fan Art Edition

POPCORN-SPIRATION How did a piece of popcorn inspire E.L. Konigsburg to write From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (a book that turns 50 this year)? Click here to find out. IF I RAN THE PODCAST Are you listening to the Fuse 8 n’ Kate podcast? Betsy Bird and her sister Kate take […]

A 2018 Newbery/Caldecott Check-In

Occasionally, I like to take a peek over at the Goodreads Mock Newbery and Caldecott lists to see what books are getting love. While the list is open to voting by any Goodreads user, they’re often fairly accurate. For example, three of the four books that won Newbery last year were near the top of the […]

A LIVE All-Star Bonus Mega Special Picture Book Maker Episode: Kuo, Cordell, Pizzoli, Santat, Collier

Travis: This was fun. At the American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago this past summer, I moderated an all-star panel of picture book makers – Julie Kuo, Matthew Cordell, Greg Pizzoli, Dan Santat, and Bryan Collier. It was a blast. I’m pleased to say we recorded the whole thing. It’s full of humor, wisdom, snack […]

Exclusive Cover Reveal: WILL BEAR SHARE? WILL SHEEP SLEEP?

Of all the people out there, people who make picture books and also share fun things online rank pretty high on my list. Hilary Leung has been making picture books . . . . . . and sharing fun things online for a bit now. When he asked me to share the covers for his […]

Exclusive Book Trailer Premiere: COME WITH ME by Holly McGhee and Pascal Lemaitre

A few days back I wrote a post about a batch of books that are a product of our politically divided country. While Come With Me by by Holly McGhee and Pascal Lemaitre doesn’t exactly fit on that list, I’d say it’s definitely a close relative. It’s a book about the small moments of humanity that […]

We’d Like to Send You a Sticker

Travis: Thank you to everyone who has supported The Yarn for the last two years. Colby and I thought it would be fun to send The Yarn stickers to listeners who review the show. If you’d like a sticker just leave us a review on iTunes (use the link below), and we’ll contact you about where […]