July 26, 2016

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Nonfiction Monday: The Marvelous Thing That Came From a Spring by Gilbert Ford

The Marvelous Thing That Came From a Spring: The Accidental Invention of the Toy That Swept the Nation By Gilbert Ford Atheneum (Simon & Schuster) ISBN: 9781481450652 $17.99 Grades K-3 Out September 13, 2016 *Best New Book* If you think about it, there are some comparisons to be drawn between the Slinky and picture books […]

One Star Review Guess Who (#47)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? [W]hat two kids would run away to an ART MUSEUM? 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 Review Guess Who (#4) […]

Books on Film: Pop-Up Secrets with Robert Sabuda

When you think Robert Sabuda, you think pup-up books. The guy is a master. A little while back, he appeared on Sprout TV to share some of his knowledge. Keep this in your back pocket to share with kids.

‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#7)

Previously… ‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#1) ‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#2) ‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#3) ‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#4) ‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#5) ‘And You Shall Know […]

Books on Film: Moomin in Documentary Land

Have other folks shared this? I bet other folks have shared this. But it’s July, dang it, and I refuse to Google stuff in July! How many professional-quality documentaries out there feature children’s book creators? Not as many as I’d like. Today we have a wonderful documentary of Moomin creator Tove Janssen. The Moomin are […]

More Yarn! Lynda Mullaly Hunt – ONE FOR THE MURPHYS Unraveled

In the latest episode of The Yarn Lynda Mullaly Hunt talks about her book One for the Murphys. Click the buttons below to subscribe to The Yarn on iTunes and Stitcher: And we have a newsletter! Colby and I put all kinds of stuff on there: book recommendations, other podcasts to check out, and bonus The Yarn […]

How the Heck to Pronounce “Arnold Lobel”

I’m turning into a single serve site today¹ to do a public duty. Arnold Lobel (you know, the children’s literature legend behind Frog and Toad and other classics) has one of those names often pronounced different ways. Sometimes I would hear “LO-BULL” other times “LO-BELL”. I had no idea what to believe². But a little […]

The Mysteries of Cardboard Schu

In the beginning, it was fun. John Schumacher, former school librarian and current Scholastic Ambassador for School Libraries had a cardboard cutout. How many people have a cardboard cutout? The reaction to the cutout’s debut at the American Library Association Annual Conference was enthusiastic: Me and Diane Hess and @MrSchuReads !!! #schuvisits @Scholastic #alaac16 pic.twitter.com/7jvxhr9E3U […]

Photo Diary: Nerd Camp: Day 2

I’m still here at Nerd Camp, capturing the event via photos. Today is the unconference part – the part where the participants determine the sessions. Check back, as I’ll be adding pictures throughout the day. I’ll be attending sessions, and also do some recording for The Yarn today. For more detail, I wrote about Nerd […]

Photo Diary: Nerd Camp: Day 1

I’m off to the biggest and best literacy-focused unconference around: Nerd Camp. I’m bringing my camera with me and will be posting pictures here throughout the day – check back for updates. This is the first day of the event: the day filled with pre-planned sessions (Ignite-style talks, author/illustrator panels, best book presentations, and educator-led […]

Cover Curiosity: Keeping it 100

It’s been a while, hasn’t it? But when a Cover Curiosity reveals itself, I am there. Click here for previous Cover Curiosities. Today we have something for the little ones. Our first cover is… Worth noting: First 100 Words was the fourth highest-selling juvenile book of 2015. Fourth! Here are some other books that First […]

A Yarn-nouncement! The Yarn Joins SLJ

Soon, The Yarn will be joining School Library Journal in a more official way. Most noticeably, there will be a dedicated blog for The Yarn on the SLJ site. We’ll post episodes of The Yarn and other audio-related stuff there. Colby Sharp and I are honored to be part of the School Library Journal team.

Undies: The Interview

Over at the Tundra Books blog, Carter Higgins and I shoot the bull on The Undies Case Cover Awards (which I wrote about a few weeks back). Things you will learn: Who came up with the award name (Hint: it wasn’t Carter or I). The great case covers that inspired me to bug Carter about […]

More Yarn! Liesl Shurtliff – RED Unraveled

In the latest episode of The Yarn Liesl Shurtliff talks about her book Red. Click the buttons below to subscribe to The Yarn on iTunes and Stitcher: And we have a newsletter! Colby and I put all kinds of stuff on there: book recommendations, other podcasts to check out, and bonus The Yarn stuff. Click here […]

One Star Review Guess Who (#46)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? After his mother is murdered and he is chased by the hunter who did, his first desire is to…buy some sharp looking threads? Click here for the answer. One Star Review Guess Who (#1) One Star Review Guess Who […]

Photos: Two Days of ALA (Part 2)

Previously: Photos: Two Days of ALA (Part 1) As the sun rose on the Orlando swampland I looked out my window and thought, “I could use some coffee.” Then I realized they had one of those little makers in the room (complete with official looking to-go cup (see below)). And it was glorious. Caffeine addiction […]

Photos: Two Days of ALA (Part 1)

What just happened? I’m back in Michigan after a wonderful and speedy trip to Orlando for the 2016 ALA Annual Conference. Quick, yes, but I still managed to take a few photos along the way. For more ALA Annual-ness, check out these posts: Fuse #8 Production: Reflections on a Banquet | Oh, What a Time it […]

Bird, Lê, Jonker: Niblings at Nerd Camp

Nerd Camp – do you know about it? Man, have I tried to let everyone know about it. This is because if you live in Michigan (or are up for traveling here) and are passionate about books for kids, you should attend. What is Nerd Camp? In short, a free (FREE) two day unconference with […]

Gallery: The Art of the Picture Book Barcode 2016

Last year (wholly inspired by an idea from Matthew Cordell) we had a good time checking out all the inventive ways the boring ol’ barcode has been incorporated into the design and illustration of a picture book. It was a greatest hits gallery with some really amazing stuff. Have a look: Gallery: The Art of […]

Morning Notes: There Are No Rules Edition

#SAVEB&N? This recent piece in the New Republic makes the case that the end of Barnes & Noble would be bad for books. That makes sense. And on a more basic level, more bookstores is better than less. Still, I’m finding it hard to root for the company that put many independents out of biz. […]