April 23, 2017

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One Star Review Guess Who? (#51)

  Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? Utter nonsense. There were maybe 2 truly funny parts; the rest ridiculous, pointless, NONSENSE. Some of it was so entirely stupid that I have to wonder if the translation was correct. There was no plot, just–again–NONSENSE. Click here […]

Throwback Thursday: Jennifer and Matthew Holm Interview Each Other

Travis: It was the summer of 2015 and we were all set up to record an interview with Jennifer Holm for the final episode of the first season of The Yarn (we weren’t sure if we would continue past that first season at the time). We did the interview and we were set. We thought. […]

Morning Notes: Architecturally Interesting Edition

WHEN I SAY SUMMER . . . In Good Choice news, The Collaborative Summer Library Program has chosen Kwame Alexander as the 2017 Summer Reading Champion. I plan to show this video to students before the school year is finished: STAY GOLDEN Usually I don’t hawk merch around here, but Kohls is featuring Little Golden […]

2017 Books from Sibert Winners

Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve looked at 2017 books from winners of the . . . Caldecott Newbery Geisel Pura Belpre Coretta Scott King Printz Today I conclude the series with books from past Robert F. Sibert award winners and honorees. I stuck with books by past winners that might be eligible for […]

100 Scope Notes Burning Question of the Day (#1)

I have questions, you have the answers. Let’s solve some of children’s literature most vexing questions with the 100 Scope Notes Burning Question of the Day. Forget children’s literature, The Giving Tree is one of the most divisive works of literature, period. Search your feelings, then please answer the question below. My feelings about THE […]

Only In Dreams: Jon Klassen (Part III)

Travis: This is the third and final installment of our podcast trilogy with Jon Klassen. Click here for Part I Click here for Part II When I first read We Found a Hat, I was struck by how it managed to feel different from the first two books in Klassen’s hat-themed trilogy, yet still clearly […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#50)

Today, on the occasion of the 50th One Star Review Guess Who post, I wanted to take a moment to share the reasons I do this. 1. It’s just funny sometimes. 2. It’s a good reminder to me that readers are not a monolith. While one reader might call a book a classic, another might […]

I Am Clearly An Interior Design Visionary

The other day, my wife showed me this picture from The Magnolia Journal, a magazine “containing inspiration for life and home”: Huh, looks like having huge piles of books on your stairs is cool now. That’s funny – BECAUSE I BASICALLY INVENTED THIS IDEA. You might remember this from my post The Top 10 Piles of […]

2017 Books from Printz Winners

I’m feeling magnanimous today – why not throw a bone to the YA crowd? Since we’ve covered Newbery, Caldecott, Geisel, Coretta Scott King, and Pura Belpre, it seems like the Printz should be next. Below are all the books coming out in 2017 by past Michael L. Printz winner and honor recipients. This one was a […]

Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2016

Today from the American Library Association: (Click to enlarge) ALA also released a video: Every time the new Top Ten Most Challenged list comes out, I like to take a look at the previous year to see what books are new, what books have stayed, etc. Here’s the 2015 list. There are 3 books that […]

100 Scope Notes Investigative Report: The Foxes of 2017

And we thought we saw some foxes in 2016. My team of investigators have looked into the 2017 Fox Sitch¹ and hoo boy did they come up with some stuff. Is the fox the children’s literature animal of 2016 and 2017? Is there another that will knock it off the pedestal²? ¹Situation ²Bears? Allow me […]

Here’s How You Make a Book Spine Poem with Your Students/Patrons

April is here. April is National Poetry Month. April is the time for book spine centos (see above). Give one a try. Or try it with your students/patrons. Here are my tips for creating a book spine cento: Check out the book spine poem gallery for inspiration. This is always a big help. Get to […]

2017 Books from Pura Belpré Winners

We covered Newbery. We talked Coretta Scott King. We looked into Geisel. We also did some digging in Caldecott. Below are all the books coming out in 2017 by past Pura Belpré Award winners (author and illustrator). Did I miss one? Let’s hear it in the comments.

Notes on March 2017

In March . . . . . . we had an author visit. It was the wonderful Aaron Zenz. I documented the day. . . . Triangle saw some stuff. That guy’s been through a lot. . . . we entered the Newbery/Caldecott wayback machine. All the way to a distant past known as . […]

More Hat: Jon Klassen (Part II)

Travis: Today is part two of our three-part series with Jon Klassen. Last time he was talking about I Want My Hat Back. Today’s episode is all about This Is Not My Hat. This Is Not My Hat has become one of my all-time favorite read alouds. I read it with students every year at […]

First Look: President Trump Releases Self-Published Children’s Autobiography

Citing the rise of “fake publishing”, Donald Trump has just surprise-released a self-published autobiography for kids. Here’s the cover: “Nobody gets it right, okay? Nobody” said Trump when asked about other biographies about him for young readers. His book contains “all the facts”, according to Trump, including the total lack of any sort of failure […]

Three Thoughts on the Bestselling Children’s Books of 2016

Publishers Weekly recently released their list of the bestselling children’s books of 2016. Click here to have a look. A few thoughts came to mind when I gave them a once-over. 1. #1 Outsold #2. By a Lot. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child outsold the next book on the list, Double Down (Diary of […]

Morning Notes:

BATTLING BOOKS The Battle of the Kids’ Books is raging over at School Library Journal. March: Book 3 seems to be the clear-cut favorite (deservedly so – that series is excellent), but I wouldn’t count out Some Writer! Click here for the latest. MORE MO Seems like every week lately I’m sharing a new Mo […]

2017 Books from Caldecott Winners

We’ve talked Newbery. We’ve talked Geisel. We’ve talked Coretta Scott King. Time to talk Caldecott. Below are all the books coming out by Caldecott Medal or Honor winning illustrators in 2017. If I missed one, let me know in the comments.

Books on Film: Watch the Captain Underpants Trailer

The Captain is coming to theaters on June 2nd and here’s the first trailer for the film. Seems like the spirit of the books is intact. Or, if you prefer, you can watch someone watching the trailer. Youtube is a strange place.