May 1, 2016

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More Yarn! Maris Wicks on Human Body Theater

We’re continuing our series called The Unraveller, where an author or illustrator brings us behind the scenes of one of their books. The latest episode is up, with author Maris Wicks talking about Human Body Theater. We’re giving away a signed copy of the book. Maris Wicks even drew a cell in there. Click here to […]

#Holdshelf Gallery: April 2016

To the librarians who submitted photos and videos of the hold shelves in their lives: thank you. We we have below is a document of the books that kids are excited about at this moment in time. Here’s mine: Cristy K: #holdshelf speed view https://t.co/LlnzxxwVzh — Laura Given (@LibLaura5) April 28, 2016 When the #holdshelf […]

Review: Tell Me a Tattoo Story by Alison McGhee

Tell Me a Tattoo Story By Alison McGhee Illustrated by Eliza Wheeler Chronicle Books ISBN: 9781452119373 $16.99 Grades K-3 Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library I’m going to begin this review with an admission I never thought I would make at the beginning of a picture book review: I don’t have […]

Calling Shelves One and All! Join the #HOLDSHELF Gallery

What do you say we sneak one in before the school year is a wrap? The photo roundup of hold shelves across the country is back. This time, the gallery will go up on this here website on Friday. Here’s how to get in on the action: Locate a shelf used as a waiting area for books […]

2016 is Foxy

The other day The Trend Whisperer (a new nickname I’m trying out for A Fuse #8 Production) mentioned that 2016 is the year of bears on rampages and blobfish. I can’t disagree. But a recent conversation with Benji of Tales of an Elementary School Librarian had me thinking there should be another trend on our […]

Happy Poem in Your Pocket Day!

If you haven’t read this book with students, you should: Tip: It’s available in ebook format if you don’t have it and need to download it quick. If you haven’t shared this song with students, you should: This video has been a big hit with students this week. There’s also a version without the motions, […]

Morning Notes

DOUBLE DICAMILLO As someone who will be interviewing Kate DiCamillo in front of an ALA audience in a couple months (I told you about this, right?) I’ve found myself checking out the recent Raymie Nightingale fanfare with added interest. Today I have not one, but a pair of Kate DiCamillo things to offer. First, this interview […]

2016 Preview Interview: Flying Eye Books

I talked to Tucker Stone (the US Sales and Marketing Rep for Nobrow/Flying Eye Books) about what Flying Eye Books has up their sleeve for 2016 (Click on images to enlarge) Travis: Hello from Michigan, Tucker – how’s it going? How is your beard coming along? It was looking fantastic last time our paths crossed. Tucker […]

More Yarn! Chris Grabenstein: Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics Unraveled

We’re continuing our series called The Unraveller, where an author or illustrator brings us behind the scenes of one of their books. The latest episode is up, with author Chris Grabenstein talking about Mr Lemincello’s Library Olympics. If you’re not sure how to download a podcast to your phone, allow Ira Glass and his friend […]

Poetry Friday: Do You Hear What I Hear?

Last week I talked about book spine poems (or centos), today I have three examples:

Endangered Series #7: Cam Jansen

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 […]

Beverly Cleary at 100: All the Tributes

Today, to-day, children’s literature legend Beverly Cleary turns 100 year old. The media has taken notice: Book Riot: 100 Awesome Things About Beverly Cleary on her 100th Birthday The New York Times: Happy Birthday Beverly Cleary! The New Yorker: Beverly Cleary, Age 100 The Washington Post: Beverly Cleary on turning 100: Kids today ‘don’t have […]

5 Questions with John Bemelmans Marciano

I recently talked to John Bemelmans Marciano about his new series with illustrator (and reigning Caldecott Medal winner) Sophie Blackall. Travis: Why witches? Why Benevento? What was the spark that let to this new series? John: While in Naples in the early 2000s, I came across a paragraph in a guidebook about a nearby town […]

Everything You Need to Know to Make a Book Spine Poem

April is here. April is National Poetry Month. April is the time for book spine centos. 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. Get to a place with plenty of books. A library […]

Man in the Mirror

I have a thing for doppelgängers. I get way more entertainment than I should when someone tells me I look like, say, Perfect Strangers actor Bronson Pinchot: Or, perhaps, Moroccan distance runner Hicham El Guerrouj: (I wrote this post about how kids notice this one because of The Guiness Book of Records) Or even Costa Rican […]

What’s in My Spring Break To-Read Pile and Why

What is spring break if not a time to set overly ambitious reading goals? Here’s what I hope to read in the next week and why. A new series! Illustrated by our reigning Caldecott Medal winner, Sophie Blackall, and written by John Bemelmans Marciano – two members of the Atlas Powder Picture Book Company (a.k.a. […]

Completing the Hervé Tullet Interview Trilogy

Swim, books, swim! I’ve interviewed Hervé Tullet via drawing: I’ve interviewed Hervé Tullet via writing: And, as of today, I’ve interviewed Hervé Tullet via audio. In the latest episode of The Yarn, Tullet talks about his groundbreaking work, Press Here, as well as follow-ups Mix it Up and Let’s Play. We also debut our brand-new […]

Notes on March 2016

In March… …we looked at the new books coming from past Geisel winners. …I Instagrammed two author events: Ruth McNally Barshaw and Bob Shea. …Donald Trump reviewed some Seuss classics.

All the Way LIVE: The Yarn with Kate DiCamillo @ ALA Annual

The Yarn is as un-live as it gets. We edit, we add, we move stuff around (then move it back) – the show is the opposite of spontaneous. But maybe we don’t know what we’re missing? Colby Sharp and I are pleased to announce that we’re going to find out. At the American Library Association […]

Morning Notes: Rejuvenation Edition

WHAT SOLD WHAT IN 2015 Publishers Weekly released their annual rundown of best selling books based on Neilsen Bookscan data. Lots of stuff you might expect. My favorite section is the hardcover backlist section, where classics mingle with newer popular books. Click here to read. YOU ARE THE SCHOOL LIBRARIAN OF THE YEAR No?? Well, maybe […]