January 13, 2017

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Review: Bruno by Catharina Valckx

Bruno: Some of the More Interesting Days in My Life So Far
By Catharina Valckx
Illustrated by Nicolas Hubesch
Gecko Press
ISBN: 9781776571246
Grades 1-3
Out April 1, 2017
*Best New Book*
Find it at:
Schuler Books | Your Library
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Morning Notes: Doctore Seuss Edition

CATTUS PETASATUS Today on Difficult Jobs: Trying to translate Dr. Seuss to Latin. Click here to read. ‘THE LAUREATE OF THE NURSERY’ One of the go-to internet clickbait moves is “X BELOVED CHILDREN’S AUTHOR HATED CHILDREN” There’s an upcoming Margaret Wise Brown bio (which is for grown-ups), and a couple sites are going that route (so […]

Our 2017 Mock Caldecott (In 3 Steps)

I work at a K-4 elementary school. Here’s how were’re running our 2017 Mock Caldecott. Step 0: (Bonus Step, Y’all) The Prep. Before we get into the books that might win this year, we talk about what the Caldecott Medal is and read a past winner. I keep this pretty basic – explain how it’s […]

Exclusive Cover Reveal: Big Machines: The Story of Virgina Lee Burton

I dig the work of Virginia Lee Burton (or, as I prefer, The Notorious VLB). I especially love The Little House (subtly one of the most experimental Caldecott winners of all time, in my opinion), but I celebrate her entire catalog. Now Sherri Dusky Rinker (Goodnight Construction Site) and John Rocco (Blackout!) have teamed up […]

Throwback Thursday: Departing with Matthew Holm

Travis: One of the most interesting parts of following graphic novel Sunny Side Up on Season 1 of The Yarn was the “departure” element of the book. Matthew and Jennifer Holm had become well known for Babymouse, but what would it be like for them to tackle a story that was very different from that well-known […]

Cover Curiosity: You Fancy ‘Ah?

I like books that look like other books. When I spot one, I share it here. I’ve been doing this for a while: Click Here for More Cover Curiosities While at the bookstore around the holidays I spotted a book out of the corner of my eye. I thought it was this book. We all […]

Morning Notes: Voicey Edition

CAPTAIN COMES TO THE THEATER If you haven’t already seen/read/heard Captain Underpants is coming to the big screen (voiced by Ed Helms – great choice) and Entertainment Weekly has the first look here. ONE LAST BEST OF 2016 SPECTACULAR! The Nerdies have been announced. All The Wonders shared their best of the year lists. A […]

Review: Green Pants by Kenneth Kraegel

Green Pants
By Kenneth Kraegel
Candlewick Press
ISBN: 9780763688400
Grades PreK-1
Out March 21, 2017
Find it at:
Schuler Books | Your Library

Will You Help Me Build the Newbery/Caldecott Hadron Collider?

Happy New Year! I’ve had this thing I’ve wanted to do for a couple of years now, but it keeps getting put on the back burner. Why not share it in the first post of 2017? I don’t really know how the Large Hadron Collider works (although I did just read this, which helped), but […]

To Recap: The Top 10 Posts of 2016

Just for fun, here are the 10 most popular posts of the year all together in one place: #10. The Geisel Award Infographic #9. Gallery: The Art of the Picture Book Barcode 2016 #8. The Most Annoying Board Book Ever #7. Top 10 Circulated Fiction Books 2016 #6. The ‘What Are Kids Checking Out?’ List #5. Everything You Need to Know […]

Top 10 Posts of 2016: #1

The Most Astonishingly Unconventional Children’s Books of 2016

Top 10 Posts of 2016: #2

Top 10 Circulated Picture Books of 2016

Top 10 Posts of 2016: #3

The Children’s Literature Community Responds to the 2016 Presidential Election

Top 10 Posts of 2016: #4

Name That LEGO Book Cover

Top 10 Posts of 2016: #5

Everything You Need to Know to Make a Book Spine Poem

‘There Is No Formula’ – Mo Willems Visits The Yarn

  Travis: Merry Christmas and happy holidays! Today we have something special – an extended episode with Mo Willems. I interviewed him last June at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Orlando. My questions focused on the Elephant & Piggie series and his answers were enlightening, funny, and honest. I think you’re gonna like this one. […]

Top 10 Posts of 2016: #6

The ‘What Are Kids Checking Out?’ List

Top 10 Posts of 2016: #7

Top 10 Circulated Fiction Books 2016

Top 10 Posts of 2016: #8

The Most Annoying Board Book Ever

Top 10 Posts of 2016: #9

Gallery: The Art of the Picture Book Barcode 2016