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July 27, 2015

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Morning Notes: 10 Minute Edition

TRUTH WINS The Kate Greenaway and Carnegie Medals, the UK equivalent to the Caldecott and Newbery, were recently announced. Shackleton’s Journey by William Grill won Greenaway, and Buffalo Soldier by Tanya Landman took the Carnegie – both true stories. I managed to review the Greenaway winner. Sometimes it pays to be a Shack-o-phile. Click here for […]

Review: Dory and the Real True Friend by Abby Hanlon

Dory and the Real True Friend By Abby Hanlon Dial (Penguin) ISBN: 9780525428664 $14.99 Grades 1-3 Out July 7, 2015 *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Why review a particular book? I was asked this recently and my answer was pretty simple: I like to review books I’m excited about. […]

Gallery: These 2015 Picture Book Have Secrets

A picture book with a creative case cover is like a person who wears bold socks (note: my sock drawer is filled to the brim with a single color: dark gray. I am the Steve Jobs of socks), it’s a rarely seen detail, but delightful when discovered. Previously… Gallery: These 2013 Picture Books Have Secrets […]

Morning Notes: Baba O’Snoopy Edition

SO FAR, THE STARS In 2015, only three books have earned six starred reviews. Shelftalker has the latest update of The Stars So Far – the place to look for the most critically acclaimed books of the year. Click here to read. COMING SOON TO THE SMALL SCREEN Looks like I’m going to have to […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#32)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? The message of this book: You can’t escape your mom, so don’t even try. 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 […]

Where Do You Fall On The Book Critic/Book Champion Continuum?

A complete navel-gazer today… A pure book critic focuses on evaluation. A pure book champion focuses on promotion. Both are important for different reasons. I love that both exist. Here’s where I’d put myself: I write reviews (critic), but not for books I don’t care for. I like sharing books I’m enjoying on social media […]

The Children’s Lit/Sesame Street Connection

Sesame Street. One of the most beloved children’s television programs of all time has children’s literature ties.  Here’s a sampling of children’s book illustrators who have done some work beside the big yellow bird.  Mo Willems Christian Robinson Bob Boyle William Wegman Maurice Sendak Etienne Delessert Christopher Cerf

Review: The Little Gardener by Emily Hughes

The Little Gardener By Emily Hughes Flying Eye Books ISBN: 9781909263437 $17.95 Grades PreK-2 Out August 11, 2015 *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library To quote Great American Poet and Suggestive Dancer, Usher Raymond: “These are my confessions.” I arrived a bit late to the quiet book party. I’m there […]

Exclusive Book Trailer Reveal: Max the Brave by Ed Vere

Today I’m doing something I’ve never done before: debuting a book trailer. My favorite part is that the trailer is for a book I love: Max the Brave by Ed Vere. Max is a fearless kitten. Max is a brave kitten. Max is a kitten who chases mice. There’s only one problem—Max doesn’t know what […]

Morning Notes: ‘There’s No Plot’ Edition

TO-READ SNOOPING What are Katherine Applegate, Phil & Erin Stead, Nikki Grimes, Mo Willems, and other authors and illustrators reading this summer? SLJ has the scoop. Click here to read. BIG SCREEN BEEKLE In case you missed it, last week we had the biggest Caldecott Medal movie news since Martin Scorsese directed Hugo Cabret. Jason […]

Review: Billy and Goat at the State Fair by Dan Yaccorino

Billy and Goat at the State Fair By Dan Yaccarino Knopf (Random House) ISBN: 9780385753258 $16.99 Grades K-2 Out June 30, 2015 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Since it seems appropriate, I’d like to start with a very perceptive quote by author-illustrator Peter Brown, from his Boston Globe-Horn Book acceptance speech for […]

‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#5)

  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) Sure you may know your children’s authors and illustrators, but can you name […]

Morning Notes: Shirt and Tie Edition

  NEW YPPL   Jacqueline Woodson has been named the new Young People’s Poet Laureate. An excellent choice, I say. Click here to read. MORE MARGARET News on the Margaret Wise Brown front! From the source: New York, NY (June 2, 2015) – HarperCollins Children’s Books announced today the acquisition of New York Times bestselling […]

The State of Photography Illustration in 2015

It’s been a while since we last checked the photography in fiction picture report. Let’s have a look… Here are all the 2015 picture books I’ve noticed that use photography in some way. If I missed any, let’s hear it in the comments. Tiny Hamster is a Giant Monster by Joel Jensen, Joseph Matsushima, and […]

Notes on May 2015

In May… …we discovered the real ages of children’s literature characters. Since they wouldn’t produce their birth certificates, I took matters into my own hands. …we looked at 10 intriguing books for summer. It’s shaping up to be a great season. …we had a great day with Shea. Bob Shea visited my school and I […]

Top 10 Circulated Fiction of 2015

Previously: Top 10 Circulated Picture Books of 2015 Top 10 Circulated Graphic Novels of 2015 Here we are again, looking back at the most popular books in my K-4 library this year. Today is the fiction list, and it’s illustrations galore… 10. Bad Kitty: Drawn to Trouble by Nick Bruel Usually books that come out during […]

Cover Reveal: Oh No Astro! By Matt Roeser; illustrated by Brad Woodard

I’ve been following the work of Matt Roeser since 2010 when he was posting book cover redesigns on his tumblr. Since then he’s gotten a gig at Candlewick Press and will make his authorial debut with the picture book Oh No Astro! illustrated by Brad Woodard, which arrives in spring 2016 from Simon & Schuster. Mr. Roeser […]

Morning Notes: Spelunking Edition

FROM BLOG POST TO LOCAL NEWS Remember that post I did a while back about barcodes? The one that Matthew Cordell suggested I do? Well now it’s a news story. Click here to read. BOOK IS YOUR NEW BEST FRIEND I’ve been thoroughly enjoying Book & Me, a comic by Cherise Mericle Harper now running […]

The Authoritative Guide to Children’s Books Turned Into TV Shows

The connection between children’s literature and children’s television is strong. Name a classic children’s series and there’s a decent chance it has been adapted for the small screen at one time or another (some have been adapted more than once). It what is sure to be my slowest-loading post of all time (what with all the […]

Top 10 Circulated Picture Books of 2015

Previously… Top 10 Circulated Graphic Novels of 2015 Today we have the 10 most popular picture books of the year in my K-4 school library. 10. Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds; illustrated by Peter Brown This book goes to show that a little bit of spookiness goes a long way. It’s been consistently checked out […]