November 30, 2015

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Morning Notes: Elaborate Hoax Meter Edition

WONDER OF WONDERS A bunch of talented children’s literature folks recently banded together to create All the Wonders, a site that wants to take readers “beyond the book”. Here’s the deal: they take a book (like Ed Vere’s Max the Brave) and offer up a bunch of stuff to go along with it. There’s a song […]

Coming Soon: November is Picture Book Month!

November: around the corner. You know what that means… Picture Book Month is coming. During November I’ll be showing the video above and asking students share their all-time favorite picture books on our school library blog. But most of all we’ll be reading and talking about picture books (not a change from the other months […]

Morning Notes: Two Truths and a Lie Edition

THESE ARE THE STARS ShelfTalker recently updated their annual list of books that have received starred reviews from the major review journals. Man, do I need to read Lost in NYC. Click here to see the list. BONUS YARN Under the cover of darkness a brand new bonus episode of The Yarn has been released. […]

Cover Curiosity: Deep Down

Sometimes connections between two covers are strong – like, say, using the same image. But other times there’s just a vague, “Hey, this looks kinda like something I’ve seen…”. That’s the situation today, with the covers for two books about plumbing the depths of the world. Our first cover: Our second cover: Side by side: […]

Exclusive Cover Reveal: Let Me Finish! by Minh Lê and Isabel Roxas

The online children’s literature community has more or less been by home for the last eight years. During that time, one of the best blogs around has been Bottom Shelf Books. It has all the qualities you hope for: it’s smart, funny, and creative. This summer the man behind Bottom Shelf Books (and Huffington Post pieces […]

When Caldecott Medals Are Born

A couple years back, I tried to figure out which month birthed the most Newbery Medals. Now it’s time for Caldecott. Similar to my Newbery assumption, I figured the most Caldecott medals would come from the pumpkin-spiced months. Adding to this is the fact that if you look at previous Caldecott winners with books out […]

I Have An Idea for A LOVE YOU FOREVER Sequel…

Trade the mother for the author of this article, and the son with the nearest children’s book guy.

Morning Notes: The Lorax-o’-Lantern Edition

A SHORT LIST The National Book Award field has been halved from ten to five in the Young People’s Literature Category. Here are the five left standing: (Click to enlarge) The winner will be announced on November 18. THERE ARE NO BOY BOOKS Author Shannon Hale continues to say the things that need to be […]

Exclusive Cover Reveal: Flora and the Peacocks by Molly Idle

I will always have a special connection to Molly Idle’s work. I was a member of the committee that awarded Idle’s Flora and the Flamingo a Caldecott Honor. Today I’m (segue alert) honored to reveal, for the very first time, the cover for the latest Flora book, Flora and the Peacocks. First, a word from […]

Nonfiction Monday: The 50 States

There are a lot of blog tours out there, but being an unabashed homer, I couldn’t say no to this one. Today we have not so much a review as an overview. The 50 States is a new nonfiction/reference book with a lot of appeal. Each state of the union is presented with a beautifully […]

Cover Curiosity: Reflective

When two covers resemble each other, it’s usually one of two situations. A. Something fishy is afoot. All the hands holding stuff after Twilight? That’s aping something that’s popular. B. It appears to be a case of random chance. Today I’ll have the B. Cover number one: Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by E. […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#37)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? I’ve heard many people tell me that it was a good book. I do not understand. I thought time travel was debunked by Stephen Hawkings. Click here for the answer. One Star Review Guess Who (#1) One Star Review […]

Morning Notes: Mousetrap Edition

NERDCAMP NEWS Although we are 9 or so months away, we have our first author announcement for Nerdcamp 2016. Click here to see who it is. CLEANING UP THE STREETS OF KALAMAZOO CITY It’s a cop movie in book form, so it makes sense that Jarrett J. Krosoczka’s Platypus Police Squad will be coming to […]

The Nose by Maris Wicks

Maris Wicks is one of those illustrators whose work I’m always happy to see. This is directly due to the fact that she illustrated the wonderful book Primates, written by Jim Ottaviano. And even more so because she created the art for one of the best summer books in recent memory, Yes, Let’s, written by Galen Goodwin Longstreth. […]

Review: The Tea Party in the Woods by Akiko Miyakoshi

The Tea Party in the Woods By Akiko Miyakoshi Kids Can Press ISBN: 9781771381079 $16.95 Grades PreK-1 Out Now *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Everything is not as it seems. That premise has been the starting point for some of the most enduring stories in children’s literature. Alice’s Adventures […]

Morning Notes: A Grown-Up Wrote It Edition

 NO GOOD VERY BAD BOOK In the New York Times, cartoonist Grant Snider brings us The Very Bad Picture Book. Click here to read. THE SPORTIEST OF SPORTY I haven’t mentioned one of these lists in a while, but Booklist keeps on releasing Top 10 lists to keep an eye on, like this one: the […]

2015 Preview Interview: Enchanted Lion Books

I’ve been doing Preview Interviews for a while now, but one thing I’ve never done is conducted one over the telephone. This phoneless streak cannot not stand, I say! So a couple weeks back, I called publisher Claudia Bedrick to chat about the fall/winter releases from Enchanted Lion Books, purveyor of some of the most […]

Newbery Encased in Marble

Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it. – Michelangelo Among the people who follow the Youth Media Awards awards closely (and specifically the two oldest awards, The Newbery and Caldecott), I think there are two extremes. On one end are those who […]

Instagramming an Author Visit (Part 2): Katherine Applegate

The nice thing about our school sign is that both sides have an announcement spot. This week, we needed it. On the opposite side, we welcomed Linda Urban, who visited on Tuesday (I talked about that visit here). On Wednesday Katherine Applegate stopped by. We did our best to make her feel welcome. One of […]

Instagramming an Author Visit (Part 1): Linda Urban

It’s been a busy week around here. By a fortuitous stroke of luck, this week our school hosted two authors in two days. Linda Urban came Tuesday. She’s on a tour for her brand-new book, Milo Speck Accidental Agent: It goes without saying (yet I’m saying it, what’s my problem?) that author visits go best […]