July 22, 2016

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Exclusive Book Trailer Premiere: RETURN by Aaron Becker

Journey came first. Quest was next. Today, I have the pleasure of sharing this first look at the trailer for the third and final book in Aaron Becker’s award-winning picture book trilogy: Return. I talked to Becker about creating the trailer and how he feels now that the trilogy is coming to a close. Travis: What’s it like […]

One Star Review Guess Who (#45)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? So basically, read the bible. 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 Review Guess Who (#4) One Star Review Guess Who […]

Morning Notes: Sit in the Dark and Eat Edition

  If you haven’t been following Kate Messner’s blog lately, you should head over there. The author was recently disinvited from a school visit because of issues the school had with her new book, The Seventh Wish. Click here to read more (and scroll down Messner’s blog for earlier posts on this topic). STEAL THIS […]

10 to Note: Summer Preview 2016

Here are ten books arriving in June, July, and August that I’m keeping an eye on. Picture Books School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex, illustrated by Christian Robinson June 28, 2016 | Roaring Brook Press (Macmillan) | Grades PreK – 1 I’ve been waiting a while to talk about this one. I’ve been waiting […]

Newbery/Caldecott 2017: Checking In

Every now and then I like to check out the latest Mock Newbery and Caldecott lists on Goodreads. Are they official guides to the books that are under discussion/might win? No. Just some lists voted on by interested readers. They are often pretty predictive, however. For instance, take a look at the top two books […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#44)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? I received this book from our child’s pediatrician as part of a free reading program. I do not hold the doctor responsible, but this book features disturbing illustrations of the main character […] performing numerous ill-behaved acts. [He] appears […]

Mythical Beasts of the School Library

It’s the end of the school year around here and books that haven’t been on the shelves all year are returning. So forgive me for thinking I’m seeing things. Is that a unicorn I see? No, just the once a year phenomenon of congregating Minecraft books. Wait. That’s a Yeti. Nope, just the rare sight […]

Morning Notes: DIY OG Edition

NOT MODERN FOR THE SAKE OF MODERN Picture book art fans would do well to read How The Goodnight Moon Author and Collaborator Revolutionized Kids Books. It’s all about Margaret Wise Brown and her collaborations with Caldecott medal winner Leonard Weisgard. Click here to do that. BOB IN BOSTON Boston radio interviewed Bob Staake about two […]

The Yarn for Your Eyes

Just a quick note to let you know The Yarn is now on Instagram. We’ll be posting photos taken during our interviews, info on upcoming episodes, and the random pic of yarn taken at Michael’s craft store. Click here to see theyarnpodcast on Instagram. We also have a Facebook page. Right now over there we’re […]

Gallery: The 2016 Boston Globe Horn Book Award Winners

The Boston Globe Horn Book Awards were just announced – let’s have a look at the winners: Nonfiction Award Winner: Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin Nonfiction Honor Books: Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad by M. T. […]

Top 10 Circulated Fiction Books 2016

Let us dive into the stats one more time to see which fiction books were checked out the most this school year. What do you say, last piece of cake in the staff fridge? Previously… Top 10 Circulated Graphic Novels 2016 Top 10 Circulated Picture Books 2016 10. Kylie Jean, Drama Queen by Marci Peschke […]

Notes on May 2016

In May… …I let you read my diary. My (Censored) Caldecott Diary (Part I of III) is ready for your perusal. …we considered the ramifications of lifting Caldecott/Newbery/etc. confidentiality rules. Nothing is decided yet, but ALSC is gathering thoughts and opinions on making the process not so secret. …Carter Higgins and I debuted a new […]

Being Handed the Baton: Patrick Ness Explores A MONSTER CALLS on The Yarn

In the latest episode of The Yarn, Patrick Ness goes behind the scenes of A Monster Calls, a story inspired by another author – the late Siobhan Dowd. You can subscribe to The Yarn on iTunes and Stitcher: And we have a newsletter! Colby and I put all kinds of stuff on there: book recommendations, other […]

What’s Your FOUND Story?

A fourth grade student walked into the library yesterday morning, triumphantly holding this book above her head: The book had been lost. Now it was found. Me: That’s great! Thanks for bringing it back. Student: I found it in a dream. Me: You found it in a dream? Student: Yeah. Me: What do you mean? […]

Top 10 Circulated Picture Books of 2016

I know I made everyone jealous with my teacher’s lounge snacks in my last post. Top 10 Circulated Graphic Novels of 2016 Allow me to turn the screws a bit more. I walked into the lounge this morning and saw this glorious sight: Yep – crate full of Cheetos. But enough with the important stuff […]

Top 10 Circulated Graphic Novels of 2016

When random jugs of Sunny D and begin to appear in the teacher’s lounge (leftover from one classroom celebration or another), you know the end of the school year is near. As the sun slowly sets on the 2015-16 campaign, I like to gaze off into the distance with a pile of circ stat printouts, […]

Announcing the Biggest and Best New Award in Children’s Literature: The Undies

It’s okay. We’ve all done it. Stripped off the dust jacket to expose the naked underbelly of that brand new picture book. Peeked underneath the taped-on-Mylar of library books, desperate for an Easter egg or two. Sighed with delight and intrigue when we catch a glimpse of that unexpected story. When the case cover functions […]

Books on Film: Down the I WANT MY HAT BACK Tribute Video Rabbit Hole

*Pant* *Pant* I *Pant* *Pant* just made the mistake of *Pant* *Pant* typing in “I Want My Hat Back” into YouTube. *Pant* All sorts of crazy/weird/funny stuff came up. Here’s a three piece sampler platter. 1. I Want My Hat Back – Video Game What do Jon Klassen’s book and an NES-era role playing game […]

Morning Notes: Ye Who Enter Edition

COMING SOON: THE WORLD’S MOST EXPENSIVE CHILDREN’S BOOK? A rare first edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is going up for auction soon and it might become the most expensive ever. Click here to read. EATING IN A BOXCAR Filed away in my mind as “curiosity” are children’s lit cookbooks. “Yes, yes, Nancy Drew can […]

My (Censored) Caldecott Diary: Part I of III

I was a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. During that year, I kept a Day One journal. Now, I’m going to share it with you – typos (I blame auto-correct), lame journal jokes (unfortunately, no one to blame but myself there) and all. In classic journal form, I update it in bursts and there’s […]