February 21, 2017

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The 2017 Caldecott Comment Card

Once the winners have been announced, I want to know what you think. Go ahead and share in the comments. Which choice are you happiest with? Which book did the committee miss?

And the Winners of Our 2017 Mock Caldecott Are . . .

Over 500 K-4th grade students read, discussed, and debated a group of the best picture books of 2017. This week they voted. And the winners of our 2017 Mock Caldecott are . . . MOCK CALDECOTT MEDAL: The Night Gardener by Terry and Eric Fan MOCK CALDECOTT HONOR: Maybe Something Beautiful by F. Isabel Campoy […]

Review: Bertolt by Jacques Goldstyn

Bertolt By Jacques Goldstyn Enchanted Lion Books ISBN: 9781592702299 $15.95 Grades K-2 Out April 11, 2017 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library 1. Bertolt is the name of the tree. 2. Jacques Goldstyn is a Canadian author/illustrator/cartoonist. This book was originally published in Canada in French. 3. The unnamed protagonist is a self-described […]

Morning Notes: Text Flying at Screen Edition

DAYS FROM ALA The announcement of the Newbery, Caldecott and more will be announced soon (Monday @ 8:00 am Eastern) at the American Library Association Youth Media Awards. It’s the first year in a while I won’t be in attendance (FOMOing so hard), so I’ll be sitting down in front of my computer to watch […]

The Eyes Have It: The Allure of Books That Look at You

The 100 Scope Notes Department of Unscientific Studies just issued a report saying that book covers with large eyes looking at passerby are attractive and are often checked out. Is this true? I don’t know. Maybe it just so happens that there are a bunch of great books that are looking at you, but for kicks […]

Name That LEGO Book Cover! (#2)

I used this website to (virtually) create 3 LEGO book covers. They’re listed from least challenging to most challenging – see how many you can name. Answer Answer Answer

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