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July 31, 2014

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Morning Notes: Lend Me an Extendable Ear, Then Another Ear Edition

Morning Notes: Lend Me an Extendable Ear, Then Another Ear Edition

UNHAPPILY EVER AFTER The Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals are the oldest and most prestigious of UK children’s book awards. Both winners this year have less-than-happy endings. The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks picked up the Carnegie and will soon be available for US readers in spring 2015 – it was just acquired by Carolrhoda Lab. [...]

2014 Preview Interview: Kids Can Press

2014 Preview Interview: Kids Can Press

  Kids Can Press is probably the most chant-able children’s publisher. Try it. KIDS! CAN! PRESS! KIDS! CAN! PRESS! Made to be chanted, I say. Now that we’re all sufficiently frothed up, let’s have a look at their fall 2014 wares. I chatted with Naseem Hrab (director of marketing) about exactly that. Previously… 2014 Preview [...]

Nonfiction Monday: Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Nonfiction Monday: Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla By Katherine Applegate Illustrated by G. Brian Karas Clarion Books (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) ISBN: 9780544252301 $17.99 Grades K and Up In Stores October 7, 2014 *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Since I cried while reading this book, the topic [...]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#20)

One Star Review Guess Who? (#20)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? Sigh! A precocious privileged judgemental child who sneaks around and spies on people learns nothing when she, inadvertently, hurts her friends feelings. Paparazzi in training? Click here for the answer. One Star Review Guess Who (#1) One Star Review [...]

Morning Notes: A New Book Every 50 Years Edition

Morning Notes: A New Book Every 50 Years Edition

GIANT UNDERPANTS GET MORE GIANT Captain Underpants is headed to the silver screen, and all you have to do is wait until 2017 to see it. Ed Helms has signed on to voice the Captain. Click here to read more. (Thanks to EarlyWord for the link) SUMMER PREDICTIFYING As is her way, Fuse #8 Production recently put up [...]

2014 Preview Interview: First Second

What does 2014 hold for graphic novel publisher First Second? I tracked down senior editor Calista Brill and editorial director Mark Seigel to ask. Travis: Greetings from the Mitten state! How did 2013 go for First Second? Any surprises? Calista Brill: It was a terrific year, though that’s not really a surprise, given the lineup [...]

Review: El Deafo by Cece Bell

Review: El Deafo by Cece Bell

El Deafo By Cece Bell Amulet (AMBRAMS) ISBN: 9781419710209 $21.95 Grades 3-6 Out September 2, 2014 *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Part of what makes memoirs so appealing is their universality. There’s solace in the fact that no matter the individual, no matter the circumstances, we all experience moments [...]

Books on Film: Conversations in Creativity

Books on Film: Conversations in Creativity

Short, snappy videos of illustrators in their studios – can we really have enough of these? I loved this one, featuring Hanoch Piven. Not ringing a bell, you say? I bet you’re familiar with his work: This video gives some insight into how he creates his distinct art. *Spoiler* Tons and tons of tchotchkes. Tons.

Morning Notes: Displeased Robot Edition

Morning Notes: Displeased Robot Edition

THE HEIGHT OF POPULARITY I love seeing the most popular books at other school libraries. Mr. Schu has his final checkout stats for the 2013-14 campaign at Watch. Connect. Read. Click here for Part 1. Click here for Part 2. ERIC HILL 1927-2014 Sad news. The creator of Spot the Dog has passed away. A.V. [...]

Endangered Series (#1)

Endangered Series (#1)

Popularity comes, popularity goes. As librarians we’re always balancing between what will circulate like crazy and what we need to have in the collection. And we’re not the Library of Congress – we can’t (and shouldn’t) keep everything. An endangered series is one that appears to be waning in terms of popularity. But popularity isn’t [...]

#Bookaday-gate Resolved!

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What happens when a popular hashtag founded by a respected educator is used by a publisher for their purposes? We have a Twitter controversy on our hands.

Review: Leroy Ninker Saddles Up by Kate DiCamillo

Review: Leroy Ninker Saddles Up by Kate DiCamillo

Leroy Ninker Saddles Up (Tales from Deckawoo Drive, Volume One) By Kate DiCamillo Illustrated by Chris Van Dusen Candlewick Press ISBN: 9780763663391 $12.99 Grades 2-4 Out August 26, 2014 *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Bringing the band back together can be a dicey proposition. While you may think you [...]

Review: Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan

Review: Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan

Rules of Summer By Shaun Tan Arthur A. Levine (Scholastic) ISBN: 9780545639125 $18.99 Grades 3 and Up Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Usually, when I write a review, I have a sense of what I think about a book before I start. That’s the point, right? Reviewer 101. But given [...]

Morning Notes: Sit on a Book Edition

WHAT’S NEXT THIS SUMMER? Waking Brain Cells has a roundup of the Top 10 books on the Kids’ Next Summer ’14 list (and a link to see all the recommended titles). Click here to see them. TTYL MOON In “Hey, look at this” news…The Huffington Post with Here’s What Would Happen If Your Favorite Children’s [...]

Review: The Miniature World of Marvin and James by Elise Broach

he Miniature World of Marvin and James by Elise Broach

The Miniature World of Marvin and James (The Masterpiece Adventures, Book One) By Elise Broach Illustrated by Kelly Murphy Henry Holt (Macmillan) ISBN: 9780805091908 $15.99 Grades 1-3 Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Look out – sports reference. My two favorites are soccer and basketball. One time, a friend who played [...]

Predictions! 2014 NYT Best Illustrated Children’s Books

Ah, what the heck? Why not try to predict one of the most difficult to predict awards out there? Is the criteria for eligibility available? Not that I can find. Take this list with grains of salt accordingly. But I’ve never seen anyone try to guess these, so again I ask you: what the heck? [...]

Link Du Jour: 2014 Boston Globe/Horn Book Awards Announced!

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Hot off the presses! The 2014 Boston Globe/Horn Book Awards have been announced.

Notes on May 2014

Notes on May 2014

In May… …I previewed the summer season. There’s a batch of good-looking books coming out in the next three months, folks. …we witnessed the birth of a ninja mini trend. Ninjas appear to be giving whales a run for their money in children’s lit trend department. …a pretzel rotisserie appeared in my staff lounge. This [...]

Putting Your Book in Your Book

Putting Your Book in Your Book

So last night I was reading Count on the Subway (illustrated by Dan Yaccarino) to my daughter. We turned the page and her eyes lit up. Here’s what she saw: Yep, that’s Doug from Doug Unplugged – a book my daughter and I have read a bunch of times. Doug appears on a poster in [...]

Link Du Jour: Number Five Bus Presents…

It’s time to get your children’s literature nerd on. The Caldecott-Medal-winning team of Philip and Erin Stead just started up a blog Number Five Bus Presents… where they converse with other folks in the business of making books for kids. The first episode (note to self: start calling my blog posts episodes) is up – [...]