April 29, 2016

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One Star Review Guess Who? (#42)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? When Oliver Hardy cloned himself, he set up an underground bakery to employ his carbon-based copies. Notoriously, clones can be horribly defective and the rumness of Mr Hardy’s reproductions was evidenced by a slipshod attitude towards stock control and […]

Instagramming an Author Event: An Evening with Bob Shea (And a Special Guest)

All ready for our Bob Shea event! AHH! NO! Not ready! I missed something! Ah. Better. Break out the balloons, folks – Bob Shea (and a special guest) visited our school district last night and I have the square-shaped photos to prove it. I’ve never helped organize an evening author event, but I was feeling […]

Morning Notes: Disorderly Waldo Edition

YOU HAD ONE JOB, WALDO Blend in. Where’s Waldo ? He was at South Station being very disorderly and needed to be escorted out. #MBTA pic.twitter.com/rlANPdspGz — MBTA Transit Police (@MBTATransitPD) March 20, 2016 (Thanks to Huffington Post for the link) CALDECOTT CHALLENGED This One Summer has been the most challenged Caldecott book in a […]

More Yarn! Lindsay Eagar: Hour of the Bees Unravelled

We’re continuing our series called The Unraveller, where an author or illustrator brings us behind the scenes of one of their books. The latest episode is up, with debut author Lindsay Eagar talking about Hour of the Bees. If you’re not sure how to download a podcast to your phone, allow Ira Glass and his […]

The Bittersweet Librarian: Full Saturation

You know, I thought I would be happy to see this day. The day when, if a student asked for this book, I could stride over to the shelf, heroically pull it from its place, and make a kid’s day, instead of what I usually have to do: tell them “I think it’s checked out. […]

Book Covers: Before and After

While I tend to think I can spot a cover that will not be a huge success, it can be very difficult to know which covers will draw positive attention – and for what reasons. There are certainly times when I think as I set a book face out, “I better reinforce the carpet in this […]

Morning Notes: Hidden Panda Edition

LITTLE PRINCE PULLED The release of the animated version of the classic book has been delayed for, as E.B. White might say, secret reasons. The plan, as it stands, is for the film to come out later this year with a different distributor. Click here to read more. CHILDREN’S LIT, 17th CENTURY STYLE Published in […]

Who’s Waldo? 3 Seek-and-Find Finds for 2016

A book hasn’t caused me this much trouble since Where’s Waldo went to that barber pole factory. -Tracy Jordan, 30 Rock [Episode 4.02: Into the Crevasse] Seek and find: the original interactive children’s books. While maddening to some fictional sketch comedy performers (see: above), kids often regard them quite differently – with fascination. Most library […]

Create Your Own Meta Picture Book

Meta picture books, where a book somehow comments on the book itself, have seen an explosion in popularity in the last few years, with a number of wildly creative titles. You know what I’m talking about… For fun, why not create your own. Use one of the Meta Picture Book Title generators below. Go ahead […]

One Star Review Guess Who (#41)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? Like any other survival book. “OMG! What Am I Going To Do My Plane crashed!” *Cool Survival skills* “OH,Someone rescued me Yay!” *the End* Click here for the answer. One Star Review Guess Who (#1) One Star Review Guess […]

Morning Notes: “For Good Luck” Edition

A NEW SHOW FOR YOUR EARS Attention people who commute/walk/jog/do laundry/draw pictures for a living – The Horn Book just launched a podcast. Horn Book editor Roger Sutton answers sartatorial questions submitted by readers. Kidding! Sutton and fellow Horn Book colleague Siân Gaetano chew the fat about artisanal Chex mix, social media, Harry Potter, the […]

Instagramming an Author Visit: Ruth McNally Barshaw

Window decorated: Signs created: And hung: Gift bag assembled. (Thank you Niki (a.k.a. Daydream Reader)): Student book orders procured: Let’s do this. Yesterday author/illustrator Ruth McNally Barshaw visited our school. It was a good day. Way back in aught eight, I read, loved, and reviewed Ellie McDoodle: Have Pen Will Travel (I forgot how nuts […]

Books on Film: In the Studio with Marla Frazee

I will take any “in the studio with…” video you got, but this one’s special. Marla Frazee shares her life, work and inspirations. It’s so well done. (Thanks to a bunch of people on Facebook for the link)

Donald Trump Reviews Children’s Books

Today we have a guest post by the frontrunner in the race for the republican presidential nomination, Donald Trump¹. He offered to review a few Dr. Seuss classics… Green Eggs and Ham Phony loser Ted Cruz’s favorite book. Not surprising – it was written by another Ted (Geisel) who also uses a phony name. Careful – […]

2016 Books from Geisel Winners

What better way to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday than by looking at new books from past (Theodor Seuss) Geisel winners? There are probably a couple better ways I suppose but, you know, on such short notice it might be hard to change plans here. Listing all the new books from past Geisel winners is tricky, […]

2016 Books from Coretta Scott King Winners

We’ve looked at new books from past Caldecott and Newbery recipients, why not let the good times roll? Below are all the 2016 books from past Coretta Scott King winners. If I missed one, let me know in the comments. Coretta Scott King Illustrator: Lift Your Light a Little Higher by Heather Henson, illustrated by Bryan Collier (September […]

Happy #bookfacefriday!

If you don’t follow the #bookfacefriday hashtag on Instagram and Twitter, it’s fun.

Morning Notes: Sweet Caldecott Dreams Edition

BOOK FIGHT The annual Battle of the Kids Books is ramping up over at SLJ. Judges have been announced. Books named. Brackets released. This will be fun. Click here for all of it. YOU WON A CYBILS AWARD I didn’t mention this before? How did I not mention this before? The Cybils winners have been […]

2016 Books from Newbery Winners

Around a third of Newbery Medal and Honor winners have won more than once. I actually looked into that. We better run down the 2016 books from past Newbery winners, then. In case you missed it, I did the same thing for Caldecott Winners For the sake of my sanity, I excluded picture books from […]

2016 Books from Caldecott Winners

Studies (conducted in my head) have shown that there are a whole lot of illustrators who have won a Caldecott Medal or Honor more than once. Take the most recent awards – there were two winners who had been there before (Henkes and Collier). Therefore it might be handy to take a look at 2016 […]