January 23, 2017

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Top 10 Posts of 2016: #4

Name That LEGO Book Cover

Top 10 Posts of 2016: #5

Everything You Need to Know to Make a Book Spine Poem

‘There Is No Formula’ – Mo Willems Visits The Yarn

  Travis: Merry Christmas and happy holidays! Today we have something special – an extended episode with Mo Willems. I interviewed him last June at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Orlando. My questions focused on the Elephant & Piggie series and his answers were enlightening, funny, and honest. I think you’re gonna like this one. […]

Top 10 Posts of 2016: #6

The ‘What Are Kids Checking Out?’ List

Top 10 Posts of 2016: #7

Top 10 Circulated Fiction Books 2016

Top 10 Posts of 2016: #8

The Most Annoying Board Book Ever

Top 10 Posts of 2016: #9

Gallery: The Art of the Picture Book Barcode 2016

Top 10 Posts of 2016: #10

The Geisel Award Infographic

Coming Soon: The Top 10 Posts of 2016

Starting Monday and continuing over the holidays, I’ll be counting down my most popular posts from the past year, from number ten to number one. See you then.

2017 Caldecott Medal Predictions

Maybe if I look up the official definition of the word “predict”, it will unlock something inside of me that will allow me to pick every Caldecott book this year. Let’s try it. Hm. Observation, experience, OR science? Can’t say I’m getting an unlock-y feeling. I’ve been trying to predict the Caldecott annually since I […]

Top 20 Books of 2016: 5-1

#20-16 | #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1 5. Ms. Bixby’s Last Day by John David Anderson [Walden Pond Press | Grades 4-7] Click here for additional resources from Watch. Connect. Read. Because it’s the sadhappiest book of 2016. 4. Ghost by Jason Reynolds [Simon & Schuster | Grades 5-9] Click here for additional resources from Watch. Connect. Read. Because […]

Top 20 Books of 2016: 10-6

#20-16 | #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1 10. The Thank You Book by Mo Willems [Disney-Hyperion | Grades K-2] Click here for additional resources from Watch. Connect. Read. Because it ended on a high note. 9. It Is Not Time for Sleeping by Lisa Graff, illustrated by Lauren Castillo [Clarion Books | PreK-1] Click here for additional resources […]

Top 20 Books of 2016: 15-11

#20-16 | #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1 15. Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean -Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe [Little, Brown | Grades 2-5] Click here for additional resources from Watch. Connect. Read. Because it shows the artist as a child but doesn’t sugarcoat. 14. Pax by Sara Pennypacker, illustrated by Jon Klassen [Balzer + Bray […]

Top 20 Books of 2016: 20-16

  #20-16 | #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1 After a year on the shelf, the Top 20 Books list is back with a vengeance. John Schumacher and I Google Doc’ed like madmen to bring you our favorite books of 2016 for grades K-6. We’ll blab (briefly) about the books here, but be sure to visit Watch. Connect. Read. […]

Our Ambassador Supports Computer Science Education Week

For National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang, computer science is a topic near and dear. So much so that he created a series of graphic novels (Secret Coders – a series I quite like) to help introduce computer coding to kids. As a school librarian, one of my favorite weeks of the […]

The 2016 Bookish Charitable Giving Guide

I’m saying it up front: I completely adapted this idea from boing boing, who put together a great Charitable Giving Guide you should visit. Interested in giving to a good cause? Are you a fan of literacy? This is the guide for you. Here are some of the literacy-focused organizations doing good work. Pitch in […]

The 2016 Bookish Charitable Giving Guide

I’m saying it up front: I completely adapted this idea from boing boing, who put together a great Charitable Giving Guide you should visit. Interested in giving to a good cause? Are you a fan of literacy? This is the guide for you. Here are some of the literacy-focused organizations doing good work. Pitch in […]

Under Construction: Top 20 Books of 2016

Beginning Monday, John Schumacher (you know, the Watch. Connect. Read. guy) and I will be counting down our Top 20 Books of 2016. The list is a kindergarten through 6th grade free-for-all, where picture books, nonfiction, and middle grade all rub elbows. 100 Scope Notes will have our blurbs for each book. Watch. Connect. Read. […]

2017 Geisel Award Predictions

The Theodor Seuss Geisel award is hard to predict. I think the reason is because you think of the award as going to early readers (Fly Guy, Elephant & Piggie, Henry and Mudge, etc.) – and it does – but the committee often throws a curveball and gives an award to a picture book (the […]

2016 Children’s Lit: The Year in Miscellanea

It’s time to take a look back at the year that was in children’s lit miscellanea. (Read previous Year in Miscellanea Posts: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008) Best Appearance of Celebrity Chef Guy Fieri in a Picture Book: Because of Thursday by Patricia Polacco A complete win for the chef. Not only does he show up toward the end […]