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April 24, 2014

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tumblr: why?!?!

tumblr: why?!?!

I was having a conversation with some librarian friends the other week when we got on the topic of tumblr. I made my usual comment, which is something along the lines of “I don’t understand.” The conversation reminded me that I started a tumblr a while back, and that maybe I should try to understand. So [...]

Poetry Friday: I Feel the Same Way

Poetry Friday: I Feel the Same Way

Every Friday in March I’m posting a new book spine poem to gear up for National Poetry Month in April. Get in on the act! On Tuesday, April 1, I’m putting up a gallery of your submissions – click here for details on how to submit your poem (and you can check out last year’s [...]

The 33%: 2014 Books from Newbery Winners

The 33%: 2014 Books from Newbery Winners

A while back I ran the numbers and, aside from fooling people into thinking I liked math, was fairly surprised to find that about 33% of Newbery authors win more than once. Since that post, what happened? Kate DiCamillo took home her second gold seal. With that in mind, let’s take a look at 2014 [...]

Nonfiction Monday: He Has Shot the President! by Don Brown

Nonfiction Monday: He Has Shot the President! by Don Brown

He Has Shot the President! April 14, 1865: The Day John Wilkes Booth Killed President Lincoln By Don Brown Roaring Brook Press (Macmillan) ISBN: 9781596432246 $17.99 Grades 4-6 In stores April 1, 2014 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library I know you’ve noticed, but we are in the midst of a Lincoln revival. [...]

Link Du Jour: The Who, What, and Where of Buying Books

Link Du Jour: The Who, What, and Where of Buying Books

I ask you: what percentage of books are purchased at independent book stores? Today, we have our answer.

Poetry Friday: The Tyrant’s Daughter

Poetry Friday: The Tyrant’s Daughter

Every Friday in March I’m posting a new book spine poem to gear up for National Poetry Month in April. Get in on the act! On Tuesday, April 1, I’m putting up a gallery of your submissions – click here for details on how to submit your poem (and you can check out last year’s [...]

2014: The Year of the Whale

2014: The Year of the Whale

Inspired by the exceptional A Fuse #8 Production (who in the past has alerted us to The Year of the Chloe, The Year of the Jackalope, and The Year of the Raven) I’ve noticed an animal on the rise that I want to share. Let me try this out. Ahem. 2014: The Year of the [...]

Morning Notes: The State of the Picture Book Edition

Morning Notes: The State of the Picture Book Edition

THE STATE OF THE PICTURE BOOK Children’s publishing legend Neal Porter (he of Neal Porter Books at Roaring Brook Press) took part in a fascinating interview with children’s lit historian Leonard S. Marcus for Horn Book. Their back and forth about the state of the picture book was the best thing I read all week. [...]

Photo Gallery: Serendipity 2014

Photo Gallery: Serendipity 2014

This past weekend I journeyed to the land of all things maple… …and presented with John Schumacher at the 2014 Serendipity Conference in Vancouver B.C. But first I had to get there. My flight was delayed in Michigan, and I was going to cut it close to make my connection in Chicago. But apparently, I [...]

Be a Part of the 2014 Book Spine Poem Gallery

Be a Part of the 2014 Book Spine Poem Gallery

Amateur (and professional) poets of the world, lend me your ears! April is National Poetry Month. And around this neck of the woods the poetry form of choice is the book spine cento. What’s a cento? Check out the 2013 Book Spine Poem Gallery to find out. Or take a look at the work of [...]

Instagramming an Author Visit: Arnie the Doughnut Creator Laurie Keller

Instagramming an Author Visit: Arnie the Doughnut Creator Laurie Keller

This week author-illustrator Laurie Keller (she of Arnie the Doughnut fame) paid a visit to my school. I have the photos to prove it. Usually I put a visiting author’s name up on the marquee outside. But with knee-deep (nay, waist-deep) snow, that was a no-go. So, as a show of goodwill toward Ms. Keller, [...]

Coming Soon: National Poetry Month

Coming Soon: National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month

Review: The Lion and the Bird by Marianne Dubuc

Review: The Lion and the Bird by Marianne Dubuc

The Lion and the Bird By Marianne Dubuc Enchanted Lion Books ISBN: 9781592701513 $17.95 Grades PreK-1 In Stores May 13, 2014 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your LIbrary Pretty much by definition, quiet books tend to fly under the radar. Some rightfully so, as the wick is turned down so low it struggles to [...]

Bruce Springsteen: Rockstar Librarian

Bruce Springsteen: Rockstar Librarian

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Morning Notes: Avert Your Eyes Edition

Morning Notes: Avert Your Eyes Edition

SO NEW I love checking out the annual Publishers Weekly Fall Sneak Peeks, a lengthy list of children’s books on the horizon. All kinds of exciting stuff coming. Click here to take a look. YOU CAN’T DO THAT IN AMERICA Sometimes, it takes a French children’s literature controversy to remind us just how different our [...]

“I Verse You”

“I Verse You”

Head-to-head competition in literature isn’t anything new, but the idea of pitting two characters/things against each other in the title of a book is a continuing trend in children’s literature (and perhaps literature in general). While it’s far from the first book to bring out the “vs.”, I think the book that really helped put [...]

#Headoverthere for #Holdshelf

#Headoverthere for #Holdshelf

What books are kids putting on hold in libraries around the country? The February #Holdshelf gallery at Watch. Connect. Read. has the  answers. Click here to have a look.

Nonfiction Monday: The Scraps Book by Lois Elhert

Nonfiction Monday: The Scraps Book by Lois Elhert

The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life By Lois Ehlert Beach Lane Books (Simon & Schuster) ISBN: 9781442435711 $17.99 Grades K-5 In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library If you’re thinking of challenging an illustrator to an autobiography-off, just don’t. Oh, you already did it? Look, there’s no shame in bending [...]

Authors: Sorry I Butchered Your Song

Authors: Sorry I Butchered Your Song

I don’t have what you’d call a good singing voice. I don’t mind flexing the tin pipes in front of kids at all, but not all story time singing is created equal. As I see it, there are three different kinds of songs you will encounter in children’s books. Here they are, ranked by the [...]

Books on Film: John Green on Making Things

Books on Film: John Green on Making Things

While John Green writes books that are for an older audience than I typically cover, I’m fascinated by the guy like everyone else. I came across this video yesterday that only adds to my appreciation. Mr. Green gives a talk at his alma mater on making things that is entirely worth your time.