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April 15, 2014

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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.

Review: Brimsby’s Hats by Andrew Prahin

Review: Brimsby’s Hats by Andrew Prahin

Brimsby’s Hats By Andrew Prahin Simon & Schuster ISBN: 9781442481473 $15.99 Grades K-2 In Stores *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Oh the fine line books must walk. Or should I say lines. The line between contemplative and boring. The line between quirky and precious. The line between charming and [...]

#Holdshelf Thither

#Holdshelf Thither

The monthly round-up of books on hold at libraries around the country is back. This time around Watch. Connect. Read. is hosting. You want in? Snap a photo or make a vine. Email it to mrschureads @ gmail dot com. Tweet a picture. Please include #HoldShelf and @MrSchuReads in your tweet. Please send your submission [...]

Recap: Anderson’s Children’s Literature Breakfast 2014

Recap: Anderson’s Children’s Literature Breakfast 2014

The wake up. There aren’t many things that will get me up this early, but the 12th annual Children’s Literature Breakfast put on by Anderson’s Bookshop is one of them. Click here for my 2013 recap Click here for my 2012 recap Click here for my 2011 recap The plan: wake up, get on the [...]

An Argument with Myself: An ALSC Graphic Novel Award

An Argument with Myself: An ALSC Graphic Novel Award

Here we go again, Travis. An ALSC graphic novel award? I hate to tell you this, but you’re beating a dead horse. Yeah, I know. A Fuse #8 Production had an excellent post talking about a graphic/illustrated novel award. Educating Alice had a great post (with a different perspective) too – but that was almost [...]

Link Du Jour: Here Are the CYBILS Winners

Link Du Jour: Here Are the CYBILS Winners

The winners of the 2013 Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards (CYBILS) were announced on Friday and it’s a group to check out. The award mixes literary quality and kid appeal and you can see that represented in our winners. Click here to see the entire list.