March 29, 2017

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Notes on February 2017

In February . . . I used book titles to make a comic. . . . I talked to Jon Agee about snacks. Also we got a first look at the trailer for his new book, Life on Mars. . . . we took a look at 10 books I’m excited about coming in spring. It’s […]

Local Man Attends 2017 SCBWI Winter Conference

I did something new a couple weekends back – left my mitten-shaped home and attended a Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) conference. You ever been to one of these things? They’re pretty great. I was invited to talk about unusual picture books and social media. Usually when I travel I have a one […]

10 to Note: Spring Preview 2017

This warm weather in February is the real “spring preview”, amIright? Here are ten books I’m looking forward to this spring. Picture Books South by Daniel Duncan Abrams | May 2, 2017 | Grades K-2 What is it about this book that is appealing to me? I want to dig into this. Okay, first of all […]

10 to Note: Spring Preview 2017

This warm weather in February is the real “spring preview”, amIright? Here are ten books I’m looking forward to this spring. Picture Books South by Daniel Duncan Abrams | May 2, 2017 | Grades K-2 What is it about this book that is appealing to me? I want to dig into this. Okay, first of all […]

Morning Notes: Equal Edition

CYBILS ANNOUNCED The Childrens and Young Adult Book Blogger Awards (CYBILS) were announced and there are some great picks in the bunch. Click here to see all the winners. THE STATS The CCBC released their Multicultural Statistics for 2016. The data tracks diversity in children’s books published last year. Some encouraging signs, and a long […]

Review: Charlie & Mouse by Laurel Snyder

Charlie & Mouse
By Laurel Snyder
Illustrated by Emily Hughes
Chronicle Books
ISBN: 9781452131535
$14.99
Grades K-1
Out April 11, 2017
Find it at:
Schuler Books | Your Library

Duncan Tonatiuh Talks FUNNY BONES

Travis: Funny Bones is one of those books that’s garnered so much critical acclaim I feared they might run out of places to put all the awards. I had a great time talking to Funny Bones creator Duncan Tonatiuh about the process of becoming an artist who makes books for kids, and the inspiration behind […]

Book Title Toons: Brothers

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Exclusive Book Trailer Premiere: LIFE ON MARS by Jon Agee

I like Jon Agee’s latest book, Life on Mars, a lot. Today we have a trio of premiere-iness: 1. An interview with Jon Agee about the book (and snacks and civilian space travel). 2. A giveaway (five copies – click the link below to enter). 3. The trailer. First up, let’s talk to the man […]

Books on Film: Javaka Steptoe LIVE

The New York Times invited our reigning Caldecott Medalist, Javaka Steptoe, to create some art on Facebook Live the other day.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

SCBWI Presentation: Social Media: An Author’s Best Frenemy

If you are attending my session Social Media: An Author’s Best Frenemy at the SCBWI Winter Conference in New York, here are the slides! If you are not attending my session Social Media: An Author’s Best Frenemy at the SCBWI Winter Conference in New York, here are the slides! But they might not make a ton […]

SCBWI Presentation: Creating Books Outside the Boundaries

If you are attending my session Creating Books Outside the Boundaries at the SCBWI Winter Conference in New York, here are the slides! If you are not attending my session Creating Books Outside the Boundaries at the SCBWI Winter Conference in New York, here are the slides! But they might not make a ton of sense. Here […]

Morning Notes: ‘I Want One’ Edition

BOOKS BATTLE SOON The School Library Journal Battle of the Kids’ Books is about to get started. Go here to see the contenders (and the matchups). I’m predicting a win for Ghost by Jason Reynolds. V.L.B. ON TECH The Atlantic has a piece on technology innovation, through the lens of Virginia Lee Burton (a.k.a. The […]

Calde-bump, Newbery Jump

Now’s a good time to check on how the recent Newbery and Caldecott winners are faring on the New York Times bestseller lists, I’d say. Caldecott first: As a reminder, here are the winners: And the children’s picture book list as it stands right now: Click here for the entire list. They All Saw a […]

‘Okay Google, I don’t need your help with story time.’

Review: Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell

Wolf in the Snow
By Matthew Cordell
Feiwel & Friends
ISBN: 9781250076366
$17.99
Grades K-2
Out Now
*Best New Book*
Find it at:
Schuler Books | Your Library

Watch the book trailer for Wolf in the Snow:

Morning Notes: Not My Job Edition

MO PRO The New Yorker ran a profile of Mo Willems. It’s really one of the best pieces I’ve seen on a children’s book creator in a while. Consider it must-read. Click here to get going. NOT HIS JOB You ever listen to the NPR gameshow Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me? Daniel Handler recently appeared […]

Notes on January 2017

In January . . . . . . my pants reviewed a book. But it all made sense.  . . . we tried to name book covers made out of LEGOs Some were pretty tricky. In case you were wondering, this is the cover of MARCH BOOK 3 right now. #alamw17 #alayma https://t.co/o7oUIO7RRg pic.twitter.com/cR3vkmdDeP — […]

The Circs So Far: The Most Checked Out Fiction Series at K-4 School Library

Let’s fire up the old circulation stats machine to do a mid year check-in on the most popular fiction series in our K-4 school library . . . 10. I Survived I love that there’s some historical fiction on this list. Who says kids aren’t interested in history? When it’s this action-packed and engaging, kids […]