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April 15, 2014

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Pet Picture Books | SLJ Spotlight

Five fun new titles about everyone’s favorite furry companions.

One Star Review Guess Who? (#18)

One Star Review Guess Who? (#18)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? When I saw young women in my age reading [title], there was one thing I felt. The culture is lost, the folk tale is lost. The meaning of folk tales is lost. The generation who is in my age [...]

2014 Books from Caldecott Winners

2014 Books from Caldecott Winners

As evidenced by David Wiesner picking up his third Caldecott Honor in January (joining his three Caldecott Medals), previous winners often pop up and win again. With that in mind, here are the 2014 releases from illustrators who have won Caldecott Medals or Honors.

What Are You? The Results

What Are You? The Results

Yesterday, out of curiosity, I polled readers who work in school libraries about their job title. It’s results time, folks. School librarian came out on top, teacher librarian second, and library media specialist third.

What Are You?

What Are You?

Because I’m curious. If this poll applies to you, please select one. POLL IS CLOSED – CLICK HERE FOR THE RESULTS

2014 Book Spine Poem Gallery

2014 Book Spine Poem Gallery

Thank you to each and every brave soul who sent in a book spine poem to help celebrate National Poetry Month during April. This year we had students, teachers, librarians, publishers, and authors give it a shot. If you want in, there’s still time. Make a poem, take a picture, and sent it my way [...]

Poetry Friday: I’m Mad?

Poetry Friday: I’m Mad?

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 gallery to see what [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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

Bruce Springsteen: Rockstar Librarian

Bruce Springsteen: Rockstar Librarian

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“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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]