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June 30, 2015

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Off to ALA Annual 2015

Today I’m making my way to San Fransisco for the American Library Association Annual Conference. I’m planning to post a recap when I get back, but until then, I’ll be sharing the trip via Instagram and Twitter.

Gallery: These 2015 Picture Book Have Secrets

A picture book with a creative case cover is like a person who wears bold socks (note: my sock drawer is filled to the brim with a single color: dark gray. I am the Steve Jobs of socks), it’s a rarely seen detail, but delightful when discovered. Previously… Gallery: These 2013 Picture Books Have Secrets […]

Wherefore Art Thou Will? | SLJ Spotlight

IrasShakespeareDream

Four titles modernize Shakespeare for the next generation.

Where Do You Fall On The Book Critic/Book Champion Continuum?

A complete navel-gazer today… A pure book critic focuses on evaluation. A pure book champion focuses on promotion. Both are important for different reasons. I love that both exist. Here’s where I’d put myself: I write reviews (critic), but not for books I don’t care for. I like sharing books I’m enjoying on social media […]

The Children’s Lit/Sesame Street Connection

Sesame Street. One of the most beloved children’s television programs of all time has children’s literature ties.  Here’s a sampling of children’s book illustrators who have done some work beside the big yellow bird.  Mo Willems Christian Robinson Bob Boyle William Wegman Maurice Sendak Etienne Delessert Christopher Cerf

Look and Look Again | SLJ Spotlight

searchandspot

Four new titles provide exciting, interactive quests for young readers.

The State of Photography Illustration in 2015

It’s been a while since we last checked the photography in fiction picture report. Let’s have a look… Here are all the 2015 picture books I’ve noticed that use photography in some way. If I missed any, let’s hear it in the comments. Tiny Hamster is a Giant Monster by Joel Jensen, Joseph Matsushima, and […]

Notes on May 2015

In May… …we discovered the real ages of children’s literature characters. Since they wouldn’t produce their birth certificates, I took matters into my own hands. …we looked at 10 intriguing books for summer. It’s shaping up to be a great season. …we had a great day with Shea. Bob Shea visited my school and I […]

Top 10 Circulated Fiction of 2015

Previously: Top 10 Circulated Picture Books of 2015 Top 10 Circulated Graphic Novels of 2015 Here we are again, looking back at the most popular books in my K-4 library this year. Today is the fiction list, and it’s illustrations galore… 10. Bad Kitty: Drawn to Trouble by Nick Bruel Usually books that come out during […]

Cover Reveal: Oh No Astro! By Matt Roeser; illustrated by Brad Woodard

I’ve been following the work of Matt Roeser since 2010 when he was posting book cover redesigns on his tumblr. Since then he’s gotten a gig at Candlewick Press and will make his authorial debut with the picture book Oh No Astro! illustrated by Brad Woodard, which arrives in spring 2016 from Simon & Schuster. Mr. Roeser […]

The Authoritative Guide to Children’s Books Turned Into TV Shows

The connection between children’s literature and children’s television is strong. Name a classic children’s series and there’s a decent chance it has been adapted for the small screen at one time or another (some have been adapted more than once). It what is sure to be my slowest-loading post of all time (what with all the […]

Top 10 Circulated Picture Books of 2015

Previously… Top 10 Circulated Graphic Novels of 2015 Today we have the 10 most popular picture books of the year in my K-4 school library. 10. Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds; illustrated by Peter Brown This book goes to show that a little bit of spookiness goes a long way. It’s been consistently checked out […]

Top 10 Circulated Graphic Novels of 2015

The end of the school year: the time when pizza and ice cream sandwiches miraculously appear in the teacher’s lounge. It’s also when I like to look back at the most checked-out books in our school library during the year. This year, I thought it would be interesting to look at the most popular by […]

Hey! A Day with Shea in 10(ish) Images

Author/illustrator Robert “Bob” Shea visited my school yesterday and I am here to bring you the sights and sounds. Actually, just the sights. And wordy descriptions of the sights. But they were good sights. First sight: This here is certified Shea Day plaid. Rumor has it that Mr. Shea enjoys a good tartan. I decided […]

This Story Has An Important Moral

In first world blog problems… I served on the 2014 Caldecott committee. It was completely wonderful. Locomotive was our winner. Now that I’ve been on the committee, occasionally people will ask if I have any advice for those who will be serving in the future. I’m here to tell you that the most important thing […]

Furry And Fierce | SLJ Spotlight

Ratscalibur

Five adventure-packed middle grade titles featuring darling and daring animal heroes.

The Pros and Cons of Writing a Blog

The Pros and Cons of Writing a Blog

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Au Naturel | SLJ Spotlight

smallwonders

Four nonfiction titles to inspire young naturalists.

An Illustrated Interview with Ben Hatke

The Real Age of Children’s Literature Characters

The Real Age of Children’s Literature Characters

When this How Old Do I Look thing came out, my first thought was “Finally! Children’s literature characters have been lying about their ages for years! Moment of truth time.” So, don’t believe everything you read, folks – here are the real ages of these characters… So Johnny Tremain claims to be 14. Nope: Ella, […]