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September 3, 2015

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The Yarn: Where Things Stand and a Call for Ideas

 
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GOODNIGHT, SOON: The Ethics of a Bestselling Bedtime Book

Thus begins The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep, currently the bestselling book on Amazon: That’s right – the bestselling of all the books. It was also the lead story in Children’s Bookshelf from Publishers Weekly yesterday. The subtitle for the book is A New Way of Getting Children to Sleep. That new way, apparently, is hypnosis. […]

The Sound And The Fury | SLJ Spotlight

givemewings

Two nonfiction titles speak on the power of music.

My Lunch Secrets Will Change Your Life…

If you are interested in… …learning my secrets for a successful lunch… …finding out a new children’s lit-related game to pass the time during a long car ride… …learning about the secret project I have planned with Colby Sharp… …then you must listen to the latest episode of the Let’s Get Busy Podcast. Colby Sharp […]

My Article in the Latest SLJ

I wrote about nErDcampMI in the latest issue of School Library Journal. Click the image below to read it.

 

Friday Night Lights & Romance | SLJ Spotlight

UntilFridayNight

Two new YA titles combine sports and sparks of romance.

Kid Lit Cartoon: It Ain’t Easy

 

 

Good Grief | SLJ Spotlight

truthaboutjellyfish

Three titles tackle “tough topics” for middle graders seeking darker reads.

It’s a Small World After All | SLJ Spotlight

canwehelp

Three new nonfiction titles that help make the world just a little bit smaller for young readers.

Predictions! 2015 NYT 10 Best Illustrated Books

I’m a big fan of the annual 10 Best Illustrated Books list from the New York Times. What is it? From the source: Every year since 1952, the Book Review has convened an independent panel of judges to select picture books on the basis of artistic merit. The winning books are chosen from among thousands […]

Notes on July 2015

In July… Raising a Lone Eyebrow: ALA Annual Recap (Part II) http://t.co/GmUXAP3gwq pic.twitter.com/AuKjxXOslY — Travis Jonker (@100scopenotes) July 2, 2015 …I recapped the ALA Annual Conference. Part I | Part II | Part III …we witnessed the Newbery Title Frankenstein. Inspired by A Fuse #8 Production, I discovered the most common Newbery title words. …we […]

Exclusive Cover Reveal: Are We There Yet? by Dan Santat

It’s my pleasure to reveal the cover for our reigning Caldecott Medalist’s next book, arriving April 26, 2016. From the publisher: In this astonishingly inventive new book from Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat, boredom is taken to the extreme. We all know time slows down when you’re bored–but what happens when time slows down so completely […]

The Top 10 Piles of Books at My House

Things have gotten out of hand. I’m sure you can relate. After looking at these pictures, you might ask yourself, “Why doesn’t he get some bookshelves?” I have some. They’re pretty big. But not as big as my problem. Here, then, are the Top 10 random piles of books that I found around my house […]

Children’s Lit Commish: All New Picture Books Must Be Illustrated With Spirograph

In an unexpected move, the Children’s Literature Commissioner has declared that all new picture books must be illustrated using a Spirograph. The packed press room sat in complete silence as the commissioner took out his childhood Spirograph – a drawing toy first sold in the 1960s – and made an elliptical pattern design. “Remember these? […]

The Wildest Children’s Books of 2015

For everyone out there who thinks that children’s literature is just a bunch of cute, harmless fluff, I disagree with you. Every year books arrive that seek to challenge young minds and the status quo. Like these books below. Click here for the Wildest Children’s Books of 2014 Click here for the Wildest Children’s Books […]

Pete Townshend: Rockstar Librarian

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Kid Lit Quiz: Can You Pronounce These Author Names?

Milestone Alert! There are now 2000 audio recordings of authors and illustrators explaining how to pronounce their names at TeachingBooks.net. This website is the the definition of handy. Click here for the press release, which includes factoids about the most played recordings. To mark the occasion let’s play a round of… How to play: Read […]

11 Books I’m Bringing to the Beach (And Why)

Next week I’m heading to the golden shores of Lake Michigan with my family. There’s a fine science to the books you bring on vacation. Here are the books we’re taking along. It’s a mixed bag of picture books, middle grade, graphic novels, and books for grown-ups. I decided to talk about my reasons for bringing […]

Creepy & Spooky Tales for Teens | SLJ Spotlight

tattooedheart

Five creepy titles for teen horror fans.

The Newbery Title Frankenstein

There’s a post right up my alley over at A Fuse #8 Production today. It’s about how certain book titles sound more Newbery-ish than others. Betsy puts forth a few Newbery-sounding titles and challenges readers to do the same. It made me wonder which words appear most often in the titles of Newbery Medal winning […]