Betsy Bird has brought her brand of children’s literary breeze-shooting to the midwest, and I’m honored to be a part of it: This weekend I get to chat with John Schumacher, Colby Sharp, and Betsy Bird at the Evanston Public Library. If you’re in the area, come on over and say hi.
First came… Then came… And I went… Then came… and THEN came… And I went…
The other day The Trend Whisperer (a new nickname I’m trying out for A Fuse #8 Production) mentioned that 2016 is the year of bears on rampages and blobfish. I can’t disagree. But a recent conversation with Benji of Tales of an Elementary School Librarian had me thinking there should be another trend on our […]
If you haven’t read this book with students, you should: Tip: It’s available in ebook format if you don’t have it and need to download it quick. If you haven’t shared this song with students, you should: This video has been a big hit with students this week. There’s also a version without the motions, […]
Last week I talked about book spine poems (or centos), today I have three examples:
Today, to-day, children’s literature legend Beverly Cleary turns 100 year old. The media has taken notice: Book Riot: 100 Awesome Things About Beverly Cleary on her 100th Birthday The New York Times: Happy Birthday Beverly Cleary! The New Yorker: Beverly Cleary, Age 100 The Washington Post: Beverly Cleary on turning 100: Kids today ‘don’t have […]
April is here. April is National Poetry Month. April is the time for book spine centos. Give one a try. Or try it with your students/patrons. Here are my tips for creating a book spine cento: Check out the book spine poem gallery for inspiration. Get to a place with plenty of books. A library […]
I have a thing for doppelgängers. I get way more entertainment than I should when someone tells me I look like, say, Perfect Strangers actor Bronson Pinchot: Or, perhaps, Moroccan distance runner Hicham El Guerrouj: (I wrote this post about how kids notice this one because of The Guiness Book of Records) Or even Costa Rican […]
What is spring break if not a time to set overly ambitious reading goals? Here’s what I hope to read in the next week and why. A new series! Illustrated by our reigning Caldecott Medal winner, Sophie Blackall, and written by John Bemelmans Marciano – two members of the Atlas Powder Picture Book Company (a.k.a. […]
In March… …we looked at the new books coming from past Geisel winners. …I Instagrammed two author events: Ruth McNally Barshaw and Bob Shea. …Donald Trump reviewed some Seuss classics.
The Location: My local public library (Herrick DL). The Event: Family Fort Night. The Plan: For an hour after the library closes, families have run of the children’s section. After a whole group story time, kids and their grown-ups build forts out of whatever materials they bring (clips provided by the library). Then: Grab some […]
All ready for our Bob Shea event! AHH! NO! Not ready! I missed something! Ah. Better. Break out the balloons, folks – Bob Shea (and a special guest) visited our school district last night and I have the square-shaped photos to prove it. I’ve never helped organize an evening author event, but I was feeling […]
You know, I thought I would be happy to see this day. The day when, if a student asked for this book, I could stride over to the shelf, heroically pull it from its place, and make a kid’s day, instead of what I usually have to do: tell them “I think it’s checked out. […]
While I tend to think I can spot a cover that will not be a huge success, it can be very difficult to know which covers will draw positive attention – and for what reasons. There are certainly times when I think as I set a book face out, “I better reinforce the carpet in this […]
Meta picture books, where a book somehow comments on the book itself, have seen an explosion in popularity in the last few years, with a number of wildly creative titles. You know what I’m talking about… For fun, why not create your own. Use one of the Meta Picture Book Title generators below. Go ahead […]
Window decorated: Signs created: And hung: Gift bag assembled. (Thank you Niki (a.k.a. Daydream Reader)): Student book orders procured: Let’s do this. Yesterday author/illustrator Ruth McNally Barshaw visited our school. It was a good day. Way back in aught eight, I read, loved, and reviewed Ellie McDoodle: Have Pen Will Travel (I forgot how nuts […]
Today we have a guest post by the frontrunner in the race for the republican presidential nomination, Donald Trump¹. He offered to review a few Dr. Seuss classics… Green Eggs and Ham Phony loser Ted Cruz’s favorite book. Not surprising – it was written by another Ted (Geisel) who also uses a phony name. Careful – […]
What better way to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday than by looking at new books from past (Theodor Seuss) Geisel winners? There are probably a couple better ways I suppose but, you know, on such short notice it might be hard to change plans here. Listing all the new books from past Geisel winners is tricky, […]
We’ve looked at new books from past Caldecott and Newbery recipients, why not let the good times roll? Below are all the 2016 books from past Coretta Scott King winners. If I missed one, let me know in the comments. Coretta Scott King Illustrator: Lift Your Light a Little Higher by Heather Henson, illustrated by Bryan Collier (September […]
If you don’t follow the #bookfacefriday hashtag on Instagram and Twitter, it’s fun.