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March 5, 2015

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Breaking Barriers: An Interview with the Creators of This One Summer

Breaking Barriers: An Interview with the Creators of This One Summer

Of all the surprises at this year’s Youth Media Awards, none was bigger for me than when This One Summer was announced as a Caldecott Honor winner. Full of stunning illustrations, this book scrapes the top of the Caldecott-eligible age range (0-14) I had a chance to chat with author Jillian Tamaki and illustrator Mariko […]

The Special Delivery Original Art Raffle Donate-a-thon

The Special Delivery Original Art Raffle Donate-a-thon

I love this. Philip Stead and Matthew Cordell are doing something cool to celebrate the release of their new book Special Delivery – they’re giving away some original art, drawn by Cordell and based on stamps in Phil’s collection. Donate $10 to a nonprofit to get your name in the hat. Mr. Stead made a […]

Something Different: WHERE IS IT COMING FROM?

Something Different: WHERE IS IT COMING FROM?

I received a book in the mail the other day called WHERE IS IT COMING FROM?, and I’ve never really read a book like it. It’s published by 826michigan, a non-profit “dedicated to supporting students (ages 6 to 18) with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.” […]

Growing Up in a Cult | SLJ Spotlight

downfrommountain

Four titles that deflty tackle the unusual, unsettling topic of teens growing up in cultlike envinronments.

Cheep Thrills | SLJ Spotlight

unusualchickens

Three chuckle-worthy titles about chicken adventures.

Reaction Tweets from the 2015 Caldecott Winners

Reaction Tweets from the 2015 Caldecott Winners

Exciting day, Monday. I was in attendance for the ALA Youth Media Awards and it was like a surprising, satisfying stew. Satis-prising Stew. But who cares what I think? Let’s hear from the folks who had their names called. Here they are in all their Twitter reaction glory (at least those who are on Twitter). […]

2015 Caldecott Comment Card

2015 Caldecott Comment Card

It was so much fun last year, I decided to bring it back!
Now that the winners have been announced, I want to know what you think. Go ahead and share in the comments. What Caldecott choices are you happy with? What did the committee miss?

Calling All Environmentalists | SLJ Spotlight

beetlebusters

Four nonfiction titles take an innovative approach to ecology.

Watch the Newbery and Caldecott Announcement Live!

Watch the Newbery and Caldecott Announcement Live!

In a matter of days the biggest awards in children’s literature will be dished out in Chicago. The Newbery and Caldecott medals are just the tip of the iceberg at the ALA Youth Media Awards. I’ll be in attendance and am excited as all get out. But those in faraway locales can take part too. […]

The Circs So Far: The 10 Most Popular Books in Our K-4 School Library

The Circs So Far: The 10 Most Popular Books in Our K-4 School Library

Now that we’re back into the swing of things after winter break, I thought I’d fire up the computer and look at which books have been checked out the most in my school library, count them down 10-1, and draw a couple conclusions. (Thanks to ShelfTalker for the title inspiration) 10. Become a Pokemon Trainer […]

Mock Caldecott 2015

Mock Caldecott 2015

Our K-4 Mock Caldecott programs are like snowflakes – no two years are alike. Last year I was on the Caldecott committee and wanted to read a lot of books to gauge how they worked with kids. It was good for students (lots of great books) and good for me (the experience was invaluable in […]

What’s Inside the Enigmatic Inbox of Secrecy?

What’s Inside the Enigmatic Inbox of Secrecy?

What’s this? I better open this up. Yeah! In a week or so I’ll be swinging around Lake Michigan to attend the American Library Association Midwinter meeting (and catch the Youth Media Awards live on Monday, February 2). Want to say hi? You can send me an email at scopenotes (at) gmail (dot) com. I […]

Strike A (Yoga ) Pose | SLJ Spotlight

yoga game

Two titles explore the benefits of yoga for a young audience.

Million Dollar Idea: All Books Available in ‘Really Big’ Size

Million Dollar Idea: All Books Available in ‘Really Big’ Size

Many books are available in hardcover and paperback, but today I would like to propose a third option: Really Big Size I think I was talking with my colleague Niki (Daydream Reader) a while back when we hit upon this idea. It sprang from the fact that kids are drawn to big books. If you […]

Meet the Reviewer | Sabrina Carnesi

Sabrina Carnesi

SLJ interviews reviewer of the month Sabrina Carnesi.

Top 10 Posts of 2014: #3

Top 10 Posts of 2014: #3

The Wildest Children’s Books of 2014

Animals as We’ve Never Seen Them | SLJ Spotlight

goodallchimp

Four nonfiction titles that portray animals in an unusual (and sometimes endearing) light.

Stand-Alone Sequels | SLJ Spotlight

knightleyandson

Three middle grade series installments that can be enjoyed all on their own.

Under Construction…Top 20 Books of 2014

Under Construction…Top 20 Books of 2014

After a yearlong hiatus for John Schumacher and I (John was on the Newbery Committee, I was on Caldecott), we will again be sharing our Top 20 Books of the year. The countdown from #20 to #1 begins on Tuesday. Catch you later – I need to finish this logo.

2014 Librarian Lump of Coal Gift Guide

2014 Librarian Lump of Coal Gift Guide

Time is running out to get gifts for the insufferable librarian in your life. With help from Etsy, the 2014 edition of the Librarian Lump of Coal Gift Guide has your back. Click here for the 2013 guide Click here for the 2012 guide Click here for the 2011 guide Click here for the 2010 guide […]