March 30, 2017

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Three Thoughts on the Bestselling Children’s Books of 2016

Publishers Weekly recently released their list of the bestselling children’s books of 2016. Click here to have a look. A few thoughts came to mind when I gave them a once-over. 1. #1 Outsold #2. By a Lot. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child outsold the next book on the list, Double Down (Diary of […]

2017 Books from Caldecott Winners

We’ve talked Newbery. We’ve talked Geisel. We’ve talked Coretta Scott King. Time to talk Caldecott. Below are all the books coming out by Caldecott Medal or Honor winning illustrators in 2017. If I missed one, let me know in the comments.

2017 Books from Newbery Winners

We’ve covered the Geisel award. We’ve covered the Coretta Scott King award. How about some Newbery? Below are all the books coming out this year by past Newbery Medal or Honor winners. If I missed any, let’s hear it in the comments. The Crying Rocks by Janet Taylor Lisle (May 16) The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets […]

The Things Triangle Has Seen

Look at that face. Rather, look at those eyes. There’s no denying it, Triangle (by Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen) has seen some things. Bad things: Good things: Disturbing things: Inexplicable things: Shocking things: Mind-bending things: I repeat: mind-bending things:

Endorsement: Lynn Rutan for Caldecott Committee

If you’re anything like me, when ALA election time comes around you vote for people you feel would successfully carry out the duties of their post. Often times these people end up being those you personally know and have confidence in. And then there are the situations when you aren’t familiar with any of the […]

Instagramming an Author Visit: Aaron Zenz

Last week author/illustrator Aaron Zenz visited our school. Let this web log post serve as the photographic evidence. Librarians/teachers out there: now that I’ve hosted a few visits, I can say with confidence that student prep is the make or break factor when an author comes to town. Should I chart it out? Okay, I’ll chart […]

2017 Books from Coretta Scott King Winners

We took a look at books coming in 2017 from past Geisel winners, how about authors and illustrators who have won Coretta Scott King awards (including author, illustrator, and new talent)? If I missed one, let’s hear it in the comments. The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Jerry Pinkney (May 9) When’s My Birthday? by […]

I speak for the trees

Today is dress like a favorite book character day at my school, so . . .

2017 Books from Geisel Winners

Around this time I start getting the itch to track down all the books coming out from previous Youth Media Award winners. We’ll begin with Geisel today, but look for other batches (Coretta Scott King, Newbery, etc.) headed your way soon. Listing all the new books from past Geisel winners is tricky, because it’s an […]

Your 2018 Newbery/Caldecott ‘Hey, Keep An Eye Out’ Lists

The 2017 Youth Media Awards: pretty good, right? Pretty, pretty good. But like a cool guy who doesn’t look at explosions, I now have my eyes set forward to 2018. Pulled from the Goodreads 2018 Mock Newbery and Caldecott lists, here are some books to keep an eye on (preferably both eyes, moving from left to […]

“Pick Your Nose.”

“Ah, ah, aahh! I didn’t say ‘Big Bird SAYS pick your nose’.”

Notes on February 2017

In February . . . I used book titles to make a comic. . . . I talked to Jon Agee about snacks. Also we got a first look at the trailer for his new book, Life on Mars. . . . we took a look at 10 books I’m excited about coming in spring. It’s […]

Local Man Attends 2017 SCBWI Winter Conference

I did something new a couple weekends back – left my mitten-shaped home and attended a Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) conference. You ever been to one of these things? They’re pretty great. I was invited to talk about unusual picture books and social media. Usually when I travel I have a one […]

Book Title Toons: Brothers

(Click to Enlarge) Previously . . . It Ain’t Easy

Exclusive Book Trailer Premiere: LIFE ON MARS by Jon Agee

I like Jon Agee’s latest book, Life on Mars, a lot. Today we have a trio of premiere-iness: 1. An interview with Jon Agee about the book (and snacks and civilian space travel). 2. A giveaway (five copies – click the link below to enter). 3. The trailer. First up, let’s talk to the man […]

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Narrator of the Month: Tara Sands

Colby: We are excited to feature Tara Sands in this edition of our Narrator of the Month Series. If you listened to Season 2 of The Yarn, you may remember hearing a clip of Tera reading the first chapter of Gertie’s Leap To Greatness at the end of Episode Four. You’ll find an interview I did […]

SCBWI Presentation: Social Media: An Author’s Best Frenemy

If you are attending my session Social Media: An Author’s Best Frenemy at the SCBWI Winter Conference in New York, here are the slides! If you are not attending my session Social Media: An Author’s Best Frenemy at the SCBWI Winter Conference in New York, here are the slides! But they might not make a ton […]

SCBWI Presentation: Creating Books Outside the Boundaries

If you are attending my session Creating Books Outside the Boundaries at the SCBWI Winter Conference in New York, here are the slides! If you are not attending my session Creating Books Outside the Boundaries at the SCBWI Winter Conference in New York, here are the slides! But they might not make a ton of sense. Here […]

Calde-bump, Newbery Jump

Now’s a good time to check on how the recent Newbery and Caldecott winners are faring on the New York Times bestseller lists, I’d say. Caldecott first: As a reminder, here are the winners: And the children’s picture book list as it stands right now: Click here for the entire list. They All Saw a […]