February 22, 2017

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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 […]

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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 […]

‘Okay Google, I don’t need your help with story time.’

Morning Notes: Not My Job Edition

MO PRO The New Yorker ran a profile of Mo Willems. It’s really one of the best pieces I’ve seen on a children’s book creator in a while. Consider it must-read. Click here to get going. NOT HIS JOB You ever listen to the NPR gameshow Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me? Daniel Handler recently appeared […]

Notes on January 2017

In January . . . . . . my pants reviewed a book. But it all made sense.  . . . we tried to name book covers made out of LEGOs Some were pretty tricky. In case you were wondering, this is the cover of MARCH BOOK 3 right now. #alamw17 #alayma https://t.co/o7oUIO7RRg pic.twitter.com/cR3vkmdDeP — […]

The Circs So Far: The Most Checked Out Fiction Series at K-4 School Library

Let’s fire up the old circulation stats machine to do a mid year check-in on the most popular fiction series in our K-4 school library . . . 10. I Survived I love that there’s some historical fiction on this list. Who says kids aren’t interested in history? When it’s this action-packed and engaging, kids […]

The Best Tweets from the 2017 Youth Media Awards

We are at school at 6:20 a.m. for the #ymapjparty #alayma pic.twitter.com/cPM0sHlBBz — Micki Uppena (@Mic_Uppena) January 23, 2017 Today is about celebrating books that win shiny stickers. Every other day is about celebrating ALL the great books written for kids. #ALAYMA — Mr. ©olby Sharp (@colbysharp) January 23, 2017 I love librarians so much. […]

The Day After: A Few Random Thoughts on the 2017 Youth Media Awards

March had its much deserved moment, winning a record four different Youth Media Awards (Printz, Sibert, YALSA Nonfiction, Coretta Scott King Author). Since I don’t talk about YA on this blog, I haven’t blabbed much about March, but here’s the deal: the whole series is tremendous and should be required reading for all Americans. Freedom […]

The 2017 Caldecott Comment Card

Once the winners have been announced, I want to know what you think. Go ahead and share in the comments. Which choice are you happiest with? Which book did the committee miss?

The Eyes Have It: The Allure of Books That Look at You

The 100 Scope Notes Department of Unscientific Studies just issued a report saying that book covers with large eyes looking at passerby are attractive and are often checked out. Is this true? I don’t know. Maybe it just so happens that there are a bunch of great books that are looking at you, but for kicks […]

Name That LEGO Book Cover! (#2)

I used this website to (virtually) create 3 LEGO book covers. They’re listed from least challenging to most challenging – see how many you can name. Answer Answer Answer

Our 2017 Mock Caldecott (In 3 Steps)

I work at a K-4 elementary school. Here’s how were’re running our 2017 Mock Caldecott. Step 0: (Bonus Step, Y’all) The Prep. Before we get into the books that might win this year, we talk about what the Caldecott Medal is and read a past winner. I keep this pretty basic – explain how it’s […]

Exclusive Cover Reveal: Big Machines: The Story of Virgina Lee Burton

I dig the work of Virginia Lee Burton (or, as I prefer, The Notorious VLB). I especially love The Little House (subtly one of the most experimental Caldecott winners of all time, in my opinion), but I celebrate her entire catalog. Now Sherri Dusky Rinker (Goodnight Construction Site) and John Rocco (Blackout!) have teamed up […]

Will You Help Me Build the Newbery/Caldecott Hadron Collider?

Happy New Year! I’ve had this thing I’ve wanted to do for a couple of years now, but it keeps getting put on the back burner. Why not share it in the first post of 2017? I don’t really know how the Large Hadron Collider works (although I did just read this, which helped), but […]

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