December 3, 2016

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The Ultimate Children’s Literature Illustrator Gift Guide 2016

What are you going to give, a mermaid blanket? Come on. Give art. Recently updated for the 2016 gift-giving season, here is my collection of children’s literature illustrator shops on the world wide web. This isn’t a comprehensive list – let me hear about what I missed in the comments. (Many thanks to Debbie Ridpath Ohi (who […]

Notes on November 2016

In November . . . . . . the children’s literature community reacted to the 2016 presidential election. A whole lot of feelings. . . . our children’s lit election was a success. Duck vs. Squid – kids decided. . . . we found a man . . . in a yellow hat? Nothing to see […]

And the Undie Goes To . . .

Thank you to everyone who voted in the very first Undies: Case Cover Awards. The results are in, and it’s time to announce the winners. Don’t forget to visit Design of the Picture Book to see the winners in the rest of the categories.  BEST IMPRESSION OF SOMETHING OTHER THAN A PICTURE BOOK And the […]

Thank You

Thank you for caring about children’s literature. Thank you for reading this blog. Happy Thanksgiving.

Voting Is Open in The Undies Case Cover Awards!

Voting is now open in the first annual Undies Case Cover Awards! *Applause* *Applause* *Applause* Thank you. Carter Higgins and I are co-hosting this first-of-its-kind award dedicated to the case cover. We’ve accepted submissions. We’ve arranged them into pleasing categories. We’ve decided on shortlists of nominees. Now it’s your turn to decide our winners. Check out […]

Coming Soon . . . Vote in The Undies Case Cover Awards!

This Tuesday, Design of the Picture Book and I will announce nominees for the first annual Undies Awards. But it is up to YOU to select our winners. Voting will begin Tuesday, and winners will be announced the following Tuesday (November 29). Oh, and here’s an early concept drawing of the award the winners might receive: For framing, […]

Holdshelf: November 2016

Here are the books currently on hold at my K-4 school library:

The Children’s Literature Community Responds to the 2016 Presidential Election

If you’re not up for a Kumbaya sort of post (and I respect that), don’t read this post. Here are some reactions to the 2016 presidential election by the children’s literature community. Have a friend? Hug a friend. — Mo Willems’ Pigeon (@The_Pigeon) November 9, 2016 A Letter From Our President @elloellenoh to the […]

It’s Election Day (And One of These Books Will Soon Be Real)

A couple weeks back I received an email from Running Kids Press about The New Big Book of Presidents. Pretty much every library has this book (or something similar from another publisher). It is the one-stop-shop for all presidential info. An updated version will be released in January to reflect the winner of the 2016 presidential […]

The Results of Our Kidlit Election Are In

Our kidlit election is finished.

I explained the process over at the Reader Leader blog.
Now the results are in . . .

Squid votes are on the left, Duck votes are on the right.
Which means . . .

Gallery: The New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2016

The 2016 edition of the New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books list was announced today, so let’s see how I did on my predictions. Oh. Well, better luck next time! Here are the beautiful books that made the list. The Cat from Hunger Mountain by Ed Young The Dead Bird by Margaret Wise Brown, […]

Getting Creative

Yesterday The Creativity Project was announced. Little, Brown to Publish ‘Creativity Project’ by Michigan Teacher @colbysharp — Children’s Bookshelf (@PWKidsBookshelf) November 1, 2016 I’m thrilled for my friend (and partner on The Yarn) Colby Sharp. I’m also honored to be one of the contributors to the project. (Click here to see the complete […]

We Found a (Man in the Yellow) Hat?

Jon Klassen’s We Found a Hat is fantastic. The end isn’t as ambiguous as his last book (written by Mac Barnett), Sam & Dave Dig a Hole (speculation got a little crazy on that one), but maybe there is some room from interpretation. Here’s my theory: The hat the turtles find actually belonged to The Man in the […]

November is Picture Book Month

It’s November. November is a good month. November is Picture Book Month. To learn more (and get in on the fun), visit the Picture Book Month website.

Bob-Con 2016

If you’ve read a book with a character named Bob to kids, you know that kids love that name. Bob. It makes everything more jovial. Over the weekend the Bob Class of 2016 got together to network, discuss a potential (and highly controversial) change to “Robert”, and attend Bob-related workshops and breakout sessions. (Click to […]

If You Like The Yarn, You Might Also Like “Books Between”

Colby:  Travis and I are always looking for great books to hand the readers in our lives. We know that if a kid likes Kate DiCamillo’s Because of Winn-Dixie they might also like Barbara O’Connor’s How to Steal a Dog. We were thinking that it might be fun to do the same with podcasts. In […]

Last Call for Undies! Nominate Your Favorite Case Cover by Nov. 15

The window to nominate a creative case cover for The Undies is about to close. The deadline is November 15, 2016. What are The Undies??? Only the Biggest and Best New Award in Children’s Literature. Follow these steps to nominate: Check out the case cover gallery we have going at Design of the Picture Book […]

The ‘What Are Kids Checking Out?’ List

Follett, book distributor and maker of one of the most popular library automation systems in the country, recently put out a list of the most popular books in elementary school. Follett has collected circulation statistics from schools across the country (who choose to participate) to create the list. As a school librarian who sees the […]

These Books Own Their Corners

Sometimes a book comes to represent a certain genre or style so completely that every book published afterward that is even remotely similar will be compared to it. It owns it’s corner. Here are the books I can think of that own their corners. Any to add? Let’s hear it in the comments. The Interactive […]

Don’t Even Try to Tell Me This Isn’t a Perfect Book (#1): Bark, George

Some say there’s no such thing as a perfect book. Bah! Some books are perfect. In this series, we’ll name them. Don’t even try to tell me Bark, George isn’t a perfect book. Were you about to start? Stop. Bark, George is perfect. It’s . . . . . .  efficient. Bark, George has a simple […]