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October 31, 2014

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Book Trailer Premiere: The Cosmobiography of Sun Ra by Chris Raschka

Book Trailer Premiere: The Cosmobiography of Sun Ra by Chris Raschka

Well, I am pleased to announce today’s Book Trailer Premiere, particularly since it is unlike every other book trailer I’ve ever put up.  Credit that to the subject matter, really.  Chris Raschka is one of those rare author/illustrators that can get away with presenting the hard subjects, particularly when it comes to jazz legends.  Didn’t [...]

Pictures of the Week: Authors Celebrate at Abrams Books

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Authors Chris Raschka, Lauren Myracle, and others came together for a night of festivities at Abrams Books.

How Do You Feel Today?: Great Books about Emotions

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Told with sensitivity, perception, and heartwarming humor, these recent picture books treat a range of experiences and feelings that are all part of a youngster’s everyday world. Share them with kids to build empathy, foster self-awareness, and invite discussion.

Fusenews: Red-bearded ghosts welcome!

Fusenews: Red-bearded ghosts welcome!

I begin today with news that is only tangentially children’s literature related.  My excuse is that it makes me so happy I can hardly breathe.  For Christmas I got the soundtrack of the musical Matilda, and I’ve been cooing over the brilliant lyrics and music ever since.  Tim Minchin was the man behind said lyrics [...]

Wordless Picture Books That Speak Volumes | JLG’s On the Radar

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In most books, words and pictures go hand in hand to tell the story. In a select few, the plot is revealed through the illustrations on the pages and the imagination of a reader. Background knowledge, creativity, and key elements embedded in the narrative allow children to form their own ideas as they interpret the illustrations. The following wordless—or nearly wordless—selections by the editors at Junior Library Guild provide the perfect setting to increase fluency in storytelling.

Pick of the Day: Daisy Gets Lost

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Nearly wordless like its predecessor, this evocative story depicts another misadventure in the park by a lovable pup..

JLG’s On the Radar: Picture Books for Primary Readers

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Junior Library Guild editors select picture books that are perfect for storytime; these titles are destined to become favorite read-alouds and will delight the imaginations of kids in kindergarten and first grade.

Second Annual Picture Book Month Kicks off in November

Book display at Brook Forest Elementary School.

Librarians, authors and illustrators are gearing up for Picture Book Month in November. Events and activities include daily postings to the Picture Book Month site by authors and illustrators like Chris Raschka and Paul O. Zeinsky. School libraries will be featuring Mock Caldecotts and author visits.