March 28, 2017

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Ten Contenders Make the 2016 National Book Awards Longlist for Young People’s Literature


The titles represent diverse voices and writing styles, addressing issues such as first love, violence in the home, sexual identity, immigration, interracial dating, social activism, and the effects of war on children.

Sign On! Children’s Authors at ALA 2016

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Look at which children’s book honorees editorial director Rebecca T. Miller spotted signing autographs and greeting fans at ALA.

Candlewick Press Fall Preview Full of Drama, Dark Fairy Tales—and Octopi


Oliver Jeffers’s A Child of Books stole the spotlight among a deep field of other worthy upcoming titles, including hotly anticipated picture books and fairy tales with a film noir feel.

Video Sunday: Hits ’em With His Head Edition

So, fun fact. I read a serious 2017 Newbery contender a couple months ago and it looks like they may release it in the nearish future (February 2nd). I’m calling 2016 as The Year of the Fox, by the way, since both Sara Pennypacker and Kathi Appelt have fox related middle grades on the horizon. […]

Review of the Day: The Nest by Kenneth Oppel

The Nest By Kenneth Oppel Illustrated by Jon Klassen Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-4814-3232-0 On shelves October 6th Oh, how I love middle grade horror. It’s a very specific breed of book, you know. Most people on the street might think of the Goosebumps books or similar ilk when they […]

Late Fall Picture Books, Easy Readers, and Beginning Chapter Books | Fiction Preschool to Grade 4


This month’s reviews include a vibrant assortment of cleverly engaging stories with gorgeous artwork. Look for books by award-winning illustrators Jon Klassen, Oliver Jeffers, Marie-Louise Gay, and Jim LaMarche, as well as some relative newcomers on the scene, such as Tom Clohosy Cole, Chris Haughton, August Hall, Steve Pilcher, and Ayano Imai.

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Klassen and Brooks Take UK’s Greenaway and Carnegie Medals


On June 23, Caldecott-winning Jon Klassen’s This is Not My Hat and Kevin Brooks’s The Bunker Diarytook top honors in the 2014 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals, the UK’s longest running and most prestigious awards for children’s literature. Backlash surrounding the Carnegie pick continues to develop.

Lemony Snicket’s ‘The Dark’ Takes 2014 Charlotte Zolotow Award

The Dark by Lemony Snicket

Acclaimed children’s book author Lemony Snicket’s The Dark, illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Jon Klassen, is the winner of the 17th Annual Charlotte Zolotow Award for outstanding picture book writing, given by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center.

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 […]

Rowell, Daywalt Among 2013 Goodreads Choice Awards Winners


Attention, best-books list watchers: The 2013 Goodreads Choice Awards winners have been announced. Winners include Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor and Park, Rick Riordan’s House of Hades, and more.

Pick of the Day: I Want My Hat Back | DVD

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The brown bear’s hat is missing, and he almost gives up all hope of ever finding it in the DVD version of I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen.

Pictures of the Week: Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen at Book Launch Party for ‘The Dark’


Lemony Snicket (also known as Daniel Handler) and Jon Klassen at a Book Launch Party for their new picture book, The Dark.

A Children’s Book Fever Dream: Compounding Awesome Upon Awesome

There are some days when you are so utterly floored by delight that all you can do is throw up your hands and say to the universe, “I’m out!”  That was yesterday.  I’m out, folks.  I hit the top.  It’s all downhill from here.  And I’m so young!  It’s sad when you peak at 34. […]

JLG’s On the Radar: Be Not Afraid—Picture Books for a Not-So-Scary Storytime

The Dark by Lemony Snicket

Junior Library Guild editors select picture books perfect for the younger set who beg for a scary story, but are safe enough to prevent nightmares.

Pictures of the Week: Jon Klassen at Little, Brown’s Spring and Summer Picture Book Celebration

Jon Klassen with his Little, Brown editor, Susan Rich, and Little, Brown’s Art Director, Patti Ann Harris at Little, Brown’s spring and summer picture book celebration on March 13 in New York City.

Picture book author Jon Klassen, Little, Brown editor Susan Rich, and Little, Brown Art Director Patti Ann Harris at the Little, Brown picture book celebration.

Review of the Day: The Dark by Lemony Snicket

Audiobook cover with Girl staring at a fairy

The Dark By Lemony Snicket Illustrated by Jon Klassen Little Brown & Co. $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-316-18748-0 Ages 4-8 On shelves April 2nd You do not know the temptation I am fighting right now to begin this review with some grandiose statement equating a fear of the dark with a fear of death itself. You have […]

ALA Midwinter: SLJ Resources on the Youth Media Award Winners


With the Youth Media Awards having been announced Monday January 28, buzz around the Caldecott-winning This Is Not My Hat (Candlewick), the Newbery-winning The One and Only Ivan (HarperCollins), and the Printz-winning In Darkness (Bloomsbury), is higher than ever. School Library Journal has compiled a list of relevant blog posts, reviews, interviews, and articles related to the winners and honor books.

SLJ Reviews for Top Youth Media Award Winners


Katherine Applegate’s The One and Only Ivan and Jon Klassen’s This Is Not My Hat may have won the Newbery and Caldecott on Monday, January 28, but they were already stellar titles for School Library Journal’s Book Review editors. Both books made SLJ’s Best Books of 2012 list, as well as many of the other ALA’s Youth Media Award-winners. Check out SLJ’s reviews for the top prizes.

On the Radar: Top Picks from the Editors at Junior Library Guild: Caldecott Contenders: Star-Studded Choices


With the announcement of the Caldecott winners less than a week away, Junior Library Guild examines some of 2012’s front-runner picture books.

News Bites: Win Big with Verizon’s App Challenge


Verizon’s App Challenge is designed to increase student interest in STEM while offering a project-based experience that develops teamwork among students. Groups of 5-10 students are encouraged to develop an app that addresses a need or problem in their school or community.