November 21, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

29 Terrific Titles | October Stars 2017

Graphic novels broach tough topics like consent and police violence; Leigh Bardugo’s Thorns excels at dark fantasy; a nonfiction title explores Harriet Tubman’s early years.

This article was published in School Library Journal's October 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

It’s Shoe Time! by Bryan Collier & Mo Willems | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 1 –Anthropomorphic shoes clamor to be selected by a girl preparing for a “Daddy-and-Me day!”

Authors “Heartened” by Seuss Museum’s Removal of Mural

A mural at the new Seuss Museum in Springfield, MA, prompted three authors to pull out of an event there. The museum may now use the art as a “teachable moment.”

Video Sunday: Don’t feed the plants

Happy Day Before the Eclipse! We’ve a couple interesting videos to peruse today, so take your pick! First off, two recent ones from the live feed show I do with the Abraham Lincoln Bookshop. The first is a bit of an aberration since it involves me being interviewed, not the other way around. The lure? […]

Picture Books: New Titles from Mo Willems, Jane Ray, & More | July 2017 Xpress Reviews

Mo Willems presents a guide to welcoming new additions to the family; Jane Ray breathes new life into an Indian folktale.

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A Stellar Lineup of Authors at the AAP/SLJ Children’s Librarians’ Dinner | BookExpo 2017

This year’s AAP/SLJ Dinner included favorites Mo Willems, Mitali Perkins, Lesa Cline-Ransome and James E. Ransome, as well as debut authors Tochi Onyebuchi, Dusti Bowling, and Byron Pitts.

Not On The Yarn: Judd Winick

  Colby: If you are reading this post you probably know that Judd Winick is the creator of the graphic novel series Hilo. My third-grade students are obsessed with this series. OBSESSED! Did you know that back in 1994 Judd was on MTV’s Real World San Francisco? Judd was recently interviewed about his time on […]

Not On The Yarn: Judd Winick

  Colby: If you are reading this post you probably know that Judd Winick is the creator of the graphic novel series Hilo. My third-grade students are obsessed with this series. OBSESSED! Did you know that back in 1994 Judd was on MTV’s Real World San Francisco? Judd was recently interviewed about his time on […]

‘There Is No Formula’ – Mo Willems Visits The Yarn

  Travis: Merry Christmas and happy holidays! Today we have something special – an extended episode with Mo Willems. I interviewed him last June at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Orlando. My questions focused on the Elephant & Piggie series and his answers were enlightening, funny, and honest. I think you’re gonna like this one. […]

Review of the Day: The Cookie Fiasco by Dan Santat

The Cookie Fiasco By Dan Santat Additional Art by Mo Willems Hyperion Books for Children (an imprint of Disney) $9.99 ISBN: 978-1484726365 Ages 3-6 On shelves now See, this is tricky. Very tricky indeed. On the one hand, as a reviewer of children’s books, not bound to any single periodical, I have the freedom to […]

Picture Books Xpress Reviews | June 2016

Say goodbye to Mo Willems’s Elephant and Piggie, meet Los Pollitos, and go Vroom! with Liesbet Slegers’s latest.

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The Thank You Book by Mo Willems | SLJ Review

WILLEMS, Mo. The Thank You Book. illus. by Mo Willems. 64p. (An Elephant & Piggie Book). Disney-Hyperion. May 2016. Tr $9.99. ISBN 9781423178286.
PreS-Gr 2–A sweet and pitch-perfect swan song to a wildly popular series. Reflecting on her good fortune and many blessings, Piggie decides to thank everyone who is important to her. Gerald thinks this is a bad idea, in that she runs the very big risk of forgetting someone. Piggie will not be dissuaded and embarks on her “Thank-o-rama!” She […]

The Art and Whimsy of Mo Willems Lands in Manhattan 

The three-time Caldecott Honor recipient joins the ranks of Ludwig Bemelmans, Ezra Jack Keats, and Antoine de Saint-Exupery in having an exhibit of work at a New York City museum.

A Flurry of Fresh Children’s and YA Titles Presented at the AAP Book Buzz

Librarian Robbin Friedman attends and reports back on the recent AAP Book Buzz, highlighting new and upcoming titles for children and teens.

Video Sunday: One Video Short

Been a while, hasn’t it?  Well, better late than never.  And you probably get a better level of quality videos if there’s a month’s gap, eh? Today we begin with the video of the week.  The Wall Street Journal released this article about Brian Selznick’s puppeteering work on his own book trailer.  For me, it’s […]

Video Sunday: La la la!

Morning, folks.  We’ve a good store of goodies this morning, and I’m pleased as punch to give them to you.  First up, a short film.  A very short film, actually.  I’ve spoken in the past on how Hollywood views children’s writers and the creation of children’s books.  This film seems to believe that children’s books […]

Carnivorous cakes, nail-biting horror, and a reimagined Alice | SLJ Sneak Peek

From a hilarious chapter book set in space to an imaginative origin story for Alice and Wonderland’s Queen of Hearts, the following works featured in SLJ’s February 2015 issue will entertain and pique the interest of voracious and emergent readers. Check out the latest sneak peek of reviews appearing in the next print issue.

Fusenews: Don’t Let the Pigeon Shoot First

Hi-ho, folks. Well, there’s a nice little second part to that interview I did with Kidlit TV last week.  Basically, if you’ve ever wanted me to predict the Newbery and Caldecott on air or offer up my assessment of the worst written children’s book of 2014, you are in luck.  I think there may even […]

Board Book Bonanza | Preschool to Grade 4 Roundup

These 39 new board books were all published in the second half of 2014. They include concept books, stories, titles new to the board book format, and a few recommended titles in Spanish.

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Fusenews: Bemoaning, Lamenting, and Generally Carrying On

A stumper to begin the day. I got this message from my aunt and I simply do not know the answer. Librarians of the world, do you know? Just to clarify beforehand, the answer is unfortunately not Are Your My Mother? by P.D. Eastman: “… seeking info on a children’s book that was [a] favorite […]