October 22, 2016

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Press Release Fun: Important Ivy & Bean Announcement (and a 6-inch protective layer of lard)

Naturally you know what tomorrow is. You don’t?  Doggone calendars.  You’d think they’d have the wherewithal to remember that October 21st is Ivy & Bean Day.  And now here’s the interesting part.  You heard it here first, folks, but Ivy & Bean are going to have . . .  AN ELEVENTH BOOK!! Don’t believe me?  […]

Middle School Students Explore Representation in “A Fine Dessert” | In the Classroom


A NYC middle school teacher uses the controversial picture book Fine Dessert to teach about stereotype and representation.

Sign On! Children’s Authors at ALA 2016

thumb Lois Ehlert, S&S, Rain Fish,

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

Scenes From the 2016 ALA Conference in Orlando


Take a peek at industry glitterati, enthusiastic librarians, snazzy shoes, and more fun at the 2016 American Library Association Annual Conference in Orlando, FL.

Video Sunday: Hello, Darkness, My Old Friend

Today we begin with something depressing (happy Sunday, everybody!). On April 4th, all of five days ago, the lovely blog Geekmom (which appears to be an offshoot of Geekdad) premiered the new Adam Rex / Mac Barnett book trailer for their upcoming picture book How This Book Was Made. When you see this trailer you […]

Video Sunday: Great Scott!

Ack!  Too many good videos, too little time!  We’ve an embarrassment of riches today.  The only question really is where to start.  And the only natural answer is with Obama’s nominee for the Librarian of Congress.  Not much of a question there, really. Next up, there is beginning to be a bit of a tradition […]

De la Peña’s “Last Stop on Market Street” Takes 2016 Newbery; Blackall’s “Finding Winnie” Wins Caldecott


There were cheers, tears, and mouths agape at ALA Midwinter, as Matt de la Peña’s “Last Stop on Market Street” and Sophie Blackall’s “Finding Winnie” took the top spots in the YMA lineup. Laura Ruby’s “Bone Gap” won the Printz.

NYCSL Conference Showcases New Literacy Initiative and a Thought-Provoking Panel on Diversity


At the recent fall conference for NYC School Librarians, educators learned about the new Read 365 initiative, and a thought-provoking conversation about diversity and the controversy around A Fine Dessert generated buzz.

Poetry, History, and Anticipated New Titles | Penguin Young Readers Spring 2016 Preview


Marilyn Singer talks about her new work of reverso poetry, and editors present multi-layered history and historical fiction as well as hotly anticipated follow-ups from favorite authors at the recent Penguin Young Readers Spring 2016 Preview.

Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear by Lindsay Mattick and Sophie Blackall | SLJ Review


MATTICK, Lindsay. Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear. illus. by Sophie Blackall. 56p. Little, Brown. Oct. 2015. Tr ISBN 9780316324908. LC 2014041128.
K-Gr 3–This sweet tale of the black bear that inspired the legendary children’s book character Winnie-the-Pooh will resonate with readers. In the framing story, a mother tells her son, Cole, a bedtime tale about how veterinarian Harry Colebourn, a young Canadian soldier on his way to train and fight in Europe during World War […]

Review of the Day: Finding Winnie by Lindsay Mattick

Review of the Day: Finding Winnie by Lindsay Mattick

Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear By Lindsay Mattick Illustrated by Sophie Blackall $18.00 ISBN: 978-0-316-32490-8 Ages 4-7 On shelves October 20th What is it with bears and WWI?  Aw, heck.  Let’s expand that question a tad.  What is it with adorable animals and WWI?  Seems these days no matter […]

“Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat” | Spotlight


In “A Fine Dessert” Emily Jenkins and Sophie Blackall tell the story of how the creation of one dessert—blackberry fool—has changed over the centuries. It’s a perfect choice for a sharing with a class, or as a group-reading selection.

Pick of the Day: The Mighty Lalouche

legs in red striped tights

A captivating tale about small people capable of great feats

Pictures of the Week: Random House Authors; The 14th Annual Society of Children Book Writers and Illustrators Conference


Random House authors N.D. Wilson, Jeanne Birdsall, and Rebecca Stead have lunch with librarians to discuss writing for middle school students; Meg Rosoff and Sophie Blackall attend the 14th Annual Society of Children Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Conference in NYC.