February 25, 2018

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2018 Youth Media Award Winners on The Yarn

Travis: A bunch of the folks who recently took home awards during the 2018 Youth Media Awards have appeared on the show. If you haven’t listened to these episodes, now might be a good time to get to know these award winners. Jason Reynolds Awards: Newbery Honor, CSK Author Honor, Printz Honor, Odyssey Honor Matthew […]

Morning Notes: Very Far Away Edition

L.A. TIMES NOMS The Los Angeles Times Book Prize just posted their nominees in all categories, including the one that matters most, Young Adult literature, a list that has two Newbery overlaps. Any guesses? Click here to see them. NYT ON #METOO IN CHILDREN’S LITERATURE The New York Times did a story on the sexual harassment […]

Auto-Completed Children’s Books (#3) Moo, Baa, La La La!

Okay, Google – you think you’re pretty smart? How about you try completing the text from famous children’s books. I’ll type the beginning of each line into a Google search (plain text below), and you try to finish the line (bold text below). (All credit to @botnikstudions for the inspiration) Previously . . . Auto-Completed Children’s […]

How SPEAK became a Graphic Novel: 3 Questions with Laurie Halse Anderson

I recently finished the graphic novel adaptation of Laurie Halse Anderson’s modern YA classic Speak. Boy is it well done. It’s illustrated by Emily Carroll. I’m always curious about how a novel becomes a graphic novel so I asked Laurie a few questions about it. Me: Hi Laurie. How did the idea to adapt the book […]

What Aaron Becker Has Been Up To: Behind the Scenes of A STONE FOR SASCHA

After his award-winning Journey trilogy, I’ve been curious to see what Aaron Becker does next. A Stone for Sascha is the answer. You may have seen the cover:

Today we take an exclusive look behind the scenes of how the book was made.

The Best Tweets from the 2018 Youth Media Awards

#theviewfromhere pic.twitter.com/0WYpR0GCuv — John Schu (@MrSchuReads) February 12, 2018 YMAs….important note to self for the end, and the rest of you, since I have no assurance regarding my future mental state. pic.twitter.com/Djqy3bMnHI — Nina Lindsay (@OaklandNina) February 12, 2018 Breaking the no-screen-time for baby rule…#alayma pic.twitter.com/ooEnRPxFEq — Megan Dowd Lambert (@MDowdLambert) February 12, 2018 Is […]

The Day After: Random Thoughts on the 2018 Youth Media Awards

A whole lot of great and interesting things happened during the 2018 Youth Media Awards. Here are my random thoughts on Geisel, Caldecott, and Newbery . . . Geisel: Two former winners here – Paul Meisel and Ted Arnold Very happy to see Charlie & Mouse win the gold. It’s one of the few books I […]

The 2018 Caldecott Comment Card

Once the winners have been announced, I want to know what you think. Go ahead and share in the comments. Which choice are you happiest with? Which book did the committee miss?

Harassment in Children’s Lit

Chances are good that if you’re reading this, you’ve already read the article (and comments on) Children’s Publishing Reckons with Sexual Harassment, but in case you haven’t, you should.

The February Newsletter is Terrifying

Yesterday I sent out the February installment of FROM THE DESK OF 100 SCOPE NOTES. It includes a story about a terrifying snowflake. You can see it here.
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Morning Notes: Itchy Edition

MAURICE SENDAK: INTERIOR DESIGNER What would it look like if Sendak, Carle, Rowling or three other children’s lit greats designed the baby’s room? Now we (sort of) know. WILDER NO MORE? There will be some discussion at the ALA Midwinter conference this weekend about possibly changing the Laura Ingalls Wilder award, ALSC’s version of a […]

Exclusive Book Cover Reveal: THE VERY LAST CASTLE by Me and Mark Pett

Remember that story I told you I wrote? About the castle? The one Mark Pett is illustrating? It’s coming out on October 9th and today it’s my pleasure to share the cover with you. It seemed like a good time to ask Mark a couple questions about the cover creation process. Me: Hi Mark! Do […]

Some Things You Might Not Know about Madeleine L’Engle

Something a bit different today – a piece about children’s literature legend Madeleine L’Engle. L’Engle’s granddaughters Charlotte Jones Voiklis and Léna Roy have written a biography about her, which is out tomorrow (Feb. 6, 2018), and I asked Léna to share a three things that surprised her most while writing the bio. Léna, the floor is […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#64)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? If you are lazy enough to sleep on the job, you deserve to have your hats stolen. Click here for the answer. Why do I share these? Click here. Previously . . . One Star Review Guess Who (#1) […]

The Importance of Challenging Yourself (and Eating Almonds): 3 Questions with Nikki Grimes

I was given the opportunity to ask children’s literature legend Nikki Grimes a few questions. This was a chance I jumped at. Travis: What was it like winning the Wilder Award? What’s it been like since? Nikki Grimes: Earth-shaking. It took me a while to find my feet. It’s one award I never imagined winning. […]

Morning Notes: Road Trip Edition

THE 2019 YOUTH MEDIA AWARDS: ENHANCED Good news time. The most prominent awards in children’s literature is about to get more diverse. Beginning in 2019, the Youth Media Awards will “highlight titles selected by the American Indian Library Association (AILA), Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), and the Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL)“. Click here to read the full announcement. THE CROSSOVER Author Kwame […]

Ten Years Later: The Unforgettable 2008 Newbery/Caldecott

You have those day-to-day checklists, where you’re making sure you buy air filters and take enough naps, and then you have those bigger checklists of things you’d like to do someday if you can manage it. Our latest episode of The Yarn falls into the latter category for me. The winners of the 2008 Newbery […]

Everything Is Upside-Down: The 2008 Newbery and Caldecott Medals

Travis: Before we even made the first episode of The Yarn podcast, we’ve wanted to do an episode on the 2008 Newbery and Caldecott medal winners, and unforgettable year that challenged assumptions about what kinds of books could win the most prestigious awards in children’s literature. In today’s episode, Brian Selznick and Laura Amy Schlitz […]

Everything Is Upside-Down: The 2008 Newbery and Caldecott Medals

Travis: Before we even made the first episode of The Yarn podcast, we’ve wanted to do an episode on the 2008 Newbery and Caldecott medal winners, and unforgettable year that challenged assumptions about what kinds of books could win the most prestigious awards in children’s literature. In today’s episode, Brian Selznick and Laura Amy Schlitz […]

Results! The Big Ol’ Elementary Book Checkout Survey

On Tuesday, I asked all fellow nosy elementary school librarians to spill the deets on their book checkout policies. 205 nosy people responded by completing my survey. Thank you fellow nosy people! And now . . . the results. (Click to enlarge charts)   My Reaction: I was expecting that most school libraries would have […]