April 20, 2018

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The State of Photographic Illustration in 2018

Maybe someday a book with primarily photographic illustrations will win the Caldecott Medal. Until that day, I’m going to annually post all the fiction picture books I see that use photography. There are plenty of nonfiction books that use photographs. What I’m sharing in this post is fiction that uses photos. Do you know of […]

2018 Books from Sibert Winners

I’ve brought you here to show you all the books coming out in 2018 by past Sibert Medal winners. The decision was whether or not to include fiction books, or just keep it to nonfiction. I decided to add the fiction too. Did I miss any? Let me know in the comments. Previously . . […]

“I hope kids find something they need in the book,” Victoria Jamieson

Colby: Victoria Jamieson is amazing. Talking to her about All’s Faire in Middle School for The Yarn was tons of fun! During the interview Victoria drew me interviewing her. She told me that drawing makes her less nervous. If you listen closely, you’ll be able to hear her Sharpie move across the page when she’s […]

Books on Film: Jason Reynolds on Late Night with Seth Meyers

Author Jason Reynolds was on Late Night with Seth Meyers a couple nights back. I would say “Hey, isn’t it cool and unusual that a middle grade and YA writer is on a late night show?” But really, Jason Reynolds is the kind of captivating person where this stuff just makes you say “Of course […]

Books on Film: Jason Reynolds on Late Night with Seth Meyers

Author Jason Reynolds was on Late Night with Seth Meyers a couple nights back. I would say “Hey, isn’t it cool and unusual that a middle grade and YA writer is on a late night show?” But really, Jason Reynolds is the kind of captivating person where this stuff just makes you say “Of course […]

Huh, I Wonder Which Children’s Books Are in the Top 100?

Maybe you’re like me. You like oatmeal. Trail mix. Children’s literature. Maybe you’d like to see each and every children’s book that is currently in the top 100 best sellers on Amazon presented without comment*. I did, so I made this post about it. Here they are: * Okay one comment. Love You Forever has […]

Morning Notes: “What’s Your Emergency?” Edition

THE LAST BEST The Bank Street College of Education puts out an annual list of the best books of the previous year. It’s very user-friendly – I like how they note books that make good read alouds. It’s a great one for collection development. Click here to see the list. HARRY BY SELZNICK Brian Selznick handles […]

The Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2017

The numbers are in, and the most challenged books of 2017 are . . . (Click to enlarge) Books that are new on the list this year: The Hate U Give, Sex is a Funny Word Books that were on the list last year: Drama, George, I Am Jazz Books that were on older lists […]

2018 Books from Coretta Scott King Winners

I have scoured the internet for 2018 releases from previous Coretta Scott King Author and Illustrator Award winners. Did I miss any? Let me know in the comments. Previously . . . 2018 Books from Newbery Winners 2018 Books from Caldecott Winners 2018 Books from Geisel Winners 2018 Books from Pura Belpré Winners   The […]

Books on Film: Ludwig Bemelmans and the Creation of Madeline

It’s been out for a while, but I recently came across this Carle Museum video on Madeline creator Ludwig Bemelmans. When did the inspiration for Bemelmans most well-known character come from? It all started with a broken arm . . .
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One Star Review Guess Who? (#65)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? I should have stopped reading it when the nosebleeds started. Click here for the answer. Why do I share these? Click here. Previously . . . One Star Review Guess Who (#1) One Star Review Guess Who (#2) One […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#65)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? I should have stopped reading it when the nosebleeds started. Click here for the answer. Why do I share these? Click here. Previously . . . One Star Review Guess Who (#1) One Star Review Guess Who (#2) One […]

Your Netflix Guide to TV/Film Adaptations of Children’s Books

Books, schmooks – let’s have some screen time!! But if you’re gonna have screen time, at least make it a show or movie based on a children’s book. It’s the least you can do. I scoured Netflix for all the TV shows or movies based on kids books (if you have a Netflix account, you […]

Bunny Beef: Mike Pence Claps Back at John Oliver Over Picture Book Parody

First there was this: The Pence family pet, Marlon Bundo, starred in a picture book: Then there was this: Comedian John Oliver released a parody of the book: Today, the beef continues. The Pence family announced the immediate publication of a new book Marlon Bundo’s Bad Dream. The premise? That Bundo’s last adventure, the spoof by John […]

Make Something Weird: Greg Pizzoli Visits The Yarn

Travis: I interviewed Greg Pizzoli about his book Good Night Owl at the 2017 SCBWI conference. He talked about the evolution of the book and what it was like to find out it had won a Geisel honor. We hope you enjoy the episode. Subscribe below to catch every episode. Click here to subscribe to […]

Notes on March 2018

In March . . . . . . we tried to guess the book based on a student’s cover drawing. Some of them were tricky. . . . I shared ten books I’m excited about coming this spring. Preview time. . . . we learned what past Newbery, Caldecott, Geisel, and Pura Belpré winners are […]

2018 Books from Pura Belpré Winners

Here are all the 2018 books from past Pura Belpré author and illustrator medal and honor winners. Did I miss any? Let’s hear it in the comments. Previously . . . 2018 Books from Newbery Winners 2018 Books from Caldecott Winners 2018 Books from Geisel Winners The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by […]

Morning Notes: Don’t Push the Button Edition

PRETTY GOOD YEAR Jackie Woodson: having a pretty good year. Click here to read. REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE Should we have fewer books with rule-breaking characters? Fatherly thinks so. Click here to read. CANCELED AND PULPED The New York Times follows up in the #metoo movement in children’s literature, talking with (among others) Elizabeth Rusch, […]

Auto-Completed Children’s Books (#4) I Want My Hat Back

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 To . . . (2018 Edition)

Children’s books can teach you how to do a lot of things. In 2018, they can teach you . . .