February 19, 2018

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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?

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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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Big Ol’ Elementary Book Checkout Survey (That’s Pretty Short)

Admit it – you want to know what goes on in other elementary school libraries. How do they handle check out? How do they handle overdue books? I’m curious too. So I made this pretty short survey to find out how you all are running your libraries. Today we collect data, later this week I’ll […]

“It’s a Book About Nothing”

I’ve recently noticed something about children’s books. Nothing. Nothing has become something. If there’s one requirement for a book, it’s that the book be about something. Because of this, nothing is the ultimate subversion – it makes sense that children’s book creators would want to toy with that. In the past few years, the idea of […]

Name That LEGO Book Cover ! (#6)

I used this website to (virtually) create 3 LEGO book covers. They’re listed from least challenging to most challenging – see how many you can name. #1: Answer #2: Answer #3: Answer How’d you do? Previously . . . Name That LEGO Book Cover! (#1) Name That LEGO Book Cover! (#2) Name That LEGO Book Cover! (#3) […]

Auto-Completed Children’s Books (#2) The Very Hungry Caterpillar

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) The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle  […]

The January Edition of FROM THE DESK OF 100 SCOPE NOTES

On Friday I sent out the January installment of FROM THE DESK OF 100 SCOPE NOTES. This edition contains recent recommended reads, a story about fixing a book, and a classic soon to be back on shelves. You can see it here. Interested in having future newsletters sent directly to your inbox? Click here to sign […]

‘I can’t wait to check it out. I have it at home!’

Here’s something that will be very familiar to any grown-up who’s ever spent some time in a public or school library, but nuts to those who haven’t: the kid who checks out a book they already have at home. I see it all the time. “I have this book at home!” a student will exclaim, holding […]

The Circs So Far: The 11 Most Popular Picture Books at Our K-4 School

Why do books get popular in a school library? Aside from just the obvious “It’s entertaining”, there are all sort of reasons why a particular book can get checked out a lot. Here’s a quote I often reflect upon while gazing into the distance: The unexamined library is not worth librarianing in. -Travis (with apologies […]

The Circs So Far: The 11 Most Popular Picture Books at Our K-4 School

Why do books get popular in a school library? Aside from just the obvious “It’s entertaining”, there are all sort of reasons why a particular book can get checked out a lot. Here’s a quote I often reflect upon while gazing into the distance: The unexamined library is not worth librarianing in. -Travis (with apologies […]

The Children’s Literature Community Welcomes the New Ambassador

You’ve heard the news: Excited that @everychildread, @cbcbook, & @librarycongress has selected me as the 6th National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature! An awesome way to begin 2018! Read more about my platform “READING = HOPE x CHANGE” here: https://t.co/U24I0TNfpJ @penguinkids — Jacqueline Woodson (@JackieWoodson) January 4, 2018 Now let’s see what authors and illustrators […]

And the New National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Is . . .

I lucked out and was on the committee to help pick our next National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature this year. I couldn’t be happier with the result: Exciting News! We are thrilled to announce @JackieWoodson as the 6th National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature! Read about her amazing platform READING = HOPE X CHANGE […]

Challenge: Solve This Library Mad Gabs

Working in a library with 550 patrons between the ages of 4 and 10 has really improved my ability to decipher pronunciations of all kinds. Basically 10% of my job amounts to me playing a one-sided game of Mad Gabs with a five-year-old who is desperately trying to tell me a book title. You know […]

Auto-Completed Children’s Books (#1) Goodnight Moon

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) Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown  […]