April 22, 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 . . […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 . . .

I Created My Own Book Spine Poem and So Can You (And Your Students/Patrons)!

April is coming up. April is National Poetry Month. April is the time for book spine centos (see above). It makes a great program for kids (or former kids). So . . . Here are my tips for creating a book spine cento: Check out the book spine poem gallery for inspiration. This is always […]

10 Incorrect Ways to Spell ‘Newbery’

2018 Books from Geisel Award Winners

We’ve covered Caldecott. We’ve noticed Newbery. Now it’s time to gaze at Geisel. Wow, I apologize for that bout of alliteration. It will never happen again. Here are all the 2018 books from past Geisel Medal and Honor winners. Did I miss any? Let’s hear it in the comments. *NOTE* I tried to include books […]

A Great Big Creativity Project Giveaway!

It’s May of 2016. I’m with Colby Sharp interviewing Dav Pilkey for The Yarn podcast. During that interview, Colby got an idea for a book. But I didn’t know that. A couple weeks later, I got a message from Colby that went something like “Oh, hey, I have a literary agent now and I have an […]

2018 Books from Newbery Medal/Honor Winners

Last week we had a look at the 2018 releases from former Caldecott Medal and Honor winners.
It’s time for Newbery.
Did I miss any? Let’s hear it in the comments.

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Name That Book! Kid Drawing Edition

A bunch of teachers at my school asked students to draw their favorite book and write a couple sentences about why they love it. They’re on display in the hallways. The pictures are so great I thought it would be fun to turn it into a challenge. Can you name the book based on the student […]

Battle of the Bear Wisdom

What are the chances that this spring we would have two advice books, both featuring famous children’s literature bears, both titled Grin and Bear It? Well, I feel that that part (about the title) is kind of a given – if you have an advice book featuring a bear what else are you going to […]

2018 Books from Caldecott Medal/Honor Winners

While all of the Caldecott winners this year were first timers, that’s fairly rare. Most years, a past winner or two will turn up to claim another shiny sticker. Since that’s the case, it seems like looking at 2018 releases from past winners is a good place to spot potential 2019 winners. Oh, also, there’s […]

Notes on February 2018

In February . . . . . . there were some happy book creators. Is any tweet better than a Youth Media Award winner tweet? I rounded up my favorites. . . . I asked Niki Grimes three questions.  Including the all-important “favorite snack closer”. . . . we found out what Aaron Becker has […]

A Few Random Thoughts on the Bestselling Children’s Books of 2017

Publishers Weekly just released their list of the bestselling children’s book of 2017. I have a few thoughts . . . Pete the Cat, man. He keeps on keeping on. The bestselling new picture book of 2017 was 5-Minute Pete the Cat Stories. It beat out She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton and Dragons Love Tacos 2. […]