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More Mythical Beasts of the School Library

The school year has ended around here and books that haven’t been on the shelves since September have returned. So forgive me for thinking I’m seeing things. Hold on – is that a dragon? Wait, no – it’s just the rarely spotted shelf full of Dork Diaries. SHHH! I think I see a Griffin. No! […]

One Star Review, Guess Who? (#90)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? It was your own fault, Sylvester. Get it together. 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 Star […]

Books on Film: Return to the Tundra Illustrator Studio

It’s been a little while since we last checked in on the Tundra Illustrator Studio. So what’s new? In studio videos of two unique artists. Kelly Hill creates illustrations using quilting techniques: And Lesley-Anne Green, who creates three-dimensional art:

11 of My Favorite Tweets from the Past Week (or so)

In case you missed them, here are a few of my favorite children’s literature/publishing tweets from the last week or so.

100 Scope Notes, Elsewhere

Do you ever read this blog and wish, “Yeah, but where are the bad drawings and pictures of semi-obscure picture books?” Well, then I invite you to follow 100 Scope Notes on Instagram. It’s the place where I do secret stuff. Click here to check it out.

One Star Review, Guess Who? (#89)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? A classical tale about a crazy story-teller and his obsession with confusing his child. I was never a big fan of the Disney movies and I was really not a big fan of the book. Click here for the […]

COME ONE COME ALL: The Yarn LIVE with Meg Medina at ALA

Are you attending the American Library Association Annual Conference later this month? We’re recording a LIVE episode of The Yarn podcast with our reigning Newbery medalist, Meg Medina. Do you want details? Details! What: The Yarn LIVE with guest Meg Medina Where: The Pop Top stage (in the exhibits hall) When: Monday, June 24 @ […]

Name That LEGO Book Cover! (#12)

Once again, it’s the game that’s sweeping the country. 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 […]

Morning Notes: Intrinsic Motivation Edition

RECOGNIZE Do children’s book authors and illustrators deserve more pub? Julia Donaldson says so. Click here to read. THE ACTUALLY VERY GOOD DAY Judith Viorst on happiness. Click here to read. (via Austin Kleon) BGHB The Boston Globe/Horn Book award winners have been announced. Nice work BGHB. Click here to read. JUDITH KERR In case […]

Notes on May 2019

In May . . . . . . I got a big head that was quickly deflated. Oh the fickle most popular book at my school list. . . . we checked in on some 2020 Newbery/Caldecott hopefuls to keep an eye on. The readers over at Goodreads have some thoughts. . . . we […]

A Nerdy Q&A with Nerdy Babies Creator Emmy Kastner

Last summer, at Nerd Camp, I met Kalamazoo author/illustrator Emmy Kastner. She told me, appropriately enough, she was working on a series of books called Nerdy Babies, full of facts for little ones. Now the books are out, and I asked Emmy some questions about the series. Travis: Hi Emmy! I’m always curious about how […]

Endangered Series #13: The English Roses by Madonna

Popularity comes, popularity goes. As librarians we’re always balancing between what will circulate like crazy and what we need to have in the collection. And we’re not the Library of Congress – we can’t (and shouldn’t) keep everything. An endangered series is one that appears to be waning in terms of popularity. But popularity isn’t everything. Should it […]

One Star Review, Guess Who? (#88)

Normally, these posts begin with this: “Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon?” Well, today is a bit of an exception, because it’s actually a two-star review. But when you figure out the book, you’ll see why I couldn’t pass this one up. So here we […]

The Unexpecteds: 5 Sneakily Popular Books in Our K-4 School Library This Year

Towards the end of the year I like to look at the circulation stats and see if anything unexpected pops up. Amid the swarms of Pilkey, Renee Russell, and Willems, a few books that I didn’t expect got checked out a whole lot this school year. Here they are, along with my guesses on why […]

The 2019 Unicorn Report

With all these unicorns prancing through children’s books, you’d almost think they were real. Oh, sorry, spoiler alert. I’f you’re looking to boost the unicorn ranks on your shelves, look no further, because below are all the ‘corn books 2019 has to offer. Any to add? Let me know in the comments.