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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)!

Book Spine Poem 2018

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’

Newbery Misspellings

2018 Books from Geisel Award Winners

Geisel 2018

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 […]

10 to Note: Spring Preview 2018

Spring Preview 2018

Lot of good-looking books coming out here in the next three months. Here are ten that caught my eye. Picture Books The Town of Turtle by Michelle Cuevas, illustrated by Catia Chien HMH | April 10 | Grades K-2 Funny and sweet. That’s what I’m expecting with this story about a lonely turtle who ends up […]

Books on Film: SENDAK!

Sendak Video

Why was Maurice Sendak the star of his own 80s sitcom? He wasn’t – it just looks like it from this title screen. Shout out to for another blast from the past with a children’s literature legend.

A Great Big Creativity Project Giveaway!

Creativity Project

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

2018 Newbery

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. (Cover not yet released)  

Books on Film: Watch the The Grinch Trailer

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Call me a grinch, but I have concerns about this one.

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

2018 Caldecott

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 […]

Books on Film: Matthew Cordell on the 2018 Caldecott Medal

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Your must-watch video of the week: Matthew Cordell on a Chicagoland nature preserve talking about winning the 2018 Caldecott Medal.

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. […]