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True Life Comic: How to Win Over a Reluctant Reader


Reluctant readers. They can be the most frustrating and (if you can get them interested in picking up a particular book) the most rewarding of library patrons. School Library Journal posted one librarian’s story of how she won over one such book-phobic. In a nice graphic format, not less. Created by LaDuska Adriance and Ellen […]

Sunday Link Du Jour: Possibly the Craziest Book Ever


In case you missed it… Children’s book blog Pixie Stix Kids Picks first brought it to my attention. Big A little a reiterated it’s insanity. Boing Boing weighed in on the matter. Now Gawker has discovered it. If you haven’t yet seen it, be sure to take a look at “LATAWNYA, the Naughty Horse, Learns […]

Children's Lit Commish: No Blogging Allowed at Blog Conference


  Citing “space time continuum issues” the Children’s Literature Commissioner announced today that blogging will not be allowed at this weekend’s 2nd Annual Kidlitosphere Conference in Portland, Oregon. When questioned about the surprising announcement, the commissioner expressed concerns that “like the recent Hadron Collider in Switzerland”, the results of blogging at a conference about blogging could […]

Unfortunate Covers (#6)


(Take a look at previous Unfortunate Covers. #1, #2, #3, #4, #5) While I was going through the fiction shelves the other day, I came across a book cover that I’d seen years ago, but had forgotten all about. This, the sixth entry into the ongoing Unfortunate Covers series is the first title that I […]

Book Review: Into the Volcano


Into the Volcano By Don Wood Blue Sky Press ISBN: 9780439726719 $18.99 Grades 5 and Up In Stores *Best New Books* When used in the right way, a unique setting can take an adventure tale to the next level. The magnificently rendered volcano in this, Don Wood’s first graphic novel, does just that. It provides […]

Book Review: Babymouse: Monster Mash


Babymouse (#9): Monster Mash By Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm Random House ISBN: 9780375937897 $11.99 (Hardcover) Grades 2-5 In Stores *Recommended* My worst Halloween costume ever? A member of the hip-hop group (I prefer “crew”) Kris Kross. What can I say? It was the early 90s and I was a fan. In later years […]

Sunday Link Du Jour: The Hunger Games


“The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins is poised to be one of the breakout books of the year. Reviews have been plenty and glowing (Cheryl Rainfield, Jen Robinson’s Book Page, A Fuse #8 Production). If you’re interested in learning more about the book that some folks are calling the best of the year, click the […]

Book Review: The Scrambled States of America Talent Show


The Scrambled States of America Talent Show By Laurie Keller Henry Holt ISBN 9780805079975 $16.95 Grades K-3 In Stores *Recommended* When the original “Scrambled States of America” was published in 2002, it really caught on. Attaining a crossover appeal that is rare for any book, it wasn’t long before you could put together the “Scrambled […]

The Cybils: Awarding Good Books Since 2006


The aught eight edition of The Children’s & Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards (a.k.a. The Cybils) is about to commence. I’m honored to say that I’ll be a panelist, residing in the Fiction Picture Book category – a spot I couldn’t be more pleased with. I’m looking forward to working with my fellow panelists and […]

Link Roundup: Maurice Sendak at 80


Children’s lit legend Maurice Sendak turned 80 this year. Pop culture website BuzzFeed has put together a nice roundup of Sendak-ian links. Be sure to check out the MediaBistro link, which has a video of Mr. Sendak’s recent birthday party. Click the image below to take a look.

Weeding the Crates


I’ve been in the midst of a weeding project since the beginning of the school year. Over the course of the last couple weeks, I’ve realized something: what I thought would be a purely joyous event (“Finally, some space!”) also comes with a bit of sadness. While some of the weeded books will be updated, […]

Book Review: Stinky


Stinky By Eleanor Davis TOON Books ISBN: 9780979923845 $12.95 Grades K-2 In Stores *Best New Books* Kids love it when characters play against type. Not only does this method of storytelling pave the way for some humor, but it also allows the author to challenge conventional thinking. The children’s lit landscape is full of birds […]

Photos: At the Dawn of Digital Illustration


I came across Daniel Pinkwater’s “The Muffin Fiend” today and I was taken aback. It wasn’t the story that did it, but the digital illustrations. Published in 1986, this is one of the earliest uses of computer-aided artwork I’ve seen in a children’s book. Flipping through the book took me back to the time period […]

Need a Vase? Got a Book?


Whenever I’m looking for something to put flowers in, I think to myself, “why can’t I just put these in a book already.” No longer do I have to wish. From Boing Boing: Designer Laura Cahill wanted to make art without wasting new material. She did a bunch of research, and found out that used […]

What're They Buying? Indie Bestsellers


The best selling album of 2007 was “Noel” by Josh Groban. Why do I bring this up? Because I had no idea. Even though I like music, I rarely check to see which albums are hot on the streets. Wait, did I just say “hot on the streets” in close proximity to Josh Groban? I’ll […]