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Photo Diary: This $200 Ain’t Spending Itself

Trip to the Bookstore

Recently, the parent organization at my school graciously gave each teacher $200 to spend on classroom needs. My classroom? The library. My needs? Books for students. So just after the new year, I headed to the bookstore. It struck me as a novel idea to snap photos along the way. Click here to see what […]

Link Du Jour: Cover Contest for Kids


Scholastic has a student contest that caught my attention. From the source: Mark Teague, illustrator of the How Do Dinosaurs series, uses his imagination to help dinosaurs learn about lots of important things—how to say good night, play with friends, go to school, even to say “I love you”! Now It’s Your Students’ Turn! Create […]

Cover Covers: Whitewash Edition

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With all the recent scrutiny over the Caucasian-ized covers of Magic Under Glass (which Bloomsbury has announced it will rejacket) and The Mysterious Benedict Society, I thought I might humbly offer my services for jacket overhauls. I like to call them Cover Covers. Click here to read my first Cover Covers post and learn the […]

Video: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Trailer

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Let the hype commence. The trailer for the Diary of a Wimpy Kid film was just released and it’s looking pretty good. The humor seems to be in line with what you find in the book, which makes me hopeful. It also doesn’t hurt that the cheese touch makes an appearance. Click the image below […]

Morning Notes: Newbery & Caldecott Edition

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ALA MEDIA AWARDS ANNOUNCED If you’re looking for the full info rundown, I quite like the Horn Book roundup of winners. Get more in depth with this New York Times article. TWITTER SPOILS EVERYTHING; NEWBERY WINNER LEAKED In what must have been an unfortunate case of finger-slippage, Random House spilled the beans a bit early […]

Video: 2010 Newbery & Caldecott Winners on Today Show


As has become the tradition, Jerry Pinkney and Rebecca Stead (the 2010 Caldecott and Newbery winners, respectively) appeared on the Today Show this morning. While I preferred last year’s Al Roker interview, Ann Curry and Natalie Morales conduct a capable, if brief, Q & A (is it just me, or are the length of “segments” […]

Cover Controversy: Benedict Society Under Glass


Two recent cover curiosities have me perplexed for the same reason – characters described as decidedly not Caucasian in the text are presented that way on the book jacket. Both are unacceptable. The first, concerning Jaclyn Dolamore’s YA title Magic Under Glass, has already been nicely discussed and fully linked at Abby (the) Librarian and […]

Newbery, Caldecott, and Geisel Winners and Reactions


The ALA Youth Media Awards have been announced. All that’s left to do is discuss the three categories that are most in my wheelhouse, so let’s commence… Newbery Award: When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead Honor: The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick Honor: Where the Mountain Meets the Moon […]

Link Du Jour: Watch the Newbery and Caldecott Awards Live!


This is a repeat post, but definitely worth mentioning twice. The speculation is over. Near is the day when we all can look back at our wildly inaccurate Newbery and Caldecott predictions and share a hearty laugh. The ALA Youth Media Awards will be announced in Boston on Monday morning. Bookmark this site and come […]

2010 Caldecott Medal Predictions


The Caldecott has a rep for being the most difficult ALA award to predict. Based on my past performances, I second that. But you gotta try at least, right? Here then are my picks for 2010 Caldecott glory. 2010 Caldecott Medal Prediction: The Lion & the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney. Beginning with the iconic cover, […]

Cover Controversy: Paper Bag Dragons


For the first Cover Controversy of 2010, we’ve got a pair of titles that match up more than most. It’s almost… controversial. Let’s have a gander at the first cover: Minders of Make-Believe: Idealists, Entrepreneurs, and the Shaping of American Children’s Literature by Leonard S. Marcus. What’s that, you say? Not a children’s book? Oh, […]

Link Du Jour: Kid Lit Cakes


While I could try to convince you otherwise, this post is really the equivalent of a cute cat video. So, without any further beating around the bush, click here to see cakes based on kids books (via Cake Wrecks, a site that is pretty funny if you take a look at some of the posts).

Unfortunate Covers (#13)


As a school librarian, few things bum me out more than when a great book is passed over because of an unappealing cover. It’s unfortunate is what it is. In these pages, I’ve brought a few of these good book/bad cover cases up for discussion in the past: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, […]

Gallery: Lion Yourself

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To the bold men and women who decided to Lion Themselves, you’ve entered an exclusive club. Few can say that they consort with the likes of George Washington Lion and Kevin Feder-lion. Interested in declaring your support for The Lion & the Mouse as the Caldecott awards approach? Bored? Click here to give it a […]

Lion Yourself: A Step-by-Step Guide


Whether to show your support for Jerry Pinkney’s The Lion & the Mouse as the Caldecott awards approach, or just for fun, I encourage you to Lion Yourself. Take a look at these famous people who decided to give it a try: George Washington Lion Kevin Feder-lion There are two ways to do it: Method […]