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On Hold @ the Library: January 2011

Hold Shelf

They say that the hold shelf is a window into the soul. Well, that might be overstating things a bit, but it is certainly a way to find out what kids are reading when given the freedom of choice. Let’s take a look at the books students are lining up to read at the 5th […]

Covering the Newbery (#8): The Trumpeter of Krakow

Trumpeter of Krakow

Every Monday (save for the Mondays where I don’t) I’ll try my hand at giving each and every Newbery Medal-winning book a new cover, beginning from the beginning. Today’s installment of Covering the Newbery bring the 20s to a close. Is it with a bang – or with a whimper? Let’s find out… 1929: The […]

Link Du Jour: And the 2012 Newbery (Might) Go to…

2012 Newbery

Dang, just when I feel like I’m easing into this 2011 thing, 2012 pops up on the radar. The excellent Heavy Medal: A Mock Newbery Blog has the lowdown on a batch of books that may be contenders for the 2012 award. Click the image below to check them out.

Cover Curiosity: Made in the Shade

Bunny Days

Some of the entries into the Cover Curiosities file are clearly the doing of the Intentional Bogeyman (holding stuff, I’m talking about you), others I chalk up to the Ghost of Random Chance. I am very superstitious about about my cover similarities. Today’s submission strikes me as a member of the latter camp, but I […]

Review: Ice by Arthur Geisert


Ice By Arthur Geisert Enchanted Lion ISBN: 9781592700981 $14.95 Grades K-2 In Stores March 1, 2011 *Best New Books* If you’re unfamiliar with Arthur Geisert’s work, it can usually be summed up like so: Through books like Lights Out and Hogwash Geisert often puts his porcine characters in the position of trying to solve real […]

Morning Notes: The Best Bad Books Edition

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BOOKS SET TO BATTLE The titles set to trade literary blows in the annual School Library Journal Battle of the Kids Books have been released, and Educating Alice has them. Click here to read. NEWBERY HONOR AUTHOR A HIT ON JAPANESE TV Sound the real headline alarm! The Newbery and Caldecott may not be getting […]

Mega Cover Curiosity: Quadruple Trend Update

Dark Souls

I don’t really know how this happened, but in my travels and perusings I’ve encountered a batch of covers that fit in with trends I’ve posted about in the past. Let’s see if we can plug them in where they belong… Dark Souls by Paula Morris Ah, yes, this one goes in the Gothic Gates […]

Nonfiction Monday: Me…Jane by Patrick McDonnell

Me Jane

Me…Jane By Patrick McDonnell Little, Brown ISBN: 9780316045469 $15.99 Grades K-3 In Stores April 5, 2011 There are biographies that are picture books, and there are picture book biographies. The difference, you ask? The former is a fairly detailed bio with illustrations added – usually resulting in a book most appropriate for older audiences. The […]

Covering the Newbery (#7): Gay Neck: The Story of a Pigeon


My mission is this – give each and every Newbery Medal-winning book a new cover, beginning way back in the golden days of 1922 and working my way up to today. I have a ways to go, so enough with the chatter – let’s take a look at the latest cover redo. 1928: Gay Neck: […]

Link Du Jour: A Video Interview with Gary Paulsen

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Few author interviews go deeper than the typical “tell us about your book” surface. Teacher, reviewer, and ALSC Notable Books committee member Ed Spicer routinely cuts through the standard chatter in his author interviews, which he posts at his website, Spicy Reads. Ed recently sat down with Gary Paulsen (as Paulsen was in the midst […]

Review: Cloudette by Tom Lichtenheld


Cloudette By Tom Lichtenheld Henry Holt (Macmillan) ISBN: 9780805087765 $16.99 Grades K-2 In Stores March 1, 2011 The concept of a small protagonist making a mark on the big world is a children’s lit mainstay. It makes sense – there are few situations children can better relate to than being surrounded by those that are […]

Award Seal as Design Element: A Cover First?


Today I was checking out upcoming releases using Edelweiss (a great place to go for publisher catalogs y’all) when I came across a book that was released back in September – the paperback edition of Zorgamazoo by Robert Paul Weston. If you remember, the original cover made an impression on me. But this new design? […]

Morning Notes: 3 Things Edition

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A NEWBERY IN 90 SECONDS Still basking in Newbery Medal afterglow? Rather than idly gazing out the window with a goofy smile plastered on your face (as I do), why not channel your glow energy into something with a purpose? How about taking your favorite Newbery-winning story and turning it into a 90 second video? […]

Video: Kickin’ it Old School with Newbery and Caldecott

YMA Video 2001

Good ol’ CSPAN2. Having attended the Youth Media Awards for the first time this year, I encountered high levels of enjoyment when I came upon CSPAN2 footage of the YMA announcements from January 15, 2001, when the world of librarianship was just a twinkle in my eye. It’s pretty clear to see that the event […]

Covering the Newbery (#6): Smoky, the Cowhorse


After a holidays and ALA Midwinter induced hiatus, Covering the Newbery is back up and running. The basics? I’m redoing the cover of every Newbery Medal-winning book, beginning with The Story of Mankind and working up to today. Uh, this little project is going to take a while. My rules are these: The image I […]