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Link Du Jour: Do They Stay or Do They Go?

Book Piles

Let’s say you’re about to move. Clear across the country. Do you take your books? All your books? Even your copy of Trockle? Oh, that’s just me? Nick Bilton was faced with such a question as he packed up to move from New York to San Francisco. He wrote about it for the New York […]

Review: Substitute Creacher by Chris Gall

Substitute Creacher

Substitute Creacher By Chris Gall Little, Brown ISBN: 9780316089159 $16.99 Grades 1-3 In Stores Kids are born to push boundaries. You need to know where the limits are if you’re always told to live inside of them, right? And so the push ensues – both at home and in the classroom. This eternal struggle has […]

Morning Notes: 6,000 Mile Edition

KIDLITCON: GO Although I (shamefully) have yet to attend, I’ve heard nothing but good (nay, great) things about this annual gathering of children’s/YA literature-minded folks. This year the convention is being held in Seattle and hosted by Colleen Mondor (Chasing Ray) and Jackie Parker (Interactiver Reader). Bloggers, authors, librarians, and people interested in kid’s books should […]

Review: Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt


Okay for Now By Gary D. Schmidt Clarion Books (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) ISBN: 9780547152608 $16.99 Grades 6-8 In Stores *Best New Book* Here are the stats from this book: Memorable voices: one. The book is told from the perspective of eighth grader and devoted Joe Pepitone fan Doug Sweiteck, who moves with his family to […]

Covering the Newbery (#23): Johnny Tremain

Johnny Tremain

Another Monday, another Newbery-winning book gets a makeover. 23 down (…calculating…), many to go. 1944: Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes; illustrated by Lynd Ward Original Cover: My Redo: Side by Side: Verdict: Justin Bieber haircut in the house!!! Click here to read previous Covering the Newbery posts (Source image: “Playing War” http://www.flickr.com/photos/mvjantzen/5466884293/)

Link Du Jour: Does Dewey Work?

SLM Blog Dewey

I’ve heard of public libraries doing away with the Dewey Decimal classification system in favor of a “bookstore model” of organizing titles, but never a school library. School Library Monthly blog highlights one elementary school that is giving it a go. Here are my thoughts on the matter… Pro: Patron: Where are all your paranormal […]

Morning Notes: Aromatherapy Edition

SOME ARE MORE SUCCESSFUL THAN OTHERS I enjoyed checking out 7 Obscure Children’s Books by Authors of Grown-Up Literature, particularly the excerpt from Advice for Little Girls by Mark Twain. Uh, I don’t think kids catch your drift, Mark. Click here to read. WIZARD ROCK: DEAD? I doubt it, but the band that started it […]

Covering the Newbery (#22): Adam of the Road

Adam of the Road

In my quest to give every Newbery-winning book a new cover, I hit books that could really use an update (*cough* Invincible Louisa *cough*) and others that really have a good thing going. Today is the latter, with a nice cover illustration by Robert Lawson (he who illustrated Ferdinand the Bull, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, and […]

Video: ‘Hugo’ Trailer


The children’s lit world let out a collective “daaang” when word came out that Martin Scorsese was adapting Brian Selznicks Caldecott-winning The Invention of Hugo Cabret for the silver screen. Now the first trailer for the film has been released. While the mood (of this trailer at least) is a bit lighter than I expected, […]

Cover Curiosity: Creepy Forest

A Tale Dark and Grim

If (nay, when) they create a children’s literature Hall of Fame, Creepy Forest will be one of the first inductees in the category of Settings, right after Farm and before School. Before I get out of hand with this, let’s take a look at the latest pair of separated-at-birth covers. A big thank you to […]

Nonfiction Monday: Ask a Bug

Ask a Bug

Ask a Bug DK ISBN: 9780756672300 $9.99 Grades 2-4 In Stores If there’s one thing that kids have in spades (other than an undying love of Skittles) it’s questions. Even a parent in the midst of a seemingly endless “why?”-athon understands that this curiosity about the world is vital. The child is learning. Here’s the […]

Covering the Newbery (#21): The Matchlock Gun

Matchlock Gun

After a few weeks with nary a Newbery recoverification to be seen, it’s back to the design grindstone (designstone?) today with… 1942: The Matchlock Gun by Walter D. Edmonds Early Cover: My Redo: Side by Side: Verdict: My redo brings things up to date a bit, but as I know nothing about matchlock guns, I’m […]

Link Du Jour: Potter Illustrated

Harry Potter Comic

What with the final Harry Potter film arriving in theaters on July 15, HP internet activity is at an all-time high. This includes lots of things I don’t even understand, like the Harry Potter World Cup. But my favorite is the Potter parody comic from artist/author Lucy Knisley, who summarizes the entire series in illustrated […]

Video: James and the Giant…Cherry?

James on Today

A few of the things I learned while watching this Today Show video featuring Roald Dahl’s daughter Lucy: Which of Dahl’s books he himself fancied the most (any guesses?) How Dahl made use of a captive focus group. How Dahl made one of his books come to life for his kids (until he fell off […]

Oddest Children’s Book Mashup Ever?

Godard Go

Quick – what’s the strangest book mashup you can think of? I had never considered the question before I came across this unusual combination of P.D. Eastman’s classic Go, Dog. Go! and … new wave film director Jean-Luc Godard. Really, anything I could think of couldn’t top this odd pairing. The very appropriate title? Godard, […]