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Covering the Newbery (#41): The Bronze Bow

The Bronze Bow

Click here for the Covering the Newbery gallery. 1962: The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare Original Cover: My Redo: Side by Side: Verdict: More like The Bronze Boooo! Can they all be winners? No, they cannot. Up next week: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (Source Image: “Archery Practice” http://flic.kr/p/66WL5m)

Books on Film: A Brief History of Newbery/Caldecott on the Today Show

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Looking for something to fill the void left when the Today Show failed to interview the 2012 Newbery and Caldecott winners? This one’s for you. First, a question or the masses: Articles I read about the Today Show Newbery/Caldecott snub says the interview has taken place “for many years” or it was “traditional” or an […]

Cover Curiosity: Kids in Trees

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Usually for Cover Curiosities, I highlight a straight-up “this cover looks kinda like that cover” situation. Today we have more of a trend. But it isn’t gothic gates, holding stuff, or socks. No, today’s middle grade/YA trend is about kids hanging out in trees. Here are three examples – got any more to add? Number […]

Books on Film: Sendak on Colbert Report (Part II)

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In case you missed it, check out Part I here. Last night Stephen Colbert concluded his highly entertaining interview with Maurice Sendak. This time the children’s lit legend gives his one sound review of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and even does a bit of drawing. Click on the image below for the […]

Books on Film: Sendak on Colbert Report (Part I)

Sendak on Colbert

Last night, The Colbert Report ran the first installment of a two part interview with Maurice Sendak. As you might expect, things get funny, especially when Colbert shares his idea for a Where the Wild Things Are sequel. I didn’t see a way to embed the video, so click the image below and skip to […]

Morning Notes: Ann Curry, I Apologize Edition

NOW HERE’S A WRAP-UP A Fuse #8 Production’s review of the 2012 Youth Media Awards (a name I really like but feel is destined to be followed by “…you know, the Newbery and Caldecott” when talking to non-children’s lit folks) is like waking up to find you have one last piece of birthday cake left […]

Review: Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen

Extra Yarn

Extra Yarn By Mac Barnett Illustrated by Jon Klassen Balzer + Bray (HarperCollins) ISBN: 9780061953385 $16.99 Grades K-2 In Stores *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library I’ve never knitted anything in my life (or is it just “knit”?). Not a thing. The extent of my self-crafted wardrobe is limited to […]

The 2012 Newbery, Caldecott, and Geisel: Winners and Reactions


The 2012 Youth Media Awards have been bestowed. Let’s chat about the categories that are nearest and dearest to me. Newbery Medal: Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos Newbery Honor: Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai Newbery Honor: Breaking Stalin’s Nose by Eugene Yelchin Who knew what was going to happen here? […]

Nonfiction Monday: Those Rebels, John & Tom by Barbara Kerley

Those Rebels

Those Rebels, John & Tom By Barbara Kerley Illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham Scholastic Press ISBN: 9780545222686 $17.99 Grades 2-4 In Stores *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library The message is important, sure, but the messenger is key. While the drama surrounding the creation of The Declaration of Independence is something […]

Covering the Newbery (#40): Island of the Blue Dolphins

Island of the Blue Dolphins

A story problem: As of today there are 90 Newbery-winning books. My plan is to give each one a new cover. This is my 40th Covering the Newbery post. How many more posts will I need to complete the project? 90-40=50 posts Aw, man – I’m not even half way?! I better get crackin’. Click […]

Link Du Jour: Watch the 2012 Newbery and Caldecott Awards Live


The time has come to once again trot out my favorite Photoshop job ever… Tomorrow (Monday, January 23 @ 7:45 CT) the biggest awards in children’s literature, including the Newbery and Caldecott will be announced in Dallas at the American Library Association Youth Media Awards. And you can watch it live via webcast. I’ll be […]

Book Buzz: Mo Goldilocks

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Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems. In stores fall 2012. Mo Willems has a problem. He keeps creating characters that readers want to hang out with over and over. With two series (Pigeon, Elephant & Piggie) currently going strong, seeing a book that doesn’t fall into one of those molds is slightly double-take […]

Lending E-Readers in the School Library (Part I: Background)

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I believe it was the immortal Gary Wright who sang it best: E-readers, I believe you can get me through the ni-hiiiiiiiight We just rolled out an e-reader lending program in my school library and I plan to share the ups, downs, and what-to-look-out-fors along the way in these here pages. In upcoming installments, I’ll […]

Post of the Week: Mocking the Caldecott

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The educated guess-a-thon leading up to the Caldecott Medal announcement is almost over, but be sure to take the reader poll results at Calling Caldecott into consideration when laying down large sums of money in Vegas this weekend. After all, the site was created to discuss possible Caldecott contenders. And hey, they picked the same […]

Review: And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano

And Then Its Spring

And Then It’s Spring By Julie Fogliano Illustrated by Erin E. Stead Roaring Brook Press (Macmillan) ISBN: 9781596436244 $16.99 Grades PreK-2 In Stores Feb. 14, 2012 *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library The funny thing about follow-ups is that they usually start as just the next project. Then a big […]