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Morning Notes: I Have Dibs on Catch-22 Edition

Usually I like to keep the number of Morning Notes items low. You’re busy, you don’t need to put up with me for any longer than is absolutely necessary. Not today. It’s like four Morning Notes posts in one. JAN BERENSTAIN: 1923-2012 Sad news. Jan Berenstain, the co-creator of one of the most well-read children’s […]

Books on Film: Colbert Knocks The Lorax

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I’m no fan of Dr. Seuss. Not after what those kids did to Pop. – Stephen Colbert Fresh off his interview with Maurice Sendak, Stephen Colbert returns to children’s lit (sort of) in this segment on the upcoming Lorax animated film. He delivers some serious criticism, “applauding” the film’s numerous corporate tie-ins. Scathing hilarity. (Speaking […]

Windowshopping Rare Children’s Lit

My Bookshelf

Although I amassed sports cards like a hoarder-in-training in my youth, I’m not much of a collector as an adult. My home bookshelves seem to be a bit lacking in the rhyme and reason department. Here’s a taste: An audio book on the shelf? A table manners guide? The second book in a series, but […]

Books on Film: DiCamillo on Charlotte’s Web

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It’s not my favorite book for children, it’s just my favorite book for people. -Kate DiCamillo Something must be up with my factors of 10 book anniversary calendar. I was not aware that 2012 marks the 60th anniversary of E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web until I came across this video featuring Kate DiCamillo sharing her thoughts […]

Nonfiction Monday: Giant Squid by Mary M. Cerullo

Giant Squid

Giant Squid By Mary M. Cerullo and Clyde F. E. Roper Capstone Press ISBN: 9781429675413 $8.95 Grades 4-7 In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Elusive beasts have always captured the imagination of kids. While jaded adults are convinced that Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, and UFOs aren’t real, youngsters are eager […]

Covering the Newbery (#45): I, Juan de Pareja

Yo Juan de Pareja

I always redo the covers of Newbery-winning books here, but why not titles? I mean, there’s a lot of potential there. Take I, Juan de Pareja, for instance. Why not give it a cooler title? Actually, they already did: This is the Spanish edition, but I think English-speaking kids would be willing to learn a […]

Link Du Jour: Newbery, Caldecott, and E-books

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A lot to consider here. (Thanks to Kathy for the link)

Books on Film: The Lorax is What’s Wrong with America

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Lou Dobbs recently got on the case of The Lorax, the soon to be released adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic, for indoctrinating children to…care for the environment? If you like to spend your Saturdays in a nice, mellow frame of mind, you might want to skip this one. The smugness, it weighs on me. […]

Recap: Anderson’s Children’s Lit Breakfast 2012


Or, Who’s in the Mood for Some Grainy Photographs? February 18 begins with a 4:00 am wake up and a plan to head to the Chicagoland area. Why would I rise at this god-forsaken hour on a weekend? It’s the Anderson’s Bookshop Annual Children’s Literature Breakfast. A massive gathering of children’s book authors and illustrators, […]

Battle of the Bad Bookmarks: The Winner/Loser Is…

Bad Bookmarks

Quarterfinals | Semifinals | Finals | Winner/Loser Through your votes, the bracket-style Battle of the Bad Bookmarks has come down to our two finalists: Another Book vs. Pencil The unifying theme? Both methods tend to be rough on the book spine, a sure way to draw the ire of librarians. When the polls closed, I […]

Battle of the Bad Bookmarks: Finals

Bad Bookmarks

Quarterfinals | Semifinals | Finals | Winner/Loser The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is. – Winston Churchill It’s difficult to argue that what Churchill was speaking of here was the necessity of a bracket-style tournament to determine the world’s worst bookmark. That is […]

Battle of the Bad Bookmarks: Semifinals

Bad Bookmarks

Quarterfinals | Semifinals | Finals | Winner/Loser We’re finally going to decide which bookmark is the worst by way of a bracket-style tournament based on your votes. The exercise in ridiculousness continues today with the results of quarterfinals voting. Cast your vote in the semifinals below. Quarterfinal #1: Tissue vs. Junk Mail The winner/loser is… […]

Battle of the Bad Bookmarks: Quarterfinals

Bad Bookmarks

Quarterfinals | Semifinals | Finals | Winner/Loser What’s up with all these terrible bookmarks people use? Am I right? (Gentle sound of crickets chirping) While I’m all for marking a page by any means necessary, some bookmarks make more sense than others. This week in a bracket-style tournament based on your votes, we’re going to […]

Covering the Newbery (#44): Shadow of a Bull

Shadow of a Bull

Shadow of a Bull has already shown up ’round these parts, drawing comparisons to Dwight Schrute’s shirt as Unfortunate Cover #15. Today a gauntlet-shaped dust jacket has been thrown down as it is the next cover I must redo in my mildly fun attempt to re-jacket every Newbery-winning book. Here goes… Click here for the […]

Link Du Jour: New Lord of the Flies Cover Designed by Teen

LOF Competition

Add it to the list of things that put my Covering the Newbery redos to shame. Last fall, the Guardian put out a call in the UK for kids ages 13-16 to design a cover for the educational edition of the classic Lord of the Flies. The entries came in and a winner has been […]