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A Conversation in Books (Literally)

Picture Book Conversation II

Elizabeth Bird (of A Fuse #8 Production) had a dream. A dream to conduct an entire conversation using nothing but the titles of books. She asked if I would be willing to help make this happen and I agreed because it sounded like a excellent dream to me. We wrote it up, filmed our scenes, […]

10 to Note: Fall Preview 2012

Fall Preview 2012

The quarterly war on sleep known as 10 to Note is complete. What follows are ten books publishing in September, October, and November that made me spontaneously become Flavor Flav and say “Yeeeah Boiii!”. Man, I hope this wears off soon. This time out I also included the deleted scenes – a big batch of […]

Top 10 Circulated Books of 2012: 5th-6th Grade

Top 10

We’ve covered my K-2 and 3-4 schools – today we wrap up this look back at the year that was with the most circulated books at my 5th and 6th grade school. A few expected, a few unexpected – all of them popular among this age group. 10. All the Lovely Bad Ones by Mary […]

Review: Summer of the Gypsy Moths by Sara Pennypacker

Gypsy Moths

Summer of the Gypsy Moths By Sara Pennypacker Balzer + Bray (HarperCollins) ISBN: 9780061964206 $15.99 Grades 4-6 In Stores *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library In my need to draw pop culture comparisons whenever possible, I’m tempted to call Summer of the Gypsy Moths “Weekend at Bernie’s as a coming-of-age […]

Covering the Newbery (#69): Number the Stars

Number the Stars

Today we enter the 90s in my little book jacket redo experiment, and it’s a doozy. Number the Stars remains a popular Newbery winner. Let’s see ho this goes… 1990: Number the Stars by Lois Lowry Original Cover: My Redo: Side by Side: Verdict: The original cover indicates elements of the story – mine does […]

Link Du Jour: Favorites for Fall

Seven Impossible

Good ol’ Jules Danielson. Now only does she provide the world with one of the most consistently remarkable picture book related blogs, Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast, she also posts for Kirkus Reviews. Recently, Jules wrote about a batch of upcoming fall picture book favorites. Some Stead, some Small, a bit of Klassen – it […]

Covering the Newbery (#68): Joyful Noise

Joyful Noise

I am now convinced that I’ve spent more time browsing Flickr creative commons licensed photos than anyone. Top five at least. That’s how I come up with the Covering the Newbery covers, with occasional assists from Photoshop and Splashup, and always with the help of PicMonkey. Today we close out the 80s with… 1989: Joyful […]

Books on Film: Lauren Conrad vs. Lemony Snicket

Conrad DIY

Any time you mix Lauren Conrad (of The Hills fame), Lemony Snicket, and the world’s worst DIY project, hilarity is bound to ensue, right? It all began when Conrad posted this “Crafty Creations” video on YouTube, where she chops up the darn near the entire Series of Unfortunate Events for a book display/box thingie. I […]

Covering the Newbery (#67): Lincoln: A Photobiography

Lincoln Photobiography

1988: Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman Original Cover: My Redo: Side by Side: Verdict: I like this one. Mine doesn’t use a photo, which seems kinda crazy, but I like how it uses words (in this case, the text of the Gettysburg Address) to resemble a well-known photo of Lincoln. Click here for the […]

Covering the Newbery (#66): The Whipping Boy

Whipping Boy

1987: The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman Original Cover: My Redo: Side by Side: Verdict: Really, very, not good. This looks like an art project gone wrong. Click here for the Covering the Newbery gallery. Up Next Week: Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman (Source image “ghost child” http://flic.kr/p/aESDTM)

Cover Curiosity: Squinty

Ask the Passengers

Is that a cover trend I see? I can’t quite tell – it’s so bright. Let’s take a look at three examples. Ask the Passengers by A.S. King Peace, Locomotion by Jacquiline Woodson The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano I feel like there are more examples of this out there – any to […]

KidLitCon is On


The sixth annual KidLitCon is taking place in New York City on September 28 and 29. I won’t be attending, but it’s for a good reason. While all the great people who make the children’s lit blog world spin are having a good time at the conference, I’ll be home in Michigan happily awaiting the […]

Morning Notes: Sock Puppet Edition

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MATCH THE MEDALIST The Horn Book just wrapped up a series where Newbery and Caldecott medalists pick their personal favorites. A couple I got on the first try, but Laura Amy Schlitz threw me a curveball. Gaiman, Pinkney, Creech – click here to test your skills. NOT COOL, MAN Take a trip to publishing’s dark […]