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Link Du Jour: Champion Your Favorite Book of 2012

Cybils 2012

If you enjoyed a children’s or young adult book this year, I say you nominate it for the seventh annual Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Awards (a.k.a., The Cybils). Nominations for the awards open at 12:00am on Monday, October 1. I’m reprising my role on the fiction picture book committee this year, so if you’ve […]

Book Buzz: DiCamillo Down the Road


The Illuminated Adventures of Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo. On shelves September 2013. A quick horizon scan with my brass monocular (little known fact – I captain a pirate ship on weekends) reveals a new book from Newbery-winning author Kate DiCamillo. Here’s what we know: It is fully illustrated. It’s touted as “genre-breaking”. It […]

#holdshelf: September 2012


Eighty percent of success is showing up. – Woody Allen, US movie actor, comedian, & director (1935 – ) Sometimes you make a grand entrance, and sometimes you just…enter. The first #holdshelf of of the year is in the latter category. We’ll save the fanfare for October – today, it’s just the nuts and bolts. […]

Books on Film: A Gallery of Greats

Writers Speak to Kids

Show me an author video and my eyebrows raise slightly. Show me an author video that’s professionally produced and they go up a bit higher. Show me six professionally produced author videos featuring the likes of Jeff Kinney, Mo Willems, and Doreen Cronin, and I begin to have eyebrow problems (because of all the raising). […]

Review: Oh, No! by Candace Fleming

Oh No!

Oh, No! By Candace Fleming Illustrated by Eric Rohmann Schwartz & Wade (Random House) ISBN: 9780375842719 $17.99 Grades K-2 In Stores *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library It makes sense, doesn’t it? Pair a great author with a great illustrator and you get…something great? Indeed, Oh, No! is well crafted […]

Covering the Newbery (#73): The Giver

The Giver

What is Covering the Newbery? 1994: The Giver by Lois Lowry Original Cover: My Re-do: Side by Side: Up next week: Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech (Source Image: “we did good” http://flic.kr/p/9ppwMW)

Book Buzz: The Return of Wiesner

Book Buzz Banner

(Cover not available) Mr Wuffles! by David Wiesner. On shelves fall 2013. Few picture book creators elicit the level of awe three time Caldecott Medalist David Wiesner inspires. Hot off the presses, Publishers Weekly fills us in on Mr. Wiesner’s latest book, Mr. Wuffles!, coming out next fall. Two things that jumped out at me: […]

Review: Olive and the Big Secret by Tor Freeman


Olive and the Big Secret By Tor Freeman Templar Books (Candlewick Press) ISBN: 9780763661496 $15.99 Grade K-2 In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Secrets. Little bits of information that can carry a ton of emotional weight. When we tell secrets, we are vulnerable – not a state humans tend to enjoy. […]

Covering the Newbery (#72): Missing May

Missing May

What is Covering the Newbery? 1993: Missing May by Cynthia Rylant Original Cover: My Redo: Side by side: Verdict: Brighter! But, as has happened in the past, the new cover doesn’t give many hints about what’s inside. Up next week: The Giver by Lois Lowry (Source Image: “dear diary” http://flic.kr/p/8hzzkJ)

Books on Film: Where the Wild Things Are Animated

Wild Things Weston Woods

One of the first things that comes to mind when I think of Maurice Sendak is that he cared – a lot. Every time out, he delivered a picture book that was unexpected or challenging – you gotta respect that. This attitude of always reaching for more pops up in this clip from a 1977 […]

Caldecott 2013: Checking In

Caldecott 2013

Yesterday we talked 2013 Newbery contenders, today it’s Caldecott time. Taking a look at the Goodreads mock Caldecott list. For ongoing in-depth analysis of Caldecott-worthy picture books, but sure to add the Calling Caldecott blog (which is about to get up and running for the fall) to your reading list. Caldecott 2013 Recent Movements: Chloe […]

Newbery 2013: Checking In

Newbery 2013

Click here for Caldecott 2013 Well, here we are. It’s fall. Two thirds of the year in the bag. I’ve thrown in the towel on any sort of lawn care (let the glorious snow cover all my mistakes). I’d say it’s high time we take stock of the books that the Newbery and Caldecott committees […]

Review: A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel by Madeleine L’Engle, Hope Larson

Wrinkle in Time GN

A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel By Madeleine L’Engle Adapted and Illustrated by Hope Larson Farrar, Straus & Giroux (Macmillan) ISBN: 9780374386153 $19.99 Grades 4-7 In Stores October 2, 2012 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Reviewing a graphic novel adaptation of another book can be a bit tricky. Should I focus […]

Covering the Newbery (#71): Shiloh


What is Covering the Newbery? 1992: Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Original Cover: My Redo: Side by Side: Verdict: I went photo, which I like to try to avoid, but this is one time where I think the kid interest would be high. As the old book cover adage goes – “when in doubt, put […]

Review: Bink and Gollie: Two for One by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee

Two for One

Bink & Gollie: Two for One By Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee Illustrated by Tony Fucile Candlewick Press ISBN: 9780763632663 $15.99 Grades K-2 In Stores *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library The cycle of book buzz is such that sequels often get the short end of the stick. There’s a […]