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Morning Notes: Alliteration Madness

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FROM THE ILLUSTRATOR OF ‘WILL YOU MARRY ME’…

Jumbotron: predictable. In an exercise in patience (and awesomeness), illustrator Sam Zupparti proposed to his girlfriend in the most unexpected way – in the pages of his debut picture book. Click here to read.

(Thanks to Publishers Weekly for the link)

SERIES STRESS

To add a number or to not add a number – that is the librarian’s question. At the excellent children’s librarian blog So Tomorrow, Anne talks slapping number stickers on series books – something I know you’ve thought about. Click here to read.

SENDAK FOR SALE

It’s always a thrill to see artwork from children’s literature legends up for sale. I know I’m not getting it, but someone is, which makes me happy. Swann Auction Galleries has a big one coming up, with original work from Sendak, Seuss, Schulz, and more. Click here to read.

Thanks to Scholastic Book Clubs tumblr for the link)

MOCK IS TOPS

Here’s why For Those About to Mock is the best children’s lit blog to come out in the last year:

  1. It’s smart without being annoying.
  2. It’s honest but reasoned.
  3. They discuss some of the best children’s books of the year.
  4. They know their stuff.

Plus they post Google chats naming their “Top Tier” and “Second Tier” of Newbery candidates. Click here to read.

BOOK REVIEW HAIKU

The Horn Book used haiku to describe some well-known children’s books. This has Poetry Month activity written all over it. Click here to read.

NERDIES NAMED

The Nerdy Book Club blog never sleeps. Aside from a post a day, team nerdy also whipped up their favorite books of 2012 (voted on by readers). You really can’t go wrong with these selections. Check out the winners in the categories of Middle Grade Fiction, Nonfiction, Nonfiction Picture Books, Poetry, Graphic Novels, Early Readers, Picture Books

CYBILS SHORTLISTS

In “I’m late to the party” news, the Cybils shortlists have been announced. And they’re good…real good, folks. I was a member of the fiction picture books category and an excited by our group. Click here to read.

WAKING WINNERS

And for one last look back, don’t miss the best of 2012 lists from the legendary Waking Brain Cells blog. Picture Books, Poetry, Nonfiction, Fiction, Graphic Novels.

FLOODING BOOKS IN ICELAND

NPR looks at the unique book culture of Iceland – it’s all about Christmas. Click here to read.

(Thanks to my brother for the link)

LADDER AS BOOKSHELF

http://boingboing.net/2013/01/07/ladder-as-horizontal-bookshelf.html

SPINELLI SPEAKS

Newbery-winning author Jerry Spinelli appeared on Morning Edition recently to talk about his new book Hokey Pokey, which received a glowing review from Educating Alice. Click here to listen.

(Thanks to EarlyWord for the link)

CALDECOTT CONSIDERATIONS

I’ve been loving the blog Calling Caldecott as they work their way through candidates for the big award. And hey, how about some nonfiction getting in the mix? I’d pump a fist to that. Click here to read.

TEN TRENDS

Editors at Scholastic listed 10 trends on the rise in 2013. Click here to read.

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About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.

Comments

  1. Anne says:

    How did I not know about For Those About to Mock? I love it.

  2. Great list of blogs and sites I hadn’t yet seen. Thanks!

  3. :paula says:

    I *think* the illustrator of Monkey Truck did that too – on the Dedication page it was just like “Mary – WYMM?” and I remember wondering how that worked out in the end!

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