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Gallery: The New York Times 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2013

My Brother's Book

That’s right, it’s officially “Best” season. And we’re kicking things off with a list that I look forward to each year – The New York Times 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books. The list was announced yesterday (official press release) and as usual, it’s a beautiful and diverse group of books. Let’s meet the class of 2013. […]

Happy Hole-oween 2013!

Happy Hole-oween

Morning Notes: The Comic Defender Edition


WHERE FOR ART THOU? I think any self-respecting children’s literature fan is going to be with me on this, but I believe the world may not need a board book version of Romeo & Juliet. Trimming the classics down to board book size is on the rise. Click here to read. A RARE PRIZE Do […]

Review: Wild by Emily Hughes

Wild Cover

Wild By Emily Hughes Flying Eye Books ISBN: 9781909263086 $16.95 Grades K-2 In Stores *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library When I was a kid, we had a cat for a week. Things did not end well. He was a gift from my great aunt, who said he was half […]

The World’s Best Birthday Card

Waldo Card

On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being the best), how cool is this Where’s Waldo birthday card for my nephew? *Note* Acceptable answers are 10 or 11 (Special post credit to my wife, Allison, who found this card at Target.)

Bring Out Your #Holdshelf Pictures!

Illustrated Hold Shelf

It’s time once again for #Holdshelf, the monthly roundup hosted by 100 Scope Notes and Watch. Connect. Read. The concept is simple – share a picture of the books on hold at your library. It’s a visual representation of the books kids are lining up to read. Want to participate? There are a few options: […]

Morning Notes: In Other Towns and Cities Edition

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AN AMERICAN IN THE U.K. The Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize was opened up to American authors in 2011. This year, we have our first Yankee winner – Rebecca Stead for Liar & Spy. Click here to read. AN AMERICAN IN CANADA Newbery Medal winner Polly Horvath (born in Kalamazoo, MI and living in British Colombia) […]

Review: Home Sweet Horror by James Preller

Scary Tales

Home Sweet Horror (Scary Tales #1) By James Preller Illustrated by Iacopo Bruno Feiwel & Friends ISBN: 9781250018878 $14.99 Grades 3-5 In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Let’s face it – you don’t get more high interest than horror. There’s a subtle defiance in reading a book full of dark and […]

Review: The Silver Six by AJ Lieberman

Silver Six

The Silver Six By AJ Lieberman Illustrated by Darren Rawlings Graphix (Scholastic) ISBN: 9780545370981 $10.99 Grades 4-7 In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Go ahead and take a look at your graphic novel collection. What do you see? Fantasy, definitely. Superheroes galore. Some adventure too. Question: Do you see any science […]

Hervé Tullet: The Illustrated Interview


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Saturday Night, Feelin’ Alright

Saturday Night Books

Whenever I hear the first couple seconds of 50 Cent’s In Da Club on a Saturday night, my first instinct is to get up and visit the bookstore to purchase children’s books. Above is my most recent haul – a mix of gap-fills, extra copies, and new high-interesty selections. Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life Last […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#13)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on GoodReads or Amazon? I found this book incredibly frightening for a child. It should only be read to 4th or 5th grade students due to its graphic content. The premise of playing a dangerous game because one is being forced to is […]

Morning Notes: Still Pooh Poohing Edition


*UPDATE* NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALISTS ANNOUNCED This morning, we go from the long list to the short list. DiCamillo, Graff, Johnson, Levithan, and Ursu are out. Click here (and scroll down) to see who made the cut in the Young People’s Literature category. WE ART Inspired to take action after the Boston Marathon bombing, Joe […]

Books on Film: Where the Wild Things Are

Sendak Interview

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the release of Where the Wild Things Are, one of the most beloved and influential picture books of all time. The ways in which Maurice Sendak’s book has permeated the culture are astounding. To celebrate, Phil Nel, Julie Danielson, Betsy Bird and I are all writing about WTWTA […]

Dear Eric Carle, Will You Be My Tattoo Artist?


For a joke, I decided to put a Very Hungry Caterpillar tattoo on my arm and tell my students it was real (just for a minute, then I came clean). Me (in front of a class of students): I probably shouldn’t be telling you this. But, uh, I got a tattoo. Class: Whoa!! (I didn’t […]