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Photo Journal: A Trip to My Favorite Bookstore in the World

McLean & Eakin

Having a good Thanksgiving weekend? Going home for me always means a stop at my favorite bookstore – McLean & Eakin in Petoskey, MI. Let’s take a look at some of the books I picked up there.  

#Holdshelf the Holiday


Happy Thanksgiving! Grab a drumstick and click on over to Watch. Connect. Read. for the November roundup of hold shelf photos (and videos) from around the country.

Casting Call! Children’s Literature: The Movie: Chapter 2

Childrens Lit Movie Chapter 2

Financing is in place, locations are being scouted, the script is in the final re-write – it’s time to cast Children’s Literature: The Movie: Chapter 2. Let’s put together another list of actors who could play today’s children’s literature luminaries. The cast we created for the first film was impressive, but judging by the comments, we just […]

Instagramming an Author Visit: Stick Dog Creator Tom Watson


Man, I haven’t messed with one of these signs since high school (and that was definitely not approved). But a big welcome was in order. Last week Stick Dog author Tom Watson visited our 3rd and 4th graders. So to start the morning I grabbed all the giant plastic letters I could get my hands […]

Books on Film: There’s Waldo

Books On Film Banner

First reaction: “How cool!” Second reaction: “This is terrible!” Slate has figured out a foolproof strategy for finding Waldo. Let’s just keep this between us, okay? I’d hate for this information to fall into the hands of young readers. (Thanks to Jim Averbeck for the link) If you can’t see the embedded video, click here […]

Morning Notes: Read or Rot! Edition

TinTin Statue

CHARLOTTE ZOLOTOW 1915-2013 Sad news. Esteemed children’s author and editor Charlotte Zolotow has passed away. Click here for a piece remembering Zolotow in the New York Times. NBA NIGHT Don’t even tell me you’re thinking basketball. Tonight (Wednesday, November 20) is when the National Book Awards are doled out. This includes the winner for the […]

Dun Dun. Dun Dun. Dun Dun Dun Dun #Holdshelf


(I was going for a Jaws Theme title there) It’s time again to show the books on hold at your library. Head on over to Watch. Connect. Read. to find out how to take part this month. (Top Image: ‘n34_w1150‘ http://www.flickr.com/photos/61021753@N02/7972089190 Found on flickrcc.net)

10 to Note: Winter Preview 2014


Happy New Year! Excuse me for jumping the gun. After a year of staying relatively mum on all books that might be eligible for a Caldecott Medal, I can go nuts talking about everything released on January 1, 2014 and beyond. So let’s get started! Below are 10 books coming out in the next three […]

Barbara Park 1947-2013

Barbara Park

Author Barbara Park, best known for the Junie B. Jones series, passed away over the weekend. School Library Journal remembers Park.

Link Du Jour: Nonfiction Monday is a-Changin’

Nonfiction Monday Changes

Did you know that Nonfiction Monday is about to enter it’s eighth year? The time, how it flies. It seems like just yesterday I hosted Nontraditional Nonfiction Monday (I still want to do that review via carved pumpkin). For the newcomers, Nonfiction Monday is pretty much what you’d expect – the day of the week designated […]

Morning Notes: Return Step Stool Here Edition


HAVE A BOOKISH CHRISTMAS Well, this is a cool idea. In preparation for Christmas, Amy at Delightful Children’s Books is putting a bookish spin on the idea of the advent calendar – 25 days, 25 books. A fine, fine idea and an excellent batch of Christmas titles to boot. Click here to check it out. […]

Mock Caldecott 2014: What I Learned Last Year Edition


Our 2013 Mock Caldecott went well (click here for Mock Caldecott 2013: The Set-Up), but there are a few changes we’re making for 2014 that I want to share. Aside: One thing you’ll notice I’m not sharing is my list of mock Caldecott books this time out. Since I’m on the committee this year, it […]

Publishers Weekly Names the Best Children’s Books of 2013


This just in (over the weekend): Publishers Weekly released their batch of best books for 2013. There always seems to be an outlier or two in the PW list, which I appreciate. Last year it was Hilda and the Ghost Giant, this year it’s the graphic novel Bad Machinery. I can’t say I agree with […]

Books on Film: The BBC Talks Diversity in Children’s Books

BBC Video

Spurred by recent findings by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center, the topic of diversity (or rather, lack thereof) in children’s books has been receiving a lot of attention lately. The BBC has picked up on the topic and recently ran this story.

One Star Review Guess Who (#14)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? I really did not like this book. As a parent I couldn’t comprehend having to send my child to some work camp in the desert, I understand that it was just a plain old good story telling, but the […]