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Link Du Jour: 2014 Boston Globe/Horn Book Awards Announced!


Hot off the presses! The 2014 Boston Globe/Horn Book Awards have been announced. Many thanks to Sam Bloom for the scoop. Fiction honors: Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein; Boxers+Saints by Gene Luen Yang Fiction winner: Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith I get the feeling this is just the first of many awards coming for […]

Notes on May 2014


In May… …I previewed the summer season. There’s a batch of good-looking books coming out in the next three months, folks. …we witnessed the birth of a ninja mini trend. Ninjas appear to be giving whales a run for their money in children’s lit trend department. …a pretzel rotisserie appeared in my staff lounge. This […]

Putting Your Book in Your Book


So last night I was reading Count on the Subway (illustrated by Dan Yaccarino) to my daughter. We turned the page and her eyes lit up. Here’s what she saw: Yep, that’s Doug from Doug Unplugged – a book my daughter and I have read a bunch of times. Doug appears on a poster in […]

Link Du Jour: Number Five Bus Presents…

Number Five Bus

It’s time to get your children’s literature nerd on. The Caldecott-Medal-winning team of Philip and Erin Stead just started up a blog Number Five Bus Presents… where they converse with other folks in the business of making books for kids. The first episode (note to self: start calling my blog posts episodes) is up – […]

Books on Film: John Green Drops Children’s Lit Knowledge

John Green List

John Green has a weekly series of videos for MentalFloss. This time out, he covers 47 charming facts about children’s books. Even if you fancy yourself an expert, you’ll likely learn something new here. This is my favorite video in a while.

Morning Notes: Oui Edition

Morning Notes Banner

A brief Morning Notes today… READ A #BOOKADAY For the sixth year going, Donalyn Miller encourages you to read a book a day over the summer. To a somewhat lesser extent, she also encourages you to take a nap a day. I support both. Click here to read. EXERCISE VS. READING? Why not bring your […]

Nonfiction Monday: The Fly by Elise Gravel

The Fly

The Fly (Disgusting Critters series) By Elise Gravel Tundra Books ISBN: 9781770496361 $10.99 Grades K-3 Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library I am, if nothing else, on the lookout for books that will be engaging to kids. There’s plenty of nonfiction out there that does the job admirably – providing information […]

Link Du Jour: Rush Revere and the Brave Link Roundup


It was pretty surprising news this week when Rush Limbaugh won the Children’s Choice Book Award for Author of the Year. Click here to watch the video. Reactions from the corner of the children’s literature world I tread can be categorized as nonplussed. Vicky Smith at Kirkus skewers reviews Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims. […]

The Unexpecteds: 5 Sneakily Popular Books in My K-4 Library

TOON Treasury

While I was gathering data for my Top 10 Circulated Books of 2014 posts… #10-6 #5-1 …I noticed a few unexpected titles that weren’t quite at the very top of the checkout count, but were close. I’m calling them The Unexpecteds. Hollywood movie execs, call me if you’d like to use that as the title […]

Top 10 Circulated Books of 2014: #5-1

Bowling Alley Bandit

Let’s keep this unvarnished look at popularity going, shall we? Click the link below to get caught up: Top 10 Circulated Books of 2014: #10-6 These books received more checkouts in my K-4 library than any others during the 2013-14 school year. 5. Bowling Alley Bandit (The Adventures of Arnie the Doughnut, Book 1) by […]

Top 10 Circulated Books of 2014: #10-6

Soft Pretzel

Click here for #5-1 You see that? That’s a soft pretzel rotisserie. That was in my teacher lounge the other day. The appearance of this soft pretzel rotisserie tells me the end of the school year is coming. As we approacheth the end of the year, I like to take a look back at the […]

Review: The 26-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths

26 Story

The 26-Story Treehouse By Andy Griffiths Illustrated by Terry Denton Feiwel & Friends (Macmillan) ISBN: 9781250026910 $13.99 Grades 2-6 Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library *Disclaimer* I’ve never started a review with a disclaimer before, but before getting into this review I should probably say that Andy Griffiths visited my school […]

Books on Film: Watch the Trailer for Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Alexander Trailer

Let’s just say it isn’t a faithful adaptation. (Thanks to EarlyWord for the link)

10 to Note: Summer Preview 2014


You never know how these preview things are going to turn out. Sometimes there’s a bunch of lesser-known books that jump out, other times it’s stuff that’s already been building some buzz. Today is more latter than former. What follows are 10 books for the summer season that look promising. Picture Books Peanut Butter and […]

2014 Mini Trend: Ninjas


I can’t say with certainty that books featuring ninjas are on the rise, but looking at the lay of the land in 2014, it sure seems that way. Seeing as how anything with a ninja flies off my school library shelves (including the sneakily super-popular Nighttime Ninja by Barbara DaCosta and Ed Young), I am […]