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YOU MAY NOW PLACE YOUR KATE GREENAWAY BETS

The biggest picture book prize in the UK just named their 20 longest titles. I had a feeling Shh! We Have a Plan was going to be in this group – that’s my horse. How about you? Click here to see all 20 finalists.

HOW A PICTURE BOOK IS MADE

Have you seen the Picturebook Makers website yet? If you like to go in depth with author/illustrators, it’s for you. This week Carson Ellis stops by to talk about her upcoming book HomeClick here to read it.

WALKING WITH SEEGER

Author Steve Sheinkin is also pretty handy with the ol’ pen, as evidenced in his Walking & Talking comic series that runs over at A Fuse #8 Production. In the latest comic, he talks to Caldecott Honor winner Laura Vaccaro Seeger. These are great. Click here to read it.

WORTH A SHOT

Sure, the computer is good for helping us find books, but not quite as good as some students require. Tales of an Elementary Librarian provides the story of a last-ditch effort to find a missing book. Click here to read.

CALDECOTT CONVERSATION CONTINUES

If you haven’t had your fill of Caldecott recap (side note: not possible), be sure to check out Calling Caldecott’s thoughts on the matter. Click here to read.

CONVERSATIONS WITH SCHU

John Schumacher has become the Barbara Walters of children’s lit – he gets all the good interviews. For the last week he’s been talking with a bunch of the freshly minted Newbery and Caldecott medalists and honorees. Kwame Alexander, Jacqueline Woodson, Cece BellJon Klassen, Yuyi Morales, and more likely to come.

GO SET A WATCH LIST

Heavy Medal (and commenters) talk about some books that might be getting some 2016 Newbery buzz come fall. Click here to read.

Sunny Side Up by Jennifer L. Holm; illustrated by Matthew Holm. Out August 25, 2015

What we have here is a highly anticipated book. The team behind Babymouse brings us a “middle-grade, semi-autobiographical graphic novel.” Consider my anticipation high as well.

The ALSC Blog had their usual great run of posts around ALA Midwinter. I was especially fond of the cartoon updates from Lisa Nowlain, like this one about the sights and sounds of the exhibit floor:

Jimmy Kimmel wanted to start a book club, but he’s short on time. His first selection? Goodnight Moon.

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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. I have to go with Fortunately, the Milk, by Neil Gaiman. There are some excellent titles on that list!

  2. So does this mean Mac Barnett officiates at weddings?! Is there anything the man can’t do!? (Besides draw… sorry Mac, but it’s true.)

    I agree with Sondy; that is a stacked line-up for the Greenaway, and I feel like this is a year where I’ve actually seen more than half. I love the fact that they include so many illustrated novels. It’s hard for me to choose between WHAT IF…, MR. TIGER, or PILOT AND LITTLE PRINCE. I also love SHHH, Travis (and did you see he won Ezra Jack Keats?), and about five or six other titles, but my guess is it will go to either Shaun Tan, Alexis Deacon, or Laura Carlin.