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Morning Notes: The Feel-Good Event of the Season Edition

Gritty Pigeon

YOU FANCY, EH? Fancy Nancy, everyones favorite faux Parisian will hit small screens in a big way in 2017, with a movie and series for the Disney Junior channel. Click here to read. JUNIE B. JONES AND THE STUPID SMELLY COVER One of the most well-known rascals of children’s literature is getting a cover update. Coming […]

Coming Soon: National Poetry Month

Three Little Words

April is National Poetry Month. And around this neck of the woods the poetry form of choice is the book spine cento. What’s a cento? Check out the 2014 Book Spine Poem Gallery to find out. Or take a look at the work of Nina Katchadourian. Students, teachers, librarians, book lovers, odd ducks who enjoy piling things […]

Cover Curiosity: Go Set a Watchman and To Kill a Mockingbird


Usually during these Cover Curiosity posts I highlight two unrelated books that (for a variety of reasons) have similar covers. Today I have to make an exception and talk about two related books, mostly because one of them has one of the most recognizable covers of all time, and the other is bound to be […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#29)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? As I am writing this review a song plays faintly in my mind: Sweet dreams are made of these Who am I to disagree? Travel the world and the seven seas Everybody’s looking for something Some of them want to use […]

I Ask You: What Is On Your #HOLDSHELF?


Why the triumphant pose? The monthly photo roundup of hold shelves across the country is back. This month, the gallery will be over at Watch. Connect. Read. Here’s how to get in on the action: Locate a shelf used as a waiting area for books your patrons have put on hold. Photograph/video/Vine that thing like […]

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Dismounting the High Horse: My Child Loves a Book I Don’t


There are some books I don’t care for because I’ve read them (see: anything ending in -alicious). There are some books I loved as a kid but find hard to read to my children as an adult (Richard Scarry, do you have to name every last thing on the page? Surely you can skip the creamer […]

Gallery: The Art of the Picture Book Barcode


A creative barcode on the back of a picture book is like when you have one pump of peanut butter sauce in your Oreo blizzard. It doesn’t have to be there, but things a just a little bit better when it is. I was recently given the challenge of whipping up a gallery of examples, […]

Review: Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

Roller Girl

Roller Girl By Victoria Jamieson Dial Books (Penguin) ISBN: 9780803740167 $12.99 Grades 4-8 Out Now *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Before I begin this review, let me set the right tone: That’s better. Sometimes you can find a lot of truth in unexpected places. Victoria Jamieson’s Roller Girl takes […]

Your Official 2015 Children’s Literature Ninja Buying Guide

Joey and Johnny

And here I thought ninjas were big last year. 2015 puts 2014 to shame. Shame! Because I get ninja requests all the time in my school library, I bring you this list of children’s book containing ninjas in 2015. Joey and Johnny, the Ninjas: Get Mooned by Kevin Serwacki; illustrated by Chris Pallace. Out now. This […]

Carrying the Torch: Keeping a Character Alive


The other day I was reading Fred and Ted’s Road Trip, when I noticed something – the name on the cover of the book was Peter Eastman, not P.D. Eastman. I had assumed the book was written by P.D., author/illustrator of classics Go, Dog, Go!, but Fred and Ted is the creation of Eastman’s son. […]

2015 Preview Interview: Tundra Books

Tundra Logo

My thinly veiled plot to gain Canadian citizenship via children’s literature preview interviews continues today as I chat with Tundra Books editorial director Tara Walker about the latest from the Toronto-based publisher. Travis: Greetings from Michigan! Tara Walker: Hello, hello from balmy Toronto! We get super excited when the temperature reaches 20°F (-6°C) these days. […]

Nonfiction Monday: The Blue Whale by Jenni Desmond

The Blue Whale

The Blue Whale By Jenni Desmond Enchanted Lion Books ISBN: 9781592701650 $17.95 Grades K-4 Out May 27, 2015 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library There are things we know, but we don’t really know. Example: anyone from 2-200 can tell you that blue whales are big. Very very big. Got it. Often that’s […]

Morning Notes: The Little Prince in 253 Languages Edition

Seuss Birthday

NOIR AND HORROR FOR YOUR KINDERGARTENER Real headline alert! A profile of Jon Klassen. Click here to read. THIS AUTHOR VISIT IS FOR GIRLS ONLY Shannon Hale shares her author visit experiences as a female writer. Eye opening, must read stuff. Click here to read. KIDLIT TRANSLATED On the list of the 50 most translated books, […]

Breaking Barriers: An Interview with the Creators of This One Summer

This One Summer

Of all the surprises at this year’s Youth Media Awards, none was bigger for me than when This One Summer was announced as a Caldecott Honor winner. Full of stunning illustrations, this book scrapes the top of the Caldecott-eligible age range (0-14) I had a chance to chat with illustrator Jillian Tamaki and author Mariko […]