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State Secret: Do You Know the R.L. Stine of Michigan?


What if I told you one of the most popular book series not just in my school, but in the state of Michigan is one that out-of-staters have likely never heard of? What if I told you Michigan is home to the second coming of R.L. Stine (sorry, Bob, I know you’re still with us […]

Slim Appeal: 5 Successful Book Spines


The “Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover” war has been over for a while now, with everyone conceding that while a cover isn’t always an indicator of what’s inside, an aesthetically pleasing one can certainly make a child (/33 year old school librarian) want to read it. That’s all well and good for books […]

Challenge! Create a Book Cover for this Bookless Character


Last week I passed along a question author/illustrator Matthew Cordell posed on Facebook: who is this character on the walls of Barnes & Noble stores across the country? Update: no one knows. So author/illustrator Aaron Zenz had a good idea: why not take matters into our own hands? Lets give this little blue wolf (a […]

Review: The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach


The Bear Ate Your Sandwich By Julia Sarcone-Roach Knopf (Random House) ISBN: 9780375858604 $16.99 Grades K-2 Out Now *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library It’s sounds counter-intuitive, but the best Big Reveals are the ones that aren’t necessary. Or maybe it makes more sense to think of it this way: […]

Books on Film: Let’s Take a Coffee Break


In a short period of time, Eerdmans Books has built an online presence that other publishers should be taking notes on. The Eerdlings website and Coffee Break videos are consistently excellent. They’re starting a new interview series on Coffee Break called “A Day in the Life”, and yesterday Ahna and Katherine swung by my library […]

Preview: The Atlas Powder Picture Book Company


From top to bottom, left to right we have: Sophie Blackall, John Bemelmans Marciano, Sergio Ruzzier, Eddie Hemingway, Brian Floca I’m tempted to just end this post right here – I mean, where do you go after one of the best children’s literature GIFs of all time? But fear not! There are plenty of interesting […]

Dear Barnes & Noble (And Everyone): What Is This?!

Cordell Facebook Post

Over the weekend author/illustrator Matthew Cordell posed a question. One of the most confounding questions children’s literature has yet seen. If you’ve been to the children’s section at a Barnes & Noble, you’ve probably seen this little guy/gal up on the wall among the other more well-known characters. But what is it? Where did it […]

Cover Curiosity: Title Takeover


Is it just me, or have you noticed some picture book titles getting real these days? Really real. Taking up the whole cover real. Not just type laid over top, but part of the illustration real. Today we have three books that put the title front, center, and right in the middle of the the […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#30)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? A novel about word-changing… riveting! I apologize for the sarcasm, but… th-th-th-th-that’s all, folks! Click here for the answer. One Star Review Guess Who (#1) One Star Review Guess Who (#2) One Star Review Guess Who (#3) One Star […]

Morning Notes: Grandma Madeline Edition


READSTRICTED In case you missed it, there was an uproar this week about the 2015 Banned Books Week poster. So much so that ALA posted a response to the negative reaction and about how the poster was created. *UPDATE* ALA has released their response, including a modified poster. THREE WORDS: LIBRARY PUTT PUTT Dear Canton (MI) Public Library: […]

2015 Books from Caldecott Winners

2015 Caldecott

Of the seven illustrators who received Caldecott recognition back in February, two had been there before (Jon Klassen and Melissa Sweet). Seeing as how often previous winners win again, let’s have a look at 2015 books from Caldecott Medal/Honor illustrators. Did I miss one? Let me know in the comments. (Click on images to enlarge) The […]

Review: Roger is Reading a Book by Koen Van Biesen

Roger is Reading a Book

Roger is Reading a Book By Koen Van Biesen Eerdmans Books ISBN: 9780802854421 $16.00 Grades PreK-1 Out Now *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library When I finally get around to writing the blog post “You Might Be Reading A Foreign Picture Book If…” one of the things on that list […]

What’s Your Storytime FAIL?

Obama Story Time

During the annual White House Easter celebration this past weekend President Obama read Where the Wild Things Are to a group of children (I was hoping for Beekle, but oh well). Things were going great. Then the bees attacked: Having experienced story times interrupted by all manner of bugs (also: bodily functions, rogue runners, and once, […]

Meet Professor Owen: Last of the Sandwalkers Blog Tour

Last of the Sandwalkers

Something a bit different today – a beetle. Graphic novel Last of the Sandwalkers by author/illustrator (and biology professor) Jay Hosler arrives on shelves today, featuring a beetle civilization making contact with the wider world. Mr. Hosler is here to tell us about one of the characters from the book. The floor is all yours, Jay… […]

2015 Books from Newbery Winners

2015 Newbery

If I’ve said it once I’ve said it twice – nearly a third of all Newbery Medal/Honor winners are multiple Newbery Medal/Honor winners. A perfect example of this was the most recent Newbery, where how many of the winners had won before? One out of three. 33%. Case rested. With those thoughts dancing in mind, […]