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Notes on May 2015

Notes on May 2015

In May… …we discovered the real ages of children’s literature characters. Since they wouldn’t produce their birth certificates, I took matters into my own hands. …we looked at 10 intriguing books for summer. It’s shaping up to be a great season. …we had a great day with Shea. Bob Shea visited my school and I […]

Top 10 Circulated Fiction of 2015

Drawn to Trouble

Previously: Top 10 Circulated Picture Books of 2015 Top 10 Circulated Graphic Novels of 2015 Here we are again, looking back at the most popular books in my K-4 library this year. Today is the fiction list, and it’s illustrations galore… 10. Bad Kitty: Drawn to Trouble by Nick Bruel Usually books that come out during […]

Cover Reveal: Oh No, Astro! By Matt Roeser; illustrated by Brad Woodard

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I’ve been following the work of Matt Roeser since 2010 when he was posting book cover redesigns on his tumblr. Since then he’s gotten a gig at Candlewick Press and will make his authorial debut with the picture book Oh No, Astro! illustrated by Brad Woodard, which arrives in spring 2016 from Simon & Schuster. Mr. Roeser […]

Morning Notes: Spelunking Edition

Library Book Meme

FROM BLOG POST TO LOCAL NEWS Remember that post I did a while back about barcodes? The one that Matthew Cordell suggested I do? Well now it’s a news story. Click here to read. BOOK IS YOUR NEW BEST FRIEND I’ve been thoroughly enjoying Book & Me, a comic by Cherise Mericle Harper now running […]

The Authoritative Guide to Children’s Books Turned Into TV Shows

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The connection between children’s literature and children’s television is strong. Name a classic children’s series and there’s a decent chance it has been adapted for the small screen at one time or another (some have been adapted more than once). It what is sure to be my slowest-loading post of all time (what with all the […]

Top 10 Circulated Picture Books of 2015

Creepy Carrots

Previously… Top 10 Circulated Graphic Novels of 2015 Today we have the 10 most popular picture books of the year in my K-4 school library. 10. Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds; illustrated by Peter Brown This book goes to show that a little bit of spookiness goes a long way. It’s been consistently checked out […]

Top 10 Circulated Graphic Novels of 2015

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The end of the school year: the time when pizza and ice cream sandwiches miraculously appear in the teacher’s lounge. It’s also when I like to look back at the most checked-out books in our K-4 school library during the year. This year, I thought it would be interesting to look at the most popular […]

Hey! A Day with Shea in 10(ish) Images

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Author/illustrator Robert “Bob” Shea visited my school yesterday and I am here to bring you the sights and sounds. Actually, just the sights. And wordy descriptions of the sights. But they were good sights. First sight: This here is certified Shea Day plaid. Rumor has it that Mr. Shea enjoys a good tartan. I decided […]

10 to Note: Summer Preview 2015

Summer Preview 2015

Ho ho! Summer is nearly here folks. You know what summer has? Books. Warm weather and books. I surveyed the landscape and noticed titles arriving in June, July, and August that you might want to keep an eye out for – I know I will. Keep your shades on. Stay cool, summer. Never change. Picture […]

This Story Has An Important Moral

Locomotive Print

In first world blog problems… I served on the 2014 Caldecott committee. It was completely wonderful. Locomotive was our winner. Now that I’ve been on the committee, occasionally people will ask if I have any advice for those who will be serving in the future. I’m here to tell you that the most important thing […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#31)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? Where do I even begin? How about the cover? The cover makes it look like it’s some sort of book about potty training or something. Awful choice. Click here for the answer. One Star Review Guess Who (#1) One […]

The Pros and Cons of Writing a Blog

Pros and Cons

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‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#4)

And You Shall Know Me

Previously… ‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#1) ‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#2) ‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#3) Sure you may know your children’s authors and illustrators, but can you name them from reading their Twitter bios? Test your skills below. All […]

An Illustrated Interview with Ben Hatke

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Morning Notes: Is Anne of Green Gables 34? Edition

Comics Squad Lunch

GREEN EGGS AND  NETFLIX A series based on Green Eggs and Ham is coming to Netflix. Well, the Cat in the Hat PBS series is solid, so I would put expectations at medium. It was announced in a properly Seussian way – with a rhyming press release. Click here to read. (via Sharyn November on Facebook) […]