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#Holdshelf: October 2015

You know what this day needs? A little #holdshelf. With “AROLD”.

If the Public Picked the Newbery…

Newbery 2015 Goodreads

…these are the books that would win. People sometimes get irritated with me me when I bring up the mock Newbery list on Goodreads. It is certainly a popularity contest, when the real award is certainly not. Anyone can vote for a book for any reason on the Goodreads list. This is not the way […]

Gallery: The New York Times Best Illustrated Books of 2015

Big Bear

New York Times Best Illustrated Books list, you catch me off guard every time. And I like it. The 2015 winners have been announced. Let’s have a look at them, shall we? (Side note: I went three for ten in my predictions from a couple months back.) Big Bear Little Chair by Lizi Boyd A […]

Morning Notes: Elaborate Hoax Meter Edition

Maybe a Fox

WONDER OF WONDERS A bunch of talented children’s literature folks recently banded together to create All the Wonders, a site that wants to take readers “beyond the book”. Here’s the deal: they take a book (like Ed Vere’s Max the Brave) and offer up a bunch of stuff to go along with it. There’s a song […]

Coming Soon: November is Picture Book Month!

Picture Book Month

November: around the corner. You know what that means… Picture Book Month is coming. During November I’ll be showing the video above and asking students share their all-time favorite picture books on our school library blog. But most of all we’ll be reading and talking about picture books (not a change from the other months […]

Morning Notes: Two Truths and a Lie Edition

Mercy Watson

THESE ARE THE STARS ShelfTalker recently updated their annual list of books that have received starred reviews from the major review journals. Man, do I need to read Lost in NYC. Click here to see the list. BONUS YARN Under the cover of darkness a brand new bonus episode of The Yarn has been released. […]

Cover Curiosity: Deep Down

Sam and Dave

Sometimes connections between two covers are strong – like, say, using the same image. But other times there’s just a vague, “Hey, this looks kinda like something I’ve seen…”. That’s the situation today, with the covers for two books about plumbing the depths of the world. Our first cover: Our second cover: Side by side: […]

Exclusive Cover Reveal: Let Me Finish! by Minh Lê and Isabel Roxas


The online children’s literature community has more or less been by home for the last eight years. During that time, one of the best blogs around has been Bottom Shelf Books. It has all the qualities you hope for: it’s smart, funny, and creative. This summer the man behind Bottom Shelf Books (and Huffington Post pieces […]

When Caldecott Medals Are Born

Caldecott in Diapers

A couple years back, I tried to figure out which month birthed the most Newbery Medals. Now it’s time for Caldecott. Similar to my Newbery assumption, I figured the most Caldecott medals would come from the pumpkin-spiced months. Adding to this is the fact that if you look at previous Caldecott winners with books out […]

I Have An Idea for A LOVE YOU FOREVER Sequel…


Trade the mother for the author of this article, and the son with the nearest children’s book guy.

Morning Notes: The Lorax-o’-Lantern Edition

Colfer and Jeffers

A SHORT LIST The National Book Award field has been halved from ten to five in the Young People’s Literature Category. Here are the five left standing: (Click to enlarge) The winner will be announced on November 18. THERE ARE NO BOY BOOKS Author Shannon Hale continues to say the things that need to be […]

Exclusive Cover Reveal: Flora and the Peacocks by Molly Idle

Flora and the Peacocks_FC_HighRes

I will always have a special connection to Molly Idle’s work. I was a member of the committee that awarded Idle’s Flora and the Flamingo a Caldecott Honor. Today I’m (segue alert) honored to reveal, for the very first time, the cover for the latest Flora book, Flora and the Peacocks. First, a word from […]

Nonfiction Monday: The 50 States

50 States Cover

There are a lot of blog tours out there, but being an unabashed homer, I couldn’t say no to this one. Today we have not so much a review as an overview. The 50 States is a new nonfiction/reference book with a lot of appeal. Each state of the union is presented with a beautifully […]

Cover Curiosity: Reflective

Each Kindness

When two covers resemble each other, it’s usually one of two situations. A. Something fishy is afoot. All the hands holding stuff after Twilight? That’s aping something that’s popular. B. It appears to be a case of random chance. Today I’ll have the B. Cover number one: Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by E. […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#37)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? I’ve heard many people tell me that it was a good book. I do not understand. I thought time travel was debunked by Stephen Hawkings. Click here for the answer. One Star Review Guess Who (#1) One Star Review […]