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More Yarn! Gary D. Schmidt: Orbiting Jupiter Unravelled


We’re continuing our new series called The Unraveller, where an author or illustrator brings us behind the scenes of one of their books. The latest episode is up, with author Gary D. Schmidt talking about Orbiting Jupiter. If you’re not sure how to download a podcast to your phone, allow Ira Glass and his friend […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#40)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? I found this to be the singular most irritating gift upon graduation day…and while I like [Author] okay and all, I don’t necessarily find wisdom in his rhymes upon graduating from college. When [Author] can find me a job, then […]

Calde-Bump, Newbery Jump


The Caldecott and Newbery sell books. How have the recent winners fared on the bestseller lists? Here are the picture book bestsellers from last week (which takes data from before the awards were announced): And here are the picture book bestsellers for this week: Notice the change? Finding Winnie moved to number one, Last Stop […]

Morning Notes: Newbery Marzipan Edition

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WHERE IS THE DIVERSITY IN PUBLISHING? A year in the making, Lee & Low books just published the results of their Diversity in Publishing survey. It includes data from 34 publishers and 8 review journals. Click the image below for a closer look and additional details. (Thanks to Bookshelves of Doom for the Link) TODAY […]

The Circs So Far: The 10 Most Checked Out Books of the 2015-16 School Year

Ballet Cat

(Thanks to Shelftalker for inspiring the title of this post) While the year year is new, the school year is not. We’ve been up and running since September. Time to check in on the most checked out books in our school library so far in the 2015-16 campaign. 10. Ballet Cat: The Totally Secret Secret […]

Finding Winnie…’s Butt


Since it won the Caldecott Medal last week, I’ve been reading Finding Winnie to all of my classes (I work with students in grades K-4). I love the book, and it’s been getting a great reception from kids. Especially the furry butt cheeks. What? You don’t see them? Now, don’t be ashamed if you don’t […]

Morning Notes: All Cop Edition

Dog Man

NO MORE CAKE The aftermath of Scholastic pulling A Birthday Cake for George Washington continues. The story has been picked up by, let’s see… The New York Times TIME NPR BBC CBS News And others. THE ART OF THE AWARD PLACEMENT This week there have been a lot of librarians putting award stickers on books […]

Cover Reveal: PIRASAURS! by Josh Funk, Illustrated by Michael Slack


If someone did a Best Read-Alouds of 2015 list (man, why didn’t I do that list?) Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast would have been on my list. That book was written by Josh Funk. Now Josh has a new book on the horizon (with illustrator Michael Slack) and I’m pleased to share a first […]

The Short Shelf Life of ‘A Birthday Cake for George Washington’

Birthday Cake

Released on Tuesday, January 5th, A Birthday Cake for George Washington has been pulled from shelves. Here’s a statement on the decision from publisher Scholastic: If you haven’t been following the discussion about this book, there’s a good collection of links at American Indians in Children’s literature to get you caught up.

Nonfiction Monday: Welcome to the Symphony by Carolyn Sloan


Welcome to the Symphony By Carolyn Sloan Illustrated by James Williamson Workman ISBN: 9780761176473 $24.99 Grades K-3 Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library I’ve never felt the need to review a book with sounds on this blog before. Push a button, Elmo giggles – I get the appeal. Most don’t beg […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#39)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? I often wonder if I had a time machine what I would use it for. After reading the first [title of the series] novel I can safely say I would go back and spare myself the time I took reading […]

The Relative Surprise-iness of the 2016 Youth Media Awards


“So, what are your favorites?” That’s the question everyone asks each other at ALA Midwinter. The day before the Youth Media Awards were announced, I told a friend I was hoping for a happy surprise or two. Now that the medals have been distributed, I want to talk about four individual moments that made me raise […]

Reaction Tweets of the 2016 Youth Media Award Winners

Here’s a batch of first reactions from the recent class of Youth Media Award winners… Matt de la Peña: Newbery Medal, Last Stop on Market Street: pic.twitter.com/1XfKCCSAcP — Matt de la Pena (@mattdelapena) January 11, 2016 Sophie Blackall: Caldecott Medal, Finding Winnie: Told the cat I'd won the #Caldecott. She couldn't care less. pic.twitter.com/I59i8A9YYQ — […]

2016 Caldecott Comment Card

Caldecott Comment 2016

Once the 2016 Caldecott Medals and Honors have been awarded, I want to know what you think. Go ahead and share in the comments. What Caldecott choices are you happy with? Unhappy? What did the committee miss?

Watch the ALA Youth Media Awards LIVE


It’s time. Time to haul out one of my favorite images that I use on this blog. *hauling* *EXPLOSION SOUND* I would not be doing my civic school librarian duty if I did not share that you can watch the American Library Association’s 2016 Youth Media Awards (you know, the show with all the wonderful […]