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2016 Books from Coretta Scott King Winners

2016 CSK

We’ve looked at new books from past Caldecott and Newbery recipients, why not let the good times roll? Below are all the 2016 books from past Coretta Scott King winners. If I missed one, let me know in the comments. Coretta Scott King Illustrator: Lift Your Light a Little Higher by Heather Henson, illustrated by Bryan Collier (September […]

Happy #bookfacefriday!

Shel Bookface

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Morning Notes: Sweet Caldecott Dreams Edition


BOOK FIGHT The annual Battle of the Kids Books is ramping up over at SLJ. Judges have been announced. Books named. Brackets released. This will be fun. Click here for all of it. YOU WON A CYBILS AWARD I didn’t mention this before? How did I not mention this before? The Cybils winners have been […]

2016 Books from Newbery Winners

2016 Newbery Winners

Around a third of Newbery Medal and Honor winners have won more than once. I actually looked into that. We better run down the 2016 books from past Newbery winners, then. In case you missed it, I did the same thing for Caldecott Winners For the sake of my sanity, I excluded picture books from […]

2016 Books from Caldecott Winners

2016 Caldecott Books

Studies (conducted in my head) have shown that there are a whole lot of illustrators who have won a Caldecott Medal or Honor more than once. Take the most recent awards – there were two winners who had been there before (Henkes and Collier). Therefore it might be handy to take a look at 2016 […]

More Yarn! Salina Yoon: Be a Friend Unravelled

Salina Yoon Yarn

We’re continuing our 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/illustrator Salina Yoon talking about Be a Friend. Giveaway time! We are giving away a signed copy of Be a Friend. Click here to enter. If you’re not sure […]

2016 Preview Interview: Phaidon

Phaidon Books

I’ve been following Phaidon’s children’s books for a few years now – mainly due to their Tomi Ungerer reissues and inventive Herve Tullet board books. This spring, Phaidon is expanding their children’s list. I talked to Cecily Kaiser (formerly of Scholastic and Abrams) about this fresh batch of books. Travis Jonker: Greetings from Michigan! How are […]

More to Note: Lots of 2016 Spring Books I’m Looking Forward to


Rivers will no doubt flood with tears when I tell you that I have a hard time narrowing down my 10 to Note previews (here’s my attempt). Because of that, I thought I’d do a little speed round of spring books (publishing in March, April, and May) that are also looking good. Images only.

10 to Note: Spring Preview 2016

Spring Preview 2016

Spring: not sprung. But that’s why they call it a preview, folks! As I wait patiently for the moles to wreak havoc on my yard (a spring tradition around here) I will kill time by sharing ten books that give me a case of the double-takes. Picture Books A Hungry Lion, or A Dwindling Assortment […]

More Yarn! Rebecca Stead: Goodbye Stranger Unravelled

Yarn Notebook

We’re continuing our 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 Rebecca Stead talking about Goodbye Stranger. Giveaway time! We are giving away a signed copy of Goodbye Stranger. Click here to enter. If you’re not sure how to download […]

The Most Annoying Board Book Ever


Morning Notes: Bills in Books Edition


THURSDAY AT THE THEATER While there was a Japanese animated film, The Magic Tree House series has never been adapted for U.S. audiences. That may change soon. Click here to read. (Thanks to EarlyWord for the link) GO NERDCAMPING Nerdcamp MI is going to be great this year. Short description: it’s an unconference focused on literacy. Long […]

Nonfiction Monday: Dr. Seuss: The Great Doodler by Kate Klimo

Dr. Seuss Doodler

Dr. Seuss: The Great Doodler By Kate Klimo Illustrated by Steve Johnson & Lou Fancher Random House Books ISBN: 9781101935514 $12.99 Grades K-2 Out January 26, 2016 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library There are plenty of picture book biographies out there. And plenty that fall in the chapter zone (of which the […]

More Yarn! Gary D. Schmidt: Orbiting Jupiter Unravelled (Part 2)


Last week I shared the first part of our interview with Gary D. Schmidt talking about Orbiting Jupiter. This week we have the conclusion. Hear Gary talk about: his interpretation of the Orbiting Jupiter cover. his love of the typewriter. why Anita Silvey yelled at him. his admiration for the writing bravery of Kate DiCamillo. Giveaway […]

4 Things I Noticed About the Bestselling Children’s Books of 2015

Batman Thinking

Yesterday Publishers Weekly released their lists of the bestselling children books of 2015. Here’s what I noticed… 1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School topped the fiction list by a mile. Second place, John Green’s Paper Towns, trailed by a mere … 500,000 copies. Yes, #1 beat #2 by a number that almost matched the total […]