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Children’s Literature at the DNC

Chugga Chugga

If there’s one thing you can say about children’s literature people, they will notice when children’s books are mentioned in a national stage. Last night at the Democratic National Convention, Chelsea Clinton kept mentioning children’s books in her speech. First: Then: Then: The children’s literature people? We took notice: For those keeping track: @ChelseaClinton shouted […]

Enthusiasm at the Edges: Thinking Aloud About Book Reviews

Enthusiasm 1

A note on this post: I ain’t saying’ nothing new. But every now and then I think it’s worthwhile for me to put these things into words (and also, to trick myself into thinking I absorbed something from my college stats class) – if only for myself. Like just about everything, book quality follows a bell […]

Morning Notes: Read This Next Edition

G. Ford Process

YOU LIKE? We Need Diverse Books is doing something cool – recommending read-alikes on their site. They even have snazzy graphics for each one. Check them all out here. (Thanks to @bottomshelfbks for alerting me to these on Twitter) INVEST YOUR LIFE SAVINGS IN CHILDREN’S BOOKS Stocks? For the birds! I am going to start investing […]

Nonfiction Monday: The Marvelous Thing That Came From a Spring by Gilbert Ford

Marvelous Thing

The Marvelous Thing That Came From a Spring: The Accidental Invention of the Toy That Swept the Nation By Gilbert Ford Atheneum (Simon & Schuster) ISBN: 9781481450652 $17.99 Grades K-3 Out September 13, 2016 *Best New Book* If you think about it, there are some comparisons to be drawn between the Slinky and picture books […]

One Star Review Guess Who (#47)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? [W]hat two kids would run away to an ART MUSEUM? 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 Review Guess Who (#4) […]

Books on Film: Pop-Up Secrets with Robert Sabuda


When you think Robert Sabuda, you think pup-up books. The guy is a master. A little while back, he appeared on Sprout TV to share some of his knowledge. Keep this in your back pocket to share with kids.

‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#7)

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) ‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#4) ‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#5) ‘And You Shall Know […]

Books on Film: Moomin in Documentary Land


Have other folks shared this? I bet other folks have shared this. But it’s July, dang it, and I refuse to Google stuff in July! How many professional-quality documentaries out there feature children’s book creators? Not as many as I’d like. Today we have a wonderful documentary of Moomin creator Tove Janssen. The Moomin are […]

More Yarn! Lynda Mullaly Hunt – ONE FOR THE MURPHYS Unraveled


In the latest episode of The Yarn Lynda Mullaly Hunt talks about her book One for the Murphys. Click the buttons below to subscribe to The Yarn on iTunes and Stitcher: And we have a newsletter! Colby and I put all kinds of stuff on there: book recommendations, other podcasts to check out, and bonus The Yarn […]

How the Heck to Pronounce “Arnold Lobel”

I’m turning into a single serve site today¹ to do a public duty. Arnold Lobel (you know, the children’s literature legend behind Frog and Toad and other classics) has one of those names often pronounced different ways. Sometimes I would hear “LO-BULL” other times “LO-BELL”. I had no idea what to believe². But a little […]

The Mysteries of Cardboard Schu

CS Huh

In the beginning, it was fun. John Schumacher, former school librarian and current Scholastic Ambassador for School Libraries had a cardboard cutout. How many people have a cardboard cutout? The reaction to the cutout’s debut at the American Library Association Annual Conference was enthusiastic: Me and Diane Hess and @MrSchuReads !!! #schuvisits @Scholastic #alaac16 pic.twitter.com/7jvxhr9E3U […]

Photo Diary: Nerd Camp: Day 2


I’m still here at Nerd Camp, capturing the event via photos. Today is the unconference part – the part where the participants determine the sessions. Check back, as I’ll be adding pictures throughout the day. I’ll be attending sessions, and also do some recording for The Yarn today. For more detail, I wrote about Nerd […]

Photo Diary: Nerd Camp: Day 1


I’m off to the biggest and best literacy-focused unconference around: Nerd Camp. I’m bringing my camera with me and will be posting pictures here throughout the day – check back for updates. This is the first day of the event: the day filled with pre-planned sessions (Ignite-style talks, author/illustrator panels, best book presentations, and educator-led […]

Cover Curiosity: Keeping it 100

First 100

It’s been a while, hasn’t it? But when a Cover Curiosity reveals itself, I am there. Click here for previous Cover Curiosities. Today we have something for the little ones. Our first cover is… Worth noting: First 100 Words was the fourth highest-selling juvenile book of 2015. Fourth! Here are some other books that First […]

A Yarn-nouncement! The Yarn Joins SLJ

Yarn SLJ

Soon, The Yarn will be joining School Library Journal in a more official way. Most noticeably, there will be a dedicated blog for The Yarn on the SLJ site. We’ll post episodes of The Yarn and other audio-related stuff there. Colby Sharp and I are honored to be part of the School Library Journal team.