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Endangered Series #9: Pony Pals


Popularity comes, popularity goes. As librarians we’re always balancing between what will circulate like crazy and what we need to have in the collection. And we’re not the Library of Congress – we can’t (and shouldn’t) keep everything. An endangered series is one that appears to be waning in terms of popularity. But popularity isn’t everything. Should it […]

10 to Note: Fall Preview 2016


Here’s how these previews work: I look at all the books. I pick 10 that jump out to me. I share them with you. Here we go – this batch will all arrive in September, October, and November. Picture Books A Well-Mannered Young Wolf by Jean Leroy, illustrated by Matthieu Maudet October 3, 2016 | Eerdmans […]

Just My Size: Favored Dimensions of Picture Book Makers


I always notice bookmakers who favor a particular size for their books – not just for a series, but for their careers. How/why does this happen? I imagine the scene goes something like this: Bookmaker: (Walks in to the offices of a major publisher, finished picture book art under arm) I make books this big. […]

The Strange Case of the Missing Read Poster Strikes Back

Missing Poster

Just a regular old day in the library . . . Wait a second. I’m having flashbacks . . . NOOOOOO! HOW COULD IT FALL DOWN THE CRACK AGAIN?!?! THE CRACK IS SO SMALL! Stay calm, Travis, stay calm. Look on the floor . . . IT’S NOT ON THE FLOOR! Check the floor again […]


We just ordered a brand-new complete set of the Elephant & Piggie Series. So, of course, I had to find the Pigeon in each one. (Don’t even try to call this a spoiler – you’ve read all these)

Preview: The Crusty Nibs

Crusty Nibs Art

It’s been two years since we checked in with the Crusty Nibs. You know The Crusty Nibs, right? The collective of author/illustrators based in the Chicago area, including (but not limited to) Stacy Curtis, Larry Day, Chris Sheban, Eric Rohmann, Tom Lichtenheld, Jeff Newman, and Matthew Cordell? It seems like a good time to check […]

This Is A Problem

Pokemon and Minecraft

Our Pokemon and Minecraft books are on the same shelf. This is the aftermath. (This is the best kind of “problem”.)

Morning Notes: Tuscan Jungle Gyms Edition


PIGS FOR A CAUSE The children’s literature community came together in a big way to support a bookseller in need. Click here to read. UNFORTUNATE EVENTS NEWS Neil Patrick Harris recently shared info on the upcoming Series of Unfortunate Events show on Netflix (he’s playing Count Olaf). Expect a different tone than the 2004 film. […]

The Failed Presidential Campaigns of Children’s Book Characters


It’s weird. Over the years many children’s book characters have tried running for President of the United States. They announce their candidacy on the covers of books. You’ve seen them. Yet not one has successfully become President of the United States. And now none of them even mention politics at all. Who ran? What caused their […]

Who Has Published the Most NYT Best Illustrated Books in the Last Decade?

Best Illustrated Publisher

Kind of a specific question, but I wanted to know. After making my 2016 NYT Best Illustrated Children’s Books predictions yesterday, I crunched the numbers from the last 10 years of lists. I wanted to see which publishers had put out the most Best Illustrated books. There are two ways to dice up the numbers. […]

Predictions! 2016 NYT 10 Best Illustrated Books

2016 Best Illustrated Predictions

My dream assignment is to be a judge for the New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books List. While I bide my time plotting a way to get on that committee (current plan: write a blog post clearly stating that it’s my dream assignment), why not make a few predictions? Last year I managed to […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#49)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? This is the kind of literature that caused the panic that led to the Salem Witch Trials. Click here for the answer. One Star Review Guess Who (#1) One Star Review Guess Who (#2) One Star Review Guess Who (#3) […]

The Geisel Award Infographic


The world needs more children’s literature infographics, I say. I’ve already tried to remedy the situation with The Newbery Medal Infographic and The Caldecott Medal Infographic. Today I put together an infographic for a fairly new award, the Geisel. (Click to enlarge)

Happy Birthday To . . . Every Author Ever

Birthday Cake

September 8 is Jon Scieszka’s birthday. Next week is Roald Dahl’s. I like author and illustrator birthdays, and it’s fun to share them with kids too. One of the best places to find them is over at Through the Looking Glass. Click here for their big ol’ list, sorted by month.

Morning Notes: Cover Not Final Edition

Gum Girl 2

ANNA DEWDNEY: 1965-2016 Sad news. Anna Dewdney, creator of the beloved Llama Llama series of picture books, has passed away. Click here to read more over at Publishers Weekly. CELEBRITY LIBRARIAN I hope after this piece, Rita Meade introduces herself as “Celebrity Librarian Rita Meade”. (Thanks to LISNews for the link) PICTURE BOOKS FOR NEWBERY […]