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Three Thoughts on the Bestselling Children’s Books of 2016


Publishers Weekly recently released their list of the bestselling children’s books of 2016. Click here to have a look. A few thoughts came to mind when I gave them a once-over. 1. #1 Outsold #2. By a Lot. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child outsold the next book on the list, Double Down (Diary of […]

Morning Notes: 20 Variations Edition


BATTLING BOOKS The Battle of the Kids’ Books is raging over at School Library Journal. March: Book 3 seems to be the clear-cut favorite (deservedly so – that series is excellent), but I wouldn’t count out Some Writer! Click here for the latest. MORE MO Seems like every week lately I’m sharing a new Mo […]

2017 Books from Caldecott Winners

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We’ve talked Newbery. We’ve talked Geisel. We’ve talked Coretta Scott King. Time to talk Caldecott. Below are all the books coming out by Caldecott Medal or Honor winning illustrators in 2017. If I missed one, let me know in the comments. **EDITED TO ADD** The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse by Mac Barnett, illustrated […]

Books on Film: Watch the Captain Underpants Trailer


The Captain is coming to theaters on June 2nd and here’s the first trailer for the film. Seems like the spirit of the books is intact. Or, if you prefer, you can watch someone watching the trailer. Youtube is a strange place.

Morning Notes: Winged Blog Edition

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MO POD Mo Willems was recently on the NPR show On Point with Tom Ashbrook. I had a great time listening to it and I bet you will too. You can listen to the podcast here. S.L.Y. Who will be the next School Librarian of the Year? Click here to get your nominations in. Nominations […]

2017 Books from Newbery Winners

2017 Newbery

We’ve covered the Geisel award. We’ve covered the Coretta Scott King award. How about some Newbery? As we know, former winners have a knack for winning again. Below are all the books coming out this year by past Newbery Medal or Honor winners. If I missed any, let’s hear it in the comments. The Crying […]

The Things Triangle Has Seen


Look at that face. Rather, look at those eyes. There’s no denying it, Triangle (by Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen) has seen some things. Bad things: Good things: Disturbing things: Inexplicable things: Shocking things: Mind-bending things: I repeat: mind-bending things:

Endorsement: Lynn Rutan for Caldecott Committee


If you’re anything like me, when ALA election time comes around you vote for people you feel would successfully carry out the duties of their post. Often times these people end up being those you personally know and have confidence in. And then there are the situations when you aren’t familiar with any of the […]

Books on Film: Enter the Newbery/Caldecott Wayback Machine

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What’s this? A librarian at a podium holding up a physical copy of a book? We must have stumbled into the Newbery/Caldecott Wayback Machine. Before the live webcast, before social media, before the Geisel, before it was even called the Youth Media Awards, we had the “Newbery & Caldecott Medals Award Ceremony” on C-SPAN2. I’ve […]

Morning Notes: AKR Edition


AMY KROUSE ROSENTHAL Sad news. As you’ve likely heard, author Amy Krouse Rosenthal passed away this week at 51. If you haven’t read her essay for the New York Times Modern Love column, You May Want to Marry My Husband, go do that. FAKE BOOKS How are nonfiction children’s books explaining President Trump? Very carefully. […]

Instagramming an Author Visit: Aaron Zenz


Last week author/illustrator Aaron Zenz visited our school. Let this web log post serve as the photographic evidence. Librarians/teachers out there: now that I’ve hosted a few visits, I can say with confidence that student prep is the make or break factor when an author comes to town. Should I chart it out? Okay, I’ll chart […]

2017 Books from Coretta Scott King Winners

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We took a look at books coming in 2017 from past Geisel winners, how about authors and illustrators who have won Coretta Scott King awards (including author, illustrator, and new talent)? If I missed one, let’s hear it in the comments. The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Jerry Pinkney (May 9) When’s My Birthday? by […]

Books on Film: Shannon Hale, Jerry Pinkney, and Raina Telgemeier on Literacy

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The Library of Congress recently released a series of short videos with authors talking about literacy (I shared one with Kwame Alexander last week). Today we hear from more children’s literature voices, including Shannon Hale, Jerry Pinkney, and Raina Telgemeier.

I speak for the trees

The Lorax

Today is dress like a favorite book character day at my school, so . . .

2017 Books from Geisel Winners

2017 Geisel

Around this time I start getting the itch to track down all the books coming out from previous Youth Media Award winners. We’ll begin with Geisel today, but look for other batches (Coretta Scott King, Newbery, etc.) headed your way soon. Listing all the new books from past Geisel winners is tricky, because it’s an […]