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2017: The Year of Pants

The other day Julie Danielson (of Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast) mentioned that 2017 might be The Year of Pants in children’s literature.

First I checked with the Google Ngram Viewer, which tracks words that appear in books. It appears we are in the midst of a historic golden age of pants:

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Then I took a look at the crop of 2017 books with a pants theme. Good call JD, good call.

 

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About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.

Comments

  1. Colleen says:

    And it’s even funnier when you remember the British meaning of “pants.”

  2. Mary Lee Donovan says:

    And while pants are not mentioned, it’s clear what Barnaby forgets at the end of BARNABY NEVER FORGETS by Pierre Collet-Derby (July 2017, Candlewick Press)!

  3. Ha, ha. My boss just did a pants display at the bookstore a few months ago. At least there were lots to choose from!

  4. I’d like to think that the hilarious Panda Pants (2016) started this trend.

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