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Morning Notes: Needlessly Frightening Edition

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‘A MERE QUARTER’ Little Golden Books turn 75 this year and NPR has the story covered. It makes for a pretty fascinating listen. Leonard Marcus and George Saunders even chime in. Click here to listen. (Thanks to my dad for the link) THE WORLD’S MOST VALUABLE CHILDREN’S BOOKS – DO YOU HAVE ONE? Real Headline […]

Notes on February 2017

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In February . . . I used book titles to make a comic. . . . I talked to Jon Agee about snacks. Also we got a first look at the trailer for his new book, Life on Mars. . . . we took a look at 10 books I’m excited about coming in spring. It’s […]

Local Man Attends 2017 SCBWI Winter Conference

Artwork by Oge Mora

I did something new a couple weekends back – left my mitten-shaped home and attended a Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) conference. You ever been to one of these things? They’re pretty great. I was invited to talk about unusual picture books and social media. Usually when I travel I have a one […]

10 to Note: Spring Preview 2017

Spring Preview 2017

This warm weather in February is the real “spring preview”, amIright? Here are ten books I’m looking forward to this spring. Picture Books South by Daniel Duncan Abrams | May 2, 2017 | Grades K-2 What is it about this book that is appealing to me? I want to dig into this. Okay, first of all […]

Morning Notes: Equal Edition

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CYBILS ANNOUNCED The Childrens and Young Adult Book Blogger Awards (CYBILS) were announced and there are some great picks in the bunch. Click here to see all the winners. THE STATS The CCBC released their Multicultural Statistics for 2016. The data tracks diversity in children’s books published last year. Some encouraging signs, and a long […]

Review: Charlie & Mouse by Laurel Snyder

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Charlie & Mouse By Laurel Snyder Illustrated by Emily Hughes Chronicle Books ISBN: 9781452131535 $14.99 Grades K-1 Out April 11, 2017 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library

Book Title Toons: Brothers

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Exclusive Book Trailer Premiere: LIFE ON MARS by Jon Agee

Life on Mars

I like Jon Agee’s latest book, Life on Mars, a lot. Today we have a trio of premiere-iness: 1. An interview with Jon Agee about the book (and snacks and civilian space travel). 2. A giveaway (five copies – click the link below to enter). 3. The trailer. First up, let’s talk to the man […]

Books on Film: Javaka Steptoe LIVE

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The New York Times invited our reigning Caldecott Medalist, Javaka Steptoe, to create some art on Facebook Live the other day.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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SCBWI Presentation: Social Media: An Author’s Best Frenemy

Artwork by Oge Mora

If you are attending my session Social Media: An Author’s Best Frenemy at the SCBWI Winter Conference in New York, here are the slides! If you are not attending my session Social Media: An Author’s Best Frenemy at the SCBWI Winter Conference in New York, here are the slides! But they might not make a ton […]

SCBWI Presentation: Creating Books Outside the Boundaries

Artwork by Oge Mora

If you are attending my session Creating Books Outside the Boundaries at the SCBWI Winter Conference in New York, here are the slides! If you are not attending my session Creating Books Outside the Boundaries at the SCBWI Winter Conference in New York, here are the slides! But they might not make a ton of sense. Here […]

Morning Notes: ‘I Want One’ Edition

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BOOKS BATTLE SOON The School Library Journal Battle of the Kids’ Books is about to get started. Go here to see the contenders (and the matchups). I’m predicting a win for Ghost by Jason Reynolds. V.L.B. ON TECH The Atlantic has a piece on technology innovation, through the lens of Virginia Lee Burton (a.k.a. The […]

Calde-bump, Newbery Jump

Newbery Bump

Now’s a good time to check on how the recent Newbery and Caldecott winners are faring on the New York Times bestseller lists, I’d say. Caldecott first: As a reminder, here are the winners: And the children’s picture book list as it stands right now: Click here for the entire list. They All Saw a […]

‘Okay Google, I don’t need your help with story time.’

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