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Review: Peter & Ernesto: A Tale of Two Sloths by Graham Annable

Peter & Ernesto

Peter & Ernesto: A Tale of Two Sloths By Graham Annable First Second (Macmillan) ISBN: 9781626725614 $17.99 Grades 1-4 Out April 10, 2018 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library I eat the same thing every day for breakfast and lunch. If you know me, you might have heard me talking about this. Do […]

Morning Notes: Very Far Away Edition


L.A. TIMES NOMS The Los Angeles Times Book Prize just posted their nominees in all categories, including the one that matters most, Young Adult literature, a list that has two Newbery overlaps. Any guesses? Click here to see them. NYT ON #METOO IN CHILDREN’S LITERATURE The New York Times did a story on the sexual harassment […]

Auto-Completed Children’s Books (#3) Moo, Baa, La La La!

Auto Completed

Okay, Google – you think you’re pretty smart? How about you try completing the text from famous children’s books. I’ll type the beginning of each line into a Google search (plain text below), and you try to finish the line (bold text below). (All credit to @botnikstudions for the inspiration) Previously . . . Auto-Completed Children’s […]

How SPEAK became a Graphic Novel: 3 Questions with Laurie Halse Anderson


I recently finished the graphic novel adaptation of Laurie Halse Anderson’s modern YA classic Speak. Boy is it well done. It’s illustrated by Emily Carroll. I’m always curious about how a novel becomes a graphic novel so I asked Laurie a few questions about it. Me: Hi Laurie. How did the idea to adapt the book […]

What Aaron Becker Has Been Up To: Behind the Scenes of A STONE FOR SASCHA

A Stone for Sascha

After his award-winning Journey trilogy, I’ve been curious to see what Aaron Becker does next. A Stone for Sascha (May 8, 2018) is the answer. You may have seen the cover: Today we take an exclusive look behind the scenes of how the book was made.

The Best Tweets from the 2018 Youth Media Awards

#theviewfromhere — John Schu (@MrSchuReads) February 12, 2018 YMAs….important note to self for the end, and the rest of you, since I have no assurance regarding my future mental state. — Nina Lindsay (@OaklandNina) February 12, 2018 Breaking the no-screen-time for baby rule…#alayma — Megan Dowd Lambert (@MDowdLambert) February 12, 2018 Is […]

The Day After: Random Thoughts on the 2018 Youth Media Awards


A whole lot of great and interesting things happened during the 2018 Youth Media Awards. Here are my random thoughts on Geisel, Caldecott, and Newbery . . . Geisel: Two former winners here – Paul Meisel and Ted Arnold Very happy to see Charlie & Mouse win the gold. It’s one of the few books I […]

The 2018 Caldecott Comment Card


Once the winners have been announced, I want to know what you think. Go ahead and share in the comments. Which choice are you happiest with? Which book did the committee miss?

Harassment in Children’s Lit

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Chances are good that if you’re reading this, you’ve already read the article (and comments on) Children’s Publishing Reckons with Sexual Harassment, but in case you haven’t, you should. It takes guts to talk about this stuff and I support and respect everyone who is.

The February Newsletter is Terrifying


Yesterday I sent out the February installment of FROM THE DESK OF 100 SCOPE NOTES. It includes a story about a terrifying snowflake. You can see it here. Interested in having future newsletters sent directly to your inbox? Click here to sign up.

Morning Notes: Itchy Edition

CC 2018

THE FACTS Anne Ursu’s out here doing the real work. She recently shared her findings from a survey about sexual harassment in the children’s book industry. Click here to read. MAURICE SENDAK: INTERIOR DESIGNER What would it look like if Sendak, Carle, Rowling or three other children’s lit greats designed the baby’s room? Now we […]

Exclusive Book Cover Reveal: THE VERY LAST CASTLE by Me and Mark Pett

The Very Last Castle Pixelated

Remember that story I told you I wrote? About the castle? The one Mark Pett is illustrating? It’s coming out on October 9th and today it’s my pleasure to share the cover with you. It seemed like a good time to ask Mark a couple questions about the cover creation process. Me: Hi Mark! Do […]

Some Things You Might Not Know about Madeleine L’Engle

Becoming Madeleine

Something a bit different today – a piece about children’s literature legend Madeleine L’Engle. L’Engle’s granddaughters Charlotte Jones Voiklis and Léna Roy have written a biography about her, which is out tomorrow (Feb. 6, 2018), and I asked Léna to share a three things that surprised her most while writing the bio. Léna, the floor is […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#64)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? If you are lazy enough to sleep on the job, you deserve to have your hats stolen. Click here for the answer. Why do I share these? Click here. Previously . . . One Star Review Guess Who (#1) […]

The Importance of Challenging Yourself (and Snacks): 3 Questions with Nikki Grimes


I was given the opportunity to ask children’s literature legend Nikki Grimes a few questions. This was a chance I jumped at. Travis: What was it like winning the Wilder Award? What’s it been like since? Nikki Grimes: Earth-shaking. It took me a while to find my feet. It’s one award I never imagined winning. […]