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The Poop Report

I was talking with a children’s book editor a while back and somehow we got on the topic of poop. Specifically, how there seems to be a lot of scatological humor in books published outside the U.S. Based on my anecdotal evidence, the U.S. is trying to play catch up. Below are poo-centric titles publishing […]

Endangered Series #14: Marvin Redpost by Louis Sachar

Should it stay, or should it go? Or think of it this way – if you were starting a library today, would this series make the cut? Let’s discuss.

Exclusive Cover Reveal: ORPHAN ELEVEN by Gennifer Choldenko

A first look at the cover for ORPHAN ELEVEN by Gennifer Choldenko (+ a Q&A)

Review: Saturday by Oge Mora

SaturdayBy Oge Mora Little, Brown ISBN: 9780316431279$18.99Grades PreK-2Out Oct. 22, 2019 *Best New Book* Find it at:Schuler Books | Your Library Disappointment looms large in the world of the child. Kids, as we know, are YOLO personified. And when pretty much anything is possible at any moment, the opportunities for disappointment are many. But even […]

The Book Equivalent of Flipping a Turtle on Its Back

Here’s a simple, three step process for confusing a kid. 1. Take a picture book. 2. Lift the jacket up until it looks like this: 3. Hand to a student and ask them to fix it. Actually, don’t do that. It’s too cruel. But if you’ve worked in a library I bet you’ve had students […]

Eating Subway with Shel Silverstein

Previously . . . I Asked Shel Silverstein About the Meaning of Life A Conversation with Shel Silverstein Hey, Shel – I know you’re busy brooding right now, but I have an idea that might perk you up. Want to get Subway for lunch? I knew that would get you excited. So what do you […]

Our 2020 Mock Caldecott Program

Soon it will be November. Around these parts of the school library world, November means Mock Caldecott.

If I Could Enter Any Culinary Universe Through a Book . . .

I can’t say it would be this one.

School Librarian Saturday: BookFlix

In this new series, I take a look at BookFlix, a digital resource from Scholastic.

Name That LEGO Book Cover! (#16)

Can you name the book based on its LEGO-fied cover?

Happy Anniversary to THE VERY LAST CASTLE (+ a Giveaway)

One year ago today, The Very Last Castle was published. To celebrate, I’m giving away five copies and sharing a comic about how the story was written.

We Publish Caldecott Winners: 2019

My goal for this post is simple: determine which publisher has put out the most Caldecott Medal/Honor winners over the last 20 years. But once we start crunching the numbers, things get a little tricky. Because mergers. For example, Roaring Brook Press didn’t used to be an imprint of Macmillan. Now it is. So I […]

An Interview with Jeff Kinney and an EXCLUSIVE Excerpt of Diary of a Wimpy Kid #14

The book doesn’t come out until November 5th, but today we have an exclusive excerpt for you.

One Star Review, Guess Who? (#99)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? I didn’t like this book because it’s mostly about track and I don’t like track and this book doesn’t interest me that much Click here for the answer. Why do I share these? Click here. Previously . . . […]

5 Questions with Maulik Pancholy

I talk with actor and debut author Maulik Pancholy about his coming-of-age middle grade novel, The Best At It.