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Notes on August 2019

In August . . . . . . we looked at the most unconventional books of the year. It’s always one of my favorite posts to put together. . . . I found paint colors based on famous picture books. And I challenged you to name the book by color palette alone. . . . […]

My Quest for the Best Read Aloud Chair

I don’t ask for much. A library with some good books. A Rav4 with a working engine. A bowl of oatmeal every morning. I don’t think I’m a picky person. But then I went shopping for a new read aloud chair. I wanted something comfortable and quiet. No problem. That’s what I thought. I live […]

‘Will you be my best friend?’ LeUyen Pham and Shannon Hale Interview Each Other

Today the graphic novel memoir Best Friends is out in the world. It’s wonderful. To celebrate, I thought it would be fun for author Shannon Hale and illustrator LeUyen Pham to interview each other about the book. I figured they’d ask way better questions than I ever could. And it turns out that’s the case: Questions […]

Review: Another by Christian Robinson

Another By Christian Robinson Atheneum (Simon & Schuster) ISBN: 9781534421677 $17.99 Grades PreK-2 Out Now *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library You know, it’s funny. After seeing an artist’s work over the course of a few years, you think you have a pretty good sense of that artist, right? But […]

How Do I Listen to The Yarn Podcast on Spotify?

First of all, glad you asked. The children’s literature podcast I co-host with Colby Sharp was just added to Spotify and we’re pretty excited about it. If you’re a Spotify subscriber, you can click here to find the show. Or, you can visit Spotify and search for us. Here’s how. Now new episodes of The […]

Under a Rock Alert: Dan Santat Books/Plush Characters at Kohls

There are two reasons you haven’t visited a Kohl’s to pick up Dan Santat’s books and plush characters: Your current residence is under a rock. You know about them and have been meaning to get them, but you just needed a reminder that they exist. And I guess there’s a 3. You don’t live near […]

Exclusive Book Trailer Premiere: Unicorns 101 by Cale Atkinson

Cale Atkinson, the guy who made (among others) Explorers of the Wild, Sir Simon: Super Scarer, and who pulled off the world’s first puzzle cover reveal . . . . . . has a new book coming on September 3rd called Unicorns 101 (it even has a snazzy website). What’s it about? From the publisher: […]

A Good Idea for Your Library: Kids + Books + Instax

The school year is nigh and our annual open house is Wednesday. I’m always wracking my brain before open house to come up with a fun way to interact with families about books. A couple years back I set up a photo booth with my laptop and kids and teachers could take a picture with […]

The Most Astonishingly Unconventional Children’s Books of 2019

Here’s to keeping it interesting. Pushing the envelope. Pushing boundaries. Pushing buttons. Here’s to children’s books that expand our assumptions of what a children’s book can be. Previously . . . The Most Astonishingly Unconventional Children’s Books of 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 Encyclopedia of Grannies by Eric Veillé Gecko Press | August 13 Why It’s Unconventional: Veillé is […]

One Star Review, Guess Who? (#97)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? There’s nothing cute or funny about a child who uses bad grammar, decides to hate people, thinks she knows better than adults, and hollers like a toddler whenever she wants something. Click here for the answer. Why do I […]

H.G.T.V. (Home and Garden, Travis Version): Painting a Room in the Style of a Well-Known Children’s Book

My strategy for painting a room is pretty simple. Two words in fact. Gray Horse. But what if I actually had the guts to choose a color? A real color? A color that connects with something I love: picture books? Well, if I was that person, I’d get myself over to this website, enter the […]

Review: Small in the City by Sydney Smith

Small in the City By Sydney Smith Neal Porter Books/Holiday House ISBN: 9780823442614 $18.99 Grades K-2 Out September 3, 2019 *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library When it comes to picture book making, one of the holy grails is re-readability. Concocting a story that readers care to hear once and […]

Strange Birds, Baseball, and Snacks: A Q&A with Celia C. Pérez

In 2017, I talked with librarian, author, and zine aficionado Celia C. Pérez about her debut novel, The First Rule of Punk. That book went on to make some people happy. In 2018, Celia participated in a panel of Pura Belpré award winners I moderated for a live episode of The Yarn podcast. And now […]

One Star Review, Guess Who? (#96)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? [T]his was just a pig and an elephant talking to the reader with a joke about a banana. I just don’t see the appeal. Click here for the answer. Why do I share these? Click here. Previously . . […]

On This Day(ish) In Scope Notes History: Goodnight, Soon

Part of the fun of blogging is the ephemeral nature of the medium – you write a post, put it up quickly, maybe some folks read it, and then it fades away in a hurry. On to the next post. But – PROBLEM – now I’m stuck with this stockpile of ridiculous stuff that never […]