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The Most Astonishingly Unconventional Children’s Books of 2018


Here’s to keeping it strange. 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 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 Sam’s Hamburger by David Pelham Candlewick Press | May 8 Why It’s Unconventional: The story (a […]

Name That LEGO Book Cover! (#8)

LEGO 8-1

I used this website to (virtually) create 3 LEGO book covers. They’re listed from least challenging to most challenging – see how many you can name. #1: Answer #2: Answer #3: Answer How’d you do? Previously . . . Name That LEGO Book Cover! (#1) Name That LEGO Book Cover! (#2) Name That LEGO Book Cover! (#3) […]

The Fine Art Doppelgängers of Hugo Cabret and Harry Potter?


A while back people were using the Google Arts and Culture app to find their fine art doppelgängers. But what good is any app if we don’t use it for children’s lit??? I say we fire is up to find lookalikes for Hugo Cabret and Harry Potter. First up, Hugo: Hm. Hugo may be my […]

Photos from Nerd Camp 2018

Nerd Balloons

For two days in July, the small town of Parma, Michigan becomes the center of the literacy universe. I’m off to Nerd Camp and will be sharing photos here throughout the conference. Check back and I’ll be adding to this post as the day goes along. What is Nerd Camp? Short versh: an “un-conference” focused […]

Wreck This Picture Book!


Don’t write in them. Don’t tear the pages. Don’t eat them. These are a few of the accepted “rules” of picture books, right? But some books don’t follow these rules. And we love them for it. I’ll share a few books that intentionally flaunt the rules, but I know there are more out there – […]

Your 2019 Newbery/Caldecott ‘Hey, Keep an Eye Out’ Lists


Once the midway point of the year hits, I usually like to see what’s happening on the Mock Newbery and Caldecott lists over on Goodreads. Are these lists in any way official? Nope. Just interested readers voting for the books they think might take home the awards. So consider these books you might want to keep an eye […]

Auto-Completed Children’s Books (#6) The Carrot Seed

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 […]

Notes on June 2018


(gif via H. Goodspeed) In June . . . . . . I challenged your book cover deciphering skills. Can you name the LEGO book covers? . . . we hugged the unhuggable. Explore a picture book mini-trend in the making. . . . we stepped inside the Illustrator Studio. Tundra Books has a new […]

Instagramming ALA Annual 2018: Sunday and Monday


Friday and Saturday? A warm up! Sunday was the day. I was up early. I took this NOLA morning street shot . . . . . . on my way to the Coretta Scott King Breakfast. Wow was it a great event. All the winners spoke and it’s one of those times when you are […]

Instagramming ALA Annual 2018: Friday and Saturday


I’m back from the 2018 American Library Association Annual Conference and boy are my sweat glands tired. It was a warm and wonderful four days, so I figured it deserves the recap treatment. But whatever you do, don’t go to the ALA recap over at A Fuse #8 Production, read it, realize she’s a far […]

Makin’ a List, Checking with You


School Library Journal asked me to help out with a list of the ten best transitional reader books for their annual Best of the Year celebrations in print and online. So I’ve been paying extra close attention to all 2018 early readers and chapter books, but in the words of Aerosmith, I don’t wanna miss […]

My ALA Annual Plan-ual


Later this week I’m headed to the 2018 American Library Association Annual Conference (do all those words get capitalized? I’m going with it). Will you be there? I have a three-pronged approach to the conference this year. Prong #1: Librarian Stuff I could go on about the stuff I want to hit, but really this […]

School Librarian Corner: Dirty Books. No, Literally, Dirty Books


The other day I read a Facebook post from a fellow school librarian in the midst of an end-of-the-year inventory. This librarian said it gets kind of gross when you touch all the books in the library. Tell me about it. If you’ve ever handled a bunch of library books, you can probably identify. Your […]

The June Newsletter Has Ideas


I recently sent out the June installment of FROM THE DESK OF 100 SCOPE NOTES. It includes a book recommendation, a podcast recommendation, and other, more secret things. Click here to read it. I send out this newsletter once a month – want to subscribe? Click here to sign up.

The Unhuggables

Hug Gif

Picture Book Mini Trend Alert! Hugging the unhuggable. It’s an idea that has serious picture book legs. I think the first time I saw a book on this topic was a couple years back: Hugs from Pearl by Paul Schmid And this one was out around the same time: Hug Me by Simona Ciraolo The […]