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Top 10 Circulated Picture Books of 2018

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Sidewalks are getting chalked, folks. You know what that means – the end of the school year is coming. Time to see which books got checked out the most in our K-4 school library. First up, the ten most popular picture books. 10. Mix it Up! by Hervé Tullet All the paint books by Herve […]

Notes on April 2018

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In April . . . . . . we checked in on the state of photographic illustration in picture books. #teamphotography . . . we looked at new and upcoming books from past award winners. Specifically, Sibert and Coretta Scott King award winners. . . . I rounded up all the movies and television shows […]

Auto-Completed Children’s Books (#5) They All Saw a Cat

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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 […]

Photo Gallery: A Visit with Deb Pilutti

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Deb Pilutti, maker of such fine books as these . . . . . . visited our school last week. It was a great day. Let’s take a look. We try to begin the hospitality outside the building. Author visit suggestion: make some bootleg coloring pages for kids featuring characters from the author’s books (you’ll […]

Recently Heard on The Yarn

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Ever since we moved operations over to a dedicated blog, I haven’t shared many Yarn podcast happenings over here. So how about we take a quick look at the last 5 episodes and you can give a listen if you’re interested? Victoria Jamieson Greg Pizzoli Candace Fleming Irene Latham & Charles Waters Andrew Clements

I Will Not Retreat to a Book Cave to Eat Taco Bell

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Taco Bell has a new commercial called The Librarian, and I have a few problems with it. First of all, what the h is that book? Kanine Crash? Never heard of it. This questionable read aloud choice makes it clear that this a sub-par librarian we’re dealing with. The librarian can’t handle her failed read aloud […]

The State of Photographic Illustration in 2018

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Maybe someday a book with primarily photographic illustrations will win the Caldecott Medal. Until that day, I’m going to annually post all the fiction picture books I see that use photography. There are plenty of nonfiction books that use photographs. What I’m sharing in this post is fiction that uses photos. Do you know of […]

2018 Books from Sibert Winners

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I’ve brought you here to show you all the books coming out in 2018 by past Sibert Medal winners. The decision was whether or not to include fiction books, or just keep it to nonfiction. I decided to add the fiction too. Did I miss any? Let me know in the comments. Previously . . […]

Huh, I Wonder Which Children’s Books Are in the Top 100?

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Maybe you’re like me. You like oatmeal. Trail mix. Children’s literature. Maybe you’d like to see each and every children’s book that is currently in the top 100 best sellers on Amazon presented without comment*. I did, so I made this post about it. Here they are: * Okay one comment. Love You Forever has […]

The Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2017

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The numbers are in, and the most challenged books of 2017 are . . . (Click to enlarge) Books that are new on the list this year: The Hate U Give, Sex is a Funny Word Books that were on the list last year: Drama, George, I Am Jazz Books that were on older lists […]

2018 Books from Coretta Scott King Winners

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I have scoured the internet for 2018 releases from previous Coretta Scott King Author and Illustrator Award winners. Did I miss any? Let me know in the comments. Previously . . . 2018 Books from Newbery Winners 2018 Books from Caldecott Winners 2018 Books from Geisel Winners 2018 Books from Pura Belpré Winners   The […]

Bunny Beef: Pence Family Claps Back at John Oliver Over Picture Book Parody

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First there was this: The Pence family pet, Marlon Bundo, starred in a picture book: Then there was this: Comedian John Oliver released a parody of the book: Today, the beef continues. The Pence family announced the immediate publication of a new book Marlon Bundo’s Bad Dream. The premise? That Bundo’s last adventure, the spoof by John […]

Notes on March 2018

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In March . . . . . . we tried to guess the book based on a student’s cover drawing. Some of them were tricky. . . . I shared ten books I’m excited about coming this spring. Preview time. . . . we learned what past Newbery, Caldecott, Geisel, and Pura Belpré winners are […]

2018 Books from Pura Belpré Winners

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Here are all the 2018 books from past Pura Belpré author and illustrator medal and honor winners. Did I miss any? Let’s hear it in the comments. Previously . . . 2018 Books from Newbery Winners 2018 Books from Caldecott Winners 2018 Books from Geisel Winners The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by […]

Auto-Completed Children’s Books (#4) I Want My Hat Back

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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 […]