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Happy Poem in Your Pocket Day!

Lincoln Poem

Today, April 27th, 2017 is Poem in Your Pocket Day. Here’s my poem (from the book Presidential Misadventures by Bob Raczka, illustrated by Dan E. Burr) For further celebration, the song Poem in Your Pocket by Emily Arrow is a must-listen:

The State of Photographic Illustration in 2017


Does photographic illustration get its due? Not from Caldecott. Well, it gets it from me! I am always fascinated to see how the medium is used in works of fiction. Here are all the 2017 examples I could find of photography in fiction picture books. If you have another one, let’s hear it in the […]

ANSWERED: Burning Question of the Day (#1)

The Giving Tree

Last week I asked an important question. Today, we have the results: Whew, glad that’s been settled forever. Thank you to everyone who voted.

2017 Books from Sibert Winners


Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve looked at 2017 books from winners of the . . . Caldecott Newbery Geisel Pura Belpre Coretta Scott King Printz Today I conclude the series with books from past Robert F. Sibert award winners and honorees. I stuck with books by past winners that might be eligible for […]

I Am Clearly An Interior Design Visionary

Books on Stairs

The other day, my wife showed me this picture from The Magnolia Journal, a magazine “containing inspiration for life and home”: Huh, looks like having huge piles of books on your stairs is cool now. That’s funny – BECAUSE I’VE BEEN DOING THIS FOR YEARS. You might remember this from my post The Top 10 Piles […]

2017 Books from Printz Winners

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I’m feeling magnanimous today – why not throw a bone to the YA crowd? Is that even how you say it? Y.A.? Or is it pronounced like the word “yeah”? Do you put a “The” in front? “The Yeah”? I’m so confused on this YA thing. Since we’ve covered Newbery, Caldecott, Geisel, Coretta Scott King, […]

Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2016


Today from the American Library Association: (Click to enlarge) ALA also released a video: Every time the new Top Ten Most Challenged list comes out, I like to take a look at the previous year to see what books are new, what books have stayed, etc. Here’s the 2015 list. There are 3 books that […]

100 Scope Notes Investigative Report: The Foxes of 2017


And we thought we saw some foxes in 2016. My team of investigators have looked into the 2017 Fox Sitch¹ and hoo boy did they come up with some stuff. Is the fox the children’s literature animal of 2016 and 2017? Is there another that will knock it off the pedestal²? ¹Situation ²Bears? Allow me […]

Here’s How You Make a Book Spine Poem with Your Students/Patrons

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April is here. April is National Poetry Month. April is the time for book spine centos (see above). Give one a try. Or try it with your students/patrons. Here are my tips for creating a book spine cento: Check out the book spine poem gallery for inspiration. This is always a big help. Get to […]

2017 Books from Pura Belpré Winners


We covered Newbery. We talked Coretta Scott King. We looked into Geisel. We also did some digging in Caldecott. Below are all the books coming out in 2017 by past Pura Belpré Award winners (author and illustrator). Did I miss one? Let’s hear it in the comments.

Notes on March 2017


In March . . . . . . we had an author visit. It was the wonderful Aaron Zenz. I documented the day. . . . Triangle saw some stuff. That guy’s been through a lot. . . . we entered the Newbery/Caldecott wayback machine. All the way to a distant past known as . […]

First Look: President Trump Releases Self-Published Children’s Autobiography


Citing the rise of “fake publishing”, Donald Trump has just surprise-released a self-published autobiography for kids. Here’s the cover: “Nobody gets it right, okay? Nobody” said Trump when asked about other biographies about him for young readers. His book contains “all the facts”, according to Trump, including the total lack of any sort of failure […]

Three Thoughts on the Bestselling Children’s Books of 2016


Publishers Weekly recently released their list of the bestselling children’s books of 2016. Click here to have a look. A few thoughts came to mind when I gave them a once-over. 1. #1 Outsold #2. By a Lot. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child outsold the next book on the list, Double Down (Diary of […]

2017 Books from Caldecott Winners

Caldecott 2017

We’ve talked Newbery. We’ve talked Geisel. We’ve talked Coretta Scott King. Time to talk Caldecott. Below are all the books coming out by Caldecott Medal or Honor winning illustrators in 2017. If I missed one, let me know in the comments. **EDITED TO ADD** The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse by Mac Barnett, illustrated […]

2017 Books from Newbery Winners

2017 Newbery

We’ve covered the Geisel award. We’ve covered the Coretta Scott King award. How about some Newbery? As we know, former winners have a knack for winning again. Below are all the books coming out this year by past Newbery Medal or Honor winners. If I missed any, let’s hear it in the comments. The Crying […]