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Breaking Barriers: An Interview with the Creators of This One Summer

This One Summer

Of all the surprises at this year’s Youth Media Awards, none was bigger for me than when This One Summer was announced as a Caldecott Honor winner. Full of stunning illustrations, this book scrapes the top of the Caldecott-eligible age range (0-14) I had a chance to chat with author Jillian Tamaki and illustrator Mariko [...]

The Special Delivery Original Art Raffle Donate-a-thon


I love this. Philip Stead and Matthew Cordell are doing something cool to celebrate the release of their new book Special Delivery – they’re giving away some original art, drawn by Cordell and based on stamps in Phil’s collection. Donate $10 to a nonprofit to get your name in the hat. Mr. Stead made a [...]

Something Different: WHERE IS IT COMING FROM?


I received a book in the mail the other day called WHERE IS IT COMING FROM?, and I’ve never really read a book like it. It’s published by 826michigan, a non-profit “dedicated to supporting students (ages 6 to 18) with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.” [...]

Reaction Tweets from the 2015 Caldecott Winners

Yuyi Morales Reaction

Exciting day, Monday. I was in attendance for the ALA Youth Media Awards and it was like a surprising, satisfying stew. Satis-prising Stew. But who cares what I think? Let’s hear from the folks who had their names called. Here they are in all their Twitter reaction glory (at least those who are on Twitter). [...]

2015 Caldecott Comment Card

Caldecott Comment Card 2015

It was so much fun last year, I decided to bring it back! Now that the winners have been announced, I want to know what you think. Go ahead and share in the comments. What Caldecott choices are you happy with? What did the committee miss?

Watch the Newbery and Caldecott Announcement Live!

Old Computer

In a matter of days the biggest awards in children’s literature will be dished out in Chicago. The Newbery and Caldecott medals are just the tip of the iceberg at the ALA Youth Media Awards. I’ll be in attendance and am excited as all get out. But those in faraway locales can take part too. [...]

The Circs So Far: The 10 Most Popular Books in Our K-4 School Library

Circs So Far

Now that we’re back into the swing of things after winter break, I thought I’d fire up the computer and look at which books have been checked out the most in my school library, count them down 10-1, and draw a couple conclusions. (Thanks to ShelfTalker for the title inspiration) 10. Become a Pokemon Trainer [...]

Mock Caldecott 2015

2015 Mock Caldecott

Our K-4 Mock Caldecott programs are like snowflakes – no two years are alike. Last year I was on the Caldecott committee and wanted to read a lot of books to gauge how they worked with kids. It was good for students (lots of great books) and good for me (the experience was invaluable in [...]

What’s Inside the Enigmatic Inbox of Secrecy?


What’s this? I better open this up. Yeah! In a week or so I’ll be swinging around Lake Michigan to attend the American Library Association Midwinter meeting (and catch the Youth Media Awards live on Monday, February 2). Want to say hi? You can send me an email at scopenotes (at) gmail (dot) com. I [...]

Million Dollar Idea: All Books Available in ‘Really Big’ Size

Really Big Size

Many books are available in hardcover and paperback, but today I would like to propose a third option: Really Big Size I think I was talking with my colleague Niki (Daydream Reader) a while back when we hit upon this idea. It sprang from the fact that kids are drawn to big books. If you [...]

Top 10 Posts of 2014: #3

Wild Collage

The Wildest Children’s Books of 2014

Under Construction…Top 20 Books of 2014

Top 20 Books in Progress

After a yearlong hiatus for John Schumacher and I (John was on the Newbery Committee, I was on Caldecott), we will again be sharing our Top 20 Books of the year. The countdown from #20 to #1 begins on Tuesday. Catch you later – I need to finish this logo.

2014 Librarian Lump of Coal Gift Guide


Time is running out to get gifts for the insufferable librarian in your life. With help from Etsy, the 2014 edition of the Librarian Lump of Coal Gift Guide has your back. Click here for the 2013 guide Click here for the 2012 guide Click here for the 2011 guide Click here for the 2010 guide [...]

Children’s Literature 2014: The Year in Miscellanea

The Year in Miscellanea

It’s time to take a look back at the year that was in children’s lit miscellanea. (Read previous Year in Miscellanea Posts: 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008) Oddest Children’s Literature/Hip-Hop/Boxing Crossover 50 cent Will Donate $750,000 if Floyd Mayweather Reads One Page of Harry Potter Granted, there weren’t many contenders in this category. How did this story end? Well, [...]

Lone Wolves: Caldecott Medal Winning Books Created Solo


I was working on my annual Caldecott predictions post (coming on the 19th) and I was reminded of something I’ve always wanted to look into – the number of Caldecott Medal winning books created by one person, rather than an author/illustrator team. It felt to me like the like the trend has been toward the [...]