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The Yarn: Where Things Stand and a Call for Ideas

Yarn Note

  The Yarn on Kickstarter: Listen to The Yarn, Season 1:

GOODNIGHT, SOON: The (Questionable) Ethics of a Bestselling Bedtime Book

TheRabbitWhoWantsToFallAsleep

Thus begins The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep, currently the bestselling book on Amazon: That’s right – the bestselling of all the books. It was also the lead story in Children’s Bookshelf from Publishers Weekly yesterday. The subtitle for the book is A New Way of Getting Children to Sleep. That new way, apparently, is hypnosis. […]

My Lunch Secrets Will Change Your Life…

LGB Colby and Travis

If you are interested in… …learning my secrets for a successful lunch… …finding out a new children’s lit-related game to pass the time during a long car ride… …learning about the secret project I have planned with Colby Sharp… …then you must listen to the latest episode of the Let’s Get Busy Podcast. Colby Sharp […]

My Article in the Latest SLJ

Nerd Balloons

I wrote about nErDcampMI in the latest issue of School Library Journal. Click the image below to read it.  

Kid Lit Cartoon: It Ain’t Easy

It Ain't Easy

   

Predictions! 2015 NYT 10 Best Illustrated Books

NYT Predictions

I’m a big fan of the annual 10 Best Illustrated Books list from the New York Times. What is it? From the source: Every year since 1952, the Book Review has convened an independent panel of judges to select picture books on the basis of artistic merit. The winning books are chosen from among thousands […]

Notes on July 2015

Notes on July 2015

In July… Raising a Lone Eyebrow: ALA Annual Recap (Part II) http://t.co/GmUXAP3gwq pic.twitter.com/AuKjxXOslY — Travis Jonker (@100scopenotes) July 2, 2015 …I recapped the ALA Annual Conference. Part I | Part II | Part III …we witnessed the Newbery Title Frankenstein. Inspired by A Fuse #8 Production, I discovered the most common Newbery title words. …we […]

Exclusive Cover Reveal: Are We There Yet? by Dan Santat

Are We There Yet

It’s my pleasure to reveal the cover for our reigning Caldecott Medalist’s next book, arriving April 12, 2016. From the publisher: In this astonishingly inventive new book from Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat, boredom is taken to the extreme. We all know time slows down when you’re bored–but what happens when time slows down so completely […]

The Top 10 Piles of Books at My House

Top 10 Piles

Things have gotten out of hand. I’m sure you can relate. After looking at these pictures, you might ask yourself, “Why doesn’t he get some bookshelves?” I have some. They’re pretty big. But not as big as my problem. Here, then, are the Top 10 random piles of books that I found around my house […]

Children’s Lit Commish: All New Picture Books Must Be Illustrated With Spirograph

Commish Seal

In an unexpected move, the Children’s Literature Commissioner has declared that all new picture books must be illustrated using a Spirograph. The packed press room sat in complete silence as the commissioner took out his childhood Spirograph – a drawing toy first sold in the 1960s – and made an elliptical pattern design. “Remember these? […]

The Wildest Children’s Books of 2015

Salisbury Quote

For everyone out there who thinks that children’s literature is just a bunch of cute, harmless fluff, I disagree with you. Every year books arrive that seek to challenge young minds and the status quo. Like these books below. Click here for the Wildest Children’s Books of 2014 Click here for the Wildest Children’s Books […]

Pete Townshend: Rockstar Librarian

Pete T Comic 1

Click here for Mick Jagger: Rockstar Librarian Click here for Bruce Springsteen: Rockstar Librarian

Kid Lit Quiz: Can You Pronounce These Author Names?

Name Game

Milestone Alert! There are now 2000 audio recordings of authors and illustrators explaining how to pronounce their names at TeachingBooks.net. This website is the the definition of handy. Click here for the press release, which includes factoids about the most played recordings. To mark the occasion let’s play a round of… How to play: Read […]

11 Books I’m Bringing to the Beach (And Why)

Summer Beach Book

Next week I’m heading to the golden shores of Lake Michigan with my family. There’s a fine science to the books you bring on vacation. Here are the books we’re taking along. It’s a mixed bag of picture books, middle grade, graphic novels, and books for grown-ups. I decided to talk about my reasons for bringing […]

The Newbery Title Frankenstein

Newbery Wordle

There’s a post right up my alley over at A Fuse #8 Production today. It’s about how certain book titles sound more Newbery-ish than others. Betsy puts forth a few Newbery-sounding titles and challenges readers to do the same. It made me wonder which words appear most often in the titles of Newbery Medal winning […]