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The 2016 Bookish Charitable Giving Guide


I’m saying it up front: I completely adapted this idea from boing boing, who put together a great Charitable Giving Guide you should visit. Interested in giving to a good cause? Are you a fan of literacy? This is the guide for you. Here are some of the literacy-focused organizations doing good work. Pitch in […]

Under Construction: Top 20 Books of 2016

Under Construction

Beginning Monday, John Schumacher (you know, the Watch. Connect. Read. guy) and I will be counting down our Top 20 Books of 2016. The list is a kindergarten through 6th grade free-for-all, where picture books, nonfiction, and middle grade all rub elbows. 100 Scope Notes will have our blurbs for each book. Watch. Connect. Read. […]

2017 Geisel Award Predictions

Geisel Predictions

The Theodor Seuss Geisel award is hard to predict. I think the reason is because you think of the award as going to early readers (Fly Guy, Elephant & Piggie, Henry and Mudge, etc.) – and it does – but the committee often throws a curveball and gives an award to a picture book (the […]

2016 Librarian Lump of Coal Gift Guide


Time is running out to get a gift for the insufferable librarian in your life. With help from Etsy, the 2016 edition of the Librarian Lump of Coal Gift Guide has your back. Click here for the 2015 guide Click here for the 2014 guide Click here for the 2013 guide Click here for the 2012 […]

The Ultimate Children’s Literature Illustrator Gift Guide 2016


What are you going to give, a mermaid blanket? Come on. Give art. Recently updated for the 2016 gift-giving season, here is my collection of children’s literature illustrator shops on the world wide web. This isn’t a comprehensive list – let me hear about what I missed in the comments. (Many thanks to Debbie Ridpath Ohi (who […]

Notes on November 2016


In November . . . . . . the children’s literature community reacted to the 2016 presidential election. A whole lot of feelings. . . . our children’s lit election was a success. Duck vs. Squid – kids decided. . . . we found a man . . . in a yellow hat? Nothing to see […]

And the Undie Goes To . . .

The Undies Case Cover Awards

Thank you to everyone who voted in the very first Undies: Case Cover Awards. The results are in, and it’s time to announce the winners. Don’t forget to visit Design of the Picture Book to see the winners in the rest of the categories.  BEST IMPRESSION OF SOMETHING OTHER THAN A PICTURE BOOK And the […]

Thank You


Thank you for caring about children’s literature. Thank you for reading this blog. Happy Thanksgiving.

Voting Is Open in The Undies Case Cover Awards!

The Undies Case Cover Awards

Voting is now open in the first annual Undies Case Cover Awards! *Applause* *Applause* *Applause* Thank you. Carter Higgins and I are co-hosting this first-of-its-kind award dedicated to the case cover. We’ve accepted submissions. We’ve arranged them into pleasing categories. We’ve decided on shortlists of nominees. Now it’s your turn to decide our winners. Check out […]

Coming Soon . . . Vote in The Undies Case Cover Awards!

The Undies Case Cover Awards

This Tuesday, Design of the Picture Book and I will announce nominees for the first annual Undies Awards. But it is up to YOU to select our winners. Voting will begin Tuesday, and winners will be announced the following Tuesday (November 29). Oh, and here’s an early concept drawing of the award the winners might receive: For framing, […]

Holdshelf: November 2016


Puppy Kitty Wimpy Piggie LEGOs Here are the books currently on hold at my K-4 school library:

The Results of Our Kidlit Election Are In

Voting Booths

Our kidlit election is finished. I explained the process over at the Reader Leader blog. Now the results are in . . . Squid votes are on the left, Duck votes are on the right. Which means . . .

The Voting Continues


You thought the election was wrapped up? Oh no friends. The vote continues, with different candidates. Head on over to Goodreads to vote for your favorite books of 2016 in the Goodreads Choice Awards. There are a whole lot of worthy candidates in the two children’s categories: Best Picture Books Middle Grade and Children’s

The Children’s Literature Community Responds to the 2016 Presidential Election


If you’re not up for a (mostly) Kumbaya sort of post (and I respect that), don’t read this post. Here are some reactions to the 2016 presidential election by the children’s literature community. (Thank you to Shannon Ozirny for the idea.) Have a friend? Hug a friend. — Mo Willems' Pigeon (@The_Pigeon) November 9, […]

It’s Election Day (And One of These Books Will Soon Be Real)

Presidents Book

A couple weeks back I received an email from Running Kids Press about The New Big Book of Presidents. Pretty much every library has this book (or something similar from another publisher). It is the one-stop-shop for all presidential info. An updated version will be released in January to reflect the winner of the 2016 presidential […]