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The Authoritative Guide to Children’s Books Turned Into TV Shows


The connection between children’s literature and children’s television is strong. Name a classic children’s series and there’s a decent chance it has been adapted for the small screen at one time or another (some have been adapted more than once). It what is sure to be my slowest-loading post of all time (what with all the […]

Top 10 Circulated Picture Books of 2015

Creepy Carrots

Previously… Top 10 Circulated Graphic Novels of 2015 Today we have the 10 most popular picture books of the year in my K-4 school library. 10. Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds; illustrated by Peter Brown This book goes to show that a little bit of spookiness goes a long way. It’s been consistently checked out […]

Top 10 Circulated Graphic Novels of 2015


The end of the school year: the time when pizza and ice cream sandwiches miraculously appear in the teacher’s lounge. It’s also when I like to look back at the most checked-out books in our K-4 school library during the year. This year, I thought it would be interesting to look at the most popular […]

Hey! A Day with Shea in 10(ish) Images

Photo May 20, 8 22 30 AM

Author/illustrator Robert “Bob” Shea visited my school yesterday and I am here to bring you the sights and sounds. Actually, just the sights. And wordy descriptions of the sights. But they were good sights. First sight: This here is certified Shea Day plaid. Rumor has it that Mr. Shea enjoys a good tartan. I decided […]

This Story Has An Important Moral

Locomotive Print

In first world blog problems… I served on the 2014 Caldecott committee. It was completely wonderful. Locomotive was our winner. Now that I’ve been on the committee, occasionally people will ask if I have any advice for those who will be serving in the future. I’m here to tell you that the most important thing […]

The Pros and Cons of Writing a Blog

Pros and Cons

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An Illustrated Interview with Ben Hatke


The Real Age of Children’s Literature Characters


When this How Old Do I Look thing came out, my first thought was “Finally! Children’s literature characters have been lying about their ages for years! Moment of truth time.” So, don’t believe everything you read, folks – here are the real ages of these characters… So Johnny Tremain claims to be 14. Nope: Ella, […]

Challenge Accepted! You Created a Book Cover for this Bookless Character


Last week I challenged anyone and everyone to create a book based on this as-yet-unidentified character on the wall of Barnes & Noble children’s sections across the country. You didn’t disappoint. Here they are… This one is mine via Tom Lichtenheld via Linda Meuse via Minh Le via Dan Moynihan via Monica Capra Hodges via […]

Notes on April 2015

Newbery Caldecott

In April… …we found out what former Newbery and Caldecott winners have up their sleeves. A lot, it turns out. …a presidential story time was unexpectedly interrupted (and we all could relate). Be sure to check the comments, where folks shared their story time FAILS. …we toured the talent-packed Atlas Powder Picture Book Company studio. […]

State Secret: Do You Know the R.L. Stine of Michigan?


What if I told you one of the most popular book series not just in my school, but in the state of Michigan is one that out-of-staters have likely never heard of? What if I told you Michigan is home to the second coming of R.L. Stine (sorry, Bob, I know you’re still with us […]

Slim Appeal: 5 Successful Book Spines


The “Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover” war has been over for a while now, with everyone conceding that while a cover isn’t always an indicator of what’s inside, an aesthetically pleasing one can certainly make a child (/33 year old school librarian) want to read it. That’s all well and good for books […]

Challenge! Create a Book Cover for this Bookless Character


Last week I passed along a question author/illustrator Matthew Cordell posed on Facebook: who is this character on the walls of Barnes & Noble stores across the country? Update: no one knows. So author/illustrator Aaron Zenz had a good idea: why not take matters into our own hands? Lets give this little blue wolf (a […]

Dear Barnes & Noble (And Everyone): What Is This?!

Cordell Facebook Post

Over the weekend author/illustrator Matthew Cordell posed a question. One of the most confounding questions children’s literature has yet seen. If you’ve been to the children’s section at a Barnes & Noble, you’ve probably seen this little guy/gal up on the wall among the other more well-known characters. But what is it? Where did it […]

2015 Books from Caldecott Winners

2015 Caldecott

Of the seven illustrators who received Caldecott recognition back in February, two had been there before (Jon Klassen and Melissa Sweet). Seeing as how often previous winners win again, let’s have a look at 2015 books from Caldecott Medal/Honor illustrators. Did I miss one? Let me know in the comments. (Click on images to enlarge) The […]