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The Eyes Have It: The Allure of Books That Look at You


The 100 Scope Notes Department of Unscientific Studies just issued a report saying that book covers with large eyes looking at passerby are attractive and are often checked out. Is this true? I don’t know. Maybe it just so happens that there are a bunch of great books that are looking at you, but for kicks […]

Name That LEGO Book Cover! (#2)

Lego Cover 2-1

I used this website to (virtually) create 3 LEGO book covers. They’re listed from least challenging to most challenging – see how many you can name. Answer Answer Answer How’d you do? Previously . . . Name That LEGO Book Cover! (#1)

Our 2017 Mock Caldecott (In 3 Steps)


I work at a K-4 elementary school. Here’s how were’re running our 2017 Mock Caldecott. Step 0: (Bonus Step, Y’all) The Prep. Before we get into the books that might win this year, we talk about what the Caldecott Medal is and read a past winner. I keep the criteria talk pretty basic – explain […]

Exclusive Cover Reveal: Big Machines: The Story of Virgina Lee Burton by Sherri Duskey Rinker and John Rocco


I dig the work of Virginia Lee Burton (or, as I prefer, The Notorious VLB). I especially love The Little House (subtly one of the most experimental Caldecott winners of all time, in my opinion), but I celebrate her entire catalog. Now Sherri Duskey Rinker (Goodnight Construction Site) and John Rocco (Blackout!) have teamed up […]

Will You Help Me Build the Newbery/Caldecott Hadron Collider?

Hadron Collider

Happy New Year! I’ve had this thing I’ve wanted to do for a couple of years now, but it keeps getting put on the back burner. Why not share it in the first post of 2017? I don’t really know how the Large Hadron Collider works (although I did just read this, which helped), but […]

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Coming Soon: The Top 10 Posts of 2016

Starting Monday and continuing over the holidays, I’ll be counting down my most popular posts from the past year, from number ten to number one. See you then.