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Crying Emoji: ALA Annual Recap (Part III)

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Previously… Camera Tricks: ALA Annual 2015 Recap (Part I) Raising a Lone Eyebrow: ALA Annual 2015 Recap (Part II) SUNDAY My first stop was at the Park something or other Hotel to see some of the upcoming books from Scholastic. They had authors do some reader’s theater. It was a lot of fun. Here we […]

Notes on June 2015

Notes on June 2015

In June… …we learned which 2015 picture books have secrets. The art of the case cover is alive and well. …we got an update on the state of photography illustration. Who needs brushes? These books don’t – all use photography to get the story across. …you found out where you fell on the book critic/champion […]

Raising a Lone Eyebrow: ALA Annual Recap (Part II)

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Previously… Camera Tricks: ALA Annual Recap (Part I) SATURDAY I had a few minute at the beginning of the day, so I stopped in the exhibits: Here are a few books I saw: Departure much? Melanie Watt’s latest is a 96 page picture book about… the five stages of grief (conceived of before Scaredy Squirrel […]

Camera Tricks: ALA Annual 2015 Recap (Part I)

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Also… Raising a Lone Eyebrow: ALA Annual 2015 Recap (Part II) I just returned from the American Library Association Annual Conference and boy are my arms… No. Can’t do it. There shall be no corny jokes here, my friends¹. The conference was too wonderful. Too meaningful. Let’s start at the start… ¹Rule applies to the […]

Off to ALA Annual 2015

ALA Annual 2015

Today I’m making my way to San Fransisco for the American Library Association Annual Conference. I’m planning to post a recap when I get back, but until then, I’ll be sharing the trip via Instagram and Twitter.

Gallery: These 2015 Picture Book Have Secrets

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A picture book with a creative case cover is like a person who wears bold socks (note: my sock drawer is filled to the brim with a single color: dark gray. I am the Steve Jobs of socks), it’s a rarely seen detail, but delightful when discovered. Previously… Gallery: These 2013 Picture Books Have Secrets […]

Where Do You Fall On The Book Critic/Book Champion Continuum?

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A complete navel-gazer today… A pure book critic focuses on evaluation. A pure book champion focuses on promotion. Both are important for different reasons. I love that both exist. Here’s where I’d put myself: I write reviews (critic), but not for books I don’t care for. I like sharing books I’m enjoying on social media […]

The Children’s Lit/Sesame Street Connection

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Sesame Street. One of the most beloved children’s television programs of all time has children’s literature ties. Here’s a sampling of children’s book illustrators who have done some work beside the big yellow bird. Mo Willems Christian Robinson Bob Boyle William Wegman Maurice Sendak Etienne Delessert Christopher Cerf

The State of Photography Illustration in 2015

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It’s been a while since we last checked the photography in fiction picture report. Let’s have a look… Here are all the 2015 picture books I’ve noticed that use photography in some way. If I missed any, let’s hear it in the comments. Vincent and the Night by Adele Enersen Tiny Hamster is a Giant […]

Notes on May 2015

Notes on May 2015

In May… …we discovered the real ages of children’s literature characters. Since they wouldn’t produce their birth certificates, I took matters into my own hands. …we looked at 10 intriguing books for summer. It’s shaping up to be a great season. …we had a great day with Shea. Bob Shea visited my school and I […]

Top 10 Circulated Fiction of 2015

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Previously: Top 10 Circulated Picture Books of 2015 Top 10 Circulated Graphic Novels of 2015 Here we are again, looking back at the most popular books in my K-4 library this year. Today is the fiction list, and it’s illustrations galore… 10. Bad Kitty: Drawn to Trouble by Nick Bruel Usually books that come out during […]

Cover Reveal: Oh No, Astro! By Matt Roeser; illustrated by Brad Woodard

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I’ve been following the work of Matt Roeser since 2010 when he was posting book cover redesigns on his tumblr. Since then he’s gotten a gig at Candlewick Press and will make his authorial debut with the picture book Oh No, Astro! illustrated by Brad Woodard, which arrives in spring 2016 from Simon & Schuster. Mr. Roeser […]

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

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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

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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

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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 […]