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SCBWI Presentation: Creating Books Outside the Boundaries

Artwork by Oge Mora

If you are attending my session Creating Books Outside the Boundaries at the SCBWI Winter Conference in New York, here are the slides! If you are not attending my session Creating Books Outside the Boundaries at the SCBWI Winter Conference in New York, here are the slides! But they might not make a ton of sense. Here […]

Calde-bump, Newbery Jump

Newbery Bump

Now’s a good time to check on how the recent Newbery and Caldecott winners are faring on the New York Times bestseller lists, I’d say. Caldecott first: As a reminder, here are the winners: And the children’s picture book list as it stands right now: Click here for the entire list. They All Saw a […]

‘Okay Google, I don’t need your help with story time.’


Notes on January 2017

GP 1

In January . . . . . . my pants reviewed a book. But it all made sense.  . . . we tried to name book covers made out of LEGOs Some were pretty tricky. In case you were wondering, this is the cover of MARCH BOOK 3 right now. #alamw17 #alayma — […]

The Circs So Far: The Most Checked Out Fiction Series at Our K-4 School Library


Let’s fire up the old circulation stats machine to do a mid year check-in on the most popular fiction series in our K-4 school library . . . 10. I Survived I love that there’s some historical fiction on this list. Who says kids aren’t interested in history? When it’s this action-packed and engaging, kids […]

The Best Tweets from the 2017 Youth Media Awards

We are at school at 6:20 a.m. for the #ymapjparty #alayma — Micki Uppena (@Mic_Uppena) January 23, 2017 Today is about celebrating books that win shiny stickers. Every other day is about celebrating ALL the great books written for kids. #ALAYMA — Mr. ©olby Sharp (@colbysharp) January 23, 2017 I love librarians so much. […]

The Day After: A Few Random Thoughts on the 2017 Youth Media Awards


March had its much deserved moment, winning a record four different Youth Media Awards (Printz, Sibert, YALSA Nonfiction, Coretta Scott King Author). Since I don’t talk about YA on this blog, I haven’t blabbed much about March, but here’s the deal: the whole series is tremendous and should be required reading for all Americans. Freedom […]

The 2017 Caldecott Comment Card


Once the winners have been announced, I want to know what you think. Go ahead and share in the comments. Which choice are you happiest with? Which book did the committee miss?

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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