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Top 10 Posts of 2017: #7

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Here’s How You Make a Book Spine Poem with Your Students/Patrons

Top 10 Posts of 2017: #8


Gallery: These 2017 Picture Books Have Secrets

Top 10 Posts of 2017: #9

Morris Wants More

How Mad Will Donald Trump Be About the Books He’s Inspired?

Top 10 Posts of 2017: #10

Interior Design

I Am Clearly an Interior Design Visionary

2018 Caldecott Medal Predictions

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Without a doubt, last year was my best Caldecott predicting year ever. I will likely never repeat my 3 for 4 performance. But maybe I should keep trying just to see if I can? Here are my picks for 2018 Caldecott glory. Caldecott Medal Prediction After the Fall by Dan Santat Here’s the thing I […]

The December Newsletter is Here!


On Friday I sent out the December installment of FROM THE DESK OF 100 SCOPE NOTES. It’s about messy (and tidy) desks, packing, and Robot Santa. You can see it here. Interested in having future newsletters sent directly to your inbox? Click here to sign up.

The 2017 Bookish Charitable Giving Guide


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 a few bucks to support them. I “adapted” this idea from boing boing, who put together a great Charitable Giving Guide you should also […]

2017 Children’s Lit: The Year in Miscellanea

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It’s time to take a look back at the year that was in children’s lit miscellanea. Read previous Year in Miscellanea Posts: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 Dedication of the Year: I’m Just No Good at Rhyming by Chris Harris and Lane Smith (feat. Molly Leach) (Click to Enlarge) This lol-worthy dedication sets the perfect tone for one of […]

A Little Book Giveaway Featuring Aaron Zenz


Aaron Zenz. You know him, right? The Hiccupotamus. Monsters Go Night-Night. I interviewed him for The Yarn podcast last summer: Well, he has a delightful new book out called Little Iffy. It’s about a griffon who’s afraid to fly, and I’m giving away a *signed* copy, so . . . CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE LITTLE […]

2017 Librarian Lump of Coal Gift Guide

Lump of Coal 2017

Time is running out to get a gift for the insufferable librarian in your life. With help from Etsy, the 2017 edition of the Librarian Lump of Coal Gift Guide has your back. Click here for the 2016 guide Click here for the 2015 guide Click here for the 2014 guide Click here for the 2013 […]

Notes on November 2017

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It’s time to take a look at three of my favorite posts of the past month. In November . . . . . . we went down the parody picture book rabbit hole. There’s some interesting stuff down there. . . . we reviewed approved and unapproved ways to carry a book. Try them all! […]

The Ultimate Children’s Literature Illustrator Gift Guide 2017


What are you going to give, a Coleggtible? Come on. Give art. Recently updated and expanded for the 2017 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 […]

Name That LEGO Book Cover! (#5)

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. #1: Answer #2: Answer #3: Answer How’d you do? Previously . . . Name That LEGO Book Cover! (#1) Name That LEGO Book Cover! (#2) Name That LEGO Book Cover! (#3) […]

Everlasting Meme: Willy Wonka’s Greatest Hits

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