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Huh, I Wonder Which Children’s Books Are in the Top 100?

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Maybe you’re like me. You like oatmeal. Trail mix. Children’s literature. Maybe you’d like to see each and every children’s book that is currently in the top 100 best sellers on Amazon presented without comment*. I did, so I made this post about it. Here they are: * Okay one comment. Love You Forever has […]

The Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2017


The numbers are in, and the most challenged books of 2017 are . . . (Click to enlarge) Books that are new on the list this year: The Hate U Give, Sex is a Funny Word Books that were on the list last year: Drama, George, I Am Jazz Books that were on older lists […]

2018 Books from Coretta Scott King Winners

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I have scoured the internet for 2018 releases from previous Coretta Scott King Author and Illustrator Award winners. Did I miss any? Let me know in the comments. Previously . . . 2018 Books from Newbery Winners 2018 Books from Caldecott Winners 2018 Books from Geisel Winners 2018 Books from Pura Belpré Winners   The […]

Bunny Beef: Pence Family Claps Back at John Oliver Over Picture Book Parody

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First there was this: The Pence family pet, Marlon Bundo, starred in a picture book: Then there was this: Comedian John Oliver released a parody of the book: Today, the beef continues. The Pence family announced the immediate publication of a new book Marlon Bundo’s Bad Dream. The premise? That Bundo’s last adventure, the spoof by John […]

Notes on March 2018


In March . . . . . . we tried to guess the book based on a student’s cover drawing. Some of them were tricky. . . . I shared ten books I’m excited about coming this spring. Preview time. . . . we learned what past Newbery, Caldecott, Geisel, and Pura Belpré winners are […]

2018 Books from Pura Belpré Winners

Pura Belpre 2018

Here are all the 2018 books from past Pura Belpré author and illustrator medal and honor winners. Did I miss any? Let’s hear it in the comments. Previously . . . 2018 Books from Newbery Winners 2018 Books from Caldecott Winners 2018 Books from Geisel Winners The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by […]

Auto-Completed Children’s Books (#4) I Want My Hat Back

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Okay, Google – you think you’re pretty smart? How about you try completing the text from famous children’s books. I’ll type the beginning of each line into a Google search (plain text below), and you try to finish the line (bold text below). (All credit to @botnikstudions for the inspiration) Previously . . . Auto-Completed Children’s […]

How To . . . (2018 Edition)


Children’s books can teach you how to do a lot of things. In 2018, they can teach you . . .  

I Created My Own Book Spine Poem and So Can You (And Your Students/Patrons)!

Book Spine Poem 2018

April is coming up. April is National Poetry Month. April is the time for book spine centos (see above). It makes a great program for kids (or former kids). So . . . Here are my tips for creating a book spine cento: Check out the book spine poem gallery for inspiration. This is always […]

10 Incorrect Ways to Spell ‘Newbery’

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2018 Books from Geisel Award Winners

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We’ve covered Caldecott. We’ve noticed Newbery. Now it’s time to gaze at Geisel. Wow, I apologize for that bout of alliteration. It will never happen again. Here are all the 2018 books from past Geisel Medal and Honor winners. Did I miss any? Let’s hear it in the comments. *NOTE* I tried to include books […]

A Great Big Creativity Project Giveaway!

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It’s May of 2016. I’m with Colby Sharp interviewing Dav Pilkey for The Yarn podcast. During that interview, Colby got an idea for a book. But I didn’t know that. A couple weeks later, I got a message from Colby that went something like “Oh, hey, I have a literary agent now and I have an […]

2018 Books from Newbery Medal/Honor Winners

2018 Newbery

Last week we had a look at the 2018 releases from former Caldecott Medal and Honor winners. It’s time for Newbery. Did I miss any? Let’s hear it in the comments. (Cover not yet released)  

Name That Book! Kid Drawing Edition


A bunch of teachers at my school asked students to draw their favorite book and write a couple sentences about why they love it. They’re on display in the hallways. The pictures are so great I thought it would be fun to turn it into a challenge. Can you name the book based on the student […]

Battle of the Bear Wisdom


What are the chances that this spring we would have two advice books, both featuring famous children’s literature bears, both titled Grin and Bear It? Well, I feel that that part (about the title) is kind of a given – if you have an advice book featuring a bear what else are you going to […]