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“It’s a Book About Nothing”

Nothing

I’ve recently noticed something about children’s books. Nothing. Nothing has become something. If there’s one requirement for a book, it’s that the book be about something. Because of this, nothing is the ultimate subversion – it makes sense that children’s book creators would want to toy with that. In the past few years, the idea of […]

Name That LEGO Book Cover ! (#6)

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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) […]

Auto-Completed Children’s Books (#2) The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Auto Completed

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 […]

The January Edition of FROM THE DESK OF 100 SCOPE NOTES

FROM THE DESK OF

On Friday I sent out the January installment of FROM THE DESK OF 100 SCOPE NOTES. This edition contains recent recommended reads, a story about fixing a book, and a classic soon to be back on shelves. You can see it here. Interested in having future newsletters sent directly to your inbox? Click here to sign […]

‘I can’t wait to check it out. I have it at home!’

Pigeon Reads Pigeon

Here’s something that will be very familiar to any grown-up who’s ever spent some time in a public or school library, but nuts to those who haven’t: the kid who checks out a book they already have at home. I see it all the time. “I have this book at home!” a student will exclaim, holding […]

The Circs So Far: The 11 Most Popular Picture Books at Our K-4 School

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Why do books get popular in a school library? Aside from just the obvious “It’s entertaining”, there are all sort of reasons why a particular book can get checked out a lot. Here’s a quote I often reflect upon while gazing into the distance: The unexamined library is not worth librarianing in. -Travis (with apologies […]

The Children’s Literature Community Welcomes the New Ambassador

JW

You’ve heard the news: Excited that @everychildread, @cbcbook, & @librarycongress has selected me as the 6th National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature! An awesome way to begin 2018! Read more about my platform “READING = HOPE x CHANGE” here: https://t.co/U24I0TNfpJ @penguinkids — Jacqueline Woodson (@JackieWoodson) January 4, 2018 Now let’s see what authors and illustrators […]

And the New National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Is . . .

I lucked out and was on the committee to help pick our next National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature this year. I couldn’t be happier with the result: Exciting News! We are thrilled to announce @JackieWoodson as the 6th National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature! Read about her amazing platform READING = HOPE X CHANGE […]

Challenge: Solve This Library Mad Gabs

Mad Gabs

Working in a library with 550 patrons between the ages of 4 and 10 has really improved my ability to decipher pronunciations of all kinds. Basically 10% of my job amounts to me playing a one-sided game of Mad Gabs with a five-year-old who is desperately trying to tell me a book title. You know […]

Auto-Completed Children’s Books (#1) Goodnight Moon

Auto Completed

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) Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown  […]

Top 10 Posts of 2017: #1

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The Top 10 Circulated Picture Books of 2017

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House

Your 2018 Newbery/Caldecott “Hey, Keep an Eye Out” Lists

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First Look: President Trump Releases Self-Published Children’s Biography

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Unconventional 2017

The Most Astonishingly Unconventional Children’s Books of 2017

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The Book That Predicted the Fidget Craze