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Top 20 Books of 2018: 20-16

Top 20 Books 2018

#20-16 | #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1 Over the next four days, John Schumacher and I will count down our favorite K-6 books of the year. It’s an anything goes list where picture books, nonfiction, poetry, graphic novels, and middle grade all hang out together. We’ll blab (briefly) about the books here, but be sure […]

2018 Librarian Lump of Coal Gift Guide

Lump of Coal 2018

Time is running out to get a gift for the insufferable librarian in your life. With help from Etsy, the 2018 edition of the Librarian Lump of Coal Gift Guide has your back.

2018 Children’s Lit: The Year in Miscellanea

2018 Children's Lit

It’s time to take a look back at the year that was in children’s lit miscellanea. Read previous Year in Miscellanea Posts: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 Tweet of the Year: Reader Reaction to Dear Martin When you catch a student reading at the exact moment that a major event happens in the book…@getnicced #umreads #DearMartin pic.twitter.com/Z7TyhmkZ2D — LibrariBON […]

2018 Geisel Award Predictions

2018 Geisel

Here we are, here we are – it’s the end of the year and time to start making some predictions. Last year I hit on two of my four Geisel picks – allowing me to puff out my chest out with just enough foolish confidence to give it another go. And if you’re into the […]

Top 20 Books of 2017: 5-1

Top 20 No Background

#20-16 | #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1 5. Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia, illustrated by Frank Morrison [Amistad | Grades 3-7] Because it contains 176 perfect pages. -John Click here for additional resources from Watch. Connect. Read. 4. All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson [Dial | Grades 4-7] Because even if your family re-enacts […]

Top 20 Books of 2017: 10-6

Top 20 No Background

#20-16 | #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1 10. Why Am I Me? by Paige Britt, illustrated by Selina Alko and Sean Qualls [Scholastic Press | Grades Pre-K-3] Because it celebrates curiosity, a hard-to-answer question, diversity, you, and me in a beautiful and genuine way. -John Click here for additional resources from Watch. Connect. Read. 9. The Good for […]

Top 20 Books of 2017: 15-11

Top 20

#20-16 | #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1 15. You Don’t Want a Unicorn! by Ame Dyckman, illustrated by Liz Climo [Little, Brown | Grades K-2] Because you will never look at a pink cupcake the same way again. -John Click here for additional resources from Watch. Connect. Read. 14. One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance by […]

Top 20 Books of 2017: 20-16

Top 20 No Background

#20-16 | #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1 Some things to know about this list: It’s a collaboration between John Schumacher and me. It’s a collection of our favorite books of 2016 for grades K-6. It’s a countdown from 20 to 1, with five books revealed each day. In terms of format, anything goes. You’ll see picture books, graphic […]

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 […]

To Recap: The Top 10 Posts of 2016

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Just for fun, here are the 10 most popular posts of the year all together in one place: #10. The Geisel Award Infographic #9. Gallery: The Art of the Picture Book Barcode 2016 #8. The Most Annoying Board Book Ever #7. Top 10 Circulated Fiction Books 2016 #6. The ‘What Are Kids Checking Out?’ List #5. Everything You Need to Know […]

Top 20 Books of 2016: 5-1

Top 20 Books of 2016

#20-16 | #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1 5. Ms. Bixby’s Last Day by John David Anderson [Walden Pond Press | Grades 4-7] Click here for additional resources from Watch. Connect. Read. Because it’s the sadhappiest book of 2016. 4. Ghost by Jason Reynolds [Simon & Schuster | Grades 5-9] Click here for additional resources from Watch. Connect. Read. Because […]

Top 20 Books of 2016: 10-6

Top 20 Books of 2016

#20-16 | #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1 10. The Thank You Book by Mo Willems [Disney-Hyperion | Grades K-2] Click here for additional resources from Watch. Connect. Read. Because it ended on a high note. 9. It Is Not Time for Sleeping by Lisa Graff, illustrated by Lauren Castillo [Clarion Books | PreK-1] Click here for additional resources […]

Top 20 Books of 2016: 15-11

Top 20 Books of 2016

#20-16 | #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1 15. Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean -Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe [Little, Brown | Grades 2-5] Click here for additional resources from Watch. Connect. Read. Because it shows the artist as a child but doesn’t sugarcoat. 14. Pax by Sara Pennypacker, illustrated by Jon Klassen [Balzer + Bray […]

Top 20 Books of 2016: 20-16

Top 20 Books of 2016

  #20-16 | #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1 After a year on the shelf, the Top 20 Books list is back with a vengeance. John Schumacher and I Google Doc’ed like madmen to bring you our favorite books of 2016 for grades K-6. We’ll blab (briefly) about the books here, but be sure to visit Watch. Connect. Read. […]

2016 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: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008) Best Appearance of Celebrity Chef Guy Fieri in a Picture Book: Because of Thursday by Patricia Polacco A complete win for the chef. Not only does he show up toward the end […]