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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

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#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

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#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

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#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 […]

Top 10 Posts of 2015: #1

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Gallery: The Art of the Picture Book Barcode

Top 10 Posts of 2015: #2

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The Wildest Children’s Books of 2015

Top 10 Posts of 2015: #3

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The Real Age of Children’s Literature Characters