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Top 10 Posts of 2015: #10


Dismounting the High Horse: My Child Loves a Book I Don’t

2016 Caldecott Medal Predictions

Caldecott Predictions

Let’s see, last year, I went 1 for 4. I’ll take it, I’ll take it – but I’m not puffing my chest out unless I can name two or more, so let’s see how I do this time around. Here’s hoping you see me on the afternoon of January 11 with a serious case of […]

2016 Geisel Award Predictions


I’ve never officially tried to predict which books will win Geisel awards. This must change! Embrace new things, Travis! Remember tomatoes? You like those now! Okay, that pep talk worked. With a mix of “I think this will win”, and “I hope this will win”, here are my picks for 2016 Geisel greatness. GEISEL MEDAL […]

2015 Children’s Lit: The Year in Miscellanea

Misc. 2015

It’s time to take a look back at the year that was in children’s lit miscellanea. (Read previous Year in Miscellanea Posts: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008) Doppelgängers of the Year: Momo (from My Cousin Momo) and Richie Tenenbaum (from The Royal Tenenbaums) The resmeblance is striking. Bjorn Borg approves. Hottest Angel: Marcus Marvel from The Marvels The tousled […]

Top 10 Posts of 2014: #1

Case Covers

Gallery: These Picture Books Have Secrets

Top 10 Posts of 2014: #2

Kids Are Weird

2014 Book Spine Poem Gallery

Top 10 Posts of 2014: #4

Caldecott Winners

2014 Books from Caldecott Winners

Top 10 Posts of 2014: #5

192 Pages

All Middle Grade Novels Should Be 192 Pages. No Exceptions.

Top 10 Posts of 2014: #6

Night Kitchen

This Librarian Finally Looked at His Copy of ‘In the Night Kitchen’. What He Discovered Shocked Him

Top 10 Posts of 2014: #7

Photo Books

The State of Photography Illustration in 2014

Top 10 Posts of 2014: #8

BS Rockstar

Bruce Springsteen: Rockstar Librarian

Top 10 Posts of 2014: #9


Gallery: The New York Times 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2014

Top 10 Posts of 2014: #10


The 33%: 2014 Books from Newbery Winners

2015 Caldecott Medal Predictions

Bad Bye

The last time I made Caldecott predictions, I went 2 for 5. Any time I can get more than one, I’m happy. But I refuse to stop until I am able to pick them all. You can therefore count on me doing Caldecott predictions every year. And if you’re into this stuff, you need to […]

Top 20 Books of 2014: 5-1

Top 20 Books Final

#20-16 | #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1 5. The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee [Beach Lane Books (Simon & Schuster) | Grades K-2] Click here for additional resources from Watch. Connect. Read. The opportunity to “read” and pore over a wordless picture book with a group of students is one of the best parts of […]