The new school year is upon us, and The Horn Book took a moment to highlight the cutest, weirdest, most dysfunctional and more of recent children’s lit. It’s the 2013-14 Yearbook Superlatives. Click the image below to read.
Amazon is now offering Kindle Unlimited, an all-you-can-read e-book service that will cost 9.99 per month. Kindle Unlimited is stirring up all sorts of reactions online: Huffington Post says what I was thinking: this is sort of a glorified library card On the flip side, Tom Worstall thinks the UK should ditch libraries and give everyone a Kindle [...]
Travis here with a quick public service announcement for those who love children’s literature: In the lead-up to the release of their book Wild Things! Acts of Mischief in Children’s Literature, authors Betsy Bird (A Fuse #8 Production) and Julie Danielson (Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast) are posting some of the true stories that weren’t included [...]
Have you been following the discussion about the latest update in the ALSC policy for service on award committees? Roger Sutton talks about it in the current Horn Book editorial and the comments section has been lighting up. If you’ve served on an award committee or you hope to, you’ll want to read this. Click [...]
What happens when a popular hashtag founded by a respected educator is used by a publisher for their purposes? We have a Twitter controversy on our hands. The issue was #bookaday, the popular hashtag started by Donalyn Miller and used for years by children’s and YA folks to share and discuss their daily summer reading. [...]
Hot off the presses! The 2014 Boston Globe/Horn Book Awards have been announced. Many thanks to Sam Bloom for the scoop. Fiction honors: Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein; Boxers+Saints by Gene Luen Yang Fiction winner: Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith I get the feeling this is just the first of many awards coming for [...]
It’s time to get your children’s literature nerd on. The Caldecott-Medal-winning team of Philip and Erin Stead just started up a blog Number Five Bus Presents… where they converse with other folks in the business of making books for kids. The first episode (note to self: start calling my blog posts episodes) is up – [...]
It was pretty surprising news this week when Rush Limbaugh won the Children’s Choice Book Award for Author of the Year. Click here to watch the video. Reactions from the corner of the children’s literature world I tread can be categorized as nonplussed. Vicky Smith at Kirkus skewers reviews Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims. [...]
If you’re not familiar with the Sharp Schu Book Club, tonight (Tuesday, March 25) might be a good time to get acquainted. At 8:00 pm ET teacher Colby Sharp (click here for his Twitter) and teacher-librarian John Schu (click here for his Twitter) will be leading a discussion about Harriet the Spy, which is celebrating [...]
The winners of the 2013 Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards (CYBILS) were announced on Friday and it’s a group to check out. The award mixes literary quality and kid appeal and you can see that represented in our winners. Click here to see the entire list.
Are you aware of The Book Report with JJK? Author-illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Lunch Lady) interviews a who’s who of prominent children’s literature folks. Yolen, dePaola, Carle, Pilkey – the list is long and star-studded. I’ve seen plenty of mention of it, but never actually heard it. The show is on satellite radio, you see (Sirius [...]
Did you know that Nonfiction Monday is about to enter it’s eighth year? The time, how it flies. It seems like just yesterday I hosted Nontraditional Nonfiction Monday (I still want to do that review via carved pumpkin). For the newcomers, Nonfiction Monday is pretty much what you’d expect – the day of the week designated [...]
Attention Michigan children’s librarians! MI KidLib is coming to the Main Branch of Clinton-Macomb Public Library on February 21. MI KidLib follows the unconference model, meaning all session topics will be decided by the attendees on the morning of the event. I attended my first unconference this year, NerdCamp, and was so impressed with the experience. And did [...]
Seeing as how today is the beginning of Banned Books Week and all, take a moment to explore ALAs Banned and Challenged Books website, where you can learn things like… …what was the most challenged book of the 00s? …what was the most challenged book of the 1990s? …and ways to advocate for freedom of [...]
The 10 title longlist for the Young People’s Literature category of the National Book Awards has been announced, and it’s a varied assortment of Newbery contender-ish middle grade (The Real Boy, A Tangle of Knots), YA (Two Boys Kissing), and (alright!) a graphic novel (Boxers & Saints), among others. As I mentioned last week, it’s [...]
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Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at firstname.lastname@example.org. He's also on...