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Link Du Jour: E-book Chaos


Brian Kenney writes about the current state of e-books and his hopes for the future in a recent piece for Publishers Weekly. But it isn’t what you might expect. What do I want to come in 2013? What I want is simple: more chaos. Click here to read.

Link Du Jour: Ye Olde Electrical Man

Electric Ben

Leonard S. Marcus (a.k.a. our children’s lit historian) wrote an interesting piece for The Horn Book about picture book jackets, explaining how “covers have grown less representative of the books they trumpet.” Say hello to Ye Olde Electrical Man. Click here to read

Link Du Jour: What’s Next?

indie next

The Kids’ Indie Next List is always something I look forward to checking out. The 2012-12 Winter group was recently announced, and it features a bunch of books I can’t wait to get my cold hands on. My hands are always cold in the winter. Click here to read it.

Link Du Jour: Publisher’s Weekly Best Books of 2012


Publisher’s Weekly is the first of the major journals to name their best books of the year. Click here for Children’s Picture Click here for Children’s Fiction Click here for Children’s Nonfiction

Link Du Jour: Charlotte is 60 on NPR

Charlotte's Web

Children’s literature classic Charlotte’s Web turns 60 years old this year, and NPR recently provided a little behind the scenes on author E.B. White. Question of the day – how many takes did White need to get through the book’s most tragic scene? Click here to listen. [3 min. 57 sec.]

Link Du Jour: Kidlitionary

Writing for Kids blog

Tara Lazar (she of the blog Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)) recently put together a post of heretofore unknown children’s literature terminology. I’m a pretty big fan of “Shel Shocked” myself. Fun read of the day, I say. Click here for the Kidlitonary

Link Du Jour: Champion Your Favorite Book of 2012

Cybils 2012

If you enjoyed a children’s or young adult book this year, I say you nominate it for the seventh annual Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Awards (a.k.a., The Cybils). Nominations for the awards open at 12:00am on Monday, October 1. I’m reprising my role on the fiction picture book committee this year, so if you’ve […]

Link Du Jour: Favorites for Fall

Seven Impossible

Good ol’ Jules Danielson. Now only does she provide the world with one of the most consistently remarkable picture book related blogs, Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast, she also posts for Kirkus Reviews. Recently, Jules wrote about a batch of upcoming fall picture book favorites. Some Stead, some Small, a bit of Klassen – it […]

Link Du Jour: Favoriting The Caldecott and Newbery

Question Mark

CAUTION: BROAD GENERALIZATION TIME Children’s authors and illustrators are typically a pretty diplomatic lot. They tend to have such respect for others in their field that asking them to put one book ahead of another might seem futile. Maybe this is why I like the recent Caldecott/Newbery Matching Game at the Horn Book website. They […]

Link Du Jour: The Biggest Books of BEA


I’ve never been to Book Expo America (BEA), but I’d like to go. In my opinion, any time billboards of kid’s books are involved, you have yourself one fine exposition. (Thanks to Abrams for the photo) It’s been fun reading the various dispatches from BEA, but my favorite is from Publishers Weekly and focuses on […]

Link Du Jour: Better Knuffle


In the name of humor, let’s take a look at how the genius blog Better Book Titles chose to rename the modern children’s lit classic, Knuffle Bunny. Click the image below to read.

Link Du Jour: Odd Authors

10 Weird Authors

I guess if you’re going to make a list of the “10 Weirdest Children’s Book Authors of All Time” (as Flavorwire did), it is appropriate that the list itself is weird. Pinkwater, Coville, Scieszka? I’m with you. Things get a bit hit or miss from there. Click below to read.

Link Du Jour: Guess Who Has This Tattoo

Connect the Dot Giraffe

In the ever-worthy interest of “hey, why not?”, see of you can determine which children’s lit figure has the following leg tattoo: That’s right, it’s a connect the dots tattoo. Here it is filled out: And the clues: This person is female. This woman creates graphic novels. She writes a graphic novel series. This series […]

Link Du Jour: Two Words for You

Blue Skunk

Want to make things interesting at your next gathering of teachers or school librarians (F.Y.I.: a group of teachers is known as a “quiz”, school librarians, a “bun”)? Slowly and clearly utter the words “reading level” and watch what happens. The role of educators in guiding student reading has always been a matter of debate […]

Link Du Jour: The Pigeon Gets Radio Play

Pigeon on NPR

All-around children’s book genius Mo Willems made an appearance on NPR’s Morning Edition this week to talk about his latest release, The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?, and engage in a little discussion about picture books. As usual, the results are very much worth checking out. Click the image below to listen.