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Introducing Tundra Illustrator Studio (and a Giveaway)

Tundra Illustrator Studio

This is really cool. Tundra books is starting up a new video series called Illustrator Studio. Each video will visit a different book creator in their studio. First up, paper diorama artist Elly MacKay. In the video, MacKay shows how she creates her completely distinct illustrations. A must-watch for children’s book art fans. And (hey […]

Morning Notes: I Have a Book Idea Edition

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BETSY DEVOS IS IN A CHILDREN’S BOOK Remember a couple weeks back when I shared that Seuss-inspired picture book being used in a . Well now my home state is getting in on the action with a picture book starring Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and candidate for governor Bill Schuette. Click here to read it. […]

Books on Film: The 2018 Boston Globe – Horn Book Awards Announced!

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The Boston Globe – Horn Book Awards were recently announced and here’s the video to prove it. I like the BGHB awards because they’re on a different timetable than the big ALA/ALSC awards like the Newbery and Caldecott. Those awards all go to books published within the calendar year. The BGHB awards are on a […]

Books on Film: Watch the Christopher Robin Trailer

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The trailer for the upcoming Winnie the Pooh movie Christopher Robin is out. At the very least it will be interesting to see how the characters will translate into the real life setting.

The Yarn LIVE at ALA!

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Important Question: Are you attending the American Library Association Annual Conference? If you are, I have a little something to add to your schedule:   We’re recording a LIVE episode of The Yarn with a great group of award winners. Come on by!

Books on Film: Can You Name a Book? *Any* Book?

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Credit to Judy Freeman for this one – I saw it because she shared it on Facebook. The Jimmy Kimmel Show took to the street to see if people could name a book. One book. Any book. Just AH book. Now, please try not to get too depressed.

Morning Notes: Cheese Souffle Edition

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BACON BOOKMARKS On Facebook Donalyn Miller alerted me to this Guardian article on weird stuff found as bookmarks. Worth it for the saw blade alone. Am I a fan of this topic? Well . . . remember this? THE RETURN OF CLIFFORD The big red dog is coming back to television in 2019, and it […]

But Wait, There’s More! Pre-Order The Very Last Castle

The Very Last Castle by Travis Jonker and Mark Pett

When I was a kid I really loved infomercials. Touchless, The Food Dehydrator, that oven that cooks things with air or something – I watched them all. If you’ve ever seen an infomercial, you know that the best moment is always when someone says “But wait, there’s more!” Well, you can now pre-order the picture […]

Morning Notes: The Places You’ll Forget Edition

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ATTACK AD VIA CHILDREN’S BOOK Things are getting interesting in the Indiana U.S. senate race between Todd Rokita and Luke Messer. Forget an attack ad, Rokita put out an attack children’s book. It’s a Dr. Seuss parody titled Oh the Places You’ll Forget You can read it here, while you can – I would imagine […]

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Last week Monday I snuck out the April installment of FROM THE DESK OF 100 SCOPE NOTES. It includes a story that I’ve been kicking around in my head for a while. I drew it between sips of early morning coffee over the last few weeks. You can see it here. But why just have a look at […]

Morning Notes: Glorious Edition

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ALICE PROVENSEN 1918-2018 Sad news. Legendary illustrator and Caldecott Medalist Alice Provensen passed away. The Glorious Flight is one of my favorites. Click here to read her obit at Publishers Weekly. WHAT A WEEK It’s Children’s Book Week, y’all (and with that “y’all”, I’ve met my “y’all” quota for the year – see you again […]

Morning Notes: The Vanisher Edition

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READING IN THE SUMMER Publishers Weekly released their top summer picture book, middle grade, and YA reads and there’s a whole bunch of good stuff. Click here to check them out. NOT MY BREXIT! Were you wondering when the children’s books about Brexit were coming? No? Well how about this parody? Click here to read. […]

Books on Film: Migos vs. Dr. Seuss

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Add this video to the Children’s Lit Meets Hip Hop Hall of Fame (current inductees include Ludacris and . . . many others I’m sure). There’s a Wocket in My Pocket! in the style of Migos.

Books on Film: Jason Reynolds on Late Night with Seth Meyers

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Author Jason Reynolds was on Late Night with Seth Meyers a couple nights back. I would say “Hey, isn’t it cool and unusual that a middle grade and YA writer is on a late night show?” But really, Jason Reynolds is the kind of captivating person where this stuff just makes you say “Of course […]

Morning Notes: “What’s Your Emergency?” Edition

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THE LAST BEST The Bank Street College of Education puts out an annual list of the best books of the previous year. It’s very user-friendly – I like how they note books that make good read alouds. It’s a great one for collection development. Click here to see the list. HARRY BY SELZNICK Brian Selznick handles […]