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Coming Soon: The Top 20 Books of 2019

Next week, John Schumacher and I are teaming up to count down our 20 favorite books of the year. See you soon.

Kidlit TV: The Author/Illustrator Video Jackpot

The other day I decided to visit Kidlit TV. It had been a little while since I’d last been there and I wanted to see what the site has been up to. A lot, it turns out. The site is full of great videos with children’s book creators. I find these sorts of things perfect […]

Gallery: NYT Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2019

This year I went 2 for 10 in my New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books predictions. Same as last year. Same as the year before that! Looks like I’m a 2 for 10 guy when it comes to this list. But you know what? I’m going to call it 2.5 this year, because I […]

Books on Film: Story & Pictures By

The makers of a documentary on the power of picture books are looking for your support.

Mordicai Gerstein: 1935-2019

Mordicai Gerstein passed away on September 24th. We have a bunch of his books in our library, and his Caldecott Medal-winning The Man Who Walked Between the Towers is one that I return to again and again for storytime. I met him at an event in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 2008. He was kind and […]

I’m Not Drooling, You’re Drooling: The Carle Honors Art Auction

This here is a time sensitive blog post for people with some cash to spare. Every year The Eric Carle Museum holds a children’s illustrator art auction in connection with the Carle Honors awards banquet. As I learned from Grace Lin on Twitter, the awards are tonight, which means the auction will be closing soon. […]

Books on Film: Jackie Woodson on CBS

She’s there to talk about her latest book for grown-ups, but does that mean we should skip a television appearance by the Ambassador? No. Jacqueline Woodson was on CBS This Morning (a couple mornings ago).

Book Trailer Premiere: THE UPPER CASE by Tara Lazar and Ross MacDonald

A Q&A with the creators of the book, and a first look at the trailer.

No Newsletter is Bad Newsletter

The two most recent editions of FROM THE DESK OF 100 SCOPE NOTES are out in the world. In August, I shared a bunch of drawings and writing from my sketchbook and notebook. This month, I share some of my favorite quotes about writing and creativity. Click here to sign up for FROM THE DESK […]

Who Will Win One of the Richest Literary Awards in the World?

The finalists for the 2019 Kirkus Prize have been announced.

Exclusive Book Trailer Premiere: Unicorns 101 by Cale Atkinson

Cale Atkinson, the guy who made (among others) Explorers of the Wild, Sir Simon: Super Scarer, and who pulled off the world’s first puzzle cover reveal . . . . . . has a new book coming on September 3rd called Unicorns 101 (it even has a snazzy website). What’s it about? From the publisher: […]

Books on Film: Dav Pilkey on Today

Dav Pilkey was featured on a recent episode of the Today show and I never get tired of hearing his story (which always includes themes of book access and choice). If you work in a school, keep this one in your back pocket to show kids when the school year begins.

Cover Controversy: The Poet X

*UPDATE* HarperTeen released a statement on September 6, 2019 saying that The Poet X will now have a revised cover credit. It will include the photographer of the source image used. The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo has had an incredible year. It’s been a New York Times bestseller. It’s won all the awards. Now […]

Books on Film: Watch the Trailer for Jumanji II

The latest film incarnation of Jumanji likely won’t remind you of the book. They switched from a board game to a video game. The Rock is involved. It’s kinda it’s own thing at this point. But (albeit, loose) ties to Chris Van Alsburg’s Caldecott Medal winner mandate that I share the just-released trailer for Jumanji: […]

Books on Film: A Peek Inside The Eric Carle Museum

I haven’t yet made it to the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA and this video isn’t helping! Making the place look all wonderful and increasing my jealousy of those who have visited. With guest appearances by Ekua Holmes, Brendan Wenzel, Tom Lichtenheld, and many more.