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Harassment in Children’s Lit

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Chances are good that if you’re reading this, you’ve already read the article (and comments on) Children’s Publishing Reckons with Sexual Harassment, but in case you haven’t, you should. It takes guts to talk about this stuff and I support and respect everyone who is.

Morning Notes: Itchy Edition

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THE FACTS Anne Ursu’s out here doing the real work. She recently shared her findings from a survey about sexual harassment in the children’s book industry. Click here to read. MAURICE SENDAK: INTERIOR DESIGNER What would it look like if Sendak, Carle, Rowling or three other children’s lit greats designed the baby’s room? Now we […]

Morning Notes: Road Trip Edition

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THE 2019 YOUTH MEDIA AWARDS: ENHANCED Good news time. The most prominent awards in children’s literature is about to get more diverse. Beginning in 2019, the Youth Media Awards will “highlight titles selected by the American Indian Library Association (AILA), Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), and the Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL)“. Click here to read the full announcement. THE CROSSOVER Author Kwame […]

Books on Film: Jason Reynolds on The Daily Show

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This was great to see. YA literary comet Jason Reynolds appeared on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah to talk about writing for young people. It’s a must-watch, people, so get to it.   And if you’re up for more, here’s our interview with Reynolds for The Yarn:

Morning Notes: Mike Mulligan Dabbing Edition

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AUTHORS CORRESPOND VIA TIME MAGAZINE A good test: see if you can get through the next two links without getting misty-eyed. If you can, then unfriend me. Link #1: Matt De La Peña wrote a great piece about the importance of darkness in children’s book for TIME. In it, he mentioned a question he’d like […]

Watch the Youth Media Awards LIVE

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It’s an annual tradition. The unveiling of my favorite modified creative commons licensed image of all time. The occasion? The upcoming Youth Media Awards webcast. The image has become as well-known (and honored) as the awards themselves. So . . . You can watch the announcements of the 2018 Newbery, Caldecott, and many more from the […]

Streaming LIVE from the Library of Congress: Jackie Woodson

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Are you reading this before 10:30 a.m. EST on January 9th, 2018? Oh good. Time is an issue because the inauguration of the next National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature (you know who) is streaming live at that time and I wouldn’t want you to miss it. Click here to tune in (or bookmark if you’re early).

The December Newsletter is Here!

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On Friday I sent out the December installment of FROM THE DESK OF 100 SCOPE NOTES. It’s about messy (and tidy) desks, packing, and Robot Santa. You can see it here. Interested in having future newsletters sent directly to your inbox? Click here to sign up.

Coming Soon: Top 20 Books of 2017

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

Books on Film: Random Thoughts on the ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Trailer

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Selected excerpts from my internal monologue while watching this trailer: They found a great Meg. That looks like one Grade A tessering scene. Oprah! The scene with all the kids outside of their houses bouncing balls at the same time is exactly how I pictured it. Galafanakis? Eurithmics soundtrack. Huh. I’d see this. What do […]

Books on Film: The Picture Book Animated

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How were classic picture books like Where the Wild Things Are and Harold and the Purple Crayon turned into animated films? Painstakingly, as this throwback video from Weston Woods shows us.

Morning Notes: Bookit Edition

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PRINT IS UNDEAD Physical book lovers take heart – print sales are on the rise. This story in The Wall Street Journal is focused on adult books, but talks about the publishing industry as a whole. Click here to read. SILENCED? This one took me by surprise. The estate of artist James Castle is suing […]

Books on Film: Talking Picture Books with McCloskey, Cooney, and Sendak

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This rare video from 1964 shows Robert McCloskey, Barbara Cooney, and Maurice Sendak¹ in their studios talking about The Lively Art of Picture Books. ¹You might have seen the Sendak part in this post at Educating Alice.

Morning Notes: How a Picture Book Is Made Edition

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OFFICIALLY FUNNY A Fuse #8 Production is up to something. A grassroots award for funny books she’s calling the Danzinger Awards. I am in full support of this idea. Click here to find out more. POOH The A.V. Club is not a fan the new Winnie-the-Pooh movie. Click here to read. VIOLA DAVIS WRITING NEW […]

Books on Film: From the Archives: Maurice Sendak on Charlie Rose in 1993

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“You tell the truth as best you can. And the people who need the truth most are children.” —Maurice Sendak Oh man, this is a good one. 25 years ago Maurice Sendak visited the Charlie Rose show to talk about his latest book at the time, We’re All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy. […]