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NYT Notable 2016

One of my favorite Best lists just came out – the New York Times Notable Children’s Books. The 2016 edition is full of good stuff. Click here to check it out.

Morning Notes: More Is More Edition

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BIGGEST BEST Kirkus takes a “more is more” approach to year end lists. I’m not complaining – their sprawling Best Picture Books of 2016 list has plenty of favorites, but also a lot of room for surprises (Everyone is Yawning? Never seen it!). Click here to see the whole list. THE MORALLY AMBIGUOUS UNIVERSE OF […]

Morning Notes: Sometimes It’s Pretty Frightening Edition

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A DECLARATION The Brown Bookshelf recently posted A Declaration of Support of Children, signed and supported by a huge cast of children’s authors and illustrators. Click here to read it. DOWN WITH HOVERBOARDS Do some good this holiday season: give books. And if you pledge to do so, Chronicle Books will donate a book to […]

The 2016 National Book Award Goes To . . .

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Such a deserving book (and series). Well done, Young People’s Literature committee. Two facts worth noting: And also:

Morning Notes: Hidden Pigeon Edition

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THE END Library-themed comic Unshelved is ending?! Say it ain’t so. I’m especially going to miss their book reviews in comic form, like this recent example: (Click to view full size) I used these in my library as well – I wrote about it here. A QUESTION Anyone out there using Litsy? Click here to […]

ANNOUNCED: The 2016 National Book Award Finalists for Young People’s Literature

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Here they are. The winner will be announced on November 16th. Click here to read the announcement at The New Yorker.

Morning Notes: Tuscan Jungle Gyms Edition

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PIGS FOR A CAUSE The children’s literature community came together in a big way to support a bookseller in need. Click here to read. UNFORTUNATE EVENTS NEWS Neil Patrick Harris recently shared info on the upcoming Series of Unfortunate Events show on Netflix (he’s playing Count Olaf). Expect a different tone than the 2004 film. […]

Morning Notes: Cover Not Final Edition

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ANNA DEWDNEY: 1965-2016 Sad news. Anna Dewdney, creator of the beloved Llama Llama series of picture books, has passed away. Click here to read more over at Publishers Weekly. CELEBRITY LIBRARIAN I hope after this piece, Rita Meade introduces herself as “Celebrity Librarian Rita Meade”. (Thanks to LISNews for the link) PICTURE BOOKS FOR NEWBERY […]

Morning Notes: Thrifty and Commonsensical Edition

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THE ITALIAN GOVERNMENT IS GIVING TEENS €500 ON THEIR 18TH BIRTHDAY TO SPEND ON BOOKS Real Headline Alert! This is pretty cool. (Thanks to Minh Lê for the link) UNSHELVED GOES TO THE MOVIES Unshelved has added to their movie poster parody collection: DOWNRIGHT ROCOCO I’ve always been fascinated by the Berenstain Bear treehouse. How […]

Exclusive Cover Reveal: Princess Cora and the Crocodile by Laura Amy Schlitz and Brian Floca

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How To Make a Book I Am Looking Forward to Reading (In 5 Steps): Step 1: Take the author of Newbery Medal winning book Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Step 2: Take the author/illustrator of Caldecott Medal winning book Locomotive. Step 3: Combine talents. Step 4: Wait until March 28th, 2017 (sorry, these things take time). […]

Morning Notes: The Little Engine That Didn’t Make It Edition

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 HILDA AND THE SUBSCRIPTION STEAMING SERVICE Hilda (of Luke Person’s Hilda comics) is being adapted as an animated series for Netflix. I’m usually very cynical about these sorts of things, but I have a sneaking suspicion this is going to be awesome. Click here for the details. I WOULD EAT THEM IN A BOAT If […]

Morning Notes: Read This Next Edition

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YOU LIKE? We Need Diverse Books is doing something cool – recommending read-alikes on their site. They even have snazzy graphics for each one. Check them all out here. (Thanks to @bottomshelfbks for alerting me to these on Twitter) INVEST YOUR LIFE SAVINGS IN CHILDREN’S BOOKS Stocks? For the birds! I am going to start investing […]

A Yarn-nouncement! The Yarn Joins SLJ

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Soon, The Yarn will be joining School Library Journal in a more official way. Most noticeably, there will be a dedicated blog for The Yarn on the SLJ site. We’ll post episodes of The Yarn and other audio-related stuff there. Colby Sharp and I are honored to be part of the School Library Journal team.

Morning Notes: There Are No Rules Edition

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#SAVEB&N? This recent piece in the New Republic makes the case that the end of Barnes & Noble would be bad for books. That makes sense. And on a more basic level, more bookstores is better than less. Still, I’m finding it hard to root for the company that put many independents out of biz. […]

Morning Notes: Sit in the Dark and Eat Edition

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  If you haven’t been following Kate Messner’s blog lately, you should head over there. The author was recently disinvited from a school visit because of issues the school had with her new book, The Seventh Wish. Click here to read more (and scroll down Messner’s blog for earlier posts on this topic). STEAL THIS […]