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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

Yarn SLJ

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

Mo CBS

#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

Seventh Wish

  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 […]

Morning Notes: DIY OG Edition

Stake Screen

THIS MAKES MY DAY There’s a new blog dedicated to the Geisel Award? This is great! It has an alliterative title! They have a list of “keep your eyes on” titles at SLJ! I am so in on this. CONFIDENTIALITY CONVERSATION CONTINUES Over at SLJ, they’ve invited three interested parties to weigh in on the […]

Gallery: The 2016 Boston Globe Horn Book Award Winners

Dangerous

The Boston Globe Horn Book Awards were just announced – let’s have a look at the winners: Nonfiction Award Winner: Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin Nonfiction Honor Books: Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad by M. T. […]

Morning Notes: Ye Who Enter Edition

James

COMING SOON: THE WORLD’S MOST EXPENSIVE CHILDREN’S BOOK? A rare first edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is going up for auction soon and it might become the most expensive ever. Click here to read. EATING IN A BOXCAR Filed away in my mind as “curiosity” are children’s lit cookbooks. “Yes, yes, Nancy Drew can […]

Morning Notes: Small Potatoes Edition

Floyd Cooper

JK Q AND A Sometimes fully-formed websites pop up and I’m left wondering “Where did this come from?” That’s been my reaction to Brightly. Looking into the matter, I see that it’s a Penguin Random House operation. But they’re covering books from other publishers – now I’m confused again! While I try to sort this […]

Morning Notes: Bookdogface Edition

Haters

DOUBLE DICAMILLO As someone who will be interviewing Kate DiCamillo in front of an ALA audience in a couple months (I told you about this, right?) I’ve found myself checking out the recent Raymie Nightingale fanfare with added interest. Today I have not one, but a pair of Kate DiCamillo things to offer. First, this interview […]

Morning Notes: Rejuvenation Edition

Baby Lincoln

WHAT SOLD WHAT IN 2015 Publishers Weekly released their annual rundown of best selling books based on Neilsen Bookscan data. Lots of stuff you might expect. My favorite section is the hardcover backlist section, where classics mingle with newer popular books. Click here to read. YOU ARE THE SCHOOL LIBRARIAN OF THE YEAR No?? Well, maybe […]

Morning Notes: Disorderly Waldo Edition

Kwame Alexander

YOU HAD ONE JOB, WALDO Blend in. Where's Waldo ? He was at South Station being very disorderly and needed to be escorted out. #MBTA pic.twitter.com/rlANPdspGz — MBTA Transit Police (@MBTATransitPD) March 20, 2016 (Thanks to Huffington Post for the link) CALDECOTT CHALLENGED This One Summer has been the most challenged Caldecott book in a […]

Morning Notes: Hidden Panda Edition

Old Book

LITTLE PRINCE PULLED The release of the animated version of the classic book has been delayed for, as E.B. White might say, secret reasons. The plan, as it stands, is for the film to come out later this year with a different distributor. Click here to read more. SHORTLISTED The shortlists for the Carnegie and […]

Morning Notes: “For Good Luck” Edition

HP Skate

A NEW SHOW FOR YOUR EARS Attention people who commute/walk/jog/do laundry/draw pictures for a living – The Horn Book just launched a podcast. Horn Book editor Roger Sutton answers sartatorial questions submitted by readers. Kidding! Sutton and fellow Horn Book colleague Siân Gaetano chew the fat about artisanal Chex mix, social media, Harry Potter, the […]

Morning Notes: Sweet Caldecott Dreams Edition

Fan

BOOK FIGHT The annual Battle of the Kids Books is ramping up over at SLJ. Judges have been announced. Books named. Brackets released. This will be fun. Click here for all of it. YOU WON A CYBILS AWARD I didn’t mention this before? How did I not mention this before? The Cybils winners have been […]

Morning Notes: Bills in Books Edition

Question

THURSDAY AT THE THEATER While there was a Japanese animated film, The Magic Tree House series has never been adapted for U.S. audiences. That may change soon. Click here to read. (Thanks to EarlyWord for the link) GO NERDCAMPING Nerdcamp MI is going to be great this year. Short description: it’s an unconference focused on literacy. Long […]