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Morning Notes: Double Best Edition

A Monster Calls

KIRKUS BEST The thing about large best of the year lists is that they’re likely to include stuff that doesn’t get a lot of press. Case in point: Kirkus released their Best Picture Books of 2015 and there are a bunch of surprises on there. And nice to see Tea Party in the Woods included, […]

Morning Notes: Where’s the Squirrel? Edition

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NATIONAL BOOK AWARD AWARDED First there were 10: Then five: Now one: Our National Book Award winner in the young people’s literature category is Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman. THE STATISTICAL DOMINANCE OF DR. SEUSS Real headline alert! Priceonomics looks at the authors who have sold the most children’s books. While they’re using numbers from […]

Morning Notes: Careful At Home Kids Edition


GOOD CHOICE Oh, the best of the year lists are coming out at a steady clip now. The Goodreads Choice Awards are the latest. They also happen to be pretty fun. There are a bunch of good books are nominated, and you can visit and vote for your favorites easily. I encourage you to do […]

Morning Notes: Elaborate Hoax Meter Edition

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WONDER OF WONDERS A bunch of talented children’s literature folks recently banded together to create All the Wonders, a site that wants to take readers “beyond the book”. Here’s the deal: they take a book (like Ed Vere’s Max the Brave) and offer up a bunch of stuff to go along with it. There’s a song […]

Morning Notes: Two Truths and a Lie Edition

Mercy Watson

THESE ARE THE STARS ShelfTalker recently updated their annual list of books that have received starred reviews from the major review journals. Man, do I need to read Lost in NYC. Click here to see the list. BONUS YARN Under the cover of darkness a brand new bonus episode of The Yarn has been released. […]

Morning Notes: The Lorax-o’-Lantern Edition

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A SHORT LIST The National Book Award field has been halved from ten to five in the Young People’s Literature Category. Here are the five left standing: (Click to enlarge) The winner will be announced on November 18. THERE ARE NO BOY BOOKS Author Shannon Hale continues to say the things that need to be […]

Morning Notes: Mousetrap Edition

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NERDCAMP NEWS Although we are 9 or so months away, we have our first author announcement for Nerdcamp 2016. Click here to see who it is. CLEANING UP THE STREETS OF KALAMAZOO CITY It’s a cop movie in book form, so it makes sense that Jarrett J. Krosoczka’s Platypus Police Squad will be coming to […]

Morning Notes: A Grown-Up Wrote It Edition


 NO GOOD VERY BAD BOOK In the New York Times, cartoonist Grant Snider brings us The Very Bad Picture Book. Click here to read. THE SPORTIEST OF SPORTY I haven’t mentioned one of these lists in a while, but Booklist keeps on releasing Top 10 lists to keep an eye on, like this one: the […]

Morning Notes: Baton-Twirling Edition


BACK ON THE BUS The Number Five Bus Presents…, one of the coolest children’s lit interview projects ever is up and running for Season Two. First up, Matthew Cordell and David Ezra Stein. Click here to read. THE PRICE IS RIGHT FOR BOOKS Over at Bookends, Cindy details a thrift store find that ended up […]

Gallery: The 2015 National Book Awards Longlist: Young People’s Literature

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The longlist for the 2015 National Book Awards: Young People’s Literature was just announced. Here are the books:

Morning Notes: Expeditious Edition

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CHILDREN’S LITERATURE VANITY FAIR Marc Tyler Nobleman is my kind of guy – always looking to have a good time on his blog. You remember last year when he had authors read their bad reviews, right? He’s back with an idea he adapted from Vanity Fair – The Proust Questionnaire. Over the next few days, […]

Morning Notes: Ferk Finkular Edition

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AND THE WINNER IS… A new School Librarian of the Year has been crowned. Who is it? The School Library Journal announcement is here. GET JUDGING The Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards are celebrating a decade in biz. If you want to be a part of the book awarding fun, they just put […]

Morning Notes: Unpleasant Blockbuster Edition

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GREAT MINDS Fans of great conversations, take note. Jacqueline Woodson just had one with Jimmy Carter, and the New York Times was there to capture the whole thing. Click here to read. BUTTERFLY IN THE SKY (AND NETFLIX) Reading Rainbow will be available on Netflix in August. You need to know this. Click here for more […]

Morning Notes: A Few Less Kerplinks Edition

El Deafo Eisner

BACK TO BOOKS I haven’t started thinking about back to school books, but I like knowing that someone out there is. The folks at the ALSC blog share some books to start the year on the right foot. Click here to read. EISNERS AWARDED El Deafo, The Zoo Box, and Raina Telgemeier all got an […]

Morning Notes: 10 Minute Edition


TRUTH WINS The Kate Greenaway and Carnegie Medals, the UK equivalent to the Caldecott and Newbery, were recently announced. Shackleton’s Journey by William Grill won Greenaway, and Buffalo Soldier by Tanya Landman took the Carnegie – both true stories. I managed to review the Greenaway winner. Sometimes it pays to be a Shack-o-phile. Click here for […]