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Book Buzz: Buzzy Buzzing 2018 Buzz

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If are anything like me (first off, I offer my condolences) then you like to look as far off into the distance as possible, straining to see the books that will being hitting shelves in the distant future. You best check out Spring 2018 Children’s Sneak Previews. I learned a bunch of stuff while reading it: […]

Announcing The Yarn LIVE at ALA Annual 2017!

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Last summer we tried our first LIVE episode of The Yarn. Colby and I talked to Kate DiCamillo in Orlando. We had some laughs, some awkward moments (*Note* Those were all due to me – why did we kick things off with Colby reading an entry from my diary – WHY???) Click here for Pt. 1 of […]

ANSWERED: Burning Question of the Day (#2)

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Last week, I asked an important question. Today, we have the results. A close one! Whew, glad that’s been settled forever and all future discussion on the topic has now been rendered useless. Thank you to everyone who voted. Previously . . . ANSWERED: Burning Question of the Day (#1)

100 Scope Notes Burning Question of the Day (#2)

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I have questions, you have the answers. Let’s solve some of children’s literature most vexing questions with the 100 Scope Notes Burning Question of the Day. Today is a big one. I’ve asked this question in the past, but this time, it counts. Search your feelings, then please answer the question below. Who's Best? Previously . […]

Morning Notes: Book Carwash Edition

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GIVE “NO” A CHANCE In schadenfreude news . . . what will become of Bill O’Reilly’s upcoming picture book now that he’s in the middle of a scandal? Click here to read. AND THE WINNER IS . . . The winners of the Los Angeles Book Prize have been announced and Waking Brain Cells has […]

Morning Notes: Architecturally Interesting Edition

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WHEN I SAY SUMMER . . . In Good Choice news, The Collaborative Summer Library Program has chosen Kwame Alexander as the 2017 Summer Reading Champion. I plan to show this video to students before the school year is finished: STAY GOLDEN Usually I don’t hawk merch around here, but Kohls is featuring Little Golden […]

100 Scope Notes Burning Question of the Day (#1)

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I have questions, you have the answers. Let’s solve some of children’s literature most vexing questions with the 100 Scope Notes Burning Question of the Day. Forget children’s literature, The Giving Tree is one of the most divisive works of literature, period. Search your feelings, then please answer the question below. My feelings about THE […]

Morning Notes: 20 Variations Edition

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BATTLING BOOKS The Battle of the Kids’ Books is raging over at School Library Journal. March: Book 3 seems to be the clear-cut favorite (deservedly so – that series is excellent), but I wouldn’t count out Some Writer! Click here for the latest. MORE MO Seems like every week lately I’m sharing a new Mo […]

Morning Notes: Winged Blog Edition

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MO POD Mo Willems was recently on the NPR show On Point with Tom Ashbrook. I had a great time listening to it and I bet you will too. You can listen to the podcast here. S.L.Y. Who will be the next School Librarian of the Year? Click here to get your nominations in. Nominations […]

Morning Notes: AKR Edition

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AMY KROUSE ROSENTHAL Sad news. As you’ve likely heard, author Amy Krouse Rosenthal passed away this week at 51. If you haven’t read her essay for the New York Times Modern Love column, You May Want to Marry My Husband, go do that. FAKE BOOKS How are nonfiction children’s books explaining President Trump? Very carefully. […]

Surprise! Announcing THE VERY LAST CASTLE

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Morning Notes: Needlessly Frightening Edition

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‘A MERE QUARTER’ Little Golden Books turn 75 this year and NPR has the story covered. It makes for a pretty fascinating listen. Leonard Marcus and George Saunders even chime in. Click here to listen. (Thanks to my dad for the link) THE WORLD’S MOST VALUABLE CHILDREN’S BOOKS – DO YOU HAVE ONE? Real Headline […]

Morning Notes: Equal Edition

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CYBILS ANNOUNCED The Childrens and Young Adult Book Blogger Awards (CYBILS) were announced and there are some great picks in the bunch. Click here to see all the winners. THE STATS The CCBC released their Multicultural Statistics for 2016. The data tracks diversity in children’s books published last year. Some encouraging signs, and a long […]

Morning Notes: ‘I Want One’ Edition

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BOOKS BATTLE SOON The School Library Journal Battle of the Kids’ Books is about to get started. Go here to see the contenders (and the matchups). I’m predicting a win for Ghost by Jason Reynolds. V.L.B. ON TECH The Atlantic has a piece on technology innovation, through the lens of Virginia Lee Burton (a.k.a. The […]

Morning Notes: Not My Job Edition

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MO PRO The New Yorker ran a profile of Mo Willems. It’s really one of the best pieces I’ve seen on a children’s book creator in a while. Consider it must-read. Click here to get going. NOT HIS JOB You ever listen to the NPR gameshow Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me? Daniel Handler recently appeared […]