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.
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 […]
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 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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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). […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]