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Morning Notes: 2nd Day of School Edition

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LONGLISTIN’ The longlist for the Young People’s Literature category of the National Book Awards is here. Let’s have a look at the books: ‘HOW #METOO IS SHAKING UP THE CHILDREN’S BOOK MARKET’ Real headline alert! Or I should say “Innacurate Headline Alert!” The New York Post tries wading into the children’s book waters with this […]

Morning Notes: Riffing with Sendak Edition

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THE CYBILS WANTS YOU . . . Do be a judge for the annual Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers Literary (AKA Cybils) Awards. Click here to learn more and apply. TAKING A STAND You read that piece in the New York Times yesterday? No not that one. The one about children’s book creators showing their […]

Morning Notes: The Book That Sells Itself Edition

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#NEW PODCAST Inspired by the kidlit women hashtag that took off on Twitter in March, Grace Lin has started a kidlit women podcast, featuring essays and interviews. Click here to listen. SLY! School Library Journal’s School Librarian of the Year has been announced, and I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling pretty inspired. Click here […]

Morning Notes: “Can I call you ‘Matil’?” Edition

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HOPE x CHANGE = … Remember this? you're gonna love this gif I just added: pic.twitter.com/S00FbPX4QW — Travis Jonker (@100scopenotes) March 1, 2018 That’s Jackie Woodson receiving her National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature medal. Her platform is Reading = Hope x Change (What’s Your Equation). Every Child a Reader have released activity kits to […]

Morning Notes: Facepalm Edition

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AMAZON IS NOT MY LIBRARY This week Forbes ran a piece titled Amazon Should Replace Local Libraries to Save Taxpayers Money. My approximate reaction was: The thing was so wrongheaded and got on so many people’s nerves that Forbes deleted it. SLJ has the story of what went down. BRAIN LAIR: OPEN FOR BIZ Way to […]

Morning Notes: I Have a Book Idea Edition

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BETSY DEVOS IS IN A CHILDREN’S BOOK Remember a couple weeks back when I shared that Seuss-inspired picture book being used in a . Well now my home state is getting in on the action with a picture book starring Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and candidate for governor Bill Schuette. Click here to read it. […]

Morning Notes: Cheese Souffle Edition

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BACON BOOKMARKS On Facebook Donalyn Miller alerted me to this Guardian article on weird stuff found as bookmarks. Worth it for the saw blade alone. Am I a fan of this topic? Well . . . remember this? THE RETURN OF CLIFFORD The big red dog is coming back to television in 2019, and it […]

Morning Notes: The Places You’ll Forget Edition

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ATTACK AD VIA CHILDREN’S BOOK Things are getting interesting in the Indiana U.S. senate race between Todd Rokita and Luke Messer. Forget an attack ad, Rokita put out an attack children’s book. It’s a Dr. Seuss parody titled Oh the Places You’ll Forget You can read it here, while you can – I would imagine […]

Morning Notes: Glorious Edition

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ALICE PROVENSEN 1918-2018 Sad news. Legendary illustrator and Caldecott Medalist Alice Provensen passed away. The Glorious Flight is one of my favorites. Click here to read her obit at Publishers Weekly. WHAT A WEEK It’s Children’s Book Week, y’all (and with that “y’all”, I’ve met my “y’all” quota for the year – see you again […]

Morning Notes: The Vanisher Edition

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READING IN THE SUMMER Publishers Weekly released their top summer picture book, middle grade, and YA reads and there’s a whole bunch of good stuff. Click here to check them out. NOT MY BREXIT! Were you wondering when the children’s books about Brexit were coming? No? Well how about this parody? Click here to read. […]

Morning Notes: “What’s Your Emergency?” Edition

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THE LAST BEST The Bank Street College of Education puts out an annual list of the best books of the previous year. It’s very user-friendly – I like how they note books that make good read alouds. It’s a great one for collection development. Click here to see the list. HARRY BY SELZNICK Brian Selznick handles […]

Morning Notes: Don’t Push the Button Edition

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PRETTY GOOD YEAR Jackie Woodson: having a pretty good year. Click here to read. REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE Should we have fewer books with rule-breaking characters? Fatherly thinks so. Click here to read. CANCELED AND PULPED The New York Times follows up in the #metoo movement in children’s literature, talking with (among others) Elizabeth Rusch, […]

Morning Notes: Very Far Away Edition

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L.A. TIMES NOMS The Los Angeles Times Book Prize just posted their nominees in all categories, including the one that matters most, Young Adult literature, a list that has two Newbery overlaps. Any guesses? Click here to see them. NYT ON #METOO IN CHILDREN’S LITERATURE The New York Times did a story on the sexual harassment […]

Morning Notes: Itchy Edition

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THE FACTS Anne Ursu’s out here doing the real work. She recently shared her findings from a survey about sexual harassment in the children’s book industry. Click here to read. MAURICE SENDAK: INTERIOR DESIGNER What would it look like if Sendak, Carle, Rowling or three other children’s lit greats designed the baby’s room? Now we […]

Morning Notes: Road Trip Edition

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THE 2019 YOUTH MEDIA AWARDS: ENHANCED Good news time. The most prominent awards in children’s literature is about to get more diverse. Beginning in 2019, the Youth Media Awards will “highlight titles selected by the American Indian Library Association (AILA), Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), and the Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL)“. Click here to read the full announcement. THE CROSSOVER Author Kwame […]