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Morning Notes: Hidden Pigeon Edition


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 […]

Morning Notes: Tuscan Jungle Gyms Edition


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. […]

Morning Notes: Cover Not Final Edition

Gum Girl 2

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 […]

Morning Notes: Thrifty and Commonsensical Edition

Children's Reading

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 […]

Morning Notes: The Little Engine That Didn’t Make It Edition

Newbery Influences

 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 […]

Morning Notes: Read This Next Edition

G. Ford Process

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 […]

Morning Notes: There Are No Rules Edition


#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 […]

Morning Notes: Ye Who Enter Edition


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


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 — 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 […]