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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 […]

Morning Notes: Mike Mulligan Dabbing Edition

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AUTHORS CORRESPOND VIA TIME MAGAZINE A good test: see if you can get through the next two links without getting misty-eyed. If you can, then unfriend me. Link #1: Matt De La Peña wrote a great piece about the importance of darkness in children’s book for TIME. In it, he mentioned a question he’d like […]

Morning Notes: Bookit Edition

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PRINT IS UNDEAD Physical book lovers take heart – print sales are on the rise. This story in The Wall Street Journal is focused on adult books, but talks about the publishing industry as a whole. Click here to read. SILENCED? This one took me by surprise. The estate of artist James Castle is suing […]

Morning Notes: How a Picture Book Is Made Edition

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OFFICIALLY FUNNY A Fuse #8 Production is up to something. A grassroots award for funny books she’s calling the Danzinger Awards. I am in full support of this idea. Click here to find out more. POOH The A.V. Club is not a fan the new Winnie-the-Pooh movie. Click here to read. VIOLA DAVIS WRITING NEW […]

Morning Notes: Why You Wanna Give Me the Runaround? Edition

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PEPE WILL NOT BE IN THIS PICTURE BOOK Pepe the Frog – internet meme turned hate symbol, will not be the star of a new picture book. Click here to read. A VILLAGE OF AUTHORS While I ruminate on the idea of an actual village of authors (so . . . many . . . cafés). […]

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 […]