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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). […]

Books on Film: Gene Yuen Yang Talks with . . .

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Did you know Gene Luen Yang has a Reading Without Walls “video podcast” on Reading Rockets? Did you know that he already has a bunch of great interviews up on their YouTube channel? Who has he talked to? Among others . . . Jason Reynolds: Katherine Paterson: Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden: Patrick Ness: […]

ANSWERED: Burning Question of the Day (#3)

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On the question of George eating the vet, you have spoken: What a relief – this question has been answered once and for all, rendering any future debate meaningless. Thank you to everyone who voted. Previously . . . ANSWERED: Burning Question of the Day (#1) ANSWERED: Burning Question of the Day (#2)

Books on Film: Grace Lin on Racist Children’s Books

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If you haven’t had a chance yet, make sure you watch this PBS Newshour video with author/illustrator Grace Lin. She talks about how to approach children’s books that contain racist content.

100 Scope Notes Burning Question of the Day (#3)

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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. At the end of Bark, George by Jules Feiffer, George *SPOILER ALERT* says “hello” instead of barking, indicating that he ate a human. But was that human the vet […]

Exclusive Book Trailer Premiere: WHERE OLIVER FITS by Cale Atkinson

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Do you know about Cale Atkinson? Maybe you’ve read some of his books? He has a new one coming September 5th called Where Oliver Fits. Today we have a first look at the trailer for the book. A book which had a very cool puzzle cover reveal a few months back: It's a race against […]

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: […]

Books on Film: A First Look at ‘A Wrinkle in Time’

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Here we go – the first trailer for the upcoming film adaptation of the children’s classic A Wrinkle in Time. Was I expecting a cover of Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) by The Eurythmics? I was not. Looks pretty intriguing, though.

Books on Film: Storytime with . . .

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Consider this your internet curiosity of the day: a two-dude comedy team reads classic (and new) children’s books. Storytime with Ryan & Craig.  

Books on Film: Youth Media Award Winners Reactions

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I really never get tired of hearing Youth Media award winners talk about getting The Call. All credit to John Schumacher of Watch. Connect. Read. for reminding me via tweet that there are a whole bunch of new videos by ALA Youth Media Award winners (Newbery, Caldecott, etc.) up over at the I Love Libraries […]

Books on Film: The New York Times Illustrator Video Motherlode

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Over on Facebook, the New York Times is quietly amassing an astounding collection of children’s illustrator videos. You want names? Dav Pilkey, Rachel Reneé Russell, David Wiesner, Elise Gravel, R. Gregory Christie, Jon Klassen, Sophie Blackall, Floyd Cooper, Jessixa Bagley, Lane Smith and a lot more. Some of the best illustrators making books for kids, […]

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 […]

Books on Film: Getting to Know Maurice Sendak

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So what was passionately close to my heart was a kid. And a kid doing something. And whatever that something was was what the book was going to be about. That’s Maurice Sendak (who as we now know is unquestionably better than Dr. Seuss) talking about the heart of what was to become his masterpiece: Where […]

Books on Film: Getting to Know James Marshall

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“Jimmy, you will never be an artist.” I love this Weston Woods video featuring children’s literature legend James Marshall. The story of why he stopped drawing as a kid is equal parts heartbreaking and triumphant. (via Austin Kleon)

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)