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Morning Notes: Architecturally Interesting Edition

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WHEN I SAY SUMMER . . . In Good Choice news, The Collaborative Summer Library Program has chosen Kwame Alexander as the 2017 Summer Reading Champion. I plan to show this video to students before the school year is finished: STAY GOLDEN Usually I don’t hawk merch around here, but Kohls is featuring Little Golden […]

100 Scope Notes Burning Question of the Day (#1)

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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. Forget children’s literature, The Giving Tree is one of the most divisive works of literature, period. Search your feelings, then please answer the question below. My feelings about THE […]

Morning Notes: 20 Variations Edition

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BATTLING BOOKS The Battle of the Kids’ Books is raging over at School Library Journal. March: Book 3 seems to be the clear-cut favorite (deservedly so – that series is excellent), but I wouldn’t count out Some Writer! Click here for the latest. MORE MO Seems like every week lately I’m sharing a new Mo […]

Morning Notes: Winged Blog Edition

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MO POD Mo Willems was recently on the NPR show On Point with Tom Ashbrook. I had a great time listening to it and I bet you will too. You can listen to the podcast here. S.L.Y. Who will be the next School Librarian of the Year? Click here to get your nominations in. Nominations […]

Books on Film: Enter the Newbery/Caldecott Wayback Machine

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What’s this? A librarian at a podium holding up a physical copy of a book? We must have stumbled into the Newbery/Caldecott Wayback Machine. Before the live webcast, before social media, before the Geisel, before it was even called the Youth Media Awards, we had the “Newbery & Caldecott Medals Award Ceremony” on C-SPAN2. I’ve […]

Morning Notes: AKR Edition

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AMY KROUSE ROSENTHAL Sad news. As you’ve likely heard, author Amy Krouse Rosenthal passed away this week at 51. If you haven’t read her essay for the New York Times Modern Love column, You May Want to Marry My Husband, go do that. FAKE BOOKS How are nonfiction children’s books explaining President Trump? Very carefully. […]

Books on Film: Shannon Hale, Jerry Pinkney, and Raina Telgemeier on Literacy

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The Library of Congress recently released a series of short videos with authors talking about literacy (I shared one with Kwame Alexander last week). Today we hear from more children’s literature voices, including Shannon Hale, Jerry Pinkney, and Raina Telgemeier.

Surprise! Announcing THE VERY LAST CASTLE

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Morning Notes: Needlessly Frightening Edition

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‘A MERE QUARTER’ Little Golden Books turn 75 this year and NPR has the story covered. It makes for a pretty fascinating listen. Leonard Marcus and George Saunders even chime in. Click here to listen. (Thanks to my dad for the link) THE WORLD’S MOST VALUABLE CHILDREN’S BOOKS – DO YOU HAVE ONE? Real Headline […]

Morning Notes: Equal Edition

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CYBILS ANNOUNCED The Childrens and Young Adult Book Blogger Awards (CYBILS) were announced and there are some great picks in the bunch. Click here to see all the winners. THE STATS The CCBC released their Multicultural Statistics for 2016. The data tracks diversity in children’s books published last year. Some encouraging signs, and a long […]

Books on Film: Javaka Steptoe LIVE

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The New York Times invited our reigning Caldecott Medalist, Javaka Steptoe, to create some art on Facebook Live the other day.

Morning Notes: ‘I Want One’ Edition

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BOOKS BATTLE SOON The School Library Journal Battle of the Kids’ Books is about to get started. Go here to see the contenders (and the matchups). I’m predicting a win for Ghost by Jason Reynolds. V.L.B. ON TECH The Atlantic has a piece on technology innovation, through the lens of Virginia Lee Burton (a.k.a. The […]

Morning Notes: Not My Job Edition

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MO PRO The New Yorker ran a profile of Mo Willems. It’s really one of the best pieces I’ve seen on a children’s book creator in a while. Consider it must-read. Click here to get going. NOT HIS JOB You ever listen to the NPR gameshow Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me? Daniel Handler recently appeared […]

Exclusive Book Trailer Premiere: Dad and the Dinosaur by Gennifer Choldenko and Dan Santat

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Gennifer Choldenko: Newbery Honor winner. Dan Santat: Caldecott Medal winner. These two got together and made a book: It’s called Dad and the Dinosaur. It arrives on March 28, 2017. Today we have a first look at the trailer. But first – a little about the book from the publisher: The story follows a boy named […]

Morning Notes: Text Flying at Screen Edition

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DAYS FROM ALA The announcement of the Newbery, Caldecott and more will be announced soon (Monday @ 8:00 am Eastern) at the American Library Association Youth Media Awards. It’s the first year in a while I won’t be in attendance (FOMOing so hard), so I’ll be sitting down in front of my computer to watch […]