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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)

100 Scope Notes Burning Question of the Day (#2)

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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. Today is a big one. I’ve asked this question in the past, but this time, it counts. Search your feelings, then please answer the question below. Who's Best? Previously . […]

Books on Film: Batman and Bill

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The other day I got an email from author Marc Tyler Nobleman. You know his books, right? He was reaching out because one of his books had been turned into a documentary – this one: The doc is called Batman and Bill and it premieres on Hulu May 6. Mr. Nobleman wondered if I might […]

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 […]

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 […]