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But Wait, There’s More! Pre-Order The Very Last Castle

The Very Last Castle by Travis Jonker and Mark Pett

When I was a kid I really loved infomercials. Touchless, The Food Dehydrator, that oven that cooks things with air or something – I watched them all. If you’ve ever seen an infomercial, you know that the best moment is always when someone says “But wait, there’s more!” Well, you can now pre-order the picture […]

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 […]

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Last week Monday I snuck out the April installment of FROM THE DESK OF 100 SCOPE NOTES. It includes a story that I’ve been kicking around in my head for a while. I drew it between sips of early morning coffee over the last few weeks. You can see it here. But why just have a look at […]

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. […]

Books on Film: Migos vs. Dr. Seuss

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Add this video to the Children’s Lit Meets Hip Hop Hall of Fame (current inductees include Ludacris and . . . many others I’m sure). There’s a Wocket in My Pocket! in the style of Migos.

Books on Film: Jason Reynolds on Late Night with Seth Meyers

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Author Jason Reynolds was on Late Night with Seth Meyers a couple nights back. I would say “Hey, isn’t it cool and unusual that a middle grade and YA writer is on a late night show?” But really, Jason Reynolds is the kind of captivating person where this stuff just makes you say “Of course […]

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 […]

Books on Film: Ludwig Bemelmans and the Creation of Madeline

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It’s been out for a while, but I recently came across this Carle Museum video on Madeline creator Ludwig Bemelmans. When did the inspiration for Bemelmans most well-known character come from? It all started with a broken arm . . . (Click the image below to watch)

Your Netflix Guide to TV/Film Adaptations of Children’s Books

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Books, schmooks – let’s have some screen time!! But if you’re gonna have screen time, at least make it a show or movie based on a children’s book. It’s the least you can do. I scoured Netflix for all the TV shows or movies based on kids books (if you have a Netflix account, you […]

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, […]

Books on Film: SENDAK!

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Why was Maurice Sendak the star of his own 80s sitcom? He wasn’t – it just looks like it from this title screen. Shout out to archive.org for another blast from the past with a children’s literature legend.

Books on Film: Watch the The Grinch Trailer

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Call me a grinch, but I have concerns about this one.

Books on Film: Matthew Cordell on the 2018 Caldecott Medal

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Your must-watch video of the week: Matthew Cordell on a Chicagoland nature preserve talking about winning the 2018 Caldecott Medal.

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 […]