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Books on Film: From the Vault: Tomi Ungerer

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One of my favorite parts about writing this blog is when I can share something unique. Makes me feel like I’m doing my job. I’ve been a fan of Tomi Ungerer since I became a school librarian a little over a decade ago¹,  but it’s hard to find video of the guy. Today we have […]

Books on Film: Phil & Erin Stead on CBS Sunday Morning

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A message to CBS Sunday Morning: keep it up the good work. A couple weeks back the show covered Dav Pilkey, and this week they visit Philip and Erin Stead on the occasion of that book they made with Mark Twain that you might have heard of. Add this to the list of wonderful children’s […]

Morning Notes: Fan Art Edition

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POPCORN-SPIRATION How did a piece of popcorn inspire E.L. Konigsburg to write From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (a book that turns 50 this year)? Click here to find out. IF I RAN THE PODCAST Are you listening to the Fuse 8 n’ Kate podcast? Betsy Bird and her sister Kate take […]

Exclusive Book Trailer Premiere: COME WITH ME by Holly McGhee and Pascal Lemaitre

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A few days back I wrote a post about a batch of books that are a product of our politically divided country. While Come With Me by by Holly McGhee and Pascal Lemaitre doesn’t exactly fit on that list, I’d say it’s definitely a close relative. It’s a book about the small moments of humanity that […]

Books on Film: Dav Pilkey on CBS SUNDAY MORNING

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Travis here with some Grade A Show-This-to-Your-Students material. Dav Pilkey on the CBS Sunday Morning Show. And while you’re at it, here are a few more good ones. Mo Willems 1 Mo Willems 2 Jeff Kinney Kadir Nelson

Exclusive Book Trailer Premiere: Tumble & Blue by Cassie Beasley

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I like that book Circus Mirandus – you know it? It was written by Cassie Beasley. Well, now she has another book out – it’s called Tumble & Blue – and I’m here to share a first look at the trailer. But first, I had a couple important questions (okay one important question and two […]

Books on Film: In the Studio with Chris Haughton

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Any time Chris Haughton has a new book out, I take notice. He’s done some good ones: I therefore loved this video created by TATE Kids where two young interviewers pay a visit to Haughton’s studio. He gives some insight into his process and even makes a little art. This would be a good one […]

Have a Record-Breaking School Year

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Today is the beginning of the school year around here. Maybe it is where you are too. For inspiration, watch the glorious sight of 10,200 Guinness World Record books toppling to set a world record. (Still bummed that Seattle lost the title, though.)

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: […]