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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 […]

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 […]