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COME ONE COME ALL: The Yarn LIVE with Meg Medina at ALA

Are you attending the American Library Association Annual Conference later this month? We’re recording a LIVE episode of The Yarn podcast with our reigning Newbery medalist, Meg Medina. Do you want details? Details! What: The Yarn LIVE with guest Meg Medina Where: The Pop Top stage (in the exhibits hall) When: Monday, June 24 @ […]

Notes on May 2019

In May . . . . . . I got a big head that was quickly deflated. Oh the fickle most popular book at my school list. . . . we checked in on some 2020 Newbery/Caldecott hopefuls to keep an eye on. The readers over at Goodreads have some thoughts. . . . we […]

A Nerdy Q&A with Nerdy Babies Creator Emmy Kastner

Last summer, at Nerd Camp, I met Kalamazoo author/illustrator Emmy Kastner. She told me, appropriately enough, she was working on a series of books called Nerdy Babies, full of facts for little ones. Now the books are out, and I asked Emmy some questions about the series. Travis: Hi Emmy! I’m always curious about how […]

Endangered Series #13: The English Roses by Madonna

Popularity comes, popularity goes. As librarians we’re always balancing between what will circulate like crazy and what we need to have in the collection. And we’re not the Library of Congress – we can’t (and shouldn’t) keep everything. An endangered series is one that appears to be waning in terms of popularity. But popularity isn’t everything. Should it […]

One Star Review, Guess Who? (#88)

Normally, these posts begin with this: “Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon?” Well, today is a bit of an exception, because it’s actually a two-star review. But when you figure out the book, you’ll see why I couldn’t pass this one up. So here we […]

The 2019 Unicorn Report

With all these unicorns prancing through children’s books, you’d almost think they were real. Oh, sorry, spoiler alert. I’f you’re looking to boost the unicorn ranks on your shelves, look no further, because below are all the ‘corn books 2019 has to offer. Any to add? Let me know in the comments.

One Star Review Guess Who? (#87)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? I sat through enough pee and poop references without flinching until page 129 where one officer holds up a pile of poop in his hand and then another officer instinctively high-fives the hand full of poop creating a huge […]

Endangered Series #12: Arthur

Popularity comes, popularity goes. As librarians we’re always balancing between what will circulate like crazy and what we need to have in the collection. And we’re not the Library of Congress – we can’t (and shouldn’t) keep everything. An endangered series is one that appears to be waning in terms of popularity. But popularity isn’t everything. Should it […]

Review: Tropical Terry by Jarvis

Tropical Terry By Jarvis Candlewick Press ISBN: 9781536205466 $16.99 Grades PreK-1 Out May 14, 2019 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Books with fish on the cover make me wince (save for one notable exception). I’ve just been spurned too many times. I don’t know, there’s something about a colorful underwater setting that […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#86)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? what was the moral of it? “Don’t eat before you sow?” “Never lose sight of your mother?” “If a bear follows you don’t panic but talk to it?” “Berries will help you survive the winter?” Click here for the […]

I Have Arrived. Aaaand I Left Again.

When I left school on Friday, I was on top of the world. I had just received official word from the publisher that The Very Last Castle had reached the #1 spot . . . . . . of my school library. Suddenly, I noticed I was holding my head a little higher. My chest, […]

One Star Review Guess Who (#85)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? I admit – I’ve given up. It’s back at the library, unfinished yet again. Clearly this is not my cup of tea – no offense, Bilbo. Click here for the answer. Why do I share these? Click here. Previously […]

A Helpful Guide to Common Editor’s Marks

Don’t look now, but writing longhand is making a comeback (or maybe it never left?). So, people interested in the hand-written word, I made this guide for you. A straightforward list of common editor’s marks and what they mean. I think that’s all of them. I hope this was helpful!

One Star Review Guess Who? (#84)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? Reading this story to a really young child might confuse them because a “wump” and a “gox” are not real things. Click here for the answer. Why do I share these? Click here. Previously . . . One Star […]

10 to Note: Summer Preview 2019

It was 75 degrees here in Michigan yesterday and I am feeling summerish. So summerish, in fact, that I decided to sift through the 8oo some odd children’s books publishing in June, July, and August and pick 10 that I am especially excited about. Picture Books A Normal Pig by K-Fai Steele June 4 | […]