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Watch the ALA Youth Media Awards LIVE


It’s time. Time to haul out one of my favorite images that I use on this blog. *hauling* *EXPLOSION SOUND* I would not be doing my civic school librarian duty if I did not share that you can watch the American Library Association’s 2016 Youth Media Awards (you know, the show with all the wonderful […]

Morning Notes: Secret Political Message Edition

We Found a Hat

ONE OF AMERICA’S MOST POPULAR CHILDREN’S BOOKS HAS A SECRET POLITICAL MESSAGE Read Headline Alert! This one from the Washington Post – what book are they talking about? Click here to read more. (Thanks to my brother Zach for the link) RAYMOND BRIGGS: ‘DON’T CALL ME THE KING OF CHRISTMAS. I DON’T LIKE CHILDREN, I […]

A Conversation with The Ambassador: Gene Luen Yang

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We have a brand-new National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature: Gene Luen Yang. We know he makes graphic novels. We know he won a Printz Medal for his book American Born Chinese. What do you say we a little more about him? Yang’s publisher, FirstSecond (Macmillan), shared this Q&A with me, and I now share it […]

Nonfiction Monday: The Secret Subway by Shana Corey

Secret Subway

The Secret Subway By Shana Corey Illustrated by Red Nose Studio Schwartz & Wade Books (Random House) ISBN: 9780375870712 $17.99 Grades K-3 Out March 8, 2016 *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Sometimes things become so commonplace, we forget how incredible they are. Comedian Louis C.K. has a bit about […]

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Gallery: The Art of the Picture Book Barcode

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Salisbury Quote

The Wildest Children’s Books of 2015

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The Real Age of Children’s Literature Characters

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Top 10 Circulated Picture Books of 2015

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One Star Review Guess Who

One Star Review Guess Who? (#36)

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GOODNIGHT, SOON: The (Questionable) Ethics of a Bestselling Bedtime Book

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The Authoritative Guide to Children’s Books Turned Into TV Shows

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Top 10 Piles

The Top 10 Piles of Books at My House

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Dismounting the High Horse: My Child Loves a Book I Don’t

More Yarn! Matt Tavares: Growing Up Pedro Unravelled

Yarn Matt Tavares

We’re continuing our new series called The Unraveller, where an author or illustrator brings us behind the scenes of one of their books. The latest episode is up, with author/illustrator Matt Tavares talking about his book Growing Up Pedro. To celebrate the new episode, we’re giving away a signed copy of Growing Up Pedro. Click here […]