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See You at ALA Midwinter


I’m headed off to the ALA Midwinter Meeting. This time around I’m a member of the Caldecott committee, and I can’t wait to get down to business. See you bright and early Monday morning for the announcement of the Caldecott, Newbery, and the rest of the Youth Media Awards. Also, if you have any socks [...]

Watch the 2014 Newbery and Caldecott Announcement Live!

Old Computer

In a mere week the biggest awards in children’s literature will be dished out in Philadelphia. The Newbery and Caldecott medals are just the tip of the iceberg at the ALA Youth Media Awards. I’ll be in attendance and am excited as all get out. But those in faraway locales can take part too. You [...]

Link Du Jour: Authors and Illustrators for Your Ears


Are you aware of The Book Report with JJK? Author-illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Lunch Lady) interviews a who’s who of prominent children’s literature folks. Yolen, dePaola, Carle, Pilkey – the list is long and star-studded. I’ve seen plenty of mention of it, but never actually heard it. The show is on satellite radio, you see (Sirius [...]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#16)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? I have been reading this to daughter only because she begs me to do so. I think she only begs me to do so because she knows I am not a fan of this book, at all. The main [...]

Do You Know What February 14th Is? Other Than That.


Please back away from the sweethearts. Let the poster tell it… (Poster by Mariann Maray) The croc and boy have spoken. February 14 is International Book Giving Day. You can give a book to a child. You can donate a book to a place that could use it. Or you could just leave a book in [...]

Review: Superworm by Julia Donaldson


Superworm By Julia Donaldson Illustrated by Axel Scheffler Arthur A. Levine (Scholastic) ISBN: 9780545591768 $16.99 Grades PreK-2 In stores January 28, 2014 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library There’s a rhyme battle going on in children’s literature. It’s a battle between fans of non-rhyming Sendak and MC Seuss. You can like both, of [...]

Chris Raschka and Jon Klassen: A Caldecott Conversation

Caldecott Conversation

Chris Raschka: Do you remember the first moment you thought that you might like to make a picture book? Jon Klassen: I went to school for animation, but I remember a day in my college apartment when I’d bought a whole pad of multicolored construction paper and I drew a picture of two kind of [...]

Children’s Lit Commish: All Picture Books Must Appear to be ‘What Does the Fox Say?’ Sequels


In an unprecedented move, the Children’s Literature Commissioner has declared that all new books must give the impression they are What Does the Fox Say? sequels. At a press conference this morning, the Commissioner appeared wearing sunglasses in the shape of dollar signs to outline his controversial plan. “Have you seen this yet?” said the [...]

Morning Notes: Kumbaya Revisited Edition

Ambassador Reading Recs

KUMBAYA, MY NERDS, KUMBAYA I attended NerdCampMI last year and left singing. It was my first “unconference” experience and it was spectacular. So many great people attended, all in the name of literacy and sharing ideas. Colby Sharp just announced that registration is open for the 2014 edition of NerdCampMI, and I wholeheartedly recommend you [...]

Review: I Didn’t Do My Homework Because… by Davide Cali

Homework Cover

I Didn’t Do My Homework Because… By Davide Cali Illustrated by Benjamin Chaud Chronicle Books ISBN: 9781452125510 $12.99 Grades 1-3 In Stores March 4, 2014 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Kids will go to great lengths to avoid homework. I Didn’t Do My Homework Because… is a little book that celebrates this [...]

Notes on December 2013

December Notes

In December… …we remembered how weird and great 2013 was. From Grossest Moment to Best Song, no oddity wend unexamined in 2013 Children’s Lit: The Year in Miscellanea. …we cast a movie. With your help, a (fake) cast for the (imaginary) film Children’s Literature: The Movie: Chapter 2 came together beautifully. …lumps of coal were [...]

Library Tales: Traction


A couple years back, there was a student who was pretty overdue with his book. It was Hulk: The Incredible Guide – this oversized, heavy, square-shaped book that explains everything in the Hulk-verse. Often, students will offer some explanation for the whereabouts of a long-overdue book. But Hulk: The Incredible Guide had been gone for [...]

Morning Notes: The Leader of the Kids Edition

Foldable Book

AMBASSADORIAL SUCCESSION Kate DiCamillo is the new National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature. She’s a perfect pick. SLJ gave me the honor of interviewing Ms. DiCamillo for the February issue and they included an excerpt in their Ambassador announcement. Click here to read. AND THE BEST-SELLING BOOK OF 2013 IS… … a book for kids. [...]

Listen to This: Jon Klassen Interviewed on the CBC

Maple Leaf

I wasn’t planning on coming back from holiday blogging hiatus until Monday, but then I listened to this fascinating 22 minute interview with reigning Caldecott Medalist Jon Klassen on CBC Radio. My plans proceeded to take off out the window. Influences, upcoming books, the Caldecott experience – it’s a great discussion. Thanks, Canada. Click here [...]

Top 10 Posts of 2013: #1

#1 Book Spine Poem Gallery

100 Scope Notes is up on the shelf until January 6. Until then, let’s sit by the fire in our union suits and count down the most popular posts of the year. #10: The Newbery Medal Infographic #9: So You Want to Win the Newbery? (Part I) #8: Top 10 Circulated Books of 2013: 5th-6th [...]