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Kate DiCamillo Live!

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Children’s lit living legend Kate DiCamillo kicked off the tour for her latest, Flora & Ulysses, with a long-form (and fascinating) interview in front of a live audience at the Fitzgerald Theater in downtown St. Paul. The fine folks at Minnesota Public Radio put it up for us all to hear. (If you don’t see [...]

How I Get My Kicks

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My students are always excited when a new Pete the Cat book comes out. I think we can all agree that the blue cat is a phenomenon. I too am full of excitement when a new Pete hits shelves – for my students, of course, but for another reason as well. I look forward to [...]

Books on Film: Conservative Children’s Lit with Stephen Colbert

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You’ve heard about the Rush Limbaugh children’s book, right? Whether democrat or republican, I think we all can agree to quietly drop our heads into our hands and begin shaking¹. Stephen Colbert recently used Limbaugh’s book as an opportunity to look at some other conservative children’s lit (and also get in on the action himself). [...]

Notes on September 2013

Newbery Repeats

In September… …we number-crunched the Newbery Medal. I broke out the calculator and learned a few things about John’s Bronze (just a new Newbery Medal nickname I’m trying out). So You Want to Win the Newbery (Part I) So You Want to Win the Newbery (Part II) What Are the Chances You’ll Win Another Newbery? [...]

#Holdshelf Over There

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In order to see what kids are lining up to read, The Bill Clinton of Children’s Literature (John Schumacher) and I host a monthly gallery of hold shelf pictures. This month the gallery (including my Jane Mount-inspired illustrated shelf) is over at John’s blog Watch. Connect. Read. Click here to hear on over and have [...]

Morning Notes: Green Eggs Edition

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WHEN SEUSS AND POLITICS COLLIDE I’m a sucker for seemingly standard news stories where children’s literature unexpectedly pops up. That’s just what happened when Sen. Ted Cruz read Green Eggs and Ham from the Senate floor Tuesday night in the midst of an all-night speech against Obamacare. This seemingly incongruous choice of books (since Green [...]

Squirrels on Skis by J. Hamiton Ray

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Squirrels on Skis By J. Hamilton Ray Illustrated by Pascal Lemaitre Random House ISBN: 9780449810811 $8.99 Grades K-2 In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Early readers hold the power to hook kids at a crucial time in their reading lives. But I sometimes find myself reacting to them with hesitation. What’s [...]

#Holdshelf is Back!

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Now that the 2013-14 school year is rolling, it’s time to take a look at the books kids are anxious to get their hands on. John Schumacher and I will be posting our first #holdshelf of the year at Watch. Connect. Read. on Monday, September 30 – will you join us? Head over to Watch. [...]

Covering the Newbery: Top 10

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Last week our pals Colby Sharp and John Schumacher finished reading every single Newbery Medal-winning book. In honor of their completing this impressive feat, I thought I’d write what has to be my most self-indulgent post ever: revisit my Covering the Newbery project (where I attempted to give a new cover to every Newbery winner) [...]

Link Du Jour: Banned Books

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Seeing as how today is the beginning of Banned Books Week and all, take a moment to explore ALAs Banned and Challenged Books website, where you can learn things like… …what was the most challenged book of the 00s? …what was the most challenged book of the 1990s? …and ways to advocate for freedom of [...]

Books on Film: 117 Year Old Pop Up Books

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A while back I posted some videos of vintage pop up books from the childrensbookstore.com blog. The collection is a rare and unusual book lovers paradise of early pop up and lift the flap books. Now the library has been updated, including the relatively new – Star Wars, Star Trek, and Superman pop ups, and [...]

Morning Notes: Ville Volvo Vinner Edition

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PATTERSON WRITES CHECKS James Patterson is giving one million dollars to independent bookstores around the country. He’s the second-richest author in the world, so he can do things like this. He recently went on CBS This Morning to talk about his plans. Two criteria for getting a cut? The bookstore must be viable, and it [...]

Barcode Fail…

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…or barcode win? You be the judge. (I’ve talked about barcode placement in the past)

Link Du Jour: National Book Award Longlist Announced!

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The 10 title longlist for the Young People’s Literature category of the National Book Awards has been announced, and it’s a varied assortment of Newbery contender-ish middle grade (The Real Boy, A Tangle of Knots), YA (Two Boys Kissing), and (alright!) a graphic novel (Boxers & Saints), among others. As I mentioned last week, it’s [...]

Cover Curiosity: Behind Bars

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Look, I don’t discriminate on my Cover Curiosities – picture book, middle grade, YA – when two books happen to resemble each other, I will be there. Today we foray into the YA world with two new books that share a bold bar/grid motif. Juvie by Steve Watkins More Than This by Patrick Ness Side [...]