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2017 Caldecott Medal Predictions

2017 Caldecott

Maybe if I look up the official definition of the word “predict”, it will unlock something inside of me that will allow me to pick every Caldecott book this year. Let’s try it. Hm. Observation, experience, OR science? Can’t say I’m getting an unlock-y feeling. I’ve been trying to predict the Caldecott annually since I […]

Top 20 Books of 2016: 5-1

Top 20 Books of 2016

#20-16 | #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1 5. Ms. Bixby’s Last Day by John David Anderson [Walden Pond Press | Grades 4-7] Click here for additional resources from Watch. Connect. Read. Because it’s the sadhappiest book of 2016. 4. Ghost by Jason Reynolds [Simon & Schuster | Grades 5-9] Click here for additional resources from Watch. Connect. Read. Because […]

Top 20 Books of 2016: 10-6

Top 20 Books of 2016

#20-16 | #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1 10. The Thank You Book by Mo Willems [Disney-Hyperion | Grades K-2] Click here for additional resources from Watch. Connect. Read. Because it ended on a high note. 9. It Is Not Time for Sleeping by Lisa Graff, illustrated by Lauren Castillo [Clarion Books | PreK-1] Click here for additional resources […]

Top 20 Books of 2016: 15-11

Top 20 Books of 2016

#20-16 | #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1 15. Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean -Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe [Little, Brown | Grades 2-5] Click here for additional resources from Watch. Connect. Read. Because it shows the artist as a child but doesn’t sugarcoat. 14. Pax by Sara Pennypacker, illustrated by Jon Klassen [Balzer + Bray […]

Top 20 Books of 2016: 20-16

Top 20 Books of 2016

  #20-16 | #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1 After a year on the shelf, the Top 20 Books list is back with a vengeance. John Schumacher and I Google Doc’ed like madmen to bring you our favorite books of 2016 for grades K-6. We’ll blab (briefly) about the books here, but be sure to visit Watch. Connect. Read. […]

Our Ambassador Supports Computer Science Education Week


For National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang, computer science is a topic near and dear. So much so that he created a series of graphic novels (Secret Coders – a series I quite like) to help introduce computer coding to kids. As a school librarian, one of my favorite weeks of the […]

The 2016 Bookish Charitable Giving Guide


I’m saying it up front: I completely adapted this idea from boing boing, who put together a great Charitable Giving Guide you should visit. Interested in giving to a good cause? Are you a fan of literacy? This is the guide for you. Here are some of the literacy-focused organizations doing good work. Pitch in […]

Under Construction: Top 20 Books of 2016

Under Construction

Beginning Monday, John Schumacher (you know, the Watch. Connect. Read. guy) and I will be counting down our Top 20 Books of 2016. The list is a kindergarten through 6th grade free-for-all, where picture books, nonfiction, and middle grade all rub elbows. 100 Scope Notes will have our blurbs for each book. Watch. Connect. Read. […]

2017 Geisel Award Predictions

Geisel Predictions

The Theodor Seuss Geisel award is hard to predict. I think the reason is because you think of the award as going to early readers (Fly Guy, Elephant & Piggie, Henry and Mudge, etc.) – and it does – but the committee often throws a curveball and gives an award to a picture book (the […]

2016 Children’s Lit: The Year in Miscellanea


It’s time to take a look back at the year that was in children’s lit miscellanea. (Read previous Year in Miscellanea Posts: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008) Best Appearance of Celebrity Chef Guy Fieri in a Picture Book: Because of Thursday by Patricia Polacco A complete win for the chef. Not only does he show up toward the end […]

2016 Librarian Lump of Coal Gift Guide


Time is running out to get a gift for the insufferable librarian in your life. With help from Etsy, the 2016 edition of the Librarian Lump of Coal Gift Guide has your back. Click here for the 2015 guide Click here for the 2014 guide Click here for the 2013 guide Click here for the 2012 […]

10 to Note: Winter Preview 2017


Here’s how I come up with these 10 to Note lists: I go through every publisher catalog I can find. I mark any book that catches my eye (this could be for one of a bunch of different reasons) This usually results in a list of around 50-130 books. Now the listmaking happens. I start plugging […]

The Ultimate Children’s Literature Illustrator Gift Guide 2016


What are you going to give, a mermaid blanket? Come on. Give art. Recently updated for the 2016 gift-giving season, here is my collection of children’s literature illustrator shops on the world wide web. This isn’t a comprehensive list – let me hear about what I missed in the comments. (Many thanks to Debbie Ridpath Ohi (who […]

Books on Film: The Making of an Amazing Cover


Wow. Wow. I just keep saying it. When I saw the cover for Cassie Beasley’s next book, Tumble & Blue, I was impressed. When Entertainment Weekly shared a video of how it was made, I was amazed. Check it out:

Notes on November 2016


In November . . . . . . the children’s literature community reacted to the 2016 presidential election. A whole lot of feelings. . . . our children’s lit election was a success. Duck vs. Squid – kids decided. . . . we found a man . . . in a yellow hat? Nothing to see […]