Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? Terrible characterization. Blue Horse? What the heck is that!? The plot is monotonous and dull. And the ending…a montage of scenes from the book, and not even a good one! The only thing I can say in its favor [...]
It was a shock to hear that author Walter Dean Myers passed away on July 1st. Myers’s work had a tremendous impact on books for young people, and he will be sorely missed. Click here to read his obituary at walterdeanmyers.net. (Photo: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/67/Walter_Dean_Myers_2001_Bookfest_screen_grab.jpg)
I’m back in the Mitten State after watching Kate DiCamillo and Brian Floca collect their Newbery and Caldecott Medals in Las Vegas during the ALA Annual Conference. Good timing, then, for nbcnews.com to run this story about Ms. Dicamillo’s perseverance on the rejection-filled road to publication. A must watch.
The American Library Association Annual Conference is happening this weekend in Las Vegas. I’ll be there taking in the sights and sounds and expelling the perspiration. There will likely be a “Photos from the Conference”-type post at some point, but mostly I’ll be talking and sharing pics on Twitter – click here to find me [...]
UNHAPPILY EVER AFTER The Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals are the oldest and most prestigious of UK children’s book awards. Both winners this year have less-than-happy endings. The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks picked up the Carnegie and will soon be available for US readers in spring 2015 – it was just acquired by Carolrhoda Lab. [...]
Kids Can Press is probably the most chant-able children’s publisher. Try it. KIDS! CAN! PRESS! KIDS! CAN! PRESS! Made to be chanted, I say. Now that we’re all sufficiently frothed up, let’s have a look at their fall 2014 wares. I chatted with Naseem Hrab (director of marketing) about exactly that. Previously… 2014 Preview [...]
Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla By Katherine Applegate Illustrated by G. Brian Karas Clarion Books (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) ISBN: 9780544252301 $17.99 Grades K and Up In Stores October 7, 2014 *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Since I cried while reading this book, the topic [...]
Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? Sigh! A precocious privileged judgemental child who sneaks around and spies on people learns nothing when she, inadvertently, hurts her friends feelings. Paparazzi in training? Click here for the answer. One Star Review Guess Who (#1) One Star Review [...]
GIANT UNDERPANTS GET MORE GIANT Captain Underpants is headed to the silver screen, and all you have to do is wait until 2017 to see it. Ed Helms has signed on to voice the Captain. Click here to read more. (Thanks to EarlyWord for the link) SUMMER PREDICTIFYING As is her way, Fuse #8 Production recently put up [...]
What does 2014 hold for graphic novel publisher First Second? I tracked down senior editor Calista Brill and editorial director Mark Seigel to ask. Travis: Greetings from the Mitten state! How did 2013 go for First Second? Any surprises? Calista Brill: It was a terrific year, though that’s not really a surprise, given the lineup [...]
El Deafo By Cece Bell Amulet (AMBRAMS) ISBN: 9781419710209 $21.95 Grades 3-6 Out September 2, 2014 *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Part of what makes memoirs so appealing is their universality. There’s solace in the fact that no matter the individual, no matter the circumstances, we all experience moments [...]
Short, snappy videos of illustrators in their studios – can we really have enough of these? I loved this one, featuring Hanoch Piven. Not ringing a bell, you say? I bet you’re familiar with his work: This video gives some insight into how he creates his distinct art. *Spoiler* Tons and tons of tchotchkes. Tons.
THE HEIGHT OF POPULARITY I love seeing the most popular books at other school libraries. Mr. Schu has his final checkout stats for the 2013-14 campaign at Watch. Connect. Read. Click here for Part 1. Click here for Part 2. ERIC HILL 1927-2014 Sad news. The creator of Spot the Dog has passed away. A.V. [...]
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 [...]