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Books on Film: Bob Shea and John Green on Sprout

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A couple folks you might know turned up on the show Sunny Side Up on the Sprout channel recently: Bob Shea… …and John Green. In these videos you will: Hear John Green sing The ABC Song Watch as Bob Shea shares the footprint size of a T-Rex See John Green play dress-up Join in some dinosaur-inspired […]

Predictions! 2015 NYT 10 Best Illustrated Books

NYT Predictions

I’m a big fan of the annual 10 Best Illustrated Books list from the New York Times. What is it? From the source: Every year since 1952, the Book Review has convened an independent panel of judges to select picture books on the basis of artistic merit. The winning books are chosen from among thousands […]

Notes on July 2015

Notes on July 2015

In July… Raising a Lone Eyebrow: ALA Annual Recap (Part II) http://t.co/GmUXAP3gwq pic.twitter.com/AuKjxXOslY — Travis Jonker (@100scopenotes) July 2, 2015 …I recapped the ALA Annual Conference. Part I | Part II | Part III …we witnessed the Newbery Title Frankenstein. Inspired by A Fuse #8 Production, I discovered the most common Newbery title words. …we […]

Exclusive Cover Reveal: Are We There Yet? by Dan Santat

Are We There Yet

It’s my pleasure to reveal the cover for our reigning Caldecott Medalist’s next book, arriving April 12, 2016. From the publisher: In this astonishingly inventive new book from Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat, boredom is taken to the extreme. We all know time slows down when you’re bored–but what happens when time slows down so completely […]

Review: Piper Green and the Fairy Tree by Ellen Potter

Piper Green

Piper Green and the Fairy Tree By Ellen Potter Illustrated by Qin Leng Knopf (Random House) ISBN: 9780553499230 $14.99 Grades 1-3 Out August 4, 2015 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library You know what’s normal? Being weird. Kids know this. But as we grow older we do our best to shed anything that […]

Morning Notes: Unpleasant Blockbuster Edition

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GREAT MINDS Fans of great conversations, take note. Jacqueline Woodson just had one with Jimmy Carter, and the New York Times was there to capture the whole thing. Click here to read. BUTTERFLY IN THE SKY (AND NETFLIX) Reading Rainbow will be available on Netflix in August. You need to know this. Click here for more […]

The Top 10 Piles of Books at My House

Top 10 Piles

Things have gotten out of hand. I’m sure you can relate. After looking at these pictures, you might ask yourself, “Why doesn’t he get some bookshelves?” I have some. They’re pretty big. But not as big as my problem. Here, then, are the Top 10 random piles of books that I found around my house […]

Children’s Lit Commish: All New Picture Books Must Be Illustrated With Spirograph

Commish Seal

In an unexpected move, the Children’s Literature Commissioner has declared that all new picture books must be illustrated using a Spirograph. The packed press room sat in complete silence as the commissioner took out his childhood Spirograph – a drawing toy first sold in the 1960s – and made an elliptical pattern design. “Remember these? […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#34)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? It is a great children’s book, but for some reason, when I was little, this book gave me chills. I guess it was the substitute teacher that bothered me…. Click here for the answer. One Star Review Guess Who […]

Review: McToad Mows Tiny Island by Tom Angleberger

McToad

McToad Mows Tiny Island By Tom Angleberger Illustrated by John Hendrix ABRAMS ISBN: 9781419716508 $16.95 Grades K-2 Out September 1, 2015 *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library McToad likes Thursdays. Every other day of the week he mows the grass on Big Island. But Thursday is the day he mows […]

The Wildest Children’s Books of 2015

Salisbury Quote

For everyone out there who thinks that children’s literature is just a bunch of cute, harmless fluff, I disagree with you. Every year books arrive that seek to challenge young minds and the status quo. Like these books below. Click here for the Wildest Children’s Books of 2014 Click here for the Wildest Children’s Books […]

Pete Townshend: Rockstar Librarian

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Kid Lit Quiz: Can You Pronounce These Author Names?

Name Game

Milestone Alert! There are now 2000 audio recordings of authors and illustrators explaining how to pronounce their names at TeachingBooks.net. This website is the the definition of handy. Click here for the press release, which includes factoids about the most played recordings. To mark the occasion let’s play a round of… How to play: Read […]

11 Books I’m Bringing to the Beach (And Why)

Summer Beach Book

Next week I’m heading to the golden shores of Lake Michigan with my family. There’s a fine science to the books you bring on vacation. Here are the books we’re taking along. It’s a mixed bag of picture books, middle grade, graphic novels, and books for grown-ups. I decided to talk about my reasons for bringing […]

Morning Notes: A Few Less Kerplinks Edition

El Deafo Eisner

BACK TO BOOKS I haven’t started thinking about back to school books, but I like knowing that someone out there is. The folks at the ALSC blog share some books to start the year on the right foot. Click here to read. EISNERS AWARDED El Deafo, The Zoo Box, and Raina Telgemeier all got an […]