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Book Trailer Premiere: THE UPPER CASE by Tara Lazar and Ross MacDonald

A Q&A with the creators of the book, and a first look at the trailer.

Update: The NYT Best Illustrated/Caldecott Overlap

How many New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books go on to win Caldecott? I investigate.

No Newsletter is Bad Newsletter

The two most recent editions of FROM THE DESK OF 100 SCOPE NOTES are out in the world. In August, I shared a bunch of drawings and writing from my sketchbook and notebook. This month, I share some of my favorite quotes about writing and creativity. Click here to sign up for FROM THE DESK […]

Who Will Win One of the Richest Literary Awards in the World?

The finalists for the 2019 Kirkus Prize have been announced.

Finding FAUSTO, an Interview with Oliver Jeffers

A chat with Oliver Jeffers about his latest book, THE FATE OF FAUSTO.

Gallery: The 2019 National Book Award Long List (Young People’s Literature)

In case you missed it! The National Book Award long lists are out. Which books made the cut in the Young People’s Literature category? The long list will be pared down to the finalists on October 8th, and the winner will be announced on November 20th.

10 to Note: Fall Preview 2019

The premise is simple: one season, ten books.

Review: Who Wet My Pants? by Bob Shea and Zachariah O’Hora

Who Wet My Pants?By Bob SheaIllustrated by Zachariah O’Hora Little, Brown ISBN: 9780316525213$17.99Grades K-2Out September 17, 2019 *Best New Book* Find it at:Schuler Books | Your Library When I was in first grade I peed my pants at school. It happened near the end of the day, and I managed to sneak out of school […]

Ho, Ho, Holy Cow! Enter the GREAT SANTA STAKEOUT Giveaway!

When I learned that the great librarian, blogger, podcaster, and writer Betsy Bird had written another picture book that would be illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat, I got all excited to read it. Then I read it, and I got excited to share it with my students, because I think they’re going to love […]

Predictions! NYT Best Illustrated Children’s Books 2019

Here’s how it usually goes when I try to predict the 10 titles that will be named New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s books. I begin with maybe one or two books that seem likely. Then I survey the landscape and realize there are a ton of books that could end up on the list. […]

Review: Guts by Raina Telgemeier

Guts doesn’t need a review to let people know they should read it – fans of her past work are chomping at the bit. But when it’s this good, I can’t help myself.

On the 100th Episode of The Yarn, We Reveal All the Secrets

I usually keep news about the The Yarn over on The Yarn blog, but when you hit the 100 episode mark, it must be shared everywhere. So how do Colby and I make the 100th episode special? How about a podcast all about what goes on behind the scenes of the podcast? We spill the […]

One Star Review, Guess Who? (#98)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? I was very disappointed in the language of this book: “Cats go meow,” and “George went meow.” I am fighting against this ungrammatical usage of the words, “go” and “went” constantly. I can’t believe the editor let this slip, […]

A Heads Up: March Book Madness is Coming . . .

Every year I gather a group of teachers together to decide how we will celebrate March is Reading Month. You know, extra-celebrate reading (since celebrating reading is sort of the all-year gig as a librarian). We usually have an author visit, a family reading night at the school, and other activities. But sometimes those activities […]

Review: Stargazing by Jen Wang

StargazingBy Jen WangColor by Lark Pien FirstSecond (Macmillan) ISBN: 9781250183880$12.99 (PBK)Out September 10, 2019 *Best New Book* Find it at:Schuler Books | Your Library Sometimes friendships don’t make sense from the outside. Think about your friends from when you were a kid. Sure there are the pals who were a lot like you, but I’m […]