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Your Fall 2020 Newbery/Caldecott “Hey, Keep an Eye Out” Lists

From time to time, I like to see what’s happening on the Mock Newbery and Caldecott lists over on Goodreads. What with Heavy Medal and Calling Caldecott in full swing, ’tis the season, right? Are these lists in any way official? Nope. Just interested readers voting for the books they think might take home the […]

Books on Film: Story & Pictures By

The makers of a documentary on the power of picture books are looking for your support.

School Librarian Saturday: FBI Cyber Surf Islands

Today we have a website that teaches digital citizenship: FBI Cyber Surf Islands.

The Poop Report

I was talking with a children’s book editor a while back and somehow we got on the topic of poop. Specifically, how there seems to be a lot of scatological humor in books published outside the U.S. Based on my anecdotal evidence, the U.S. is trying to play catch up. Below are poo-centric titles publishing […]

Endangered Series #14: Marvin Redpost by Louis Sachar

Should it stay, or should it go? Or think of it this way – if you were starting a library today, would this series make the cut? Let’s discuss.

Exclusive Cover Reveal: ORPHAN ELEVEN by Gennifer Choldenko

A first look at the cover for ORPHAN ELEVEN by Gennifer Choldenko (+ a Q&A)

Review: Saturday by Oge Mora

SaturdayBy Oge Mora Little, Brown ISBN: 9780316431279$18.99Grades PreK-2Out Oct. 22, 2019 *Best New Book* Find it at:Schuler Books | Your Library Disappointment looms large in the world of the child. Kids, as we know, are YOLO personified. And when pretty much anything is possible at any moment, the opportunities for disappointment are many. But even […]

The Book Equivalent of Flipping a Turtle on Its Back

Here’s a simple, three step process for confusing a kid. 1. Take a picture book. 2. Lift the jacket up until it looks like this: 3. Hand to a student and ask them to fix it. Actually, don’t do that. It’s too cruel. But if you’ve worked in a library I bet you’ve had students […]

Eating Subway with Shel Silverstein

Previously . . . I Asked Shel Silverstein About the Meaning of Life A Conversation with Shel Silverstein Hey, Shel – I know you’re busy brooding right now, but I have an idea that might perk you up. Want to get Subway for lunch? I knew that would get you excited. So what do you […]

Our 2020 Mock Caldecott Program

Soon it will be November. Around these parts of the school library world, November means Mock Caldecott.

If I Could Enter Any Culinary Universe Through a Book . . .

I can’t say it would be this one.

School Librarian Saturday: BookFlix

In this new series, I take a look at BookFlix, a digital resource from Scholastic.

Name That LEGO Book Cover! (#16)

Can you name the book based on its LEGO-fied cover?

Happy Anniversary to THE VERY LAST CASTLE (+ a Giveaway)

One year ago today, The Very Last Castle was published. To celebrate, I’m giving away five copies and sharing a comic about how the story was written.

We Publish Caldecott Winners: 2019

My goal for this post is simple: determine which publisher has put out the most Caldecott Medal/Honor winners over the last 20 years. But once we start crunching the numbers, things get a little tricky. Because mergers. For example, Roaring Brook Press didn’t used to be an imprint of Macmillan. Now it is. So I […]