Search on SLJ.com ....
Subscribe to SLJ
100 Scope Notes
Inside 100 Scope Notes

Photos: Two Days of ALA (Part 2)

img_0578-1.jpg

Previously: Photos: Two Days of ALA (Part 1) As the sun rose on the Orlando swampland I looked out my window and thought, “I could use some coffee.” Then I realized they had one of those little makers in the room (complete with official looking to-go cup (see below)). And it was glorious. Caffeine addiction […]

Photos: Two Days of ALA (Part 1)

img_0465.jpg

What just happened? I’m back in Michigan after a wonderful and speedy trip to Orlando for the 2016 ALA Annual Conference. Quick, yes, but I still managed to take a few photos along the way. For more ALA Annual-ness, check out these posts: Fuse #8 Production: Reflections on a Banquet | Oh, What a Time it […]

Bird, Lê, Jonker: Niblings at Nerd Camp

Nerd Balloons

Nerd Camp – do you know about it? Man, have I tried to let everyone know about it. This is because if you live in Michigan (or are up for traveling here) and are passionate about books for kids, you should attend. What is Nerd Camp? In short, a free (FREE) two day unconference with […]

Gallery: The Art of the Picture Book Barcode 2016

img_0455.jpg

Last year (wholly inspired by an idea from Matthew Cordell) we had a good time checking out all the inventive ways the boring ol’ barcode has been incorporated into the design and illustration of a picture book. It was a greatest hits gallery with some really amazing stuff. Have a look: Gallery: The Art of […]

Morning Notes: There Are No Rules Edition

Mo CBS

#SAVEB&N? This recent piece in the New Republic makes the case that the end of Barnes & Noble would be bad for books. That makes sense. And on a more basic level, more bookstores is better than less. Still, I’m finding it hard to root for the company that put many independents out of biz. […]

Calling All ALA Attendees: Check Out The Yarn LIVE with Kate DiCamillo

Yarn Live ALA

The “You” above is referring to you. In a mere three days Colby Sharp and I will be taking The Yarn on the road to interview Kate DiCamillo in front of a live audience at the American Library Association Annual Conference. DiCamillo will be unravelling her latest book Raymie Nightingale (but we might talk about […]

Exclusive Book Trailer Premiere: RETURN by Aaron Becker

Return-Cover

Journey came first. Quest was next. Today, I have the pleasure of sharing this first look at the trailer for the third and final book in Aaron Becker’s award-winning picture book trilogy: Return. I talked to Becker about creating the trailer and how he feels now that the trilogy is coming to a close. Travis: What’s it like […]

One Star Review Guess Who (#45)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? So basically, read the bible. Click here for the answer. One Star Review Guess Who (#1) One Star Review Guess Who (#2) One Star Review Guess Who (#3) One Star Review Guess Who (#4) One Star Review Guess Who […]

Morning Notes: Sit in the Dark and Eat Edition

Seventh Wish

  If you haven’t been following Kate Messner’s blog lately, you should head over there. The author was recently disinvited from a school visit because of issues the school had with her new book, The Seventh Wish. Click here to read more (and scroll down Messner’s blog for earlier posts on this topic). STEAL THIS […]

10 to Note: Summer Preview 2016

Summer Preview

Here are ten books arriving in June, July, and August that I’m keeping an eye on. Picture Books School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex, illustrated by Christian Robinson June 28, 2016 | Roaring Brook Press (Macmillan) | Grades PreK – 1 I’ve been waiting a while to talk about this one. I’ve been waiting […]

Newbery/Caldecott 2017: Checking In

Caldecott 2017 1

Every now and then I like to check out the latest Mock Newbery and Caldecott lists on Goodreads. Are they official guides to the books that are under discussion/might win? No. Just some lists voted on by interested readers. They are often pretty predictive, however. For instance, take a look at the top two books […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#44)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? I received this book from our child’s pediatrician as part of a free reading program. I do not hold the doctor responsible, but this book features disturbing illustrations of the main character […] performing numerous ill-behaved acts. [He] appears […]

Mythical Beasts of the School Library

Unicorn

It’s the end of the school year around here and books that haven’t been on the shelves all year are returning. So forgive me for thinking I’m seeing things. Is that a unicorn I see? No, just the once a year phenomenon of congregating Minecraft books. Wait. That’s a Yeti. Nope, just the rare sight […]

Morning Notes: DIY OG Edition

Stake Screen

THIS MAKES MY DAY There’s a new blog dedicated to the Geisel Award? This is great! It has an alliterative title! They have a list of “keep your eyes on” titles at SLJ! I am so in on this. CONFIDENTIALITY CONVERSATION CONTINUES Over at SLJ, they’ve invited three interested parties to weigh in on the […]

The Yarn for Your Eyes

Yarn Instagram

Just a quick note to let you know The Yarn is now on Instagram. We’ll be posting photos taken during our interviews, info on upcoming episodes, and the random pic of yarn taken at Michael’s craft store. Click here to see theyarnpodcast on Instagram. We also have a Facebook page. Right now over there we’re […]