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The 2019 Caldecott Comment Card


Which Caldecott choice are you happiest with? Which book did the committee miss?

Exclusive Cover Reveal + Giveaway: ORDINARY HAZARDS by Nikki Grimes

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I’ve done a number of cover reveals here over the years, but today is something a bit different. Dare I say an innovation in the realm of cover reveals! Today we are revealing a cover online, just as it is being revealed in the real world in Seattle at the American Library Association Midwinter. The book […]

Morning Notes: horizon striles Edition

A Place to Belong

DEAR ZOO: WHERE ARE THE FEMALE ANIMALS? You ever notice how in Dear Zoo, there are no female animals? This blog did. And now, for some reason, people are mad that the blog called it out??? Where’s an eye-roll emoji when you need it? (Related note: A couple weeks ago Brian Lies wrote an excellent post […]

Auto-Completed Children’s Books (#9) I Am a Bunny

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Okay, Google – you think you’re pretty smart? How about you try completing the text from famous children’s books. I’ll type the beginning of each line into a Google search (plain text below), and you try to finish the line (bold text below). (All credit to @botnikstudions for the inspiration) Previously . . . Auto-Completed […]

This Is a Problem: School Libraries That Are Closed All the Time


Look out – I’m fired up today. I have a message, and it is clear: some school libraries are closed too much. Closed. Too. Much. If you don’t check out books for a month at the end of every school year to do inventory (which, by the way, is almost completely useless). It’s a problem. […]

Watch the 2019 Youth Media Awards LIVE!


When I’m old and retired and I’m giving out the award for Hardest Working 100 Scope Notes Image of All Time, you know who’s name I’m going to call? Right here: This is your annual reminder that The 2019 Youth Media Awards are coming on January 28th at 8:00 am PST (11:00 am EST). The […]

Name That LEGO Book Cover! (#11)

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I used this website to (virtually) create 3 LEGO book covers. They’re listed from least challenging to most challenging – see how many you can name. #1: Answer #2: Answer #3: Answer How’d you do? Previously . . . Name That LEGO Book Cover! (#1) Name That LEGO Book Cover! (#2) Name That LEGO Book Cover! (#3) […]

Morning Notes: Legends of Greemulax Edition

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REBOOTING Roald Dahl’s The Witches is coming back to theaters and Anne Hathaway will be a part of the action. Click here to read. CHOOSE YOUR OWN LAWSUIT The Choose Your Own Adventure publisher is suing Netflix over Black Mirror: Bandersnatch. Click here to read. LET ME TELL YOU WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T READ In “You […]

New Timeless: Recent Books That Might Be Around a While


Books come, books go – such is life. Except for a tiny group of books that don’t go. They stick around. They continue to be checked out, purchased, and read for years. Why does this happen? Luck plays a role, of course. But books that stick around usually have something more than luck – some form […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#77)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? The lesson of this book isn’t perseverance, it’s that 3/4 of people you meet will leave you to die on the side of the road. An important lesson, sure, but I think I’d rather wait until at least kindergarten […]

Morning Notes: One to Go Edition

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R.I.P. JB One of the picture book greats, John Burningham, has passed away. If you’re a fan of the form and you haven’t dug into Burningham’s catalog, you should. Click here to read more. AWESOMELY WIMPY I remember watching a video interview with Jeff Kinney a while back (I can’t find it now or I would […]

10 to Note: Winter Preview 2019

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New Year, new books. Here are 10 that I’m excited about this season. So excited, in fact, that I included 11 books instead of 10. Picture Books The Lost Book by Margarita Surnaite Margaret K. McElderry Books (Simon & Schuster) | February 5 | Grades K-2 A rabbit finds a book that sends him on […]

Books on Film: Roald Dahl and Wimpy Kid

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Happy New Year! Two coming soons to keep an eye on . . . Coming Soon #1 Netflix released this trailer about animated Roald Dahl stories to come. I am cautiously optimistic about this news, especially since they will be animated. Is it just me or is live-action more difficult to pull off? Maybe I’m […]

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2018 Books from Caldecott Medal/Honor Winners