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Coming Soon: Top 10 Posts of 2015

Top 10 of 2015

Full-on reflection mode over here. Starting next week and continuing over the holidays, I’ll be counting down my most popular posts from the past year, from number ten to number one. See you then.

14 Books I Loved (But Didn’t Review) in 2015

Waddle Waddle

Well this will be easy. There’s a whole bunch of books that, for a variety of reasons (most relating to sleep and food), I didn’t talk about on this blog. Again I will state my annual pledge: I’ll try to do better next year. What follows are some of the 2015 books that I read and […]

2016 Mock Caldecott Results!

My Pen Mock Caldecott 2016

9 Books. Over 500 K-4th grade student votes. The winners of our 2016 Mock Caldecott are…

More Yarn! Tracey Baptiste: The Jumbies Unravelled

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We’re continuing our new series called The Unraveller, where an author or illustrator brings us behind the scenes of one of their books. A brand-new episode is up with Tracey Baptiste, author of The Jumbies. To celebrate the new episode, we’re giving away a signed copy of The Jumbies. Click here to enter. Subscribe to The Yarn […]

Book for Kids? OR…


…ad for cigs?

2016 Caldecott Medal Predictions

Caldecott Predictions

Let’s see, last year, I went 1 for 4. I’ll take it, I’ll take it – but I’m not puffing my chest out unless I can name two or more, so let’s see how I do this time around. Here’s hoping you see me on the afternoon of January 11 with a serious case of […]

Books on Film: Watch the Trailer for The BFG


Directed by Steven Spielberg, this adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic arrives in theaters on July 1st, 2016

2016 Geisel Award Predictions


I’ve never officially tried to predict which books will win Geisel awards. This must change! Embrace new things, Travis! Remember tomatoes? You like those now! Okay, that pep talk worked. With a mix of “I think this will win”, and “I hope this will win”, here are my picks for 2016 Geisel greatness. GEISEL MEDAL […]

2015 Children’s Lit: The Year in Miscellanea

Misc. 2015

It’s time to take a look back at the year that was in children’s lit miscellanea. (Read previous Year in Miscellanea Posts: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008) Doppelgängers of the Year: Momo (from My Cousin Momo) and Richie Tenenbaum (from The Royal Tenenbaums) The resmeblance is striking. Bjorn Borg approves. Hottest Angel: Marcus Marvel from The Marvels The tousled […]

2015 Librarian Lump of Coal Gift Guide

Lump of Coal

Time is running out to get gifts for the insufferable librarian in your life. With help from Etsy, the 2015 edition of the Librarian Lump of Coal Gift Guide has your back. Click here for the 2014 guide Click here for the 2013 guide Click here for the 2012 guide Click here for the 2011 guide […]

More Yarn! Introducing … The Unraveller

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Colby Sharp and I had a problem. As the leaves turned and the temperatures dropped, we began to experience symptoms of The Yarn withdrawal. We had a good time working on the first season of our show, and didn’t want to wait until next summer to begin work on the second. We decided to try […]

Morning Notes: Beware the Sun Edition

Little Red

BEST OF THE BEST EarlyWord did something fun: they crunched the numbers on all the best of the year lists and identified the books that appeared most often. It’s like the Best of 2015: Greatest Hits Collection. Click here to see the books. THE SNOWMAN GETS A BETTER TITLE Courtesy of the Better Book Titles […]

It’s Not an OPAC…

Not an OPAC

For the non-librarians out there OPAC stands for Online Public Access Catalog. It’s what patrons use to search the library collection. Although lately the searches have had a clear theme: Minecraft books.

Everything You Need to Know About Reading Levels, in One Image

Reading Levels

“No, the new Rainbow Magic Fairy book is a little too difficult for you. Try The Marvels instead.”

The Ultimate Children’s Literature Illustrator Gift Guide 2015


What are you going to give, a hoverboard? Drone? Come on. Give art. Recently updated for the 2015 gift-giving season, here is my collection of children’s literature illustrator shops on the internets. This isn’t a comprehensive list – let me hear about what I missed in the comments. (Many thanks to Debbie Ridpath Ohi (who has also […]