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A Conversation with Kate DiCamillo and Chris Van Dusen

Conversation with Kate and Chris

For author Kate DiCamillo and illustrator Chris Van Dusen, August 26th marks a triumphant return to the Mercy Watson Universe. That’s when Leroy Ninker Saddles Up, the first book in the Tales from Deckawoo Drive series is released. It’s also the first time since the Mercy Watson series wrapped up 2009 in that readers get […]

2014 Preview Interview: Flying Eye Books

Flying Eye Logo

Now that we’re solidly into 2014, the time seems right to check in on a few publishers and see what they have coming out in the near (or not so near) future. Kicking off our 2014 Preview Interviews is Flying Eye Books. I chatted with Flying Eye/Nobrow U.S. Sales and Marketing Director Tucker Stone about […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#19)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? I knew going into the book that I probably wasn’t going to like it much. What I didn’t expect was to be profoundly affected, to the point of tears and sleepless nights, by a drawing of [character], his furry […]

Morning Notes: Zelinskograph Edition

Tweendom Poem

CONTROVERSY An article titled It’s no wonder boys aren’t reading – the children’s book market is run by women is, as you might expect, causing quite a stir. Publishing Perspectives wrote a piece on the article. Bloggers have responded as well, including Waking Brain Cells with a post titled Boys, Reading, and Mysogynistic Crap. CHILDREN’S […]

Instagramming an Author Visit: 26 Story Treehouse Author Andy Griffiths

Andy Sign

Bust out the giant plastic letters! Last week it was author visit time ’round my neck of the woods. 13 Story Treehouse author Andy Griffiths was in town. This visit was unique for a couple reasons: 1. Mr. Griffiths was coming all the way from his home country of Australia in support of his latest […]

Books on Film: Why Is Mo Willems In Paris?

Mo Willems CBS Sunday Morning

What is Mo Willems (a.k.a. the Bill Murray of Children’s Literature) doing in Paris? Thinking deep thoughts, of course.

Books on Film: The Longest Comic Strip Ever

LP Today

Big Nate creator Lincoln Peirce was on the Today show recently to, you know, just collect a Guinness plaque for assembling the world’s longest comic strip. I say assembled because he had some help – kids from around the country. Tune in, if for no other reason than to hear him utter the following genius […]

Review: The Riverman by Aaron Starmer


The Riverman (The Riverman Trilogy, Volume 1) By Aaron Starmer Farrar, Straus and Giroux ISBN: 9780374363093 $15.99 Grades 6-9 In Stores *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler books | Your Library Interestingness is underrated (it also barely feels like a real word, but let’s not let that get in the way here). Sometimes, in […]

ALA Most Freqently Challenged Books 2013


It was Bookshelves of Doom who alerted me to the just-released list of the most challenged books of 2013. Here are the top five: 1. Captain Underpants (series) by Dav Pilkey Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence 2. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, […]

Nonfiction Monday: Gravity by Jason Chin


Gravity By Jason Chin Roaring Brook Pres (Macmillan) ISBN: 9781596437173 $16.99 Grades K-3 In Stores April 29, 2014 *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Pet peeve time. Often when people talk about low-level nonfiction, they don’t mean really low. Sorry K-1 crowd. Although the field is getting better all the […]

Books on Film: Claymation Wild Things

Wild Things Claymation

Have you ever searched “Where the Wild Things Are” on YouTube? All kinds of unusual stuff. This one stuck with me – a claymation version of the children’s classic. Be sure to stick around for the wild rumpus.

One Star Review Guess Who? (#18)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? When I saw young women in my age reading [title], there was one thing I felt. The culture is lost, the folk tale is lost. The meaning of folk tales is lost. The generation who is in my age […]

2014 Books from Caldecott Winners

Books From Caldecott Winners

As evidenced by David Wiesner picking up his third Caldecott Honor in January (joining his three Caldecott Medals), previous winners often pop up and win again. With that in mind, here are the 2014 releases from illustrators who have won Caldecott Medals or Honors. If there are any I missed, let’s hear it in the […]

Morning Notes: Loose Glitter Edition


LIKE NAILS ON A BOOK COVER At my wizened age, I’m coming to realize I’m a process nerd. I love it when something goes from “cool” to “AMAZING!” when you find out how it was made. And that, my friends, is exactly what happened when I saw these new Puffin Chalks over at Caustic Cover […]

What Are You? The Results

Title Results

Yesterday, out of curiosity, I polled readers who work in school libraries about their job title. It’s results time, folks. School librarian came out on top, teacher librarian second, and library media specialist third.