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Morning Notes: Two Truths and a Lie Edition

Mercy Watson

THESE ARE THE STARS ShelfTalker recently updated their annual list of books that have received starred reviews from the major review journals. Man, do I need to read Lost in NYC. Click here to see the list. BONUS YARN Under the cover of darkness a brand new bonus episode of The Yarn has been released. […]

Cover Curiosity: Deep Down

Sam and Dave

Sometimes connections between two covers are strong – like, say, using the same image. But other times there’s just a vague, “Hey, this looks kinda like something I’ve seen…”. That’s the situation today, with the covers for two books about plumbing the depths of the world. Our first cover: Our second cover: Side by side: […]

Exclusive Cover Reveal: Let Me Finish! by Minh Lê and Isabel Roxas


The online children’s literature community has more or less been by home for the last eight years. During that time, one of the best blogs around has been Bottom Shelf Books. It has all the qualities you hope for: it’s smart, funny, and creative. This summer the man behind Bottom Shelf Books (and Huffington Post pieces […]

When Caldecott Medals Are Born

Caldecott in Diapers

A couple years back, I tried to figure out which month birthed the most Newbery Medals. Now it’s time for Caldecott. Similar to my Newbery assumption, I figured the most Caldecott medals would come from the pumpkin-spiced months. Adding to this is the fact that if you look at previous Caldecott winners with books out […]

I Have An Idea for A LOVE YOU FOREVER Sequel…


Trade the mother for the author of this article, and the son with the nearest children’s book guy.

Morning Notes: The Lorax-o’-Lantern Edition

Colfer and Jeffers

A SHORT LIST The National Book Award field has been halved from ten to five in the Young People’s Literature Category. Here are the five left standing: (Click to enlarge) The winner will be announced on November 18. THERE ARE NO BOY BOOKS Author Shannon Hale continues to say the things that need to be […]

Exclusive Cover Reveal: Flora and the Peacocks by Molly Idle

Flora and the Peacocks_FC_HighRes

I will always have a special connection to Molly Idle’s work. I was a member of the committee that awarded Idle’s Flora and the Flamingo a Caldecott Honor. Today I’m (segue alert) honored to reveal, for the very first time, the cover for the latest Flora book, Flora and the Peacocks. First, a word from […]

Nonfiction Monday: The 50 States

50 States Cover

There are a lot of blog tours out there, but being an unabashed homer, I couldn’t say no to this one. Today we have not so much a review as an overview. The 50 States is a new nonfiction/reference book with a lot of appeal. Each state of the union is presented with a beautifully […]

Cover Curiosity: Reflective

Each Kindness

When two covers resemble each other, it’s usually one of two situations. A. Something fishy is afoot. All the hands holding stuff after Twilight? That’s aping something that’s popular. B. It appears to be a case of random chance. Today I’ll have the B. Cover number one: Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by E. […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#37)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? I’ve heard many people tell me that it was a good book. I do not understand. I thought time travel was debunked by Stephen Hawkings. Click here for the answer. One Star Review Guess Who (#1) One Star Review […]

Morning Notes: Mousetrap Edition

Thunder Boy 1

NERDCAMP NEWS Although we are 9 or so months away, we have our first author announcement for Nerdcamp 2016. Click here to see who it is. CLEANING UP THE STREETS OF KALAMAZOO CITY It’s a cop movie in book form, so it makes sense that Jarrett J. Krosoczka’s Platypus Police Squad will be coming to […]

The Nose by Maris Wicks


Maris Wicks is one of those illustrators whose work I’m always happy to see. This is directly due to the fact that she illustrated the wonderful book Primates, written by Jim Ottaviano. And even more so because she created the art for one of the best summer books in recent memory, Yes, Let’s, written by Galen Goodwin Longstreth. […]

Review: The Tea Party in the Woods by Akiko Miyakoshi

Tea Party

The Tea Party in the Woods By Akiko Miyakoshi Kids Can Press ISBN: 9781771381079 $16.95 Grades PreK-1 Out Now *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Everything is not as it seems. That premise has been the starting point for some of the most enduring stories in children’s literature. Alice’s Adventures […]

Morning Notes: A Grown-Up Wrote It Edition


 NO GOOD VERY BAD BOOK In the New York Times, cartoonist Grant Snider brings us The Very Bad Picture Book. Click here to read. THE SPORTIEST OF SPORTY I haven’t mentioned one of these lists in a while, but Booklist keeps on releasing Top 10 lists to keep an eye on, like this one: the […]

2015 Preview Interview: Enchanted Lion Books


I’ve been doing Preview Interviews for a while now, but one thing I’ve never done is conducted one over the telephone. This phoneless streak cannot not stand, I say! So a couple weeks back, I called publisher Claudia Zoe Bedrick to chat about the fall/winter releases from Enchanted Lion Books, purveyor of some of the […]