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Review: Betty Goes Bananas by Steve Antony

Betty Goes Bananas

Betty Goes Bananas By Steve Antony Schwartz & Wade (Random House) ISBN: 9780553507614 $16.99 Grades PreK-1 Out Now *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library

Books on Film: Seuss on Good Morning America

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A new Dr. Seuss book is one of those children’s literature stories that has the ability to make nation news. This week Good Morning America talked about What Pet Should I Get?

One Star Review Guess Who? (#28)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? Very few books failed to engage me, but I loathed this one with a purple passion. The main character, a young boy who writes letters to an author without success (?), has such an aggravating, whiny personality that I […]

Morning Notes: Nice Shade of Eggplant Edition


SEUSS DISCOVERED A new original Dr. Seuss book will be making its way to shelves soon. Omnivoracious has the scoop. Click here to read. THE FASTEST WAY TO FIND WALDO Real headline alert! Who doesn’t want to amaze their friends by finding Waldo first? Click here to find out how. YA COLOR OF THE YEAR? […]

Review: Holy Cow by David Duchovny

Holy Cow

Holy Cow: A Modern Day Dairy Tale By David Duchovny Farrar, Straus and Giroux ISBN: 9780374172077 $24.00 Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library I think I can speak for everyone when I say the world needs more pseudo children’s books. Credit to David Duchovny for braving the pirannah-filled celebrity author waters […]

Review: Apocalypse Bow Wow by James Proimos III

Apocalypse Bow Wow

Apocalypse Bow Wow By James Proimos III Illustrated by James Proimos Jr. Bloomsbury ISBN: 9781619634428 $13.99 Grades 3-6 Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Dystopia. Although it’s been a popular theme lately in books for young people, my experience with it is fairly limited. Maybe I need to read more YA. […]

Endangered Series #5: The Bailey School Kids


Popularity comes, popularity goes. As librarians we’re always balancing between what will circulate like crazy and what we need to have in the collection. And we’re not the Library of Congress – we can’t (and shouldn’t) keep everything. An endangered series is one that appears to be waning in terms of popularity. But popularity isn’t everything. Should it […]

Morning Notes: Gadgets, Floating Signs, and Freebies Edition

Lisa Nowlain ALSC Blog

YOU MAY NOW PLACE YOUR KATE GREENAWAY BETS The biggest picture book prize in the UK just named their 20 longest titles. I had a feeling Shh! We Have a Plan was going to be in this group – that’s my horse. How about you? Click here to see all 20 finalists. HOW A PICTURE BOOK […]

2015 Preview Interview: Kids Can Press

Kids Can Press Preview

About time we caught up with Canadian publisher Kids Can Press, right? I talked to Michaela Cornell about what’s on the horizon. Travis Jonker: Greetings from Michigan! How’s Toronto? Michaela Cornell: Toronto is fantastic! New Year, new mayor — things couldn’t be better! Wow, yeah, that whole situation was really something. The new year is […]

Review: Ballet Cat: The Totally Secret Secret by Bob Shea


Ballet Cat: The Totally Secret Secret By Bob Shea Disney-Hyperion ISBN: 9781484713785 $9.99 Grades K-2 Out May 5, 2015 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library *Best New Book* There are plenty of early reader greats, from Frog and Toad to Little Bear to The Cat in the Hat,  but compared to other types […]

Reaction Tweets from the 2015 Caldecott Winners

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Exciting day, Monday. I was in attendance for the ALA Youth Media Awards and it was like a surprising, satisfying stew. Satis-prising Stew. But who cares what I think? Let’s hear from the folks who had their names called. Here they are in all their Twitter reaction glory (at least those who are on Twitter). […]

2015 Preview Interview: Flying Eye Books

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Flying Eye Books is always up to something interesting. I talked to Tucker Stone (the US Sales and Marketing Rep for Nobrow/Flying Eye Books) about what to look for in 2015. Travis Jonker: How’s it going at Flying Eye? How’d that name come about, by the way? Tucker Stone: Things are going great! 2014 was […]

A Niblings Announcement (Hint: More Niblings)

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A while back Jules Danielson (Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast), Philip Nel (Nine Kinds of Pie), Betsy Bird (A Fuse #8 Production), and I joined Facebook forces. We named ourselves The Niblings and began putting our blog posts up on a group page. After plugging away for a while, it became clear that there were a […]

2015 Caldecott Comment Card

Caldecott Comment Card 2015

It was so much fun last year, I decided to bring it back! Now that the winners have been announced, I want to know what you think. Go ahead and share in the comments. What Caldecott choices are you happy with? What did the committee miss?

Watch the Newbery and Caldecott Announcement Live!

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In a matter of days the biggest awards in children’s literature will be dished out in Chicago. The Newbery and Caldecott medals are just the tip of the iceberg at the ALA Youth Media Awards. I’ll be in attendance and am excited as all get out. But those in faraway locales can take part too. […]