The blog has been quiet the last few days for an excellent reason. On Friday we added a family member – Colin. The little guy is happy and healthy. My wife Allison, daughter Lina, and I are thrilled. Break out the board books!
New feature time! Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on GoodReads or Amazon? We’re starting off today with an easy one. The kid is a jerk and is sent to his room without supper. He proceeds to go to some magical place where these monsters live and he bosses [...]
You know how this goes. Since my wheelhouse is squarely K-6, I greet the annual announcement of the National Book Award finalists for Young People’s Literature with a mixture of excitement and complete ignorance. Typically, there are a couple on the list that I’m familiar with, and a few that reside in the YA world, [...]
Twelve Kinds of Ice By Ellen Bryan Obed Illustrated by Barbara McClintock Houghton Mifflin ISBN: 9780618891290 $16.99 Grades 3-6 In Stores *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library I’ve ice skated a lot in my life. Growing up in Northern Michigan, it’s bound to happen. I used to live around the [...]
Do you still use a rubber date due stamp in your library? I work in four elementary school libraries, and we still stamp the books in one of them. Being familiar with the date due, I found the following video incredible. This Berlin artist uses the rubber date stamp to create his works of art. [...]
I’m in the middle of ordering some high interest nonfiction for one of my school libraries. One of the heavily requested topics is vampires. I quickly realized I can go one of two ways – go for the illustrated vampire cover, which will circulate well… …or go for the one with Nosferatu on the cover, [...]
While the Newbery and Caldecott awards are announced in winter (January, usually), the recipients don’t get their medals and deliver their acceptance speeches until the ALA Annual Convention in summer (June, typically). In the past, if you weren’t in the room for the speeches, there was no way to see them. Sure, you could read [...]
The Illuminated Adventures of Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo. On shelves September 2013. A quick horizon scan with my brass monocular (little known fact – I captain a pirate ship on weekends) reveals a new book from Newbery-winning author Kate DiCamillo. Here’s what we know: It is fully illustrated. It’s touted as “genre-breaking”. It [...]