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Barbara Park 1947-2013

Barbara Park

Author Barbara Park, best known for the Junie B. Jones series, passed away over the weekend. School Library Journal remembers Park.

Link Du Jour: Nonfiction Monday is a-Changin’

Nonfiction Monday Changes

Did you know that Nonfiction Monday is about to enter it’s eighth year? The time, how it flies. It seems like just yesterday I hosted Nontraditional Nonfiction Monday (I still want to do that review via carved pumpkin). For the newcomers, Nonfiction Monday is pretty much what you’d expect – the day of the week designated [...]

Morning Notes: Return Step Stool Here Edition


HAVE A BOOKISH CHRISTMAS Well, this is a cool idea. In preparation for Christmas, Amy at Delightful Children’s Books is putting a bookish spin on the idea of the advent calendar – 25 days, 25 books. A fine, fine idea and an excellent batch of Christmas titles to boot. Click here to check it out. [...]

Mock Caldecott 2014: What I Learned Last Year Edition


Our 2013 Mock Caldecott went well (click here for Mock Caldecott 2013: The Set-Up), but there are a few changes we’re making for 2014 that I want to share. Aside: One thing you’ll notice I’m not sharing is my list of mock Caldecott books this time out. Since I’m on the committee this year, it [...]

Publishers Weekly Names the Best Children’s Books of 2013


This just in (over the weekend): Publishers Weekly released their batch of best books for 2013. There always seems to be an outlier or two in the PW list, which I appreciate. Last year it was Hilda and the Ghost Giant, this year it’s the graphic novel Bad Machinery. I can’t say I agree with [...]

Books on Film: The BBC Talks Diversity in Children’s Books

BBC Video

Spurred by recent findings by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center, the topic of diversity (or rather, lack thereof) in children’s books has been receiving a lot of attention lately. The BBC has picked up on the topic and recently ran this story.

One Star Review Guess Who (#14)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? I really did not like this book. As a parent I couldn’t comprehend having to send my child to some work camp in the desert, I understand that it was just a plain old good story telling, but the [...]

Morning Notes: Fly or Xylophone Edition

Morning Notes Banner

GET OUT THE GOODREADS VOTE The social network for book lovers, Goodreads, just unveiled their annual “people’s choice”-type awards. You can always count me in on checking out a best of the year list. As a whole, I’m liking their picture book picks more than middle grade group of nominees. Click here to vote in [...]

Link Du Jour: Librarians in the Mitten State


Attention Michigan children’s librarians! MI KidLib is coming to the Main Branch of Clinton-Macomb Public Library on February 21. MI KidLib follows the unconference model, meaning all session topics will be decided by the attendees on the morning of the event. I attended my first unconference this year, NerdCamp, and was so impressed with the experience. And did [...]

Notes on October 2013


In October… …Hervé Tullet was my pen pal. We now know for sure that Mr. Tullet is a good guy as well as being a great artist. I was surprised and excited that the Press Here creator  was game to take part in an illustrated interview. To be honest, I really didn’t want it to [...]

#Holdshelf: October 2013

Behind the Curtain

Let’s take a peek behind the curtain, shall we? Each month of the school year John Schumacher and I post pictures of the hold shelves at our school libraries and encourage one and all to participate. It’s a good way to see the books kids are excited about. For those that graciously shared your shelves [...]

Getting the Cheese Touch on Halloween

Cheese Touch Halloween

While posting my Holes book cover costume from a few years back has become my Halloween tradition, I thought I’d share what I actually wore yesterday: It was fun to see student reactions, which ranged from “Hi Spongebob!” to “Ahh! Stay away! Cheese touch!”. Another Halloween in the books. (Credit to my wife, Allison, for [...]

Gallery: The New York Times 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2013

My Brother's Book

That’s right, it’s officially “Best” season. And we’re kicking things off with a list that I look forward to each year – The New York Times 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books. The list was announced yesterday (official press release) and as usual, it’s a beautiful and diverse group of books. Let’s meet the class of 2013. [...]

Happy Hole-oween 2013!

Happy Hole-oween

Morning Notes: The Comic Defender Edition


WHERE FOR ART THOU? I think any self-respecting children’s literature fan is going to be with me on this, but I believe the world may not need a board book version of Romeo & Juliet. Trimming the classics down to board book size is on the rise. Click here to read. A RARE PRIZE Do [...]