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