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Create Your Own Meta Picture Book

Meta Generator

Meta picture books, where a book somehow comments on the book itself, have seen an explosion in popularity in the last few years, with a number of wildly creative titles. You know what I’m talking about… For fun, why not create your own. Use one of the Meta Picture Book Title generators below. Go ahead […]

One Star Review Guess Who (#41)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? Like any other survival book. “OMG! What Am I Going To Do My Plane crashed!” *Cool Survival skills* “OH,Someone rescued me Yay!” *the End* Click here for the answer. One Star Review Guess Who (#1) One Star Review Guess […]

Morning Notes: “For Good Luck” Edition

HP Skate

A NEW SHOW FOR YOUR EARS Attention people who commute/walk/jog/do laundry/draw pictures for a living – The Horn Book just launched a podcast. Horn Book editor Roger Sutton answers sartatorial questions submitted by readers. Kidding! Sutton and fellow Horn Book colleague Siân Gaetano chew the fat about artisanal Chex mix, social media, Harry Potter, the […]

Instagramming an Author Visit: Ruth McNally Barshaw

RMB Window

Window decorated: Signs created: And hung: Gift bag assembled. (Thank you Niki (a.k.a. Daydream Reader)): Student book orders procured: Let’s do this. Yesterday author/illustrator Ruth McNally Barshaw visited our school. It was a good day. Way back in aught eight, I read, loved, and reviewed Ellie McDoodle: Have Pen Will Travel (I forgot how nuts […]

Books on Film: In the Studio with Marla Frazee

Books On Film Banner

I will take any “in the studio with…” video you got, but this one’s special. Marla Frazee shares her life, work and inspirations. It’s so well done. (Thanks to a bunch of people on Facebook for the link)

Donald Trump Reviews Children’s Books

Trump Reviews

Today we have a guest post by the frontrunner in the race for the republican presidential nomination, Donald Trump¹. He offered to review a few Dr. Seuss classics… Green Eggs and Ham Phony loser Ted Cruz’s favorite book. Not surprising – it was written by another Ted (Geisel) who also uses a phony name. Careful – […]

2016 Books from Geisel Winners

2016 Geisel

What better way to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday than by looking at new books from past (Theodor Seuss) Geisel winners? There are probably a couple better ways I suppose but, you know, on such short notice it might be hard to change plans here. Listing all the new books from past Geisel winners is tricky, […]

2016 Books from Coretta Scott King Winners

2016 CSK

We’ve looked at new books from past Caldecott and Newbery recipients, why not let the good times roll? Below are all the 2016 books from past Coretta Scott King winners. If I missed one, let me know in the comments. Coretta Scott King Illustrator: Lift Your Light a Little Higher by Heather Henson, illustrated by Bryan Collier (September […]

Happy #bookfacefriday!

Shel Bookface

If you don’t follow the #bookfacefriday hashtag on Instagram and Twitter, it’s fun.

Morning Notes: Sweet Caldecott Dreams Edition


BOOK FIGHT The annual Battle of the Kids Books is ramping up over at SLJ. Judges have been announced. Books named. Brackets released. This will be fun. Click here for all of it. YOU WON A CYBILS AWARD I didn’t mention this before? How did I not mention this before? The Cybils winners have been […]

2016 Books from Newbery Winners

2016 Newbery Winners

Around a third of Newbery Medal and Honor winners have won more than once. I actually looked into that. We better run down the 2016 books from past Newbery winners, then. In case you missed it, I did the same thing for Caldecott Winners For the sake of my sanity, I excluded picture books from […]

2016 Books from Caldecott Winners

2016 Caldecott Books

Studies (conducted in my head) have shown that there are a whole lot of illustrators who have won a Caldecott Medal or Honor more than once. Take the most recent awards – there were two winners who had been there before (Henkes and Collier). Therefore it might be handy to take a look at 2016 […]

More Yarn! Salina Yoon: Be a Friend Unravelled

Salina Yoon Yarn

We’re continuing our series called The Unraveller, where an author or illustrator brings us behind the scenes of one of their books. The latest episode is up, with author/illustrator Salina Yoon talking about Be a Friend. Giveaway time! We are giving away a signed copy of Be a Friend. Click here to enter. If you’re not sure […]

2016 Preview Interview: Phaidon

Phaidon Books

I’ve been following Phaidon’s children’s books for a few years now – mainly due to their Tomi Ungerer reissues and inventive Herve Tullet board books. This spring, Phaidon is expanding their children’s list. I talked to Cecily Kaiser (formerly of Scholastic and Abrams) about this fresh batch of books. Travis Jonker: Greetings from Michigan! How are […]

More to Note: Lots of 2016 Spring Books I’m Looking Forward to


Rivers will no doubt flood with tears when I tell you that I have a hard time narrowing down my 10 to Note previews (here’s my attempt). Because of that, I thought I’d do a little speed round of spring books (publishing in March, April, and May) that are also looking good. Images only.