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Gallery: Scenes from Our Book Fair


It’s book fair week at my school and we’re getting into the pirate theme (thanks to our wonderful library assistant Leslie and parent volunteers). A while back, I shared Three Tips for a Successful Book Fair – I still think all three are helpful. Let’s take a look around our fair this year . . .

ANNOUNCED: The 2016 National Book Award Finalists for Young People’s Literature

NBA logo

Here they are. The winner will be announced on November 16th. Click here to read the announcement at The New Yorker.

The Most Experimental Caldecott Winners of All Time

Caldecott Poster

Whilst gazing upon the lovely Caldecott Medal poster in our library the other day, I got to thinking: Which Caldecott Medal winning books pushed the envelope the most? Which were the most, I don’t know, experimental? Since I’ve read all the Caldecott Medal winners, it seemed worth a try. These were the books that stood […]

Name that LEGO Book Cover!


LEGOs and children’s literature have come together in the past with some pretty great results. Who can forget the LEGO Pigeon by Mark Anderson? Or these LEGO creations by Hilary Leung? I used this website to (virtually) create some LEGO book covers. See how many you can get. Answer Answer Answer Answer Answer Answer Answer How’d […]

Books on Film: Oliver Jeffers on The Late Late Show

Oliver Jeffers Late Late Show

This is my solemn vow: If a maker of children’s books appears on television, I’ll be there. So when I spotted this Oliver Jeffers post on Instagram . . . . . . I got on the case of tracking down that video. I traveled all the way to Ireland¹ to get it. It’s great. And […]

Get Out the Children’s Lit Vote!


The Ambassador of School Libraries at Scholastic asked me nicely if I’d write a guest post for their Reader Leader blog. Who am I to turn down an Ambassador?! I wrote more about setting up a children’s lit character election in your school or library (or school library) – a topic I hit on here […]

Endangered Series #9: Pony Pals


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 […]

10 to Note: Fall Preview 2016


Here’s how these previews work: I look at all the books. I pick 10 that jump out to me. I share them with you. Here we go – this batch will all arrive in September, October, and November. Picture Books A Well-Mannered Young Wolf by Jean Leroy, illustrated by Matthieu Maudet October 3, 2016 | Eerdmans […]

Just My Size: Favored Dimensions of Picture Book Makers


I always notice bookmakers who favor a particular size for their books – not just for a series, but for their careers. How/why does this happen? I imagine the scene goes something like this: Bookmaker: (Walks in to the offices of a major publisher, finished picture book art under arm) I make books this big. […]

The Strange Case of the Missing Read Poster Strikes Back

Missing Poster

Just a regular old day in the library . . . Wait a second. I’m having flashbacks . . . NOOOOOO! HOW COULD IT FALL DOWN THE CRACK AGAIN?!?! THE CRACK IS SO SMALL! Stay calm, Travis, stay calm. Look on the floor . . . IT’S NOT ON THE FLOOR! Check the floor again […]


We just ordered a brand-new complete set of the Elephant & Piggie Series. So, of course, I had to find the Pigeon in each one. (Don’t even try to call this a spoiler – you’ve read all these)

Preview: The Crusty Nibs

Crusty Nibs Art

It’s been two years since we checked in with the Crusty Nibs. You know The Crusty Nibs, right? The collective of author/illustrators based in the Chicago area, including (but not limited to) Stacy Curtis, Larry Day, Chris Sheban, Eric Rohmann, Tom Lichtenheld, Jeff Newman, and Matthew Cordell? It seems like a good time to check […]

This Is A Problem

Pokemon and Minecraft

Our Pokemon and Minecraft books are on the same shelf. This is the aftermath. (This is the best kind of “problem”.)

Morning Notes: Tuscan Jungle Gyms Edition


PIGS FOR A CAUSE The children’s literature community came together in a big way to support a bookseller in need. Click here to read. UNFORTUNATE EVENTS NEWS Neil Patrick Harris recently shared info on the upcoming Series of Unfortunate Events show on Netflix (he’s playing Count Olaf). Expect a different tone than the 2004 film. […]

The Failed Presidential Campaigns of Children’s Book Characters


It’s weird. Over the years many children’s book characters have tried running for President of the United States. They announce their candidacy on the covers of books. You’ve seen them. Yet not one has successfully become President of the United States. And now none of them even mention politics at all. Who ran? What caused their […]