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This One Time, At Nerdcamp


Come for the knowledge, stay to admire the spectacular balloons. Earlier this week 350 teachers, librarians, administrators, authors, and illustrators converged on Parma, Michigan for the second annual nErDcampMI. Like any good sequel, the is year’s camp was bigger and bolder. It also got some nice coverage in the local news. It was an early […]

The State of Doughnuts in Las Vegas, Nevada (or 2014 ALA Annual Conference Recap)


In case you’ve never been there (as I hadn’t before the 2014 American Library Association Annual Conference a couple weekends ago), the first thing you need to know about Las Vegas is: they don’t mess around. When you visit, you can be playing the slots seconds after deplaning. I kinda love the idea that someone […]

Review: The Qwikpick Papers: Poop Fountain! by Tom Angleberger

Poop Fountain

The Qwikpick Papers: Poop Fountain! By Tom Angleberger Amulet (ABRAMS) ISBN: 9781419704253 $12.95 Grades 4-7 Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Note: Sometimes an idea makes so much sense, you have to steal it try it yourself. Poop Fountain! is a re-release of The Qwikpick Adventure Society, originally published by Dial […]

Link Du Jour: Speak Loudly

31 Comments Huge

Have you been following the discussion about the latest update in the ALSC policy for service on award committees? Roger Sutton talks about it in the current Horn Book editorial and the comments section has been lighting up. If you’ve served on an award committee or you hope to, you’ll want to read this. Click […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#21)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? Terrible characterization. Blue Horse? What the heck is that!? The plot is monotonous and dull. And the ending…a montage of scenes from the book, and not even a good one! The only thing I can say in its favor […]

Walter Dean Myers, 1937-2014


It was a shock to hear that author Walter Dean Myers passed away on July 1st. Myers’s work had a tremendous impact on books for young people, and he will be sorely missed. Click here to read his obituary at (Photo:

Books on Film: Kate DiCamillo on NBC

DiCamillo NBC News

I’m back in the Mitten State after watching Kate DiCamillo and Brian Floca collect their Newbery and Caldecott Medals in Las Vegas during the ALA Annual Conference. Good timing, then, for to run this story about Ms. Dicamillo’s perseverance on the rejection-filled road to publication. A must watch.

Dry Heat: ALA Annual Conference 2014

See You Las Vegas

The American Library Association Annual Conference is happening this weekend in Las Vegas. I’ll be there taking in the sights and sounds and expelling the perspiration. There will likely be a “Photos from the Conference”-type post at some point, but mostly I’ll be talking and sharing pics on Twitter – click here to find me […]

Morning Notes: Lend Me an Extendable Ear, Then Another Ear Edition

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UNHAPPILY EVER AFTER The Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals are the oldest and most prestigious of UK children’s book awards. Both winners this year have less-than-happy endings. The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks picked up the Carnegie and will soon be available for US readers in spring 2015 – it was just acquired by Carolrhoda Lab. […]

2014 Preview Interview: Kids Can Press


  Kids Can Press is probably the most chant-able children’s publisher. Try it. KIDS! CAN! PRESS! KIDS! CAN! PRESS! Made to be chanted, I say. Now that we’re all sufficiently frothed up, let’s have a look at their fall 2014 wares. I chatted with Naseem Hrab (director of marketing) about exactly that. Previously… 2014 Preview […]

Nonfiction Monday: Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Ivan True Story

Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla By Katherine Applegate Illustrated by G. Brian Karas Clarion Books (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) ISBN: 9780544252301 $17.99 Grades K and Up In Stores October 7, 2014 *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Since I cried while reading this book, the topic […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#20)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? Sigh! A precocious privileged judgemental child who sneaks around and spies on people learns nothing when she, inadvertently, hurts her friends feelings. Paparazzi in training? Click here for the answer. One Star Review Guess Who (#1) One Star Review […]

Morning Notes: A New Book Every 50 Years Edition


GIANT UNDERPANTS GET MORE GIANT Captain Underpants is headed to the silver screen, and all you have to do is wait until 2017 to see it. Ed Helms has signed on to voice the Captain. Click here to read more. (Thanks to EarlyWord for the link) SUMMER PREDICTIFYING As is her way, Fuse #8 Production recently put up […]

2014 Preview Interview: First Second


What does 2014 hold for graphic novel publisher First Second? I tracked down senior editor Calista Brill and editorial director Mark Seigel to ask. Travis: Greetings from the Mitten state! How did 2013 go for First Second? Any surprises? Calista Brill: It was a terrific year, though that’s not really a surprise, given the lineup […]

Review: El Deafo by Cece Bell

El Deafo

El Deafo By Cece Bell Amulet (AMBRAMS) ISBN: 9781419710209 $21.95 Grades 3-6 Out September 2, 2014 *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Part of what makes memoirs so appealing is their universality. There’s solace in the fact that no matter the individual, no matter the circumstances, we all experience moments […]