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Finding Winnie…’s Butt


Since it won the Caldecott Medal last week, I’ve been reading Finding Winnie to all of my classes (I work with students in grades K-4). I love the book, and it’s been getting a great reception from kids. Especially the furry butt cheeks. What? You don’t see them? Now, don’t be ashamed if you don’t […]

Morning Notes: All Cop Edition

Dog Man

NO MORE CAKE The aftermath of Scholastic pulling A Birthday Cake for George Washington continues. The story has been picked up by, let’s see… The New York Times TIME NPR BBC CBS News And others. THE ART OF THE AWARD PLACEMENT This week there have been a lot of librarians putting award stickers on books […]

Cover Reveal: PIRASAURS! by Josh Funk, Illustrated by Michael Slack


If someone did a Best Read-Alouds of 2015 list (man, why didn’t I do that list?) Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast would have been on my list. That book was written by Josh Funk. Now Josh has a new book on the horizon (with illustrator Michael Slack) and I’m pleased to share a first […]

The Short Shelf Life of ‘A Birthday Cake for George Washington’

Birthday Cake

Released on Tuesday, January 5th, A Birthday Cake for George Washington has been pulled from shelves. Here’s a statement on the decision from publisher Scholastic: If you haven’t been following the discussion about this book, there’s a good collection of links at American Indians in Children’s literature to get you caught up.

Nonfiction Monday: Welcome to the Symphony by Carolyn Sloan


Welcome to the Symphony By Carolyn Sloan Illustrated by James Williamson Workman ISBN: 9780761176473 $24.99 Grades K-3 Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library I’ve never felt the need to review a book with sounds on this blog before. Push a button, Elmo giggles – I get the appeal. Most don’t beg […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#39)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? I often wonder if I had a time machine what I would use it for. After reading the first [title of the series] novel I can safely say I would go back and spare myself the time I took reading […]

The Relative Surprise-iness of the 2016 Youth Media Awards


“So, what are your favorites?” That’s the question everyone asks each other at ALA Midwinter. The day before the Youth Media Awards were announced, I told a friend I was hoping for a happy surprise or two. Now that the medals have been distributed, I want to talk about four individual moments that made me raise […]

Reaction Tweets of the 2016 Youth Media Award Winners

Here’s a batch of first reactions from the recent class of Youth Media Award winners… Matt de la Peña: Newbery Medal, Last Stop on Market Street: — Matt de la Pena (@mattdelapena) January 11, 2016 Sophie Blackall: Caldecott Medal, Finding Winnie: Told the cat I'd won the #Caldecott. She couldn't care less. — […]

2016 Caldecott Comment Card

Caldecott Comment 2016

Once the 2016 Caldecott Medals and Honors have been awarded, I want to know what you think. Go ahead and share in the comments. What Caldecott choices are you happy with? Unhappy? What did the committee miss?

Watch the ALA Youth Media Awards LIVE


It’s time. Time to haul out one of my favorite images that I use on this blog. *hauling* *EXPLOSION SOUND* I would not be doing my civic school librarian duty if I did not share that you can watch the American Library Association’s 2016 Youth Media Awards (you know, the show with all the wonderful […]

Morning Notes: Secret Political Message Edition

We Found a Hat

ONE OF AMERICA’S MOST POPULAR CHILDREN’S BOOKS HAS A SECRET POLITICAL MESSAGE Read Headline Alert! This one from the Washington Post – what book are they talking about? Click here to read more. (Thanks to my brother Zach for the link) RAYMOND BRIGGS: ‘DON’T CALL ME THE KING OF CHRISTMAS. I DON’T LIKE CHILDREN, I […]

A Conversation with The Ambassador: Gene Luen Yang

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We have a brand-new National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature: Gene Luen Yang. We know he makes graphic novels. We know he won a Printz Medal for his book American Born Chinese. What do you say we a little more about him? Yang’s publisher, FirstSecond (Macmillan), shared this Q&A with me, and I now share it […]

Nonfiction Monday: The Secret Subway by Shana Corey

Secret Subway

The Secret Subway By Shana Corey Illustrated by Red Nose Studio Schwartz & Wade Books (Random House) ISBN: 9780375870712 $17.99 Grades K-3 Out March 8, 2016 *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Sometimes things become so commonplace, we forget how incredible they are. Comedian Louis C.K. has a bit about […]

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