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Review: Shooting at the Stars by John Hendrix

Shooting at the Stars

Shooting at the Stars: the Christmas Truce of 1914 By John Hendrix ABRAMS ISBN: 9781419711756 $18.95 Grades 3-7 Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Wise are those who understand that picture books don’t just belong in the grips of the rug rats of the world. Wise, then, is John Hendrix. With […]

Lone Wolves: Caldecott Medal Winning Books Created Solo


I was working on my annual Caldecott predictions post (coming on the 19th) and I was reminded of something I’ve always wanted to look into – the number of Caldecott Medal winning books created by one person, rather than an author/illustrator team. It felt to me like the like the trend has been toward the […]

The Ultimate Children’s Literature Illustrator Gift Guide

Illustrator Gift Guide

There are lots of children’s book illustrators who sell their work online, but I’ve never seen a good place to browse a whole slew of them in one sitting (although this post over at Pink Me has a batch). Since I’m posting my annual Librarian Lump of Coal Gift Guide soon, I thought it would […]

Notes on November 2014


In November… …we previewed books coming soon. Picture books, middle grade, nonfiction, graphic novels – there was a little of everything in 10 to Note: Winter Preview 2015. …we learned that the New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books list is a pretty good predictor of Caldecott success. I went to the data in Breakdown: […]

Happy Holiday #Holdshelf Gallery

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Holidays: good for spending time with loved ones, bad for #holdshelf posts. Today I bring you a modest offering of books on hold… Here’s John Schumacher’s hold shelf: Here’s mine: Coventry Elementary: Ypsilanti Public Library: See you next month with more #holdshelf!



Thank you for caring about children’s literature. Thank you for reading this blog. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

Morning Notes: Just a Page, Just a Word, Just a Letter Edition

Madison Litte Free Library

SLJ GETS BESTING School Library Journal announced their best books of the year. I love seeing the excellently weird What If…? among their picture book picks. Click here to see the whole thing. KIRKUS GETS BESTING TOO Kirkus always seems to have one of the biggest Best of the Year lists. It’s out and about now. […]

Won’t You Share Your #Holdshelf?

It’s a beautiful day in the library. #Holdshelf is a monthly round-up of the books kids are lining up to read in libraries both far and wide (hosted by Watch. Connect. Read. and yours truly). So what does your #holdshelf hold? If you’re a librarian and you have a batch of books on hold, snap a picture, email […]

The Hottest Shelf: Does Eye Level = Circulation?


I was chatting the other say with Leslie, our library assistant, when she brought up an interesting observation: snake books aren’t getting checked out as much as in the past. The only difference she noticed is that, due to weeding in nonfiction, sections have shifted around. Snakes, which used to be at the top of […]

At Episode 100, Let’s Get Busy Looks Back

LGBPodcast logo

If the children’s literature podcast Let’s Get Busy were a person, it would be wizened and wise by now, with a flowing white beard and a twinkle in its eye. That’s because the podcast, created by teacher-librarian Matthew Winner, has reached the impressive mark of 100 episodes. To note the occasion, I asked centenarian-by-association Winner […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#26)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? Instead of listening to my own children, who I love, fight with each other, I got to hear whiny, screechy-voiced [character] whine, sullen, put-upon [character] whine, and both of their parents whine. It felt like watching Supernanny. Click here […]

Library Tip: Keep a Basket of Kittens Around

Basket of Cats

Soon after I was hired for my current job, a basket of kittens arrived in the library. Not real kittens, no. But they might as well be. This family of cats was unlike any stuffed animal I’d seen before – highly realistic and all lumped together. They all sat in a basket about the size […]

Morning Notes: TBD Edition

Selznick RR

PICK THIS LIST Over at Brain Pickings, Maria Popova has selected her favorite children’s books of the year. It’s a list so cool it almost hurts, but it highlights some great books that you won’t find anywhere else. Click here to read. CHEZ DEPAOLA Alright – who wants to see Tomi dePaola’s house? You sir? […]

Sara Varon Has Been Busy: An Exclusive First Look at Her New Projects


Sara Varon is the creator of the first book I ever reviewed on this blog – Robot Dreams. I’ve been enjoying her work ever since, including Chicken and Cat Clean Up in 2009 and Odd Duck last year. Today I’m happy to announce that Sara has a batch of new projects in the works. Let’s hear […]

Review: A Perfectly Messed-Up Story by Patrick McDonnell

Perfectly Messed Up Story

A Perfectly Messed-Up Story By Patrick McDonnell Little, Brown ISBN: 9780316222587 $17.00 Grades PreK-2 Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library For people in the human world, being used is a bad thing. For books in the school library world, being used is a fact of life. Librarians are always looking for […]