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Merry #Holdshelf


It’s time for one last 2013 #Holdshelf, the monthly roundup hosted by Watch. Connect. Read. and I. This time around, the gallery will be right here. The idea is simple – share a picture of the books on hold at your library. It’s a visual representation of the books kids are lining up to read. [...]

2013 Librarian Lump of Coal Gift Guide

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Time is running out to get gifts for the insufferable librarian in your life. With help from Etsy, the 2013 edition of the Librarian Lump of Coal Gift Guide has your back. Click here for the 2012 guide Click here for the 2011 guide Click here for the 2010 guide Click here for the 2009 guide [...]

Morning Notes: All Information is Fact-Based Edition

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READ. SHARE. The New York Public Library recently released their annual 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing. A who’s who of books that should be on your shelf. Click here for the PDF. GOOD DETECTIVE WORK The Nonfiction Detectives have named their Best Nonfiction Books of 2013. How did I miss Bone by Bone? Click [...]

Caldecott Book Display Fail


Or: When a Book Display Becomes Book Dominoes. Nooooo!

The 2013 Notable Books Giveaway!

NYT Notables

Hey, you know the 2013 New York Times Notable Children’s Books list? It’s a pretty impressive group: In the spirit of the Chronicle Give Books campaign… …what do you say we give all of the New York Times middle grade and picture book notables away? Fellow school librarian John Schumacher and I are doing just [...]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#15)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? Horses aren’t blue, cats aren’t purple. Zero stars. Click here for the answer. One Star Review Guess Who (#1) One Star Review Guess Who (#2) One Star Review Guess Who (#3) One Star Review Guess Who (#4) One Star [...]

Wherefore Art Thou Fly Guy Read Alikes?


Wherefore art thou Fly Guy read alikes, fa-la-la-la-laaaa lala-la-la Sing it to the tune of Deck the Halls as you go caroling this holiday season for the most confusion-inducing caroling ever. May I air a gripe here? I don’t do it that often, so I hope you’ll forgive me, but where the heck are the [...]

Morning Notes: Pre-Run D.M.C. Edition

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Kicking it old school this week by revisiting the old Morning Notes format… WALTER DEAN MYERS: MUFFIN FAN Yesterday our National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Walter Dean Myers, took part in an Ask Me Anything (AMA) on Reddit. He fielded some excellent questions about his work. And divulged his feelings on muffins. Click here to read. [...]

Notes on November 2013


In November… …we talked Mock Caldecott. As we kicked off our Mock Caldecott unit, I shared a few lessons learned from last year. …we took a look at upcoming books. There’s a batch of good looking books coming out in the next few months – here are 10 that caught my eye. …we hosted an [...]

Ask Me About My Nerdlution


One of the coolest things about the Nerdy Book Club community is their willingness to try stuff out. While I am hesitant to switch my breakfast from Cheerios to oatmeal (Oatmeal? Why not just throw my morning routine out the window!!), Colby Sharp, Donalyn Miller, and Cindy Minnich are giving all sorts of book-related participatory [...]

The President and I: Book Buying Besties


Yesterday, our nation’s President and I did exactly the same thing: we went to a bookstore and bought (among other purchases) a Lulu book by Judith Viorst and Lane Smith. President Obama did his Lulu buying at Politics & Prose in Washington D.C., while I did mine at McLean & Eakin in Petoskey, MI (click [...]

Photo Journal: A Trip to My Favorite Bookstore in the World

McLean & Eakin

Having a good Thanksgiving weekend? Going home for me always means a stop at my favorite bookstore – McLean & Eakin in Petoskey, MI. Let’s take a look at some of the books I picked up there.  

#Holdshelf the Holiday


Happy Thanksgiving! Grab a drumstick and click on over to Watch. Connect. Read. for the November roundup of hold shelf photos (and videos) from around the country.

Casting Call! Children’s Literature: The Movie: Chapter 2

Childrens Lit Movie Chapter 2

Financing is in place, locations are being scouted, the script is in the final re-write – it’s time to cast Children’s Literature: The Movie: Chapter 2. Let’s put together another list of actors who could play today’s children’s literature luminaries. The cast we created for the first film was impressive, but judging by the comments, we just [...]

Instagramming an Author Visit: Stick Dog Creator Tom Watson


Man, I haven’t messed with one of these signs since high school (and that was definitely not approved). But a big welcome was in order. Last week Stick Dog author Tom Watson visited our 3rd and 4th graders. So to start the morning I grabbed all the giant plastic letters I could get my hands [...]