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Review: Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot by Dav Pilkey

Ricky Ricotta

Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot By Dav Pilkey Illustrated by Dan Santat Scholastic ISBN: 9780545631068 $15.99 Grades 1-4 In Stores April 29, 2014 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library We are living in the age of the re-boot. What once was sacrilege – messing with a beloved piece of art – is now accepted. […]

10 to Note: Spring Preview 2014


Book hope springs eternal. It’s time to take a look at ten titles that I’m excited about for spring. Picture Books Help! We Need a Title! by Hervé Tullet May 13, 2014 | Candlewick Press | Grades PreK-1 I’m a sucker for inventive picture books and Hervé Tullet is the master of this realm. This […]

Morning Notes: Caldecott Paparazzi Edition

Book Hive

NOTABLES NOTED The 2014 ALSC Notable Children’s books list came out a couple weeks back, and I always check to make sure I have all these books on our shelves. Waking Brain Cells has a nice visual roundup of the list. Click here for Middle Reader Notables Click here for Younger Reader Notables NOT BOARD […]

Books on Film: Making ‘The Calls’

Books On Film Banner

Interested in seeing some of our greatest living authors and illustrators at a loss for words? The American Library Association just posted video of the Caldecott, Newbery, Coretta Scott King committees notifying their winners. An exciting morning of waking people up to tell them something cool.

Cover Curiosity: Fishes


Some Cover Curiosities seem eye-rubbingly separated at birth, while others appear to simply share a similar idea. Today, I’d say we have an example of the latter. Click here for more Cover Curiosities. I love most when two covers from different worlds collide. Today we have a middle grade novel and a picture book. Our […]

Review: Baby Bear by Kadir Nelson

Baby Bear

Baby Bear By Kadir Nelson Balzer + Bray (HarperCollins) ISBN: 9780062241726 $17.99 Grades PreK-1 In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Man, are there a lot of bedtime books out there. With reading to children being such a pre-sleep ritual, however, this proliferation of books dedicated to sawing logs makes sense. In […]

Notes on January 2014

Caldecott Conversation

In January… …Caldecott winners Jon Klassen and Chris Raschka interviewed each other. The pair posed questions to each other in the third annual Caldecott Conversation. …we learned that books can be used for more than reading. Especially when your car is stuck. …What Does the Fox Say? influenced the world of children’s lit. The Children’s […]

The 2014 Youth Media Awards: Things I Love


I love Philadelphia. I love that they have something called “artisan grilled cheese” there. I loved discussing picture books with 14 other people who care deeply and are as knowledgeable as the day is long. I loved making “The Calls”. I love that the phone we used to make “The Calls” had a random orange […]

My Interview with Kate DiCamillo

DiCamillo Interview

Gallery: These Picture Books Have Secrets

Case Covers

2013 was a stellar year for book cases – the paper or cloth that covers the actual boards of a hardcover book. There were all manner of creative illustrations and debossing going on. Before I clear out my 2013 shelves, I thought we could take a look at the books that have secrets under their […]

2014 Caldecott Comment Card


It was an honor to be a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. I’m thrilled with our choices. Now that the winners have been announced, I want to know what you think. Go ahead and share in the comments. What choices are you happy with? What did we miss?

Scenes from ALA Midwinter


See You at ALA Midwinter


I’m headed off to the ALA Midwinter Meeting. This time around I’m a member of the Caldecott committee, and I can’t wait to get down to business. See you bright and early Monday morning for the announcement of the Caldecott, Newbery, and the rest of the Youth Media Awards. Also, if you have any socks […]

Watch the 2014 Newbery and Caldecott Announcement Live!

Old Computer

In a mere week the biggest awards in children’s literature will be dished out in Philadelphia. The Newbery and Caldecott medals are just the tip of the iceberg at the ALA Youth Media Awards. I’ll be in attendance and am excited as all get out. But those in faraway locales can take part too. You […]

Link Du Jour: Authors and Illustrators for Your Ears


Are you aware of The Book Report with JJK? Author-illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Lunch Lady) interviews a who’s who of prominent children’s literature folks. Yolen, dePaola, Carle, Pilkey – the list is long and star-studded. I’ve seen plenty of mention of it, but never actually heard it. The show is on satellite radio, you see (Sirius […]