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10 to Note: Winter Preview 2017


Here’s how I come up with these 10 to Note lists: I go through every publisher catalog I can find. I mark any book that catches my eye (this could be for one of a bunch of different reasons) This usually results in a list of around 50-130 books. Now the listmaking happens. I start plugging […]

The Ultimate Children’s Literature Illustrator Gift Guide 2016


What are you going to give, a mermaid blanket? Come on. Give art. Recently updated for the 2016 gift-giving season, here is my collection of children’s literature illustrator shops on the world wide web. This isn’t a comprehensive list – let me hear about what I missed in the comments. (Many thanks to Debbie Ridpath Ohi (who […]

Books on Film: The Making of an Amazing Cover


Wow. Wow. I just keep saying it. When I saw the cover for Cassie Beasley’s next book, Tumble & Blue, I was impressed. When Entertainment Weekly shared a video of how it was made, I was amazed. Check it out:

Notes on November 2016


In November . . . . . . the children’s literature community reacted to the 2016 presidential election. A whole lot of feelings. . . . our children’s lit election was a success. Duck vs. Squid – kids decided. . . . we found a man . . . in a yellow hat? Nothing to see […]

And the Undie Goes To . . .

The Undies Case Cover Awards

Thank you to everyone who voted in the very first Undies: Case Cover Awards. The results are in, and it’s time to announce the winners. Don’t forget to visit Design of the Picture Book to see the winners in the rest of the categories.  BEST IMPRESSION OF SOMETHING OTHER THAN A PICTURE BOOK And the […]

New York Notables

NYT Notable 2016

One of my favorite Best lists just came out – the New York Times Notable Children’s Books. The 2016 edition is full of good stuff. Click here to check it out.

Thank You


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

Morning Notes: More Is More Edition


BIGGEST BEST Kirkus takes a “more is more” approach to year end lists. I’m not complaining – their sprawling Best Picture Books of 2016 list has plenty of favorites, but also a lot of room for surprises (Everyone is Yawning? Never seen it!). Click here to see the whole list. THE MORALLY AMBIGUOUS UNIVERSE OF […]

Voting Is Open in The Undies Case Cover Awards!

The Undies Case Cover Awards

Voting is now open in the first annual Undies Case Cover Awards! *Applause* *Applause* *Applause* Thank you. Carter Higgins and I are co-hosting this first-of-its-kind award dedicated to the case cover. We’ve accepted submissions. We’ve arranged them into pleasing categories. We’ve decided on shortlists of nominees. Now it’s your turn to decide our winners. Check out […]

Coming Soon . . . Vote in The Undies Case Cover Awards!

The Undies Case Cover Awards

This Tuesday, Design of the Picture Book and I will announce nominees for the first annual Undies Awards. But it is up to YOU to select our winners. Voting will begin Tuesday, and winners will be announced the following Tuesday (November 29). Oh, and here’s an early concept drawing of the award the winners might receive: For framing, […]

Morning Notes: Sometimes It’s Pretty Frightening Edition


A DECLARATION The Brown Bookshelf recently posted A Declaration of Support of Children, signed and supported by a huge cast of children’s authors and illustrators. Click here to read it. DOWN WITH HOVERBOARDS Do some good this holiday season: give books. And if you pledge to do so, Chronicle Books will donate a book to […]

The 2016 National Book Award Goes To . . .


Such a deserving book (and series). Well done, Young People’s Literature committee. Two facts worth noting: And also:

Holdshelf: November 2016


Puppy Kitty Wimpy Piggie LEGOs Here are the books currently on hold at my K-4 school library:

The Results of Our Kidlit Election Are In

Voting Booths

Our kidlit election is finished. I explained the process over at the Reader Leader blog. Now the results are in . . . Squid votes are on the left, Duck votes are on the right. Which means . . .

The Voting Continues


You thought the election was wrapped up? Oh no friends. The vote continues, with different candidates. Head on over to Goodreads to vote for your favorite books of 2016 in the Goodreads Choice Awards. There are a whole lot of worthy candidates in the two children’s categories: Best Picture Books Middle Grade and Children’s