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The 2017 Caldecott Comment Card


Once the winners have been announced, I want to know what you think. Go ahead and share in the comments. Which choice are you happiest with? Which book did the committee miss?

And the Winners of Our 2017 Mock Caldecott Are . . .


Over 500 K-4th grade students read, discussed, and debated a group of the best picture books of 2016. This week they voted. And the winners of our 2017 Mock Caldecott are . . . MOCK CALDECOTT MEDAL: The Night Gardener by Terry and Eric Fan MOCK CALDECOTT HONOR: Maybe Something Beautiful by F. Isabel Campoy […]

Review: Bertolt by Jacques Goldstyn


Bertolt By Jacques Goldstyn Enchanted Lion Books ISBN: 9781592702299 $15.95 Grades K-2 Out April 11, 2017 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library 1. Bertolt is the name of the tree. 2. Jacques Goldstyn is a Canadian author/illustrator/cartoonist. This book was originally published in Canada in French. 3. The unnamed protagonist is a self-described […]

Morning Notes: Text Flying at Screen Edition


DAYS FROM ALA The announcement of the Newbery, Caldecott and more will be announced soon (Monday @ 8:00 am Eastern) at the American Library Association Youth Media Awards. It’s the first year in a while I won’t be in attendance (FOMOing so hard), so I’ll be sitting down in front of my computer to watch […]

The Eyes Have It: The Allure of Books That Look at You


The 100 Scope Notes Department of Unscientific Studies just issued a report saying that book covers with large eyes looking at passerby are attractive and are often checked out. Is this true? I don’t know. Maybe it just so happens that there are a bunch of great books that are looking at you, but for kicks […]

Name That LEGO Book Cover! (#2)

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I used this website to (virtually) create 3 LEGO book covers. They’re listed from least challenging to most challenging – see how many you can name. Answer Answer Answer How’d you do? Previously . . . Name That LEGO Book Cover! (#1)

Review: Bruno by Catharina Valckx


Bruno: Some of the More Interesting Days in My Life So Far By Catharina Valckx Illustrated by Nicolas Hubesch Gecko Press ISBN: 9781776571246 $16.99 Grades 1-3 Out April 1, 2017 *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library (Click to enlarge)  

Morning Notes: Doctore Seuss Edition

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CATTUS PETASATUS Today on Difficult Jobs: Trying to translate Dr. Seuss to Latin. Click here to read. ‘THE LAUREATE OF THE NURSERY’ One of the go-to internet clickbait moves is “X BELOVED CHILDREN’S AUTHOR HATED CHILDREN” There’s an upcoming Margaret Wise Brown bio (which is for grown-ups), and a couple sites are going that route (so […]

Our 2017 Mock Caldecott (In 3 Steps)


I work at a K-4 elementary school. Here’s how were’re running our 2017 Mock Caldecott. Step 0: (Bonus Step, Y’all) The Prep. Before we get into the books that might win this year, we talk about what the Caldecott Medal is and read a past winner. I keep the criteria talk pretty basic – explain […]

Exclusive Cover Reveal: Big Machines: The Story of Virgina Lee Burton by Sherri Duskey Rinker and John Rocco


I dig the work of Virginia Lee Burton (or, as I prefer, The Notorious VLB). I especially love The Little House (subtly one of the most experimental Caldecott winners of all time, in my opinion), but I celebrate her entire catalog. Now Sherri Duskey Rinker (Goodnight Construction Site) and John Rocco (Blackout!) have teamed up […]

Cover Curiosity: You Fancy ‘Ah?


I like books that look like other books. When I spot one, I share it here. I’ve been doing this for a while: Click Here for More Cover Curiosities While at the bookstore around the holidays I spotted a book out of the corner of my eye. I thought it was this book. We all […]

Morning Notes: Voicey Edition

(L-R) Harold (voiced by Thomas Middleditch), George (voiced by Kevin Hart), Captain Underpants (voiced by Ed Helms)

CAPTAIN COMES TO THE THEATER If you haven’t already seen/read/heard Captain Underpants is coming to the big screen (voiced by Ed Helms – great choice) and Entertainment Weekly has the first look here. ONE LAST BEST OF 2016 SPECTACULAR! The Nerdies have been announced. All The Wonders shared their best of the year lists. A […]

Review: Green Pants by Kenneth Kraegel

Green Pants

Green Pants By Kenneth Kraegel Candlewick Press ISBN: 9780763688400 $15.99 Grades PreK-1 Out March 21, 2017 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library

Will You Help Me Build the Newbery/Caldecott Hadron Collider?

Hadron Collider

Happy New Year! I’ve had this thing I’ve wanted to do for a couple of years now, but it keeps getting put on the back burner. Why not share it in the first post of 2017? I don’t really know how the Large Hadron Collider works (although I did just read this, which helped), but […]

To Recap: The Top 10 Posts of 2016


Just for fun, here are the 10 most popular posts of the year all together in one place: #10. The Geisel Award Infographic #9. Gallery: The Art of the Picture Book Barcode 2016 #8. The Most Annoying Board Book Ever #7. Top 10 Circulated Fiction Books 2016 #6. The ‘What Are Kids Checking Out?’ List #5. Everything You Need to Know […]