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‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#4)

And You Shall Know Me

Previously… ‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#1) ‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#2) ‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#3) Sure you may know your children’s authors and illustrators, but can you name them from reading their Twitter bios? Test your skills below. All […]

An Illustrated Interview with Ben Hatke


Morning Notes: Is Anne of Green Gables 34? Edition

Comics Squad Lunch

GREEN EGGS AND  NETFLIX A series based on Green Eggs and Ham is coming to Netflix. Well, the Cat in the Hat PBS series is solid, so I would put expectations at medium. It was announced in a properly Seussian way – with a rhyming press release. Click here to read. (via Sharyn November on Facebook) […]

The Real Age of Children’s Literature Characters


When this How Old Do I Look thing came out, my first thought was “Finally! Children’s literature characters have been lying about their ages for years! Moment of truth time.” So, don’t believe everything you read, folks – here are the real ages of these characters… So Johnny Tremain claims to be 14. Nope: Ella, […]

Challenge Accepted! You Created a Book Cover for this Bookless Character


Last week I challenged anyone and everyone to create a book based on this as-yet-unidentified character on the wall of Barnes & Noble children’s sections across the country. You didn’t disappoint. Here they are… This one is mine via Tom Lichtenheld via Linda Meuse via Minh Le via Dan Moynihan via Monica Capra Hodges via […]

Notes on April 2015

Newbery Caldecott

In April… …we found out what former Newbery and Caldecott winners have up their sleeves. A lot, it turns out. …a presidential story time was unexpectedly interrupted (and we all could relate). Be sure to check the comments, where folks shared their story time FAILS. …we toured the talent-packed Atlas Powder Picture Book Company studio. […]

State Secret: Do You Know the R.L. Stine of Michigan?


What if I told you one of the most popular book series not just in my school, but in the state of Michigan is one that out-of-staters have likely never heard of? What if I told you Michigan is home to the second coming of R.L. Stine (sorry, Bob, I know you’re still with us […]

Slim Appeal: 5 Successful Book Spines


The “Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover” war has been over for a while now, with everyone conceding that while a cover isn’t always an indicator of what’s inside, an aesthetically pleasing one can certainly make a child (/33 year old school librarian) want to read it. That’s all well and good for books […]

Challenge! Create a Book Cover for this Bookless Character


Last week I passed along a question author/illustrator Matthew Cordell posed on Facebook: who is this character on the walls of Barnes & Noble stores across the country? Update: no one knows. So author/illustrator Aaron Zenz had a good idea: why not take matters into our own hands? Lets give this little blue wolf (a […]

Review: The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach


The Bear Ate Your Sandwich By Julia Sarcone-Roach Knopf (Random House) ISBN: 9780375858604 $16.99 Grades K-2 Out Now *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library It’s sounds counter-intuitive, but the best Big Reveals are the ones that aren’t necessary. Or maybe it makes more sense to think of it this way: […]

Books on Film: Let’s Take a Coffee Break


In a short period of time, Eerdmans Books has built an online presence that other publishers should be taking notes on. The Eerdlings website and Coffee Break videos are consistently excellent. They’re starting a new interview series on Coffee Break called “A Day in the Life”, and yesterday Ahna and Katherine swung by my library […]

Preview: The Atlas Powder Picture Book Company


From top to bottom, left to right we have: Sophie Blackall, John Bemelmans Marciano, Sergio Ruzzier, Eddie Hemingway, Brian Floca I’m tempted to just end this post right here – I mean, where do you go after one of the best children’s literature GIFs of all time? But fear not! There are plenty of interesting […]

Dear Barnes & Noble (And Everyone): What Is This?!

Cordell Facebook Post

Over the weekend author/illustrator Matthew Cordell posed a question. One of the most confounding questions children’s literature has yet seen. If you’ve been to the children’s section at a Barnes & Noble, you’ve probably seen this little guy/gal up on the wall among the other more well-known characters. But what is it? Where did it […]

Cover Curiosity: Title Takeover


Is it just me, or have you noticed some picture book titles getting real these days? Really real. Taking up the whole cover real. Not just type laid over top, but part of the illustration real. Today we have three books that put the title front, center, and right in the middle of the the […]