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Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2016

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Today from the American Library Association: (Click to enlarge) ALA also released a video: Every time the new Top Ten Most Challenged list comes out, I like to take a look at the previous year to see what books are new, what books have stayed, etc. Here’s the 2015 list. There are 3 books that […]

100 Scope Notes Investigative Report: The Foxes of 2017

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And we thought we saw some foxes in 2016. My team of investigators have looked into the 2017 Fox Sitch¹ and hoo boy did they come up with some stuff. Is the fox the children’s literature animal of 2016 and 2017? Is there another that will knock it off the pedestal²? ¹Situation ²Bears? Allow me […]

Here’s How You Make a Book Spine Poem with Your Students/Patrons

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April is here. April is National Poetry Month. April is the time for book spine centos (see above). Give one a try. Or try it with your students/patrons. Here are my tips for creating a book spine cento: Check out the book spine poem gallery for inspiration. This is always a big help. Get to […]

2017 Books from Pura Belpré Winners

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We covered Newbery. We talked Coretta Scott King. We looked into Geisel. We also did some digging in Caldecott. Below are all the books coming out in 2017 by past Pura Belpré Award winners (author and illustrator). Did I miss one? Let’s hear it in the comments.

Notes on March 2017

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In March . . . . . . we had an author visit. It was the wonderful Aaron Zenz. I documented the day. . . . Triangle saw some stuff. That guy’s been through a lot. . . . we entered the Newbery/Caldecott wayback machine. All the way to a distant past known as . […]

First Look: President Trump Releases Self-Published Children’s Autobiography

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Citing the rise of “fake publishing”, Donald Trump has just surprise-released a self-published autobiography for kids. Here’s the cover: “Nobody gets it right, okay? Nobody” said Trump when asked about other biographies about him for young readers. His book contains “all the facts”, according to Trump, including the total lack of any sort of failure […]

Three Thoughts on the Bestselling Children’s Books of 2016

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Publishers Weekly recently released their list of the bestselling children’s books of 2016. Click here to have a look. A few thoughts came to mind when I gave them a once-over. 1. #1 Outsold #2. By a Lot. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child outsold the next book on the list, Double Down (Diary of […]

Morning Notes: 20 Variations Edition

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BATTLING BOOKS The Battle of the Kids’ Books is raging over at School Library Journal. March: Book 3 seems to be the clear-cut favorite (deservedly so – that series is excellent), but I wouldn’t count out Some Writer! Click here for the latest. MORE MO Seems like every week lately I’m sharing a new Mo […]

2017 Books from Caldecott Winners

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We’ve talked Newbery. We’ve talked Geisel. We’ve talked Coretta Scott King. Time to talk Caldecott. Below are all the books coming out by Caldecott Medal or Honor winning illustrators in 2017. If I missed one, let me know in the comments. **EDITED TO ADD** The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse by Mac Barnett, illustrated […]

Books on Film: Watch the Captain Underpants Trailer

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The Captain is coming to theaters on June 2nd and here’s the first trailer for the film. Seems like the spirit of the books is intact. Or, if you prefer, you can watch someone watching the trailer. Youtube is a strange place.

Morning Notes: Winged Blog Edition

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MO POD Mo Willems was recently on the NPR show On Point with Tom Ashbrook. I had a great time listening to it and I bet you will too. You can listen to the podcast here. S.L.Y. Who will be the next School Librarian of the Year? Click here to get your nominations in. Nominations […]

2017 Books from Newbery Winners

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We’ve covered the Geisel award. We’ve covered the Coretta Scott King award. How about some Newbery? As we know, former winners have a knack for winning again. Below are all the books coming out this year by past Newbery Medal or Honor winners. If I missed any, let’s hear it in the comments. The Crying […]

The Things Triangle Has Seen

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Look at that face. Rather, look at those eyes. There’s no denying it, Triangle (by Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen) has seen some things. Bad things: Good things: Disturbing things: Inexplicable things: Shocking things: Mind-bending things: I repeat: mind-bending things:

Endorsement: Lynn Rutan for Caldecott Committee

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If you’re anything like me, when ALA election time comes around you vote for people you feel would successfully carry out the duties of their post. Often times these people end up being those you personally know and have confidence in. And then there are the situations when you aren’t familiar with any of the […]

Books on Film: Enter the Newbery/Caldecott Wayback Machine

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What’s this? A librarian at a podium holding up a physical copy of a book? We must have stumbled into the Newbery/Caldecott Wayback Machine. Before the live webcast, before social media, before the Geisel, before it was even called the Youth Media Awards, we had the “Newbery & Caldecott Medals Award Ceremony” on C-SPAN2. I’ve […]