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Kid Lit Quiz: Can You Pronounce These Author Names?

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Milestone Alert! There are now 2000 audio recordings of authors and illustrators explaining how to pronounce their names at TeachingBooks.net. This website is the the definition of handy. Click here for the press release, which includes factoids about the most played recordings. To mark the occasion let’s play a round of… How to play: Read […]

11 Books I’m Bringing to the Beach (And Why)

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Next week I’m heading to the golden shores of Lake Michigan with my family. There’s a fine science to the books you bring on vacation. Here are the books we’re taking along. It’s a mixed bag of picture books, middle grade, graphic novels, and books for grown-ups. I decided to talk about my reasons for bringing […]

Morning Notes: A Few Less Kerplinks Edition

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BACK TO BOOKS I haven’t started thinking about back to school books, but I like knowing that someone out there is. The folks at the ALSC blog share some books to start the year on the right foot. Click here to read. EISNERS AWARDED El Deafo, The Zoo Box, and Raina Telgemeier all got an […]

The Newbery Title Frankenstein

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There’s a post right up my alley over at A Fuse #8 Production today. It’s about how certain book titles sound more Newbery-ish than others. Betsy puts forth a few Newbery-sounding titles and challenges readers to do the same. It made me wonder which words appear most often in the titles of Newbery Medal winning […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#33)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? I just want to say that I think [Title] is one of the most disturbing books for young readers ever written. I remember, as a child, reading the first chapter over and over again, trying to figure out how a woman […]

Hello, MRA

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Today I have the honor of presenting at the Michigan Reading Association alongside the Picasso of Twitter, John Schumacher. I have prepared a statement: Hello and welcome, esteemed members of the Michigan Reading Association. It’s wonderful to be with you today. Thank you for attending our session. Below are links to our handouts. Book Promotion […]

Exclusive Cover Reveal: The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary by Laura Shovan

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You know what’s fun? Sharing something new. Today is especially new – a cover reveal for a debut author. It’s a middle grade novel-in-verse about a group of kids on a Save Our School mission. The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary arrives in spring of 2016. Travis: How did this book come about? Laura Shovan: […]

Visual Dispatches from Nerdcamp (Day 2)

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Check back here throughout the day to see the sights from the first day of Nerdcamp 2015. What is Nerdcamp?                

Visual Dispatches from Nerdcamp (Day 1)

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Check back here throughout the day to see the sights from the first day of Nerdcamp 2015. What is Nerdcamp?                                      

Books on Film: Unfortunate Events on Netflix

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Somewhere rattling around in the dark recesses of my skull was the knowledge that A Series of Unfortunate Events was being adapted as a series for Netflix. That piece of information would have been lost forever had I not come across this video today – a teaser trailer for the series, complete with ominous Olaf […]

Crying Emoji: ALA Annual Recap (Part III)

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Previously… Camera Tricks: ALA Annual 2015 Recap (Part I) Raising a Lone Eyebrow: ALA Annual 2015 Recap (Part II) SUNDAY My first stop was at the Park something or other Hotel to see some of the upcoming books from Scholastic. They had authors do some reader’s theater. It was a lot of fun. Here we […]

Notes on June 2015

Notes on June 2015

In June… …we learned which 2015 picture books have secrets. The art of the case cover is alive and well. …we got an update on the state of photography illustration. Who needs brushes? These books don’t – all use photography to get the story across. …you found out where you fell on the book critic/champion […]

Raising a Lone Eyebrow: ALA Annual Recap (Part II)

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Previously… Camera Tricks: ALA Annual Recap (Part I) SATURDAY I had a few minute at the beginning of the day, so I stopped in the exhibits: Here are a few books I saw: Departure much? Melanie Watt’s latest is a 96 page picture book about… the five stages of grief (conceived of before Scaredy Squirrel […]

Camera Tricks: ALA Annual 2015 Recap (Part I)

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Also… Raising a Lone Eyebrow: ALA Annual 2015 Recap (Part II) I just returned from the American Library Association Annual Conference and boy are my arms… No. Can’t do it. There shall be no corny jokes here, my friends¹. The conference was too wonderful. Too meaningful. Let’s start at the start… ¹Rule applies to the […]

Off to ALA Annual 2015

ALA Annual 2015

Today I’m making my way to San Fransisco for the American Library Association Annual Conference. I’m planning to post a recap when I get back, but until then, I’ll be sharing the trip via Instagram and Twitter.