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Review: The Little Gardener by Emily Hughes

Little Gardener

The Little Gardener By Emily Hughes Flying Eye Books ISBN: 9781909263437 $17.95 Grades PreK-2 Out August 11, 2015 *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library To quote Great American Poet and Suggestive Dancer, Usher Raymond: “These are my confessions.” I arrived a bit late to the quiet book party. I’m there […]

Exclusive Book Trailer Reveal: Max the Brave by Ed Vere

Max the Brave

Today I’m doing something I’ve never done before: debuting a book trailer. My favorite part is that the trailer is for a book I love: Max the Brave by Ed Vere. Max is a fearless kitten. Max is a brave kitten. Max is a kitten who chases mice. There’s only one problem—Max doesn’t know what […]

Morning Notes: ‘There’s No Plot’ Edition

Fallon Today Show

TO-READ SNOOPING What are Katherine Applegate, Phil & Erin Stead, Nikki Grimes, Mo Willems, and other authors and illustrators reading this summer? SLJ has the scoop. Click here to read. BIG SCREEN BEEKLE In case you missed it, last week we had the biggest Caldecott Medal movie news since Martin Scorsese directed Hugo Cabret. Jason […]

Review: Billy and Goat at the State Fair by Dan Yaccarino

Billy and Goat

Billy and Goat at the State Fair By Dan Yaccarino Knopf (Random House) ISBN: 9780385753258 $16.99 Grades K-2 Out June 30, 2015 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Since it seems appropriate, I’d like to start with a very perceptive quote by author-illustrator Peter Brown, from his Boston Globe-Horn Book acceptance speech for […]

‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#5)

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) ‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#4) Sure you may know your children’s authors and illustrators, but can you name […]

Morning Notes: Shirt and Tie Edition

CBS

NEW YPPL Jacqueline Woodson has been named the new Young People’s Poet Laureate. An excellent choice, I say. Click here to read. MORE MARGARET News on the Margaret Wise Brown front! Click here for the full article in Publishers Weekly. From the source: New York, NY (June 2, 2015) – HarperCollins Children’s Books announced today […]

The State of Photography Illustration in 2015

Photo Illustration

It’s been a while since we last checked the photography in fiction picture report. Let’s have a look… Here are all the 2015 picture books I’ve noticed that use photography in some way. If I missed any, let’s hear it in the comments. Vincent and the Night by Adele Enersen Tiny Hamster is a Giant […]

Notes on May 2015

Notes on May 2015

In May… …we discovered the real ages of children’s literature characters. Since they wouldn’t produce their birth certificates, I took matters into my own hands. …we looked at 10 intriguing books for summer. It’s shaping up to be a great season. …we had a great day with Shea. Bob Shea visited my school and I […]

Top 10 Circulated Fiction of 2015

Drawn to Trouble

Previously: Top 10 Circulated Picture Books of 2015 Top 10 Circulated Graphic Novels of 2015 Here we are again, looking back at the most popular books in my K-4 library this year. Today is the fiction list, and it’s illustrations galore… 10. Bad Kitty: Drawn to Trouble by Nick Bruel Usually books that come out during […]

Cover Reveal: Oh No, Astro! By Matt Roeser; illustrated by Brad Woodard

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I’ve been following the work of Matt Roeser since 2010 when he was posting book cover redesigns on his tumblr. Since then he’s gotten a gig at Candlewick Press and will make his authorial debut with the picture book Oh No, Astro! illustrated by Brad Woodard, which arrives in spring 2016 from Simon & Schuster. Mr. Roeser […]

Morning Notes: Spelunking Edition

Library Book Meme

FROM BLOG POST TO LOCAL NEWS Remember that post I did a while back about barcodes? The one that Matthew Cordell suggested I do? Well now it’s a news story. Click here to read. BOOK IS YOUR NEW BEST FRIEND I’ve been thoroughly enjoying Book & Me, a comic by Cherise Mericle Harper now running […]

The Authoritative Guide to Children’s Books Turned Into TV Shows

Clifford

The connection between children’s literature and children’s television is strong. Name a classic children’s series and there’s a decent chance it has been adapted for the small screen at one time or another (some have been adapted more than once). It what is sure to be my slowest-loading post of all time (what with all the […]

Top 10 Circulated Picture Books of 2015

Creepy Carrots

Previously… Top 10 Circulated Graphic Novels of 2015 Today we have the 10 most popular picture books of the year in my K-4 school library. 10. Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds; illustrated by Peter Brown This book goes to show that a little bit of spookiness goes a long way. It’s been consistently checked out […]

Top 10 Circulated Graphic Novels of 2015

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The end of the school year: the time when pizza and ice cream sandwiches miraculously appear in the teacher’s lounge. It’s also when I like to look back at the most checked-out books in our K-4 school library during the year. This year, I thought it would be interesting to look at the most popular […]

Hey! A Day with Shea in 10(ish) Images

Photo May 20, 8 22 30 AM

Author/illustrator Robert “Bob” Shea visited my school yesterday and I am here to bring you the sights and sounds. Actually, just the sights. And wordy descriptions of the sights. But they were good sights. First sight: This here is certified Shea Day plaid. Rumor has it that Mr. Shea enjoys a good tartan. I decided […]