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Notes on March 2018

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In March . . . . . . we tried to guess the book based on a student’s cover drawing. Some of them were tricky. . . . I shared ten books I’m excited about coming this spring. Preview time. . . . we learned what past Newbery, Caldecott, Geisel, and Pura Belpré winners are […]

2018 Books from Pura Belpré Winners

Pura Belpre 2018

Here are all the 2018 books from past Pura Belpré author and illustrator medal and honor winners. Did I miss any? Let’s hear it in the comments. Previously . . . 2018 Books from Newbery Winners 2018 Books from Caldecott Winners 2018 Books from Geisel Winners The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by […]

Morning Notes: Don’t Push the Button Edition

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PRETTY GOOD YEAR Jackie Woodson: having a pretty good year. Click here to read. REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE Should we have fewer books with rule-breaking characters? Fatherly thinks so. Click here to read. CANCELED AND PULPED The New York Times follows up in the #metoo movement in children’s literature, talking with (among others) Elizabeth Rusch, […]

Auto-Completed Children’s Books (#4) I Want My Hat Back

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Okay, Google – you think you’re pretty smart? How about you try completing the text from famous children’s books. I’ll type the beginning of each line into a Google search (plain text below), and you try to finish the line (bold text below). (All credit to @botnikstudions for the inspiration) Previously . . . Auto-Completed Children’s […]

How To . . . (2018 Edition)

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Children’s books can teach you how to do a lot of things. In 2018, they can teach you . . .  

I Created My Own Book Spine Poem and So Can You (And Your Students/Patrons)!

Book Spine Poem 2018

April is coming up. April is National Poetry Month. April is the time for book spine centos (see above). It makes a great program for kids (or former kids). So . . . Here are my tips for creating a book spine cento: Check out the book spine poem gallery for inspiration. This is always […]

10 Incorrect Ways to Spell ‘Newbery’

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2018 Books from Geisel Award Winners

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We’ve covered Caldecott. We’ve noticed Newbery. Now it’s time to gaze at Geisel. Wow, I apologize for that bout of alliteration. It will never happen again. Here are all the 2018 books from past Geisel Medal and Honor winners. Did I miss any? Let’s hear it in the comments. *NOTE* I tried to include books […]

10 to Note: Spring Preview 2018

Spring Preview 2018

Lot of good-looking books coming out here in the next three months. Here are ten that caught my eye. Picture Books The Town of Turtle by Michelle Cuevas, illustrated by Catia Chien HMH | April 10 | Grades K-2 Funny and sweet. That’s what I’m expecting with this story about a lonely turtle who ends up […]

Books on Film: SENDAK!

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Why was Maurice Sendak the star of his own 80s sitcom? He wasn’t – it just looks like it from this title screen. Shout out to archive.org for another blast from the past with a children’s literature legend.

A Great Big Creativity Project Giveaway!

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It’s May of 2016. I’m with Colby Sharp interviewing Dav Pilkey for The Yarn podcast. During that interview, Colby got an idea for a book. But I didn’t know that. A couple weeks later, I got a message from Colby that went something like “Oh, hey, I have a literary agent now and I have an […]

2018 Books from Newbery Medal/Honor Winners

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Last week we had a look at the 2018 releases from former Caldecott Medal and Honor winners. It’s time for Newbery. Did I miss any? Let’s hear it in the comments. (Cover not yet released)  

Books on Film: Watch the The Grinch Trailer

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Call me a grinch, but I have concerns about this one.

Name That Book! Kid Drawing Edition

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A bunch of teachers at my school asked students to draw their favorite book and write a couple sentences about why they love it. They’re on display in the hallways. The pictures are so great I thought it would be fun to turn it into a challenge. Can you name the book based on the student […]

Battle of the Bear Wisdom

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What are the chances that this spring we would have two advice books, both featuring famous children’s literature bears, both titled Grin and Bear It? Well, I feel that that part (about the title) is kind of a given – if you have an advice book featuring a bear what else are you going to […]