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Dismounting the High Horse: My Child Loves a Book I Don’t


There are some books I don’t care for because I’ve read them (see: anything ending in -alicious). There are some books I loved as a kid but find hard to read to my children as an adult (Richard Scarry, do you have to name every last thing on the page? Surely you can skip the creamer […]

Gallery: The Art of the Picture Book Barcode


A creative barcode on the back of a picture book is like when you have one pump of peanut butter sauce in your Oreo blizzard. It doesn’t have to be there, but things a just a little bit better when it is. I was recently given the challenge of whipping up a gallery of examples, […]

Review: Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

Roller Girl

Roller Girl By Victoria Jamieson Dial Books (Penguin) ISBN: 9780803740167 $12.99 Grades 4-8 Out Now *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Before I begin this review, let me set the right tone: That’s better. Sometimes you can find a lot of truth in unexpected places. Victoria Jamieson’s Roller Girl takes […]

Your Official 2015 Children’s Literature Ninja Buying Guide

Joey and Johnny

And here I thought ninjas were big last year. 2015 puts 2014 to shame. Shame! Because I get ninja requests all the time in my school library, I bring you this list of children’s book containing ninjas in 2015. Joey and Johnny, the Ninjas: Get Mooned by Kevin Serwacki; illustrated by Chris Pallace. Out now. This […]

Carrying the Torch: Keeping a Character Alive


The other day I was reading Fred and Ted’s Road Trip, when I noticed something – the name on the cover of the book was Peter Eastman, not P.D. Eastman. I had assumed the book was written by P.D., author/illustrator of classics Go, Dog, Go!, but Fred and Ted is the creation of Eastman’s son. […]

2015 Preview Interview: Tundra Books

Tundra Logo

My thinly veiled plot to gain Canadian citizenship via children’s literature preview interviews continues today as I chat with Tundra Books editorial director Tara Walker about the latest from the Toronto-based publisher. Travis: Greetings from Michigan! Tara Walker: Hello, hello from balmy Toronto! We get super excited when the temperature reaches 20°F (-6°C) these days. […]

Nonfiction Monday: The Blue Whale by Jenni Desmond

The Blue Whale

The Blue Whale By Jenni Desmond Enchanted Lion Books ISBN: 9781592701650 $17.95 Grades K-4 Out May 27, 2015 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library There are things we know, but we don’t really know. Example: anyone from 2-200 can tell you that blue whales are big. Very very big. Got it. Often that’s […]

Morning Notes: The Little Prince in 253 Languages Edition

Seuss Birthday

NOIR AND HORROR FOR YOUR KINDERGARTENER Real headline alert! A profile of Jon Klassen. Click here to read. THIS AUTHOR VISIT IS FOR GIRLS ONLY Shannon Hale shares her author visit experiences as a female writer. Eye opening, must read stuff. Click here to read. KIDLIT TRANSLATED On the list of the 50 most translated books, […]

Breaking Barriers: An Interview with the Creators of This One Summer

This One Summer

Of all the surprises at this year’s Youth Media Awards, none was bigger for me than when This One Summer was announced as a Caldecott Honor winner. Full of stunning illustrations, this book scrapes the top of the Caldecott-eligible age range (0-14) I had a chance to chat with illustrator Jillian Tamaki and author Mariko […]

2015 Preview Interview: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers

Eerdmans Preview

Seeing as how I can get to the door of Eerdmans Books (located in Grand Rapids, Michigan) from my house in about 25 minutes, it’s a crime that I haven’t done a preview interview with Eerdmans Books president and publisher Anita Eerdmans yet. A crime! Today we rectify that with a talk about recent successes […]

The Special Delivery Original Art Raffle Donate-a-thon


I love this. Philip Stead and Matthew Cordell are doing something cool to celebrate the release of their new book Special Delivery – they’re giving away some original art, drawn by Cordell and based on stamps in Phil’s collection. Donate $10 to a nonprofit to get your name in the hat. Mr. Stead made a […]

10 to Note: Spring Preview 2015

10 to Note Spring 2015

Spring is coming (it’s coming, right?), which means a new crop of books will be hitting shelves. Every season I sit down and make an “oooh, that looks good” list. Some of these books I’ve read and loved, others I’m excited to get my hands on – all of them are noteworthy to me. Here […]

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss


Today (March 2nd) is Dr. Seuss’s birthday. To celebrate the occasion, The National Education Association (NEA) created Read Across America Day in 1998. Click here for more information about Read Across America Day Click here to visit the Seussville website Read about seven things Seuss never said, and 25 things he did at Nine Kinds […]

Something Different: WHERE IS IT COMING FROM?


I received a book in the mail the other day called WHERE IS IT COMING FROM?, and I’ve never really read a book like it. It’s published by 826michigan, a non-profit “dedicated to supporting students (ages 6 to 18) with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.” […]

Morning Notes: Novel In Verse Writing Coach Edition

Melissa Sweet

SO FAR, THE STARS Man, two months into the new year and we already have five books that have received five starred reviews each? Can you name one? Click here for the whole list. DETAILS ABOUT DIVERSITY The Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) has been keeping track of the number of books by and about people […]