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On Big Box Books and Vinyl (Ain’t Sayin’ Nothin’ New)

Recorded Books

I’m definitely not the first to make this sort of comparison… In the early Aughts I hit my fair share of chain music store liquidation sales. Sam Goody, Tower Records, and other mall-type CD shops that were going out of business post music industry collapse. I didn’t feel good about the doors closing, but I [...]

Morning Notes: Your Story Is Like a Car Edition

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WRITING ADVICE FROM MO WILLEMS I’d say Mr. Willems has a handle on writing for kids (Boom! *Understatement Award*). He recently put out a list of tips on his blog titled How to Write in 4 Easy Steps, 4 Kinda Harder Steps, and 1 Pretty Much Impossible Step. Anyone who reads, critiques, writes, or hopes [...]

Children’s Literature: The Movie

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CAST:  Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel …  Daniel Day Lewis  Roald Dahl …  John Lithgow  JK Rowling …  Helen Hunt (via Heidi F.)  Jack Gantos …  Chris Cooper (via Shannon O.)  Jerry Spinelli …  Sam Waterston (via Erica)  Louis Sachar …  Larry David (via John S.)  Kate DiCamillo …  Meg Ryan  John Scieszka …  Tom Colicchio  Daniel “Lemony [...]

Review: Open This Little Book by Jesse Klausmeier

Open This Little Book

Open This Little Book By Jesse Klausmeier Illustrated by Suzy Lee Chronicle Books ISBN: 9780811867832 $16.99 Grades PreK-2 In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Some books, you just have to see. When a title like the inventive Open This Little Book arrives, a description alone doesn’t do it much justice. But [...]

Casting Call! Children’s Literature: The Movie

Childrens Lit Movie

I’ve found that everyone loves a good celebrity doppelgänger. Even if it’s unflattering, it’s always oddly fascinating. As a guy who was once likened to Paul from The Wonder Years, I can attest to this. I think it’s time we put together a list of actors who could play today’s children’s literature luminaries. Although Kadir Nelson, [...]

#holdshelf: January 2013


The hold shelf is the polygraph test of the library world. What are people truly interested in reading? Check the holds. While the popularity of certain titles is universal (see: Wimpy Kid, The Hunger Games, etc.), often times there will be a run on a book you never expected. As famous librarian, the famous Rasheed [...]

Instagramming ALA Midwinter 2013

ALA Ailments

I mentioned last week that it was time to stop fooling myself that I would get a lot of blog posts out the door during ALA Midwinter. Success! I did, however, manage to take pictures on Instagram. Why don’t I dump all the photos right here for anyone interested? I take your silence as a [...]

The 2013 Newbery, Caldecott, and Geisel: Winners and Reactions

Newbery Caldecott Geisel

The biggest awards in Children’s literature have been doled out, let’s take a look at the three categories nearest and dearest to me. Click here for video of the awards. Newbery Medal: The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate Honor: Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz Honor: BOMB by Steve Sheinkin Honor: Three [...]

Let’s Do the #holdshelf Again

holdshelf June 2012

Truth be told, I’ve never watched all of Rockey Horror Picture Show (to which the title of this post references). I tried when I was 16 or so and just couldn’t do it. Maybe I need to try again. Back on topic! The monthly roundup of most-requested books, #holdshelf, is back on track after a [...]

What’s in the Inbox of Mystery?

ALA Confirm

Yeah! I’m heading to the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting, which is also the kick-off to my year on the Caldecott committee. The lead-up to ALA conferences always goes the same for me – I say I want to blog the sights, sounds, and unusual smells, and then barely manage to squeak out one measly [...]

Morning Notes: Stars Upon Thars Edition


CALDECOTT CALLED *Update* The fine blog Calling Caldecott just announced the results of their first round of mock voting. All my picks made it, so I’m a happy camper. Click here to read. ALL THE STARS ShelfTalker put out the final tally of books that received starred reviews, a list that I always get a [...]

Erin E. Stead and Chris Raschka: A Caldecott Conversation

Caldecott Conversation Final

How better to get acquainted with the Caldecott Medal than through two artists who have won it? Last year, in the first Caldecott Conversation, Erin E. Stead and Jerry Pinkney talked shop. Today, the conversation continues as Stead and Chris Raschka (the 2012 Caldecott winner for A Ball for Daisy) interview each other. Erin E. [...]

Nonfiction Monday: Look Up! by Annette LeBlanc Cate

Look Up!

Look Up! Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard By Annette LeBlanc Cate Candlewick Press ISBN: 9780763645618 $15.99 Grades 2-4 In Stores March 12, 2013 *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Let us be honest – in terms of activities for kids, birdwatching is pretty low on the popularity list. Due to [...]

3 Gifts That Should Not Be Given (Give Books Instead)


February 14th is International Book Giving Day (visit the website to learn more). Artist Priya Kuriyan even whipped up a nice poster for the event: (Click here for the downloadable full-size version on the IBGD site) So, if you’re about to give one of the gifts below, please consider a book instead. Mug “You know, I really [...]

Morning Notes: Horton Seuss Who Edition

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THE LIBRARIAN EGO Children’s librarian (and occasional book review song collaborator) Hi Miss Julie had folks talking with her post about fame in the library world. Plenty to consider here. JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH VS. SCIENCE You think 501 seagulls could lift a house-sized peach? Try way, way more. Finally scientists are doing [...]