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Link Du Jour: Banned Books


Seeing as how today is the beginning of Banned Books Week and all, take a moment to explore ALAs Banned and Challenged Books website, where you can learn things like… …what was the most challenged book of the 00s? …what was the most challenged book of the 1990s? …and ways to advocate for freedom of […]

Books on Film: 117 Year Old Pop Up Books


A while back I posted some videos of vintage pop up books from the blog. The collection is a rare and unusual book lovers paradise of early pop up and lift the flap books. Now the library has been updated, including the relatively new – Star Wars, Star Trek, and Superman pop ups, and […]

Morning Notes: Ville Volvo Vinner Edition

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PATTERSON WRITES CHECKS James Patterson is giving one million dollars to independent bookstores around the country. He’s the second-richest author in the world, so he can do things like this. He recently went on CBS This Morning to talk about his plans. Two criteria for getting a cut? The bookstore must be viable, and it […]

Barcode Fail…


…or barcode win? You be the judge. (I’ve talked about barcode placement in the past)

Link Du Jour: National Book Award Longlist Announced!


The 10 title longlist for the Young People’s Literature category of the National Book Awards has been announced, and it’s a varied assortment of Newbery contender-ish middle grade (The Real Boy, A Tangle of Knots), YA (Two Boys Kissing), and (alright!) a graphic novel (Boxers & Saints), among others. As I mentioned last week, it’s […]

Cover Curiosity: Behind Bars

Juvie Cover

Look, I don’t discriminate on my Cover Curiosities – picture book, middle grade, YA – when two books happen to resemble each other, I will be there. Today we foray into the YA world with two new books that share a bold bar/grid motif. Juvie by Steve Watkins More Than This by Patrick Ness Side […]

Changes Afoot at the National Book Awards


The National Book Awards are a wholly different award animal than, say, the Newbery Medal. Whereas the Newbery is selected by a 15 person panel of librarians, the Young People’s Literature category of the National Book Awards is decided by a small group of five authors. It’s always interesting to see which books come out […]

What Are the Chances You’ll Win Another Newbery?

Newbery Repeats

Forgive me – after last week’s number crunching (So You Want to Win the Newbery Part I & Part II), I can’t seem to stop myself. Seriously, keep me off this page. But the questions keep coming. Such as: What percentage of Newbery Medal/Honor winners never won again? What percentage did? In figuring this out, […]

Morning Notes: Bent Books Edition

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EVERYTHING IS STARTING Snnniiiifffff! Ah, the smell of fall. Now that it’s September, thoughts begin to turn to Newbery and Caldecott medal contenders. Right on time, blogs Heavy Medal and Calling Caldecott are back in business taking a hard look at the books that might win the big awards come January. NEWBERY AND CALDECOTT WINNERS […]

Books on Film: Book Domino Record Broken!

Cape Town Dominos

A few months back a video of the Seattle Public Library’s record-breaking book domino made the rounds. It was incredible: Well, now the Central Library in Cape Town, South Africa has bested Seattle’s record. As evidenced by the video below. I sincerely hope this book domino arms race continues. (Thanks to Book Patrol for the […]

Review: Sophie’s Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller

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Sophie’s Squash By Pat Zietlow Miller Illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf Schwartz & Wade (Random House) ISBN: 9780307978967 $18.99 Grades PreK-1 In Stores *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Children are masters of personification. Rock, stick, spoon – they can turn just about anything into a sentient being. In terms of […]

So You Want to Win the Newbery? (Part II)

Newbery Stars

Yesterday in Part I, we looked at which month has produced the most Newbery winners. Today is all about critical acclaim. (Many thanks to Elizabeth Fama, John Cochrane, and Jen Baker who inspired me with this post at Someday My Printz Will Come.) As fans of the Newbery know, not all medal winners arrive to unanimous praise from the […]

So You Want to Win the Newbery? (Part I)

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The only way to win the Newbery Medal, of course, is to write the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children and then sleep with The Story of Mankind under your pillow until the winner is announced (some people do weird things to bring good luck). But, you know, what else? Today and tomorrow we’ll take […]

On the Eve of the School Year

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While Labor Day is often seen as the unofficial end of summer around the country, in Michigan this holds especially true – the first day of public school is typically the following Tuesday. And this is going to be one heck of a year. My job has changed. In the past, I’ve split time between […]

Link Du Jour: Horn Book Yearbook

Horn Book Yearbook

What if we treated the past year of children’s books like a class of students? The Horn Book had some fun whipping up their 2012-13 Yearbook Superlatives. Awards include Best dancers, Class clown, and, of course, Most conceited. Click here to check it out. And I agree about Blop. Weirdest by a mile.