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10 to Note: Winter Preview 2015

Winter Preview 2015

Why ten? Why not 20? 30? Seriously, tell me. Narrowing an entire season’s worth of books to just ten titles is tricky business. But I managed to wrestle my way to the magic number. Here, then, are ten books that I’m looking forward to this winter. Picture Books I Don’t Want to be a Frog! […]

Breakdown: The National Book Award/Newbery Overlap


I had a good time last week looking at the Best Illustrated/Caldecott overlap (tip o’ the hat to @muellerspace). I thought it would make sense to look at the Newbery side of things – specifically how finalists in the Young People’s Literature category of the National Book Award (NBA) fare in the Newbery race. I […]

A Splash of Red: Adding Full Color Where There Was None


You hear that tiny siren? It’s alerting you to a mini trend in children’s literature. Two popular series previously illustrated in black and white are being reissued in color. Will more follow? (On a slightly different, but related note, A Fuse #8 Production wrote a great post about re-illustrating picture books. Click here to read […]

‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#3)

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) Sure you may know your children’s authors and illustrators, but can you name them from reading their Twitter bios? Test your skills below. All credit for this post idea goes to Laura Given (@LibLaura5) – she […]

Morning Notes: Awkward Illustrator Nickname Edition

Old Wolf

BESTING THE BEST Last week’s New York Times Best Illustrated list opened the floodgates, folks. Now the Best of 2014 stuff is coming at a steady pace. First up today are the Goodreads Choice Awards. This is an award decided by readers, so head on over and vote for your favorites in the categories of […]

Exclusive Cover Reveal: Fable Comics Edited by Chris Duffy

Fable Comics 500

Alright, who knew this was happening? Following in the footsteps of the wonderful Nursery Rhyme Comics and Fairy Tale Comics comes Fable Comics, another collection of cartoons by some of the biggest and best names in the field. Here’s a first look at the cover: How about a description? From classics like “The Tortoise and […]

Breakdown: The NYT Best Illustrated/Caldecott Overlap

Best Illustrated and Caldecott

The other day on twitter, Kelly Mueller (@muellerspace) asked me if I’d ever taken a look at how books on the annual New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books list (click here for the 2014 list) fare in terms of Caldecott. I looked at the last ten years of data and made a few interesting […]

It Is Picture Book Month

Picture Book Month

November is Picture Book Month. Tell kids about it. Read picture books. Buy picture books. Celebrate picture books. Visit the Picture Book Month website and spread the word.

Notes on October 2014

Notes on October 2014

In October… …we theorized on the most theorizable picture book of the year. I brought forth six explanations on the end of Sam & Dave Dig a Hole, and folks added some great ideas in the comments. …we went wordless. In the midst of another great wordless picture book year, I considered why we are […]

Everybody Plays the Cat (Sometimes)


There’s no exception to the rule. Every librarian will one day be The Cat in the Hat. Today is my day. Have a happy Halloween everyone!

Gallery: The New York Times 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2014


Let the season of “Best” begin. The 2014 edition of the New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books has been announced, and it’s a great group. I went three for ten in my predictions from earlier in the year. Let’s have a look at the winners: DRAW! Written and illustrated by Raúl Colón | A Paula Wiseman […]

Giving Up the Newbery Ghost?


Librarians are the original hoarders (but, you know, in a positive way). But I always maintain that we’re not the Library of Congress here. We can’t hang on to every book, no matter how much we’d like to. A while back I noticed our copy of 1955 Newbery Medal winner The Wheel on the School sitting, […]

Morning Notes: Books in Disguise Edition

Omaha Public Library Branch

KLASSEN IN DEMAND The Globe and Mail has a great piece about Jon Klassen’s career and current place as one of the most sought-after illustrators around. Click here to read. YOU ATE MY BOOK Halloween book return, anyone? Spotted at an Omaha public library branch. (Thanks to LISNews for the link) YOU CAN SUPPORT DIVERSE BOOKS […]

Review: Neighborhood Sharks by Katherine Roy


Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of California’s Farallon Islands By Katherine Roy David Macaulay Studio – Roaring Brook Press (Macmillan) ISBN: 9781596438743 $17.99 Grades 3-5 Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Kids are swimming in a sea of generic shark books. While a topic in constant demand, titles that […]

Too Big for Their Britches: Books That Can’t Keep Their Covers On

Broken Book

If you’re around books a lot, you know there are certain titles that just have a hard time keeping it together. I’ve found that the worst offenders have: High page counts Glossy pages Large trim sizes Which kinds of books have all of these? Your Guinness, your Ripley’s, your LEGO. Add in frequent circulation and […]