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Throwback Thursday: Children’s Literature Edition


It’s Throwback Thursday (#tbt), the day when children’s book characters remember the good old days by posting a picture on social media. Times have changed… Papa Berenstain Bear just posted this: Little Critter also got in on the fun: And Arthur has been all over social media lately (amid rumors of plastic surgery): (Images: The Big Honey […]

Come With Me Down the Picture Book Parody Rabbit Hole


Only recently I’ve become privy to an entirely new world of children’s literature. The world of picture book parodies. Perhaps like you, I had been familiar some with the more mainstream parodies, like… Frankenstein Goodnight Goon …but there’s more. Way more. And some of them get pretty out there. So let’s have a look. Don’t […]

My 2015-16 School Year Goal

School Year Goal

It’s the first day for most schools here in Michigan. My goal? Make a positive connection with every student. I do my best to do this every year, but I figured it aught to be my  focus. What’s your 2015-16 School Year Goal?

Notes on August 2015

Notes on August 2015

In August… …I tried to predict the 2015 New York Times Best Illustrated Books list. Some of these have to make the cut, right? …we waited. Patience has become something of a 2015 theme. I made a cartoon to illustrate it. …I attempted to read the best selling book on Amazon. It didn’t go well.

One Star Review Guess Who? (#36)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? Stealing is ok—-I think not! This is NOT a book to be shared with anyone other than the trash! How very sad the committee accepts and medals a thief! The insanity must stop somewhere. Click here for the answer. […]

‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#6)

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) ‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#3) ‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#4) ‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#5) Sure you may know […]

Morning Notes: Expeditious Edition

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CHILDREN’S LITERATURE VANITY FAIR Marc Tyler Nobleman is my kind of guy – always looking to have a good time on his blog. You remember last year when he had authors read their bad reviews, right? He’s back with an idea he adapted from Vanity Fair – The Proust Questionnaire. Over the next few days, […]

The Yarn: Where Things Stand and a Call for Ideas

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Morning Notes: Ferk Finkular Edition

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AND THE WINNER IS… A new School Librarian of the Year has been crowned. Who is it? The School Library Journal announcement is here. GET JUDGING The Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards are celebrating a decade in biz. If you want to be a part of the book awarding fun, they just put […]

GOODNIGHT, SOON: The (Questionable) Ethics of a Bestselling Bedtime Book


Thus begins The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep, currently the bestselling book on Amazon: That’s right – the bestselling of all the books. It was also the lead story in Children’s Bookshelf from Publishers Weekly yesterday. The subtitle for the book is A New Way of Getting Children to Sleep. That new way, apparently, is hypnosis. […]

Roll Credits: Episode 8 of The Yarn – Jennifer Holm (Plus Our Secret Sponsor Revealed)

The Yarn

What is The Yarn? S1 E8 – Jennifer Holm This is it, folks – the final episode of Season 1 of The Yarn. Jennifer Holm and Matthew Holm go in-depth on Sunny Side Up, a book that hit close to home for the author and illustrator. There’s one person who deserves a special mention here. The person […]

The Yarn: Episode 7 – Matthew Holm (Plus Thumbnails from Sunny Side Up)

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What is The Yarn? S1 E7 – Matthew Holm What went into illustrating Sunny Side Up? Matthew Holm interviews himself to find out. In the post for Episode 5, I shared some of Matthew Holm’s thumbnail sketches from the first chapter of Sunny Side Up. Today we have the rest of the first chapter. (Click images […]

The Yarn: Episode 6 – Lark Pien

The Yarn

What is The Yarn? S1 E6 – Lark Pien Lark Pien is a comics creator (Long Tail Kitty) and colorist (Boxers & Saints, Sunny Side Up). I talked to her about walking away from a job in architecture to persue her passion for comics. My favorite part of the interview is at the 10:44 mark, when […]

The Yarn: Episode 5 – David Saylor (Plus Behind-the-Scenes Sketches of Sunny Side Up)

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What is The Yarn? S1 E5 – David Saylor Over a decade ago art director David Saylor had a good idea  – to create a comics-focused imprint called Graphix. The first Graphix book was Bone #1: Out from Boneville by Jeff Smith. A pretty good start. We talked to David about how he got into comics, the decision […]

The Yarn: Episode 4 – Phil Falco (Plus How The Yarn Logo Was Made)

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What is The Yarn? S1 E4 – Phil Falco Phil Falco is an art director and cover designer for Scholastic. You may not know his name, but if you’ve ever seen the books Smile, Amulet, or Tales from Outer Suburbia (and many others), you know his work. We talked to Phil about all kinds of cover-related […]