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The Results of Our Kidlit Election Are In

Voting Booths

Our kidlit election is finished. I explained the process over at the Reader Leader blog. Now the results are in . . . Squid votes are on the left, Duck votes are on the right. Which means . . .

The Voting Continues


You thought the election was wrapped up? Oh no friends. The vote continues, with different candidates. Head on over to Goodreads to vote for your favorite books of 2016 in the Goodreads Choice Awards. There are a whole lot of worthy candidates in the two children’s categories: Best Picture Books Middle Grade and Children’s

The Children’s Literature Community Responds to the 2016 Presidential Election


If you’re not up for a (mostly) Kumbaya sort of post (and I respect that), don’t read this post. Here are some reactions to the 2016 presidential election by the children’s literature community. (Thank you to Shannon Ozirny for the idea.) Have a friend? Hug a friend. — Mo Willems' Pigeon (@The_Pigeon) November 9, […]

It’s Election Day (And One of These Books Will Soon Be Real)

Presidents Book

A couple weeks back I received an email from Running Kids Press about The New Big Book of Presidents. Pretty much every library has this book (or something similar from another publisher). It is the one-stop-shop for all presidential info. An updated version will be released in January to reflect the winner of the 2016 presidential […]

Gallery: The New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2016

Cat From Hunger Mountain

The 2016 edition of the New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books list was announced today, so let’s see how I did on my predictions. Oh. Well, better luck next time! Here are the beautiful books that made the list. The Cat from Hunger Mountain by Ed Young The Dead Bird by Margaret Wise Brown, […]

Getting Creative


Yesterday The Creativity Project was announced. Little, Brown to Publish 'Creativity Project' by Michigan Teacher @colbysharp — Children's Bookshelf (@PWKidsBookshelf) November 1, 2016 I’m thrilled for my friend (and partner on The Yarn) Colby Sharp. I’m also honored to be one of the contributors to the project. (Click here to see the complete […]

We Found a (Man in the Yellow) Hat?

We Found a Hat

Jon Klassen’s We Found a Hat is fantastic. The end isn’t as ambiguous as his last book (written by Mac Barnett), Sam & Dave Dig a Hole (speculation got a little crazy on that one), but maybe there is some room for interpretation. Here’s my theory: The hat the turtles find actually belonged to The Man in the […]

November is Picture Book Month

Picture Book Month

It’s November. November is a good month. November is Picture Book Month. To learn more (and get in on the fun), visit the Picture Book Month website.

Bob-Con 2016

Bob Con 2016

If you’ve read a book with a character named Bob to kids, you know that kids love that name. Bob. It makes everything more jovial. Over the weekend the Bob Class of 2016 got together to network, discuss a potential (and highly controversial) change to “Robert”, and attend Bob-related workshops and breakout sessions. (Click to […]

Last Call for Undies! Nominate Your Favorite Case Cover by Nov. 15


The window to nominate a creative case cover for The Undies is about to close. The deadline is November 15, 2016. What are The Undies??? Only the Biggest and Best New Award in Children’s Literature. Follow these steps to nominate: Check out the case cover gallery we have going at Design of the Picture Book […]

Books on Film: In the Studio with a Pop-Up Master


Matthew Reinhart is the guy who pretty much makes every pop-up book not made by Robert Sabuda. The guy is a paper engineering wizard. Science Friday recently interviewed Reinhart in his studio with fascinating results. In this video you will learn: The basic pop-up folds and how they are used. How Reinhart approaches each pop-up […]

The ‘What Are Kids Checking Out?’ List


Follett, book distributor and maker of one of the most popular library automation systems in the country, recently put out a list of the most popular books in elementary school. Follett has collected circulation statistics from schools across the country (who choose to participate) to create the list. As a school librarian who sees the […]

The Most Terrifying Children’s Lit Jack-o’-Lantern Ever

Shel Jack o Lantern

If you really want to send chills down the spine of trick-or-treaters this year, there’s only one jack-o’-lantern guaranteed to scare ’em all:

Holds Shelf Still Life: October 2016

Holds Shelf Oct 2016

Here are the books currently on hold at our K-4 school library: (click to enlarge) You know who does really good drawings like this? Jane Mount. She even made a book of them. Click here to check out her website.

Endangered Series #11: Animal Ark


Popularity comes, popularity goes. As librarians we’re always balancing between what will circulate like crazy and what we need to have in the collection. And we’re not the Library of Congress – we can’t (and shouldn’t) keep everything. An endangered series is one that appears to be waning in terms of popularity. But popularity isn’t everything. Should it […]