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Yarn Instagram

Just a quick note to let you know The Yarn is now on Instagram. We’ll be posting photos taken during our interviews, info on upcoming episodes, and the random pic of yarn taken at Michael’s craft store. Click here to see theyarnpodcast on Instagram. We also have a Facebook page. Right now over there we’re […]

Gallery: The 2016 Boston Globe Horn Book Award Winners

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The Boston Globe Horn Book Awards were just announced – let’s have a look at the winners: Nonfiction Award Winner: Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin Nonfiction Honor Books: Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad by M. T. […]

Top 10 Circulated Fiction Books 2016

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Let us dive into the stats one more time to see which fiction books were checked out the most this school year. What do you say, last piece of cake in the staff fridge? Previously… Top 10 Circulated Graphic Novels 2016 Top 10 Circulated Picture Books 2016 10. Kylie Jean, Drama Queen by Marci Peschke […]

Notes on May 2016

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In May… …I let you read my diary. My (Censored) Caldecott Diary (Part I of III) is ready for your perusal. …we considered the ramifications of lifting Caldecott/Newbery/etc. confidentiality rules. Nothing is decided yet, but ALSC is gathering thoughts and opinions on making the process not so secret. …Carter Higgins and I debuted a new […]

Being Handed the Baton: Patrick Ness Explores A MONSTER CALLS on The Yarn

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In the latest episode of The Yarn, Patrick Ness goes behind the scenes of A Monster Calls, a story inspired by another author – the late Siobhan Dowd. You can subscribe to The Yarn on iTunes and Stitcher: And we have a newsletter! Colby and I put all kinds of stuff on there: book recommendations, other […]

What’s Your FOUND Story?

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A fourth grade student walked into the library yesterday morning, triumphantly holding this book above her head: The book had been lost. Now it was found. Me: That’s great! Thanks for bringing it back. Student: I found it in a dream. Me: You found it in a dream? Student: Yeah. Me: What do you mean? […]

Top 10 Circulated Picture Books of 2016

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I know I made everyone jealous with my teacher’s lounge snacks in my last post. Top 10 Circulated Graphic Novels of 2016 Allow me to turn the screws a bit more. I walked into the lounge this morning and saw this glorious sight: Yep – crate full of Cheetos. But enough with the important stuff […]

Top 10 Circulated Graphic Novels of 2016

Top 10 Graphic Novels

When random jugs of Sunny D and begin to appear in the teacher’s lounge (leftover from one classroom celebration or another)… …you know the end of the school year is near. As the sun slowly sets on the 2015-16 campaign, I like to gaze off into the distance with a pile of circ stat printouts, […]

Announcing the Biggest and Best New Award in Children’s Literature: The Undies

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It’s okay. We’ve all done it. Stripped off the dust jacket to expose the naked underbelly of that brand new picture book. Peeked underneath the taped-on-Mylar of library books, desperate for an Easter egg or two. Sighed with delight and intrigue when we catch a glimpse of that unexpected story. When the case cover functions […]

Books on Film: Down the I WANT MY HAT BACK Tribute Video Rabbit Hole

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*Pant* *Pant* I *Pant* *Pant* just made the mistake of *Pant* *Pant* typing in “I Want My Hat Back” into YouTube. *Pant* All sorts of crazy/weird/funny stuff came up. Here’s a three piece sampler platter. 1. I Want My Hat Back – Video Game What do Jon Klassen’s book and an NES-era role playing game […]

Morning Notes: Ye Who Enter Edition

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COMING SOON: THE WORLD’S MOST EXPENSIVE CHILDREN’S BOOK? A rare first edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is going up for auction soon and it might become the most expensive ever. Click here to read. EATING IN A BOXCAR Filed away in my mind as “curiosity” are children’s lit cookbooks. “Yes, yes, Nancy Drew can […]

My (Censored) Caldecott Diary: Part I of III

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I was a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. During that year, I kept a Day One journal. Now, I’m going to share it with you – typos (I blame auto-correct), lame journal jokes (unfortunately, no one to blame but myself there) and all. In classic journal form, I update it in bursts and there’s […]

The Yarn: Writing from Memory with Kelly Barnhill

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My god, I was a weird kid. – Kelly Barnhill In the latest episode of The Yarn, Kelly Barnhill talks about her book The Witch’s Boy. Her process (she writes longhand, puts that notebook in another room, and writes from memory) is unlike anything I’ve heard before (that begins at the 3:25 mark). We’re giving […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#43)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? Jesus, what an a******. Click here for the answer. One Star Review Guess Who (#1) One Star Review Guess Who (#2) One Star Review Guess Who (#3) One Star Review Guess Who (#4) One Star Review Guess Who (#5) […]

Books on Film: Morris Micklewhite’s Controversy

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Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress is about a boy who likes to wear a dress, and how he handles the bullying he experiences because of this choice. If you haven’t read it, you should – it’s a beautiful, well-crafted book on a subject that can be tricky to tackle. Now, unfortunately, the book is the […]