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Battle of the Bear Wisdom

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What are the chances that this spring we would have two advice books, both featuring famous children’s literature bears, both titled Grin and Bear It? Well, I feel that that part (about the title) is kind of a given – if you have an advice book featuring a bear what else are you going to […]

2018 Books from Caldecott Medal/Honor Winners

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While all of the Caldecott winners this year were first timers, that’s fairly rare. Most years, a past winner or two will turn up to claim another shiny sticker. Since that’s the case, it seems like looking at 2018 releases from past winners is a good place to spot potential 2019 winners. Oh, also, there’s […]

Books on Film: Matthew Cordell on the 2018 Caldecott Medal

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Your must-watch video of the week: Matthew Cordell on a Chicagoland nature preserve talking about winning the 2018 Caldecott Medal.

Notes on February 2018

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In February . . . . . . there were some happy book creators. Is any tweet better than a Youth Media Award winner tweet? I rounded up my favorites. . . . I asked Niki Grimes three questions.  Including the all-important “favorite snack closer”. . . . we found out what Aaron Becker has […]

A Few Random Thoughts on the Bestselling Children’s Books of 2017

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Publishers Weekly just released their list of the bestselling children’s book of 2017. I have a few thoughts . . . Pete the Cat, man. He keeps on keeping on. The bestselling new picture book of 2017 was 5-Minute Pete the Cat Stories. It beat out She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton and Dragons Love Tacos 2. […]

Review: Peter & Ernesto: A Tale of Two Sloths by Graham Annable

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Peter & Ernesto: A Tale of Two Sloths By Graham Annable First Second (Macmillan) ISBN: 9781626725614 $17.99 Grades 1-4 Out April 10, 2018 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library I eat the same thing every day for breakfast and lunch. If you know me, you might have heard me talking about this. Do […]

Morning Notes: Very Far Away Edition

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L.A. TIMES NOMS The Los Angeles Times Book Prize just posted their nominees in all categories, including the one that matters most, Young Adult literature, a list that has two Newbery overlaps. Any guesses? Click here to see them. NYT ON #METOO IN CHILDREN’S LITERATURE The New York Times did a story on the sexual harassment […]

Auto-Completed Children’s Books (#3) Moo, Baa, La La La!

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Okay, Google – you think you’re pretty smart? How about you try completing the text from famous children’s books. I’ll type the beginning of each line into a Google search (plain text below), and you try to finish the line (bold text below). (All credit to @botnikstudions for the inspiration) Previously . . . Auto-Completed Children’s […]

How SPEAK became a Graphic Novel: 3 Questions with Laurie Halse Anderson

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I recently finished the graphic novel adaptation of Laurie Halse Anderson’s modern YA classic Speak. Boy is it well done. It’s illustrated by Emily Carroll. I’m always curious about how a novel becomes a graphic novel so I asked Laurie a few questions about it. Me: Hi Laurie. How did the idea to adapt the book […]

What Aaron Becker Has Been Up To: Behind the Scenes of A STONE FOR SASCHA

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After his award-winning Journey trilogy, I’ve been curious to see what Aaron Becker does next. A Stone for Sascha (May 8, 2018) is the answer. You may have seen the cover: Today we take an exclusive look behind the scenes of how the book was made.

The Best Tweets from the 2018 Youth Media Awards

#theviewfromhere pic.twitter.com/0WYpR0GCuv — John Schu (@MrSchuReads) February 12, 2018 YMAs….important note to self for the end, and the rest of you, since I have no assurance regarding my future mental state. pic.twitter.com/Djqy3bMnHI — Nina Lindsay (@OaklandNina) February 12, 2018 Breaking the no-screen-time for baby rule…#alayma pic.twitter.com/ooEnRPxFEq — Megan Dowd Lambert (@MDowdLambert) February 12, 2018 Is […]

The Day After: Random Thoughts on the 2018 Youth Media Awards

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A whole lot of great and interesting things happened during the 2018 Youth Media Awards. Here are my random thoughts on Geisel, Caldecott, and Newbery . . . Geisel: Two former winners here – Paul Meisel and Ted Arnold Very happy to see Charlie & Mouse win the gold. It’s one of the few books I […]

The 2018 Caldecott Comment Card

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Once the winners have been announced, I want to know what you think. Go ahead and share in the comments. Which choice are you happiest with? Which book did the committee miss?

Harassment in Children’s Lit

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Chances are good that if you’re reading this, you’ve already read the article (and comments on) Children’s Publishing Reckons with Sexual Harassment, but in case you haven’t, you should. It takes guts to talk about this stuff and I support and respect everyone who is.

The February Newsletter is Terrifying

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Yesterday I sent out the February installment of FROM THE DESK OF 100 SCOPE NOTES. It includes a story about a terrifying snowflake. You can see it here. Interested in having future newsletters sent directly to your inbox? Click here to sign up.