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Top 20 Books of 2017: 5-1

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#20-16 | #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1 5. Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia, illustrated by Frank Morrison [Amistad | Grades 3-7] Because it contains 176 perfect pages. -John Click here for additional resources from Watch. Connect. Read. 4. All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson [Dial | Grades 4-7] Because even if your family re-enacts […]

Top 20 Books of 2017: 10-6

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#20-16 | #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1 10. Why Am I Me? by Paige Britt, illustrated by Selina Alko and Sean Qualls [Scholastic Press | Grades Pre-K-3] Because it celebrates curiosity, a hard-to-answer question, diversity, you, and me in a beautiful and genuine way. -John Click here for additional resources from Watch. Connect. Read. 9. The Good for […]

Top 20 Books of 2017: 15-11

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#20-16 | #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1 15. You Don’t Want a Unicorn! by Ame Dyckman, illustrated by Liz Climo [Little, Brown | Grades K-2] Because you will never look at a pink cupcake the same way again. -John Click here for additional resources from Watch. Connect. Read. 14. One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance by […]

Top 20 Books of 2017: 20-16

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#20-16 | #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1 Some things to know about this list: It’s a collaboration between John Schumacher and me. It’s a collection of our favorite books of 2016 for grades K-6. It’s a countdown from 20 to 1, with five books revealed each day. In terms of format, anything goes. You’ll see picture books, graphic […]

Coming Soon: Top 20 Books of 2017

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Beginning tomorrow, John Schumacher and I are teaming up to count down our 20 favorite books of the year. See you soon.

The 2017 Bookish Charitable Giving Guide


Interested in giving to a good cause? Are you a fan of literacy? This is the guide for you. Here are some of the literacy-focused organizations doing good work. Pitch in a few bucks to support them. I “adapted” this idea from boing boing, who put together a great Charitable Giving Guide you should also […]

2017 Children’s Lit: The Year in Miscellanea

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It’s time to take a look back at the year that was in children’s lit miscellanea. Read previous Year in Miscellanea Posts: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 Dedication of the Year: I’m Just No Good at Rhyming by Chris Harris and Lane Smith (feat. Molly Leach) (Click to Enlarge) This lol-worthy dedication sets the perfect tone for one of […]

A Little Book Giveaway Featuring Aaron Zenz


Aaron Zenz. You know him, right? The Hiccupotamus. Monsters Go Night-Night. I interviewed him for The Yarn podcast last summer: Well, he has a delightful new book out called Little Iffy. It’s about a griffon who’s afraid to fly, and I’m giving away a *signed* copy, so . . . CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE LITTLE […]

2017 Librarian Lump of Coal Gift Guide

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Time is running out to get a gift for the insufferable librarian in your life. With help from Etsy, the 2017 edition of the Librarian Lump of Coal Gift Guide has your back. Click here for the 2016 guide Click here for the 2015 guide Click here for the 2014 guide Click here for the 2013 […]

Notes on November 2017

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It’s time to take a look at three of my favorite posts of the past month. In November . . . . . . we went down the parody picture book rabbit hole. There’s some interesting stuff down there. . . . we reviewed approved and unapproved ways to carry a book. Try them all! […]

The Ultimate Children’s Literature Illustrator Gift Guide 2017


What are you going to give, a Coleggtible? Come on. Give art. Recently updated and expanded for the 2017 gift-giving season, here is my collection of children’s literature illustrator shops on the world wide web. This isn’t a comprehensive list – let me hear about what I missed in the comments. (Many thanks to Debbie Ridpath […]

Name That LEGO Book Cover! (#5)

I used this website to (virtually) create 3 LEGO book covers. They’re listed from least challenging to most challenging – see how many you can name. #1: Answer #2: Answer #3: Answer How’d you do? Previously . . . Name That LEGO Book Cover! (#1) Name That LEGO Book Cover! (#2) Name That LEGO Book Cover! (#3) […]

Everlasting Meme: Willy Wonka’s Greatest Hits

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10 to Note: Winter Preview 2018

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After scouring publisher catalogs while hopped up on LaCroix and trail mix, I am here with ten books coming in December, January, and February that I am looking forward to. To which I am looking forward? That to forward am I looking? Whatever grammar rules I am flaunting, don’t let that distract from the books. […]