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2017: The Year of Pants

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The other day Julie Danielson (of Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast) mentioned that 2017 might be The Year of Pants in children’s literature. First I checked with the Google Ngram Viewer, which tracks words that appear in books. It appears we are in the midst of a historic golden age of pants: Then I took […]

Now THIS is How Book People Celebrate Independence!

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I can think of no better way for a fan of literacy to celebrate July 4th than by supporting the creation of an independent bookstore. You can make it happen, people. Help me Build a Bookstore and Save a Life – https://t.co/5qI80lZiLa — Kathy M Burnette ; (@thebrainlair) July 2, 2017 Kathy Burnette (aka @thebrainlair […]

Notes on June 2017

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In June . . . . . . I questioned the Cat in the Hat’s fiscal responsibility. It was all part of a tongue-in-cheek post about nonfiction featuring the Cat. . . . I shared 10 exciting books coming out this summer. It’s Summer Preview time. . . . we went on a photographic tour […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#55)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? It’s a little bit hypocritical for people to look at Christian allegory and say it’s just dishonest preaching in disguise, only for one of their side to use a book that has a subtext for their own humanist worldview. […]

Instagramming ALA 2017 (Part 3)

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Previously . . . Instagramming ALA 2017 (Part 1) Instagramming ALA 2017 (Part 2) Sunday at ALA started off with an interview with The Day the Crayons Quit and The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors author Drew Daywalt. Even though he tried to tell me he was Dan Santat I saw right through his attempts […]

Instagramming ALA 2017 (Part 2)

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Previously . . . Instagramming ALA Annual 2017 (Part 1) Even though Saturday of ALA was busy, I will always take time to slow down, smell the strange convention center air, and admire a selection of Little Free Library designs: I spotted them on the way to the Chapter One Stage. I was moderating a […]

Instagramming ALA Annual 2017 (Part 1)

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I just swam back from the American Library Association Annual Conference and boy are my arms and legs tired! (Just kidding – we drove to Michigan City and took the train into town.) The trip began with my usual show-offy Instagram post about how unprepared I like to be at these conferences. Here’s a quick […]

Off to ALA Annual 2017

Gone to ALA

I’m making my way to Chicago for the American Library Association Annual Conference. I’m planning to post a recap when I get back, but until then, I’ll be sharing the trip via Instagram and Twitter, if you want to check in there.

Books on Film: Youth Media Award Winners Reactions

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I really never get tired of hearing Youth Media award winners talk about getting The Call. All credit to John Schumacher of Watch. Connect. Read. for reminding me via tweet that there are a whole bunch of new videos by ALA Youth Media Award winners (Newbery, Caldecott, etc.) up over at the I Love Libraries […]

A Photographic Tour of My Blogging Cave

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Here’s where I do most of the work for this blog and The Yarn. Let’s have a look around. 1. This is a memento from my year on the Caldecott committee: A drawing by Brian Floca of one of the characters from Locomotive. 2. A Little Golden Book birdhouse that a co-worker gifted me. 3. […]

10 to Note: Summer Preview 2017

Summer Preview 2017

Here we go, folks. One season, Ten books that I’m excited about. Books that make me go . . . Let’s begin. Picture Books Monster’s New Undies by Samantha Berger, illustrated by Tad Carpenter Orchard Books | June 27 | Grades PreK-2 Decades from now we will look back at the twenty teens and remember […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#54)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? This is an evil kid’s book, for sure. Pick it up and you’ll be condemned to a near eternity of grueling tongue twisters. And your kid will love it… Not because it’s one of Seuss’s masterpieces, but because he […]

Ye Olde Scope Notes: Are We Sure It’s a Good Idea to Have The Cat in the Hat Teaching Nonfiction???

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*Waving a rickety old cane in the air* Does it strike anyone as odd that The Cat in the Hat is now one of the most recognizable sources of factual information for children? I love the Cat in the Hat, but to put a creation of Dr. Seuss (the king of whimsically making stuff up) […]

Books on Film: The New York Times Illustrator Video Motherlode

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Over on Facebook, the New York Times is quietly amassing an astounding collection of children’s illustrator videos. You want names? Dav Pilkey, Rachel Reneé Russell, David Wiesner, Elise Gravel, R. Gregory Christie, Jon Klassen, Sophie Blackall, Floyd Cooper, Jessixa Bagley, Lane Smith and a lot more. Some of the best illustrators making books for kids, […]

Announcing The Yarn LIVE at ALA Annual 2017!

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Last summer we tried our first LIVE episode of The Yarn. Colby and I talked to Kate DiCamillo in Orlando. We had some laughs, some awkward moments (*Note* Those were all due to me – why did we kick things off with Colby reading an entry from my diary – WHY???) Click here for Pt. 1 of […]