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Instagramming an Author Visit: Aaron Zenz


Last week author/illustrator Aaron Zenz visited our school. Let this web log post serve as the photographic evidence. Librarians/teachers out there: now that I’ve hosted a few visits, I can say with confidence that student prep is the make or break factor when an author comes to town. Should I chart it out? Okay, I’ll chart […]

2017 Books from Coretta Scott King Winners

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We took a look at books coming in 2017 from past Geisel winners, how about authors and illustrators who have won Coretta Scott King awards (including author, illustrator, and new talent)? If I missed one, let’s hear it in the comments. The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Jerry Pinkney (May 9) When’s My Birthday? by […]

Books on Film: Shannon Hale, Jerry Pinkney, and Raina Telgemeier on Literacy

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The Library of Congress recently released a series of short videos with authors talking about literacy (I shared one with Kwame Alexander last week). Today we hear from more children’s literature voices, including Shannon Hale, Jerry Pinkney, and Raina Telgemeier.

I speak for the trees

The Lorax

Today is dress like a favorite book character day at my school, so . . .

2017 Books from Geisel Winners

2017 Geisel

Around this time I start getting the itch to track down all the books coming out from previous Youth Media Award winners. We’ll begin with Geisel today, but look for other batches (Coretta Scott King, Newbery, etc.) headed your way soon. Listing all the new books from past Geisel winners is tricky, because it’s an […]

Your 2018 Newbery/Caldecott ‘Hey, Keep An Eye Out’ Lists


The 2017 Youth Media Awards: pretty good, right? Pretty, pretty good. But like a cool guy who doesn’t look at explosions, I now have my eyes set forward to 2018. Pulled from the Goodreads 2018 Mock Newbery and Caldecott lists, here are some books to keep an eye on (preferably both eyes, moving from left to […]

“Pick Your Nose.”

Big Bird Says

“Ah, ah, aahh! I didn’t say ‘Big Bird SAYS pick your nose’.”

Surprise! Announcing THE VERY LAST CASTLE


Morning Notes: Needlessly Frightening Edition

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‘A MERE QUARTER’ Little Golden Books turn 75 this year and NPR has the story covered. It makes for a pretty fascinating listen. Leonard Marcus and George Saunders even chime in. Click here to listen. (Thanks to my dad for the link) THE WORLD’S MOST VALUABLE CHILDREN’S BOOKS – DO YOU HAVE ONE? Real Headline […]

Notes on February 2017

Brothers Comic

In February . . . I used book titles to make a comic. . . . I talked to Jon Agee about snacks. Also we got a first look at the trailer for his new book, Life on Mars. . . . we took a look at 10 books I’m excited about coming in spring. It’s […]

Local Man Attends 2017 SCBWI Winter Conference

Artwork by Oge Mora

I did something new a couple weekends back – left my mitten-shaped home and attended a Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) conference. You ever been to one of these things? They’re pretty great. I was invited to talk about unusual picture books and social media. Usually when I travel I have a one […]

10 to Note: Spring Preview 2017

Spring Preview 2017

This warm weather in February is the real “spring preview”, amIright? Here are ten books I’m looking forward to this spring. Picture Books South by Daniel Duncan Abrams | May 2, 2017 | Grades K-2 What is it about this book that is appealing to me? I want to dig into this. Okay, first of all […]

Morning Notes: Equal Edition

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CYBILS ANNOUNCED The Childrens and Young Adult Book Blogger Awards (CYBILS) were announced and there are some great picks in the bunch. Click here to see all the winners. THE STATS The CCBC released their Multicultural Statistics for 2016. The data tracks diversity in children’s books published last year. Some encouraging signs, and a long […]

Review: Charlie & Mouse by Laurel Snyder


Charlie & Mouse By Laurel Snyder Illustrated by Emily Hughes Chronicle Books ISBN: 9781452131535 $14.99 Grades K-1 Out April 11, 2017 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library

Book Title Toons: Brothers


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