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Books on Film: Ludwig Bemelmans and the Creation of Madeline

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It’s been out for a while, but I recently came across this Carle Museum video on Madeline creator Ludwig Bemelmans. When did the inspiration for Bemelmans most well-known character come from? It all started with a broken arm . . . (Click the image below to watch)

One Star Review Guess Who? (#65)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? I should have stopped reading it when the nosebleeds started. Click here for the answer. Why do I share these? Click here. Previously . . . One Star Review Guess Who (#1) One Star Review Guess Who (#2) One […]

Your Netflix Guide to TV/Film Adaptations of Children’s Books


Books, schmooks – let’s have some screen time!! But if you’re gonna have screen time, at least make it a show or movie based on a children’s book. It’s the least you can do. I scoured Netflix for all the TV shows or movies based on kids books (if you have a Netflix account, you […]

Bunny Beef: Pence Family Claps Back at John Oliver Over Picture Book Parody

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First there was this: The Pence family pet, Marlon Bundo, starred in a picture book: Then there was this: Comedian John Oliver released a parody of the book: Today, the beef continues. The Pence family announced the immediate publication of a new book Marlon Bundo’s Bad Dream. The premise? That Bundo’s last adventure, the spoof by John […]

Notes on March 2018


In March . . . . . . we tried to guess the book based on a student’s cover drawing. Some of them were tricky. . . . I shared ten books I’m excited about coming this spring. Preview time. . . . we learned what past Newbery, Caldecott, Geisel, and Pura Belpré winners are […]

2018 Books from Pura Belpré Winners

Pura Belpre 2018

Here are all the 2018 books from past Pura Belpré author and illustrator medal and honor winners. Did I miss any? Let’s hear it in the comments. Previously . . . 2018 Books from Newbery Winners 2018 Books from Caldecott Winners 2018 Books from Geisel Winners The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by […]

Morning Notes: Don’t Push the Button Edition

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PRETTY GOOD YEAR Jackie Woodson: having a pretty good year. Click here to read. REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE Should we have fewer books with rule-breaking characters? Fatherly thinks so. Click here to read. CANCELED AND PULPED The New York Times follows up in the #metoo movement in children’s literature, talking with (among others) Elizabeth Rusch, […]

Auto-Completed Children’s Books (#4) I Want My Hat Back

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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 To . . . (2018 Edition)


Children’s books can teach you how to do a lot of things. In 2018, they can teach you . . .  

I Created My Own Book Spine Poem and So Can You (And Your Students/Patrons)!

Book Spine Poem 2018

April is coming up. April is National Poetry Month. April is the time for book spine centos (see above). It makes a great program for kids (or former kids). So . . . Here are my tips for creating a book spine cento: Check out the book spine poem gallery for inspiration. This is always […]

10 Incorrect Ways to Spell ‘Newbery’

Newbery Misspellings

2018 Books from Geisel Award Winners

Geisel 2018

We’ve covered Caldecott. We’ve noticed Newbery. Now it’s time to gaze at Geisel. Wow, I apologize for that bout of alliteration. It will never happen again. Here are all the 2018 books from past Geisel Medal and Honor winners. Did I miss any? Let’s hear it in the comments. *NOTE* I tried to include books […]

10 to Note: Spring Preview 2018

Spring Preview 2018

Lot of good-looking books coming out here in the next three months. Here are ten that caught my eye. Picture Books The Town of Turtle by Michelle Cuevas, illustrated by Catia Chien HMH | April 10 | Grades K-2 Funny and sweet. That’s what I’m expecting with this story about a lonely turtle who ends up […]

Books on Film: SENDAK!

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Why was Maurice Sendak the star of his own 80s sitcom? He wasn’t – it just looks like it from this title screen. Shout out to archive.org for another blast from the past with a children’s literature legend.

A Great Big Creativity Project Giveaway!

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It’s May of 2016. I’m with Colby Sharp interviewing Dav Pilkey for The Yarn podcast. During that interview, Colby got an idea for a book. But I didn’t know that. A couple weeks later, I got a message from Colby that went something like “Oh, hey, I have a literary agent now and I have an […]