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The Yarn: Episode 4 – Phil Falco (Plus How The Yarn Logo Was Made)

The Yarn

What is The Yarn? S1 E4 – Phil Falco Phil Falco is an art director and cover designer for Scholastic. You may not know his name, but if you’ve ever seen the books Smile, Amulet, or Tales from Outer Suburbia (and many others), you know his work. We talked to Phil about all kinds of cover-related […]

The Yarn: Episode 3 – David Levithan

The Yarn

What is The Yarn? S1 E3 – David Levithan David Levithan is probably best known as a New York Times bestselling YA author. By day, he works with other writers’ words. We talked to David about how he juggles editing books and writing his own. I love when David starts talking about bias in children’s books. […]

The Yarn: Episode 2 – Raina Telgemeier

The Yarn

What is The Yarn? S1 E2 – Raina Telgemeier We talked to the creator of Smile, Drama, and Sisters about growing up, getting into comics, and what it feels like to be the face of graphic novel memoir for kids. This was the first interview we did for The Yarn, but we almost didn’t make […]

My Lunch Secrets Will Change Your Life…

LGB Colby and Travis

If you are interested in… …learning my secrets for a successful lunch… …finding out a new children’s lit-related game to pass the time during a long car ride… …learning about the secret project I have planned with Colby Sharp… …then you must listen to the latest episode of the Let’s Get Busy Podcast. Colby Sharp […]

We Made a Show: The Yarn

The Yarn

Colby Sharp and I are trying something new. We aren’t, as I hinted at online, opening a used car lot. We’re making a show you can listen to. It’s called The Yarn. Part interviews, part documentary, our concept for Season 1 is to look at one book from all angles. You usually hear from the author […]

My Article in the Latest SLJ

Nerd Balloons

I wrote about nErDcampMI in the latest issue of School Library Journal. Click the image below to read it.  

Kid Lit Cartoon: It Ain’t Easy

It Ain't Easy


Books on Film: The Marvels by Brian Selznick


I don’t run many book trailers here, but when I see one that stands out, I make an exception. The trailer for The Marvels by Brian Selznick is definitely an exception – for my money one of the best I’ve seen. And over at Speakeasy, you can see how Selznick made it.

One Star Review Guess Who (#35)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? I read this a while ago and found this not that interesting. I found it creepy, actually. Who wants a freaking giant running around your room forcing dreams upon you? Then you wake up and see something out your window, […]

Books on Film: Bob Shea and John Green on Sprout

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A couple folks you might know turned up on the show Sunny Side Up on the Sprout channel recently: Bob Shea… …and John Green. In these videos you will: Hear John Green sing The ABC Song Watch as Bob Shea shares the footprint size of a T-Rex See John Green play dress-up Join in some dinosaur-inspired […]

Predictions! 2015 NYT 10 Best Illustrated Books

NYT Predictions

I’m a big fan of the annual 10 Best Illustrated Books list from the New York Times. What is it? From the source: Every year since 1952, the Book Review has convened an independent panel of judges to select picture books on the basis of artistic merit. The winning books are chosen from among thousands […]

Notes on July 2015

Notes on July 2015

In July… Raising a Lone Eyebrow: ALA Annual Recap (Part II) — Travis Jonker (@100scopenotes) July 2, 2015 …I recapped the ALA Annual Conference. Part I | Part II | Part III …we witnessed the Newbery Title Frankenstein. Inspired by A Fuse #8 Production, I discovered the most common Newbery title words. …we […]

Exclusive Cover Reveal: Are We There Yet? by Dan Santat

Are We There Yet

It’s my pleasure to reveal the cover for our reigning Caldecott Medalist’s next book, arriving April 12, 2016. From the publisher: In this astonishingly inventive new book from Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat, boredom is taken to the extreme. We all know time slows down when you’re bored–but what happens when time slows down so completely […]

Review: Piper Green and the Fairy Tree by Ellen Potter

Piper Green

Piper Green and the Fairy Tree By Ellen Potter Illustrated by Qin Leng Knopf (Random House) ISBN: 9780553499230 $14.99 Grades 1-3 Out August 4, 2015 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library You know what’s normal? Being weird. Kids know this. But as we grow older we do our best to shed anything that […]

Morning Notes: Unpleasant Blockbuster Edition

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GREAT MINDS Fans of great conversations, take note. Jacqueline Woodson just had one with Jimmy Carter, and the New York Times was there to capture the whole thing. Click here to read. BUTTERFLY IN THE SKY (AND NETFLIX) Reading Rainbow will be available on Netflix in August. You need to know this. Click here for more […]