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Poetry Friday: The Mix-Up

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Check out the Poetry Friday round-up at Gathering Books. On the first day of National Poetry Month (April 1st), I’m hosting a gallery of book spine poems (or centos, if you want to get technical) submitted by you. If you give it the ol’ college try, take a picture and post it to your blog, […]

Cover Curiosity: Bag It


Is your cover in need of something to make it stand out? Bag it. Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt How to Die of Embarrassment Every Day by Ann Hodgman Zitface by Emily Howse And a couple from the past… Baghead by Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Thanks to Katie Davis and Greg Pincus for the […]

Poetry Friday: Odd Smell

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April 1st is a mere three weeks away, bringing with it the glory that is National Poetry Month. On that day I’ll be hosting a gallery of book spine poems (or centos) submitted by you. Interested in getting in on the action? If you give it a try, take a picture and email it to […]

Scenes from World Read Aloud Day

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Morning Notes: eBook Millionaire Edition

TODAY, THE WORLD READS I like special days where the method of celebration is clearly described in the title. Take today’s special day, for example – World Read Aloud Day. Grab a book and read it out loud – to your class, your child, yourself. Click here for details. DOCTOR SEUSS, MORE DIRECTLY What was […]

Cover Curiosity: Cons-istantly Covered

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It almost feels redundant to mention it, but Converse All-Stars are about the biggest thing going in middle grade/YA cover trends right now. It makes sense – they’re so uniquely versatile, with the ability to span generations and look hip at every stop. Let’s spy some recent examples: Pete the Cat by Eric Litwin; illustrated […]

Covering the Newbery (#13): Invincible Louisa

Invincible Louisa

1934: Invincible Louisa by Cornelia Meigs Early Cover: My Redo: Side by Side: Verdict: I like it! Will kids? No! Your thoughts? Read Previous Covering the Newbery Posts: 1933: Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze 1932: Waterless Mountain 1931: The Cat Who Went to Heaven 1930: Hitty, Her First Hundred Years 1929: The Trumpeter of […]

Link Du Jour: Matilda and the eBook

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In a beautiful mash-up of the Roald Dahl classic Matilda and the current ebook revolution, author/illustrator Aaron Renier (The Unsinkable Walker Bean) crafts a comic strip that digital dissenters and aficionados alike should take a look at. Excellent stuff. Click here (or the image above) to read it at Unshelved.

Poetry Friday: The Genius


On April 1st, I want to kick off National Poetry Month with the bang it deserves. But I’m gonna need your help. I’ll post a new book spine cento here every Friday in March. On Friday, April 1st I’ll put up a gallery with your submissions. Click here for more information on creating your own […]

Let the Countdown to National Poetry Month Commence!

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April is National Poetry Month, or as I call it ’round these parts, National (Book Spine) Poetry Month. I actually do the air parentheses and everything. Last year, inspired by the amazing work of Nina Katchadourian, I tried my hand at creating a book spine cento. Here were the results: I also encouraged all comers […]

Review: Look Who’s There! / What Do You See? by Martine Perrin

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Look Who’s There! What Do You See? By Martine Perrin Albert Whitman & Company ISBN: 9780807576762; 9780807567128 $8.99 Ages 0-3 In Stores I don’t tend to notice board books all that much. This time, I noticed. Originally published in France, Martine Perrin’s Look Who’s There! and What Do You See? have a look and interactive […]

Morning Notes: Odd Duck Edition

INDIES CHOICE/E.B. WHITE READ-ALOUD NOMINEES ANNOUNCED I’m especially curious to see who wins the Middle Reader category, as it is loaded with talent. Click here to read. GO FLY YOUR GOLDEN KITE The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators recently dished out their Golden Kite and Sid Fleishman awards. Some great choices to be […]

Review: Cat Secrets by Jef Czekaj


Cat Secrets By Jef Czekaj Balzer + Bray (HarperCollins) ISBN: 9780061920882 $16.99 Grades K-2 In Stores On a purely technical level every book engages the reader, right? The act of reading or listening demands at least a small amount of participation. Then you run into a book like Cat Secrets, which shows the heights to […]

Covering the Newbery (#12): Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze

Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze

On Mondays I’m doing my darnedest to re-cover every book that has won the Newbery Medal. Let’s take a look at our latest candidate… 1933: Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze by Elizabeth Foreman Lewis Original Cover: My Redo: Side by Side: Verdict: Hmm, I like the bold colors of the redo, but overall I’m […]

What Do You Do When an eBook Won’t Die?


HarperCollins recently made news for proposing a 26 checkout limit on their ebooks from public libraries. Click here to read the article in Library Journal. GalleyCat also covered the story. This is crazy, right? The blog Librarian in Black thinks so. Same goes for BoingBoing. Check out #hcod on Twitter for more reactions. One one […]