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Cover Curiosity: It’s a Hit

Countdown Big

An agreeable side effect of featuring cover lookalikes is that I occasionally find a suggestion in my inbox. Today’s Cover Curiosity is a perfect example. With credit and thanks to Cindy Dobrez, school librarian and Bookends blogger (a site you should be reading if you aren’t already), I bring you a possible trend in the […]

Morning Notes: Cybils TV Edition

MARTIN AMIS, HATER It seems crazy to me how dismissive some can be toward children’s books. Controversy erupted this week when adult author Martin Amis stated in an interview that ‘If [he] had a serious brain injury [he] might well write a children’s book’. While I don’t think Amis speaks for all authors writing for […]

Review: Look! A Book! by Bob Staake

look a book

Look! A Book! By Bob Staake Little, Brown ISBN: 9780316118620 $16.99 Grades K-2 In Stores *Best New Book* If you throw an I Spy, a Where’s Waldo, and a fiction picture book into your children’s lit blend-o-matic and hit puree, what you get is Look! A Book! – pure entertainment in printed form. I can’t […]

2010 Cybils Winners Announced!

Cybils 2010

An impressive list. The Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards (a.k.a. the Cybils) were just announced and demand a look-see. Having served on the Fiction Picture Book panel, I’m thrilled to see David Ezra Stein’s Interrupting Chicken take top honors in that category. Click here to see all the winners.

Covering the Newbery (#10): The Cat Who Went to Heaven

Cat Who Went to Heaven

The cover redo-a-thon continues. Starting at the beginning and working my way up to today, I’m giving every Newbery-winning book a cover makeover. On to our current candidate… 1931: The Cat Who Went to Heaven by Elizabeth Coatsworth Original Cover: My Redo: Side by Side: Verdict: I don’t mind this one too much. Cat could […]

Review: Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke


Zita the Spacegirl By Ben Hatke First Second (Macmillan) ISBN: 9781596434462 $17.99 Grades 2-5 In Stores Good ol’ other dimensions – where would we be without you? The children’s literature landscape wouldn’t be quite as interesting, that’s for sure. What are Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz if not inter-dimensional fantasies? […]

Morning Notes: Let a Book Be Your Roof Edition

BRIAN JACQUES 1939-2011 Sad news. Brian Jacques, author of the iconic Redwall series – pivotal reading for scores of youngsters – passed away on Monday. Click here to read School Library Journal’s article. MICHIGAN CHILDREN’S LIT – UNITE! A Fuse #8 Production has put out an all call for children’s lit related folks with ties […]

10 to Note: Spring Preview 2011


Hang-wringing complete. It’s time for the quarterly look at upcoming releases I’m calling 10 to Note. What follows are the 10 titles set to hit shelves in March, April, and May that had me most saying “Yeah, boiiiii!” (or something along those lines). Not a guarantee of quality, but a subjective list of books that […]

Covering the Newbery (#9): Hitty, Her First Hundred Years


In the grand tradition of “oh, why not” I am attempting to recover every Newbery-winning book from 1922 to the present. Today, we begin the 1930s… 1930: Hitty, Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field Original Cover: My Redo: Side by Side: Verdict: I’m not sure about the kid appeal level of my redo. Too […]

Link Du Jour: A Quintet of Blogs to Watch

e is for book

In the past few weeks I’ve started following some new blogs, some of which might be of interest to you… e is for book Have I mentioned that 2011 is the year ebooks explode? It’s time to start figuring these things out (so says the reluctant librarian). The group blog e is for book should […]

Top 10 Black History Books for Youth

Black History Booklist

The appropriately-titled Booklist went and created a book list. A rather sound book list. A top 10 list of black history books for youth, all published in 2010. Click the image below to check it out, and add to your collection accordingly.

Review: Where’s Walrus? by Stephen Savage

Where's Walrus

Where’s Walrus? By Stephen Savage Scholastic Press ISBN: 9780439700498 $16.99 Grades PreK-1 In Stores *Best New Books* Simple gets a bum rap. Simple is difficult. Simple is complicated. Take picture books. When a story is boiled down to 32 pages and even fewer illustrations, there is no room for error. And if the text is […]

Morning Notes: Snow Day Edition

FUTURE OF PRINT BOOKS SAVED! PAY BY THE INCH While I’d prefer to have book costs determined by weight (or, at the very least, water-displacement volume), I suppose paying by height will do. Click the image below to read. (Thanks to BuzzFeed for the link) MAYBE NOT! KINDLE BOOKS OUTSELL HARDCOVERS AND PAPERBACKS The new […]

On Hold @ the Library: January 2011

Hold Shelf

They say that the hold shelf is a window into the soul. Well, that might be overstating things a bit, but it is certainly a way to find out what kids are reading when given the freedom of choice. Let’s take a look at the books students are lining up to read at the 5th […]

Covering the Newbery (#8): The Trumpeter of Krakow

Trumpeter of Krakow

Every Monday (save for the Mondays where I don’t) I’ll try my hand at giving each and every Newbery Medal-winning book a new cover, beginning from the beginning. Today’s installment of Covering the Newbery bring the 20s to a close. Is it with a bang – or with a whimper? Let’s find out… 1929: The […]