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Morning Notes: It’s All Over Edition

NAMING NAMES: CYBILS WINNERS ANNOUNCED Valentines Day brings the annual announcement of the Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards (also known as the CYBILS). I took part in the fiction picture book category as a first round judge and was pleased to see that Me…Jane ended up taking top honors. Click here to see […]

Covering the Newbery (#43) It’s Like This, Cat

It's Like This Cat

Every Monday, a Newbery-winning cover gets a redo. For more of the good, bad, and badder, click here for the Covering the Newbery gallery. 1964: It’s Like This, Cat by Emily Neville Original Cover: My Redo: Side by Side: Verdict: Definitely a different tone. Up next week: Shadow of a Bull by Maia Wojciechowska (Source […]

Link Du Jour: E-Books in Libraries = Craziness

Penguin E-Books

Welcome to the Digital Wild West, where the fate of e-books seems completely up in the air. Rules are made on the fly. Agreements are broken, patched up, and broken again. While I’m optimistic about the future of e-books in public and school libraries, it’s clear that there’s going to be a lot of flailing […]

Books on Film: Vintage Pop Up Video Library

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One of the more interesting video finds I’ve recently had is the Vintage Pop Up Book Video Library from The collection weighs in at just five titles, but where else can you can go virtually hand-on with a pop up Micky Mouse from 1933 or a pop up Star Wars from 1978? Nowhere, I […]

Morning Notes: E-Books Before E-Books

SLAP A ROALD DAHL… …stamp on  that letter. The children’s lit legend has just been given the UK postage treatment (with Quentin Blake illustrations) and things turned out nicely: Click here for more. (Thanks to Cheryl Rainfield for the link) PEACE OUT, NATURE Are Caldecott-winning books moving away from nature? A recent study suggests so. […]

Review: Giants Beware! by Rafael Rosado

Giants Beware

Giants Beware! By Rafael Rosado Illustrated by Jorge Aguirre First Second (Macmillan) ISBN: 9781596435827 $14.99 Grades 2-4 In Stores April 10, 2012 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library One part Asterix, one part Jeff Smith’s Bone, one part Scrappy-Doo, Giants Beware! takes the classic “friends on a quest” adventure and outfits it with […]

10 to Note: Spring Preview 2012

Spring Preview 2012

Here we go again. Time to round up the ten titles for the upcoming season that I can think of when I say to my reflection in the rear view mirror (with sunglasses tipped down), “the future is looking good…real good.”, before peeling out of the library parking lot. While I continue this obviously well-realized […]

Covering the Newbery (#42): A Wrinkle in Time

A Wrinkle in Time

I started this little exercise in redoing the covers of every Newbery-winning book because some could use an update. Today we have a book sporting a cover that seems to be perfectly back in style. In fact, it’s the 50th anniversary of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time and the new commemorative edition is just […]

Cover Curiosity: Dissimilar? Neigh.

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About a year or so into my Cover Curiosities run, I came across Pop Culture Junkie, a blog I would come to know as the Champion of Stock Photo Book Cover Lookalikes. Seriously, I don’t even know how she does it. Puts my “heh, hey – these books vaguely resemble each other” pairings to shame. […]

Photo: The High Interest Book Cart

High Interest Cart

We’re going high interest today. Adjectives like “subtle”, “timeless”, or “quiet beauty”? Check them at the door. Plain and simple, here’s a selection of recently purchased books that I don’t think I’ll see back on the shelf until the end of the year. 1. The Science of Sports series Play Like the Pros series Few […]

Morning Notes: Sweet Brevity Edition

WHERE ARE THE LADIES, CALDECOTT? If you look at the numbers, men have won Caldecott far more often than women. A recent post at the blog One Minute Book Reviews asks, “What the?!” With the insanely provocative title “American Library Association to Little Kids: Women are Second Best”, you know there’s going to be some […]

Books on Film: 3D Without the Glasses


Looks like a normal paining, right? Wait until the camera moves and things get all “whooooaaaaaaa”. 33 seconds of book distraction.

Covering the Newbery (#41): The Bronze Bow

The Bronze Bow

Click here for the Covering the Newbery gallery. 1962: The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare Original Cover: My Redo: Side by Side: Verdict: More like The Bronze Boooo! Can they all be winners? No, they cannot. Up next week: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (Source Image: “Archery Practice”

Books on Film: A Brief History of Newbery/Caldecott on the Today Show

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Looking for something to fill the void left when the Today Show failed to interview the 2012 Newbery and Caldecott winners? This one’s for you. First, a question or the masses: Articles I read about the Today Show Newbery/Caldecott snub says the interview has taken place “for many years” or it was “traditional” or an […]

Cover Curiosity: Kids in Trees

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Usually for Cover Curiosities, I highlight a straight-up “this cover looks kinda like that cover” situation. Today we have more of a trend. But it isn’t gothic gates, holding stuff, or socks. No, today’s middle grade/YA trend is about kids hanging out in trees. Here are three examples – got any more to add? Number […]