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Newbery, Caldecott, and Geisel Winners and Reactions


The ALA Youth Media Awards have been announced. All that’s left to do is discuss the three categories that are most in my wheelhouse, so let’s commence… Newbery Award: When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead Honor: The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick Honor: Where the Mountain Meets the Moon […]

Link Du Jour: Watch the Newbery and Caldecott Awards Live!


This is a repeat post, but definitely worth mentioning twice. The speculation is over. Near is the day when we all can look back at our wildly inaccurate Newbery and Caldecott predictions and share a hearty laugh. The ALA Youth Media Awards will be announced in Boston on Monday morning. Bookmark this site and come […]

2010 Caldecott Medal Predictions


The Caldecott has a rep for being the most difficult ALA award to predict. Based on my past performances, I second that. But you gotta try at least, right? Here then are my picks for 2010 Caldecott glory. 2010 Caldecott Medal Prediction: The Lion & the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney. Beginning with the iconic cover, […]

Cover Controversy: Paper Bag Dragons


For the first Cover Controversy of 2010, we’ve got a pair of titles that match up more than most. It’s almost… controversial. Let’s have a gander at the first cover: Minders of Make-Believe: Idealists, Entrepreneurs, and the Shaping of American Children’s Literature by Leonard S. Marcus. What’s that, you say? Not a children’s book? Oh, […]

Link Du Jour: Kid Lit Cakes


While I could try to convince you otherwise, this post is really the equivalent of a cute cat video. So, without any further beating around the bush, click here to see cakes based on kids books (via Cake Wrecks, a site that is pretty funny if you take a look at some of the posts).

Unfortunate Covers (#13)


As a school librarian, few things bum me out more than when a great book is passed over because of an unappealing cover. It’s unfortunate is what it is. In these pages, I’ve brought a few of these good book/bad cover cases up for discussion in the past: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, […]

Gallery: Lion Yourself

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To the bold men and women who decided to Lion Themselves, you’ve entered an exclusive club. Few can say that they consort with the likes of George Washington Lion and Kevin Feder-lion. Interested in declaring your support for The Lion & the Mouse as the Caldecott awards approach? Bored? Click here to give it a […]

Lion Yourself: A Step-by-Step Guide


Whether to show your support for Jerry Pinkney’s The Lion & the Mouse as the Caldecott awards approach, or just for fun, I encourage you to Lion Yourself. Take a look at these famous people who decided to give it a try: George Washington Lion Kevin Feder-lion There are two ways to do it: Method […]

Morning Notes: Ambassador Edition

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SCIESZKA BODY DOUBLE OUT OF WORK; KATHERINE PATERSON NAMED NEW CHILDREN’S LIT AMBASSADOR A wonderful choice. Read all about Paterson in this New York Times feature. And did you miss A Year of Reading’s tribute to our outgoing Ambassador? Click here read. KIRKUS IS DEAD; LONG LIVE KIRKUS Looks like the literary review journal may […]

Behind the Caldecott Scenes with Ed Spicer

Ed with Books

I’m convinced that there is no better person with whom to shoot the Caldecott breeze than Ed Spicer. A first grade teacher, a member of the 2009 Caldecott committee, and a passionate supporter of the written word, Ed can talk books with the best of them. The fact that he has no qualms sharing his […]

Here’s to the Ambassador

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In honor of his soon-to-be-completed run as National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, the wonderful children’s lit blog A Year of Reading is hosting a celebration for Jon Scieszka. Click here to partake in the festivities. Our new Ambassador will be named tomorrow, January 5, 2010.

On Hold @ the Library: December '09


“But it’s 2010″ you say? “You’re still on break from school, how did you get the picture?”, you ask? Here is my response to each of these comments: 1. Let’s just not worry about the slightly late posting. 2. In a moment of thinking ahead, I snapped the pictures before winter break began at my […]

Link Du Jour: Cybils Finalists Announced!


Is that a conch shell I hear? Indeed, the alarm has been sounded. Finalists have been announced for the 2009 Cybils awards, and there are good books to be perused in nearly every conceivable children’s/YA literature category. I was among the judges for the Fiction Picture Book wing of the awards this year, and it’s […]

Morning Notes: Twixmas Edition

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What does “Twixmas” mean? THE MASSES DECLARE ‘WE’RE NOT BUYING IT'; FREE EBOOKS PROVE WILDLY POPULAR Ebooks? More like FreEbooks (100 Scope Notes Lame Joke of the Day©). Amazon recently announced that they sold more ebooks than traditional books over the holidays. Turns out they were padding the stats with freebies. FANFARE 2009 ARRIVES; MUSIC […]

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