Morning Notes: Barcode Books Edition
LET THE BESTING COMMENCE
Best books of the year season is sort of like Christmas season â€“ it seems to begin earlier every year. While Iâ€™m not a fan of Christmas music in November, you can give me all the best-of lists you got. Hear that world?! Two lists you should definitely check are the New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2010 (chosen in part by the honorable Betsy Bird of A Fuse #8 Production) and Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Books 2010.
BOOK BANNING: ACTUALLY LESS FUN THAN IT SOUNDS
When it comes to books, is any publicity good publicity? Itâ€™s commonly thought that a good olâ€™ book challenge can have the unintended consequence of padding the authorâ€™s pockets. Author Sarah Ockler says â€œnot so fastâ€, using the recent challenge of her book Twenty Boy Summer as evidence. Click here to read.
(Thanks to Cheryl Rainfield for the link)
HARRY POTTER BLAMED FOR INDIA’S OWL CRISIS
Oddly, and sadly, this is a real headline. Click here to read.
(Thanks to Boing Boing for the link)
Little White Rabbit by Kevin Henkes. On shelves January 25, 2010.
When it comes to picture books, the Kevin Henkes seems to go one of two ways – the more detailed Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse style, or the more sweeping watercolors seen in the likes of Old Bear. His upcoming book seems to go the latter route, and I’m excited to see it.
This is unusual. A book that you read with the help of a barcode scanner. More art piece than practical, but unique nonetheless.
Iâ€™m with Collecting Childrenâ€™s Books in calling V-Reader (the â€œfirst animated ereader for kidsâ€) slightly terrifying. â€œOnce upon a time, there were booksâ€?!
(Thanks to Collecting Children’s Books for the link)
About Travis Jonker
Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at email@example.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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