Morning Notes: The Best Bad Books Edition
BOOKS SET TO BATTLE
The titles set to trade literary blows in the annual School Library Journal Battle of the Kids Books have been released, and Educating Alice has them. Click here to read.
NEWBERY HONOR AUTHOR A HIT ON JAPANESE TV
Sound the real headline alarm! The Newbery and Caldecott may not be getting love from American television networks (see: Today Show snub), but Japanese TV is keepin’ it real, covering Heart of a Samurai author Margi Preus. Click here to read.
(Thanks to Publishers Weekly for the link)
CLOTHING FOR LOVERS OF THE WRITTEN WORD
This may be one of those signs that they’ve thought of everything.
The loose leaf paper shirt.
(Thanks to BuzzFeed for the link)
The Newbery/Caldecott bump is real, folks. Letâ€™s take a look at where the recent award winners rank on the New York Times Bestseller lists:
Childrenâ€™s Picture Books:
#2: A Sick Day for Amos McGee (Caldecott winner)
Oh so close to the top, but President Obama’s book stands in the way to #1.
#3: Interrupting Chicken (Caldecott honor)
#5: Dark Emperor (Newbery honor)
#6: Dave the Potter (Caldecott Honor)
Childrenâ€™s Chapter Books:
#5: Moon Over Manifest (Newbery winner)
Have you checked out Watch. Read. Connect. yet? Elementary school librarian (and collaborator on the Top 20 Books of 2010 list) John Schumacher has started a blog that compiles all the various resources and media for books (book trailers, websites, teacher materials, etc.) and puts it all in one spot. Nicely done. Click here or the image above to visit.
Childrens’s lit goes to the Oscars thanks to Shaun Tan.
It’s hard to go wrong poking fun at awesomely bad books. Jimmy Fallon pulls an Awful Library Books as he reveals his annual “Do Not Read” list.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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