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 numbers from Amazon showing Kindle books outselling hardcovers and paperbacks strike me as odd. I only know a couple people who have Kindles. Do I just associate with luddites, or is this the same with you? Either way, click here to check out the numbers for yourself.
(Thanks to TechCrunch for the link)
WE NEED MORE OF THESE: KOCHALKA NAMED CARTOONIST LAUREATE
How cool is Vermont? They went and named Johnny Boo creator James Kochalka their state Cartoonist Laureate. To celebrate, I liberally poured maple syrup on my waffles this morning. Oh, alright, that was going to happen today regardless. Now we have to get Michigan in on the act! Click here to read.
(Thanks to @MrSchuReads for the link)
LIBRARY PROTESTERS LEAVE NO BOOK UN-CHECKED OUT
Is your local library budget about to get cut? Do what patrons of the Lord Louis library on the UK’s Isle of Wight did – check out every book in the joint. Click here to read.
VISIT FOR THE EBOOKS, STAY FOR THE CHARLTON HESTON REFERENCE
I reviewed a new web-based eReader from Capstone in the latest issue of School Library Journal.Â Click here to read it.
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia (Currently #10 on the NYT Children’s Chapter Books list)
Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm (Currently #7 on the NYT Children’s Chapter Books list)
They recently became members of the Newbery club, and this week I was pleased to see Turtle in Paradise and One Crazy Summer join the top 10 of the New York Times Bestseller list as well. Here’s hoping they stay a while. Click here to read the entire list.
That uproar you hear (man, you have good ears) is coming from YA circles in response to the curious case of the “100 Young Adult Books for the Feminist Reader” list. Commenters complained about some of the selections, you see, and said selections were replaced. Not good. Chasing Ray provides a clear-headed breakdown of the chain of events that lead to the outrage. Click the image above to read.
So true. Little, Brown’s Alvina Ling (@planetalvina) points the way to a video showing how Bob Staake creates his artwork. Click the image above to read/watch.
New York’s Society of Illustrators has an ongoing lecture series that brings in some serious talent, including children’s author/illustrator, cartoonist, and playwright Jules Feiffer. Lucky for us, SI puts video of these lectures online for all to see. Click here to visit the SI site, and click the View the Video link at the bottom of the page to watch Feiffer discuss his life and work. Excellent stuff.
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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