Morning Notes: Brain Punch Edition
THE PIGEON WANTS A LEGO SCULPTURE
No children’s lit-related what have you this week matched the sheer “oh, that’s cool” appeal of Mark Anderson’s pigeon lego sculpture. Dude got really technical with it – using a computer modeling program and everything. Hey LEGO, give Mark a call and get this thing into stores.
VOTE FOR SCHU
ALSC members take note! The ALA elections just opened and I am hereby throwing my support behind fellow school librarian and 2011 Library Journal Mover & Shaker John Schumacher. He’s on the ballot for the 2014 Newbery committee and I think he’d make a fine choice. Vote early and often. (Oh, and I also may be on the ballot for the 2014 Caldecott, just so you know). Click here for all the candidates.
PUNCH THE BRAIN!
Friends With Boys cartoonist Faith Erin Hicks decided to give the graphic novel treatment to A Wrinkle in Time. Let’s just say she took some liberties.
NERDS ON FIRE
Have you been reading the Nerdy Book Club blog lately? Between the Top 10 Early Reader Recommendations, great books with green covers picks, and posts by a cast of children’s lit authors and personalities, there’s a lot to love. My favorite part might be that anyone with a great idea for a blog post can write it up and join in the fun (see the link on the site).
INSIDE THE COVER KITCHEN
ABRAMS art director, Chad W. Beckerman is back with another post on how a book cover comes to life. This time the book up for discussion is Huff & Puff by Claudia Rueda. I love these posts.
ALL OF THE PRIVACY, NONE OF THE ‘E’
Love the fact that e-readers eliminate “cover shame”? Wish you could have that in print books? Now you can!
(Thanks to LISNews for the link)
FOR YOUR NEWBERY PREDICTING PLEASURE
I’m not sure who first alerted me to For Those About to Mock, but I thank them. This site that not only features one of the best blog names I’ve heard in a while, but is also devoted to discussing and predicting Newbery winners. For fans of Heavy Medal, give it a try.
TAKE YOUR BOOK ON SPRING BREAK
It’s pretty rare that I link to library programs because there are a lot of folks who already do a great job of it, like Abby (the) Librarian. But the Take Your Book on Spring Break contest that Bookends recently shared is something every school librarian should take a look at.
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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