Morning Notes: Ban the Mockingbird! Edition
DON’T KICK YOURSELF
Because that’s what will happen if you fail to vote in the Top 100 Picture Books and Top 100 Chapter Books polls going on at A Fuse #8 Production. The deadline, friends is April 15. Now I just need to share my lists… Click here for details.
THE EDIBLE BOOK IS A REALITY
A while back I did this Books in the Year 3001 post, imagining what books would be like in the future. The craziness including a bestseller that was also a pizza. Swap the pizza for lasagne and that prediction basically just came true. Click here to read.
CARTOONIN’ LIKE IT’S 1910
Times change, but it’s amazing how well this hundred-year-old book on cartooning holds up. Click here to read.
SOME PEOPLE HATE THESE BOOKS
But way more people love them. I speak of the annual list of the Top 10 Most Frequently Challenged Books from the American Library Association. Topping the list again is the ttyl series from Lauren Myracle. And nothing, I mean nothing, nothing upsets me more than the fact that To Kill a Mockingbird has not yet been banned. What are we waiting for people?! Click here to read.
(Thanks to Bookshelves of Doom for the scoop)
THE OSCARS (OF COMIC BOOKS)
The Eisner nominations are out, including categories for young readers and kids. Click here to read.
(Thanks to Good Comics for Kids for the scoop)
SPINE POEMS: OVER
Front cover poems are where it’s at. Click here to read.
THE DAUGHTER’S DAUGHTER
This isn’t really children’s lit specific, but interesting – the rise of The __’s Daughter books. Click here to read.
30 FOR 30
Absent-minded me. Here Gottabook is in the middle of an awesome poetry month celebration and I haven’t yet mentioned it. Thankfully School Library Journal came in clutch with the reminder, with a nice write-up about this collection of previously unpublished works from some children’s lit heavy hitters. Click here to read 30 Poets/30 Days. Click here to read the SLJ article.
THE WINNER OF THE BATTLE
Who saw this coming? Congratulations to Okay for Now for winning the School Library Journal Battle of the Kids Books. Click here to read.
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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