Morning Notes: Coming to Fruition Edition
DITCHING DEWEY DISCUSSION
When I said a couple weeks ago that “ditching dewey” was a 2012 trend, I had no idea the topic would be the October School Library Journal cover story. So what I’m saying is…I might be able to predict the future now. Click here to read the SLJ cover story.
While I come to grips with this life-changing revelation, you should know that SLJ is also hosting a Twitter chat on the topic next week. The info:
Twitter chat on Thursday, Oct 11
9 – 10 pm ET – 6 – 7 pm PT
ROWLING FANS CAN’T LET GO
Whenever satirical news outlet The Onion covers children’s lit, it’s always worth checking out. Their recent article on Harry Potter mania taken too far is another winner. Click here to read.
BUY A BOOK
GuysLitWire and Chasing Ray are up to their usual Making the World a Better Place scheming. They’re running an online book donation campaign for a school library that really needs it. You can buy one book for the cause, right? Click here to learn more.
NEW COVERS FOR CLASSICS
A while ago I mentioned the site doedemee and their call for folks to create new covers for the “100 greatest novels of all time” list from The Observer. Now, the redesigns are in and it’s an impressive sight. Click here to view the gallery.
(Thanks to SLJ Tumblr for the link)
BANNED BOOKS FOR YOUR PERUSAL
We’re in the middle of the 30th annual Banned Books week. If you’re looking for some resources on the topic, check out the Banned Books Week website. Click here to go.
COOL STUFF FOR KIDS
I recently came across the blog Tinybop and it looks promising. It’s sort of a “here’s some cool stuff for kids” site, featuring books, apps, and interesting websites. Also, bonus points for a cool design. Click here to check it out.
(Thanks to Swiss-miss for the link)
CYBILS NOMINATIONS: NOMINATE
If you haven’t yet stopped by the Cybils website to nominate your favorite children’s books of the year, do so! Since I’m on the fiction picture book committee this year, I’m taking a special interest in nominations for that category. So far, so good! Click here to get going.
New blog idea! It’s called Suess Meets… – an entire blog dedicated to Dr. Seuss mash-ups. Just off the top of my head I can think of Seuss and Star Wars, more Seuss and Star Wars, Seuss and Superheroes, and A Fuse #8 Production’s Re-Seussification Project. Now someone went and did a Seuss and H.P. Lovecraft combo. Click here to see it.
THE CASE OF THE ‘ANARCHIC ALPHABET BOOKS’
You ever come across someone on the street wearing your same shirt? Always slightly weird. I’ve posted in the past about title twins, but a recent bit of coincidence includes two picture books with a matching premise. PW covers the interesting case of Z is for Moose and A is for Musk Ox. Click here to read.
(Thanks to PW Children’s Bookshelf for the link)
DISPATCHES FROM KIDLITCON
For those of us who couldn’t make it to the annual gathering of children’s lit bloggers known as KidLitCon, there are some excellent wrap-ups from A Fuse #8 Production and Educating Alice to mull over.
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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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