Morning Notes: ‘Really Big Ball of Twine’ Edition
SNEAKY, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, SNEAKY
Who’s up for some cheap time travel? Check out the recent Spring 2015 Children’s Sneak Previews from Publishers Weekly. All kinds of eyebrow-raising stuff coming up. Click here to read.
THE DAY THE CRAYONS CAME TO A THEATER NEAR YOU
What I’m experiencing right now is the unexpected and sudden realization that a certain best-selling picture book could make an awesome movie. Which book am I talking about? Click here to read.
(Thanks to Book Bites for the link)
WATCH. CONNECT. ROAD.
Our teacher-librarian pal John Schumacher has kicked off his annual road trip, which is always jam packed with children’s lit. Follow along at Watch. Connect. Read.
A LIST, A LIST!
The latest list is brought to you by Amazon, who shares their 100 Children’s Books to Read in a Lifetime. It’s a pretty good mix of new and old. And over at Goodreads, readers can add to and vote on their own top 100 list.
MY HERO: WILLIAM STEIG
The good ol’ “My Hero” essay. This reminds me of elementary school – it the best way. In case you missed it, Caldecott winner Jon Klassen wrote about his appreciation for William Steig over at The Guardian. Click here to read it.
I made a Where the Wild Things Are gif. Here it is:
(It comes from this film)
Lane Smith is doing something different: putting out a novel (a novel that, as you can see above, doesn’t have a cover yet) about a kid who lives at “a cheesy roadside attraction” called Fairy Tale Place. From the description in this article at Publishers Weekly, I can’t wait to read it.
How do agents and editors view the current (and future) state of books for young people? Writing and Illustrating surveyed a batch to find out. Click the image below to read.
In my next life I’m going to create a YouTube channel called In the Picture Book Studio With… . In this imagined next life, I hope my videos will turn out like this one featuring Oliver Jeffers. Imagista interviews the author/illustrator about his work.
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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