Morning Notes: Edition of Editions Edition
FURTHER PROOF THAT #WENEEDDIVERSEBOOKS
Sorry to kick things off on a depressing note, but this story really bothered me. The UK Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman called for more diversity in children’s literature. Completely reasonable, right? The response was not. Click here for the whole story.
WHO WILL BE S.L.Y.?
That’s School Librarian of the Year. SLJ has just named their picks – congratulations all around! Click here to see the winners.
LEVAR BURTON’S FIRST CHILDREN’S BOOK COMING THIS FALL
Real headline alert! I’m going to go no B.A.C.A. on this one. If any celebrity gets a pass, it’s Mr. Reading Rainbow. I’m quite shocked it hasn’t happened sooner. Click here to read.
UKES IN THE LIBRARY
If this post by school librarian Benji Martin doesn’t make you want to buy a ukulele for story time, well, you must not like fun. Click here to read.
A LATE SUMMER BATCH OF BOOKS
One of my favorite blogs, Pink Me, has a roundup of some less-talked about picture books that are worth your time. Click here to read. The to-read list expands.
A Poem in Your Pocket by Margaret McNamara; illustrated by G. Brian Karas. Out January 27, 2015.
We’ve done Poem in Your Pocket Day the last few years at my school and it’s a good time. This coming school year it’s on April 16, 2015. I was excited to see this book that will be a perfect introduction for students.
My favorite children’s literature interview series continues this week over Number Five Bus Presents… . This week, Philip and Erin Stead interview Matthew Cordell. It starts off with a fascinating back and forth about “crappy coincidences in picture books”. Click here to read.
In case you missed this excellent post over at Pen & Oink about the making of Dan Santat’s Beekle – get on over there. The thing is littered with interesting tidbits.
Mr. Schu has the scoop on the best video of the week – a conversation between Kate DiCamillo and Lisa Von Drasek.
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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