Morning Notes: Gadgets, Floating Signs, and Freebies Edition
YOU MAY NOW PLACE YOUR KATE GREENAWAY BETS
The biggest picture book prize in the UK just named their 20 longest titles. I had a feeling Shh! We Have a Plan was going to be in this group – that’s my horse. How about you? Click here to see all 20 finalists.
HOW A PICTURE BOOK IS MADE
Have you seen the Picturebook Makers website yet? If you like to go in depth with author/illustrators, it’s for you. This week Carson Ellis stops by to talk about her upcoming book Home. Click here to read it.
WALKING WITH SEEGER
Author Steve Sheinkin is also pretty handy with the ol’ pen, as evidenced in his Walking & Talking comic series that runs over at A Fuse #8 Production. In the latest comic, he talks to Caldecott Honor winner Laura Vaccaro Seeger. These are great. Click here to read it.
WORTH A SHOT
Sure, the computer is good for helping us find books, but not quite as good as some students require. Tales of an Elementary Librarian provides the story of a last-ditch effort to find a missing book. Click here to read.
CALDECOTT CONVERSATION CONTINUES
If you haven’t had your fill of Caldecott recap (side note: not possible), be sure to check out Calling Caldecott’s thoughts on the matter. Click here to read.
CONVERSATIONS WITH SCHU
John Schumacher has become the Barbara Walters of children’s lit – he gets all the good interviews. For the last week he’s been talking with a bunch of the freshly minted Newbery and Caldecott medalists and honorees. Kwame Alexander, Jacqueline Woodson, Cece Bell, Jon Klassen, Yuyi Morales, and more likely to come.
GO SET A WATCH LIST
Heavy Medal (and commenters) talk about some books that might be getting some 2016 Newbery buzz come fall. Click here to read.
Sunny Side Up by Jennifer L. Holm; illustrated by Matthew Holm. Out August 25, 2015
What we have here is a highly anticipated book. The team behind Babymouse brings us a “middle-grade, semi-autobiographical graphic novel.” Consider my anticipation high as well.
The ALSC Blog had their usual great run of posts around ALA Midwinter. I was especially fond of the cartoon updates from Lisa Nowlain, like this one about the sights and sounds of the exhibit floor:
Jimmy Kimmel wanted to start a book club, but he’s short on time. His first selection? Goodnight Moon.
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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