Morning Notes: “What’s Your Emergency?” Edition
THE LAST BEST
The Bank Street College of Education puts out an annual list of the best books of the previous year. It’s very user-friendly – I like how they note books that make good read alouds. It’s a great one for collection development. Click here to see the list.
HARRY BY SELZNICK
Brian Selznick handles the latest Harry Potter covers. They look great. Also: lotta snake. Click here to see them. Or, watch this video:
ONE FOR THE HISTORIANS
University of Florida has a digital collection of 6,000 children’s books from the 19th century. Click here to check them out.
ANTI-VACCINE REVIEWERS TARGET CHILDREN’S BOOKS ON AMAZON
Oh no – Real Headline Alert.
Run: Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Afua Richardson, Nate Powell. Out August 14, 2018.
I usually cover books for the K-4 crowd here, but I’m making an exception today. The award – lots of award – winning March trilogy should be required reading for all Americans. Now the follow up trilogy, Run, is set to begin this August. You can read more about the book and see some interior art at the Wall Street Journal cover reveal.
Calling Caldecott is usually pretty quiet this time of year, so I was happily surprised to see this post about new books that seem mighty Caldecott-y. I’ve really got to find A Most Unusual Day.
Next person who says, editor, agent, critic, or reader, books by PoCs won't sell, can fix their eyes on this weeks NYT Bestseller list, where 50% of the books are by people of color.
Our stories are valid.
And we're not going anywhere.
Except up. pic.twitter.com/NpKiDnjrM1
— Kosoko Jackson is in edits ? (@KosokoJackson) April 11, 2018
I decided to type “children’s literature” into the Youtube search box and filter the results by most viewed. This video, called Terrifying Children’s Book was second on the list, with 1.1 million views. The horror of a low battery in a board book.
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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