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Exclusive Book Trailer Premiere: Unicorns 101 by Cale Atkinson

Cale Atkinson, the guy who made (among others) Explorers of the Wild, Sir Simon: Super Scarer, and who pulled off the world’s first puzzle cover reveal . . . . . . has a new book coming on September 3rd called Unicorns 101 (it even has a snazzy website). What’s it about? From the publisher: […]

Books on Film: Dav Pilkey on Today

Dav Pilkey was featured on a recent episode of the Today show and I never get tired of hearing his story (which always includes themes of book access and choice). If you work in a school, keep this one in your back pocket to show kids when the school year begins.

Cover Controversy: The Poet X

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo has had an incredible year. It’s been a New York Times bestseller. It’s won all the awards. Now the cover of the book is causing a stir. It appears that the cover image was plagiarized. Appears? Make that WAS: This is so disappointing/maddening/illegal. Now it’s in the hands of […]

Books on Film: Watch the Trailer for Jumanji II

The latest film incarnation of Jumanji likely won’t remind you of the book. They switched from a board game to a video game. The Rock is involved. It’s kinda it’s own thing at this point. But (albeit, loose) ties to Chris Van Alsburg’s Caldecott Medal winner mandate that I share the just-released trailer for Jumanji: […]

Books on Film: A Peek Inside The Eric Carle Museum

I haven’t yet made it to the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA and this video isn’t helping! Making the place look all wonderful and increasing my jealousy of those who have visited. With guest appearances by Ekua Holmes, Brendan Wenzel, Tom Lichtenheld, and many more.

11 of My Favorite Tweets from the Past Week (or so)

In case you missed them, here are a few of my favorite children’s literature/publishing tweets from the last week or so.

Morning Notes: Intrinsic Motivation Edition

RECOGNIZE Do children’s book authors and illustrators deserve more pub? Julia Donaldson says so. Click here to read. THE ACTUALLY VERY GOOD DAY Judith Viorst on happiness. Click here to read. (via Austin Kleon) BGHB The Boston Globe/Horn Book award winners have been announced. Nice work BGHB. Click here to read. JUDITH KERR In case […]

Morning Notes: Shrek Obstacle Course Edition

PICTURE BOOKS ARE SHOCKINGLY GREAT I love them too, kid. I love them too. I CAN PLAY THE TUBA Ann Patchett, well-known for her books for adults, has written a picture book. I’m always fascinated to hear how authors who write for grown-ups end up writing for kids. Patchett’s story begins with a chance encounter […]

Morning Notes: Smelly Edition

HOW YOU GET SMART By reading children’s nonfiction, of course (side note: A Fuse #8 Production been telling us this for years). The proof? The guy who’s on the most lucrative Jeopardy hot streak in history. Click here to read. DO YOU LIKE CASE COVERS? Mel at Let’s Talk Picture Books has added to her […]

Exclusive Book Trailer Premiere: THE PANDA PROBLEM

Today I’m honored to share the book trailer for The Panda Problem, a picture book written by Deborah Underwood and illustrated by Hannah Marks. But first, I wanted to ask Deborah some questions about the book. Travis: Hi Deborah! What was the initial spark for THE PANDA PROBLEM? Deborah Underwood: Oh gosh, I can’t remember […]

News! McSweeney’s to Publish Illustoria Magazine

Since it began in 2016, Illustoria magazine has been one of the coolest around. Billed as a mag “for creative kids and their grown-ups”, every issue is bursting with visual delights. Today the folks at Illustoria have some news to share: moving forward they will be published by McSweeney’s, the San Francisco publishing house founded […]

Books on Film: Meg Medina Reacts to Her Newbery Win

Over at the ALSC YouTube channel, they are slowly posting reaction videos from the 2019 Youth Media Award winners. First up, Newbery winner Meg Medina.

Books on Film: A Conversation with Arthur Geisert

As a child, Arthur Geisert really wanted to be a mountain climber. Selfishly, I’m glad it didn’t work out. Because now we have a bunch of great Geisert-created picture books (like this one). This video finds A.G. in his studio, talking about his life and work.

Morning Notes: Stickers Edition

STUDIO YUYI Want to see inside Yuyi Morales’ treehouse studio? Click here. TALKING ABOUT SEUSS The most must-read item of the week is one I think a lot of people would like to ignore: a report of the racism contained in the work of Dr Seuss. We all know about it in If I Ran […]

Book Trailer Premiere: Zombies Don’t Eat Veggies!

I met Jorge Lacera at the NCTE conference this year. Jorge illustrated the cover for The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya. He told me that he and his wife Megan had a picture book coming out in the spring and when I saw the cover/title, I was in. We are here today […]