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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 […]

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 […]

Morning Notes: Dirty Snowbanks Edition

BURN AFTER READING Ted Geisel’s thank you letter to a friend who stopped him from burning his first picture book manuscript is up for auction. Click here to read about it. BUT SRSLY Lauren Child thinks children’s publishing is getting the short end of the stick and is advocating for a change. Click here to […]

Morning Notes: horizon striles Edition

DEAR ZOO: WHERE ARE THE FEMALE ANIMALS? You ever notice how in Dear Zoo, there are no female animals? This blog did. And now, for some reason, people are mad that the blog called it out??? Where’s an eye-roll emoji when you need it? (Related note: A couple weeks ago Brian Lies wrote an excellent post […]

Morning Notes: Legends of Greemulax Edition

REBOOTING Roald Dahl’s The Witches is coming back to theaters and Anne Hathaway will be a part of the action. Click here to read. CHOOSE YOUR OWN LAWSUIT The Choose Your Own Adventure publisher is suing Netflix over Black Mirror: Bandersnatch. Click here to read. LET ME TELL YOU WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T READ In “You […]

Morning Notes: One to Go Edition

R.I.P. JB One of the picture book greats, John Burningham, has passed away. If you’re a fan of the form and you haven’t dug into Burningham’s catalog, you should. Click here to read more. AWESOMELY WIMPY I remember watching a video interview with Jeff Kinney a while back (I can’t find it now or I would […]

Morning Notes: Nutshell Edition

AND THE 2018 KIRKUS PRIZE GOES TO . . . A great book. COMING TO A TOLLBOOTH NEAR YOU The Phantom Tollbooth may soon be coming to the theater. Click here to read. TINY TREND Tiny books. Yea or nay? Because John Green is going the full Nutshell library on us. NORTH OF BORDER BESTSELLERS […]

Morning Notes: The Golden Crayon Edition

SKYPING FOR A CAUSE Author/illustrator Greg Pizzoli is doing something cool – Skyping with classrooms, charging 100 bucks, and giving all the money to help fight Alzheimers. If you are a school teacher or a librarian who would like to schedule a session during October or November, email Greg at info@gregpizzoli.com. HEY, TERRY On NPR, Terry […]

Morning Notes: 2nd Day of School Edition

LONGLISTIN’ The longlist for the Young People’s Literature category of the National Book Awards is here. Let’s have a look at the books: ‘HOW #METOO IS SHAKING UP THE CHILDREN’S BOOK MARKET’ Real headline alert! Or I should say “Innacurate Headline Alert!” The New York Post tries wading into the children’s book waters with this […]

Morning Notes: Riffing with Sendak Edition

THE CYBILS WANTS YOU . . . Do be a judge for the annual Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers Literary (AKA Cybils) Awards. Click here to learn more and apply. TAKING A STAND You read that piece in the New York Times yesterday? No not that one. The one about children’s book creators showing their […]

Morning Notes: The Book That Sells Itself Edition

#NEW PODCAST Inspired by the kidlit women hashtag that took off on Twitter in March, Grace Lin has started a kidlit women podcast, featuring essays and interviews. Click here to listen. SLY! School Library Journal’s School Librarian of the Year has been announced, and I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling pretty inspired. Click here […]

Morning Notes: “Can I call you ‘Matil’?” Edition

HOPE x CHANGE = … Remember this? you're gonna love this gif I just added: pic.twitter.com/S00FbPX4QW — Travis Jonker (@100scopenotes) March 1, 2018 That’s Jackie Woodson receiving her National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature medal. Her platform is Reading = Hope x Change (What’s Your Equation). Every Child a Reader have released activity kits to […]

Morning Notes: Facepalm Edition

AMAZON IS NOT MY LIBRARY This week Forbes ran a piece titled Amazon Should Replace Local Libraries to Save Taxpayers Money. My approximate reaction was: The thing was so wrongheaded and got on so many people’s nerves that Forbes deleted it. SLJ has the story of what went down. BRAIN LAIR: OPEN FOR BIZ Way to […]

Morning Notes: I Have a Book Idea Edition

BETSY DEVOS IS IN A CHILDREN’S BOOK Remember a couple weeks back when I shared that Seuss-inspired picture book being used in a . Well now my home state is getting in on the action with a picture book starring Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and candidate for governor Bill Schuette. Click here to read it. […]