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Press Release Fun: SCBWI Teams With Local Nonprofits To Give Books To Kids

SCBWI BFR RDC INTROS by RDC Richard copy

Sometimes I’m on top of cool news items and sometimes I get a bit sidetracked until after the fact. I heard about this cool SCBWI Literacy Initiative. The pictures are in. Scroll to the bottom of this post to see them: For IMMEDIATE RELEASE SCBWI’s First-Ever Literacy Initiative Gives Books and Builds Dreams with Donations […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day Eighteen – Easy Books of 2017

PigGoose

It’s haiku. It’s poetry. It’s harder than original Twitter. Creating a quality easy book, whatever the reading level, is an art. Today, I’m throwing them all into a pile. The easy books that use only the simplest of words. The ones ones that veer closer to early chapter books (a category we’ll explore further tomorrow). […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins by Eric Kimmel, ill. Trina Schart Hyman

HershelHanukkah

So Kate asked me to pull out a classic children’s book that was also a Hanukkah book this week. A tricky proposition but by no means an impossible one. Today’s selection is a Caldecott Honor title that has been performed by and read to children for years. You might debate the degree to which this […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day Seventeen – 2017 Poetry Books for Kids

OneLastWord

P-p-p-poetry! Motto: It’s not just for April anymore. In a given year I tend to run out of poetry books for kids to review. I’ll find five or six spectacular ones, and then a handful of hundrum okay-but-not-great titles to fill in the gaps. 2017 changed the rules on me. Suddenly I found myself with […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day Sixteen – 2017 Oddest Books of the Year

MontyPythonSilly

Keep Children’s Literature Weird. There. There’s your rallying cry for the day. Now Travis Jonker has been nice and consistent on this front, producing his lists of The Most Astonishingly Unconventional Children’s Books every year since 2012. You’re bound to see some overlap with this list, but I’ve a couple of my own particular favorites […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day Fifteen: 2017 Fairy Tales / Folktales

PrincescaPea

Ah! One of my favorite lists. Not a long one, to be sure, but beloved. As I’m sure you’ve heard me say far too many times, in the history of children’s librarianship there was once a plethora of folktales and fairytales published every single year. Some of them were great, some them were hugely problematic, […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day Fourteen – 2017 Fabulous Photography

AnimalArk

Well, folks, I’m sick. Sick as a dog. Sick as a dog on a log in a bog (I think I’ve been writing up picture books too long). Fortunately, and by complete coincidence, today’s post is going to be an easy one. Folks that know me well are aware that there was a time when, […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day Thirteen – 2017 Picture Books With a Message

TellMeSexGrandma

Let’s have some fun defining our terms. What exactly do I mean when I say “books with a message”? Basically, I’m talking about books that wear their hearts on their sleeves. We all know that in their earliest form, when people were initially coming up with the idea of making literature for children, the primary […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day Twelve – 2017 Translated Picture Books

WhatWhatWhat

Initially I think I was going to call this list “2017 Imports” but that was a bit on the vague side. And was I really going to include all the Australian, British, Irish, Canadian, etc. books I admired this year? Seems a bit much. No, let’s instead offer an homage to the delightful translations of […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day Eleven – 2017 Bilingual Children’s Books

BabyTalk

I wish I had kept better statistics over the course of my children’s librarian career. Maybe if I had I could give you a sense of whether or not the number of bilingual children’s books published in 2017 was higher or lower than normal. As it currently stands, I’m just pleased to see these books […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

Madeline

If you’ve ever found yourself thinking, “You know, I like the Fuse 8 n’ Kate podcast, but would it kill them to occasionally do terrible French accents for long periods of time?” then have I got a show for you!! This week Kate’s sick, but we plod onward and upward. In the course of things […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day Ten – 2017 Math Picture Books

StackCats

It’s almost unfair that I’m not including math for older readers on today’s list, but for that I think you’ll be best suited turning to the awesome Mathical Awards, given out each year. The Mathical Book Prize (given by a committee of math teachers, working mathematicians, and the occasional librarian like me) celebrates math in […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day Nine – 2017 Picture Book Reprints

FrogInWell

Reprints! I may as well call this the zombie list for all that they’re celebrated, but celebrated they should be. I am always truly delighted when a picture book rises from the out-of-print dead to engage and delight young readers once more. Steadily throughout the year I’ve kept track of some of the brighter stars […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day Eight – 2017 CaldeNotts

BlueHour

They can’t win a darn thing, and that’s the truth. Sorta. Each year picture books are considered and assessed by the Caldecott committee to determine which titles are the “most distinguished” contributions to the field of children’s literature. And every year truly beautiful contenders will fall by the wayside, winning nothing. Why? Because when the […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day Seven – 2017 Funny Picture Books

StillStuck

And now, what could arguably be considered our most subjective of lists. As I like to say when I’m on the road with Funny Girl, humor really changes from person to person. What makes me laugh isn’t necessarily going to be what makes you laugh and vice versa. Still, I have this thing about honoring […]