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I Spy With My Little Eye . . . Treasures at the 2017 ALA Midwinter Conference

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Today is a nicely visual little post!  We’re going to take a gander at what I saw when I attended the ALA Midwinter Conference this past weekend.  The large publishers can only highlight a small selection from their list.  The little publishers can highlight everything coming out in a given season.  Bearing that in mind, […]

Post-Game Wrap-Up: The ALA Youth Media Awards

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Now THAT is how you do an award season, my friends.  Boy oh boy, I was mighty pleased MIGHTY PLEASED by a good 98% of the winners (and of that 2% that didn’t please me, I’ll never tell). I fully intend to do a post about all the neat stuff I saw on the conference […]

The Women’s March: Artists Bring Their Talents

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Normally on a Sunday I like to do a light little Video Sunday piece, just highlighting the vids of the week.  Not today.  In light of yesterday’s record breaking marches worldwide, I’d like to pay homage to the children’s book illustrators that used their considerable talents to support the march, marchers, and more.  In case […]

Review of the Day: Princess Cora and the Crocodile by Laura Amy Schlitz, ill. Brian Floca

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Princess Cora and the Crocodile By Laura Amy Schlitz Illustrated by Brian Floca Candlewick Press $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-4822-0 Early Chapter Book On shelves March 28th What if. What if Good Night Moon had been illustrated by someone other than Clement Hurd? What if. What if Charlotte’s Web had had an artist who wasn’t Garth Williams? […]

Award Season Speculation: How Has the Process of Discussion Changed Over the Years?

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Are you excited?  I’m excited.  Who wouldn’t be?  Very soon, almost too soon, it will be Monday morning and all around the world we’ll be able to tune into the live feed of ALA’s Youth Media Awards to hear the winners of the Caldecott, Newbery, Printz, etc.  Not like in the old days when you […]

Exclusive Deleted Scene: Steve Sheinkin’s Undefeated

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This past Sunday you might have seen a review in the New York Times for Steve Sheinkin’s latest book Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team.  In the event that it piqued your interest, you were familiar with the Radiolab episode on the same subject, or you simply like Steve Sheinkin (or […]

Unexpected Jolts of Children’s Literature

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It’s that time again!  Because my day job actually consists of buying adult books, not children’s, I am privy to a whole different slant on how children’s literature is perceived by the wider publishing world.  What assumptions do adult authors make of our profession?  How do books for children affect the cultural conversation?  I don’t […]

Review of the Day: Prince Ribbit by Jonathan Emmett, ill. Poly Bernatene

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Prince Ribbit By Jonathan Emmett Illustrated by Poly Bernatene Peachtree Press $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-56145-761-8 Ages 4-7 On shelves March 1, 2017 There’s been a lot of talk in the news lately about . . . well, the news. Specifically fake news. Articles and stories that look real when you find them in your in-box or […]

The Diversity List: Picture, Easy, and Early Chapter Books of 2016

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Not too long ago I created the 31 Days, 31 Lists series where I counted down a list of top 2016 books every day.  When I initially came up with the idea I briefly wondered if I should make lists celebrating specific kinds of diversity.  Top African-American Picture Books of 2016 or Best Diverse Titles.  […]

Warning: Construction (2017 Books) Ahead

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A girl could go quite mad. This is what happens when a blogger has a two-year-old with a penchant for vehicular momentum.  I blame his obsession on the fact that the house next door was leveled and a new one put in its place.  Suddenly my son had a front row seat for the excavator […]

Book Trailer Premier: Green Pants by Kenneth Kraegel

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Video Sunday bounces back with a beautiful book trailer.  But first, a little book trailer 101. When making a book trailer for your third picture book (in this particular case Mr. Kenneth Kraegel was the understated soul behind King Arthur’s Very Great Grandson and The Song of Delphine) you have to consider what kind of […]

Cover Reveal: Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk

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When I look at the wide swath of books published each and every year it’s a marvel to me that any new children’s book authors are able to claw their way out of the pack to distinguish themselves at all.  Consider adult author Lauren Wolk.  In 2016 her debut children’s book Wolf Hollow became one […]

Newbery / Caldecott 2017: Final Prediction Edition

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Normally published in December, now pushed up to January for your reading pleasure.  But I’m shaking things up this time around.  Let’s do something a little different. In all my past Final Prediction Editions of Newbery/Caldecott winners, I cling stubbornly to the same format: name the predicted winner and honors.  This year I’m going a […]

(like you really need another list from me) 100 Magnificent Children’s Books 2016!

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It has been a crazy December.  So just in brief then, here are 100 of the books that showed up on my 31 Days, 31 Lists series that I personally enjoyed the most.  I do this list each year as a kind of personal bookkeeping.  Go about your business.  We’ll be back to our regularly […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day 31 – The Best Picture Books of 2016

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And that, as they say, is that.  A noble experiment runs its natural course.  For those of you who followed along every day, I thank you.  It’s been a thrill, an exhausting exhausting thrill, to bring you a different list of great 2016 books every day in December.  Now we find ourselves on the cusp […]