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Why Do We Build the Wall, My Children, My Children?

Is there any physical object out there that carries quite as much weight and symbolism as a wall? It’s gotten me to thinking about how walls are being portrayed in children’s books in 2019. Here then is a quick encapsulation of some of the walls I’ve seen, what they’re trying to say, what they’re actually saying, and what they should be saying.

Because I Said So: Three Books Dare to Ask “Why?”

In 2019 we will see the publication of three picture books that all shouldered a unique challenge: How do you turn a child’s propensity for asking “Why?” all the time into a story? It almost sounds like a writing exercise when I put it that way.

It’s All Relative: An Unexpected Trend in What We Value

Children find great comfort in absolutes. That which is right and that which is wrong. But the world we live in is filled with gray. It’s chock full of different perspectives and points of view. So kids would do well to learn how to consider something, whether it’s a number, a time of day, or a snowy sky, from a multitude of angles. A list of 2019 books for our times.

Do We Expect Nonfiction to Be Serious?

Funny Nonfiction isn’t particularly common, but it most certainly exists. But how do you go about it? Let’s look at some of the funnier books of 2019 and see how they tackled the challenge.

Poetry Month Ain’t Over Till I Sez It’s Over: The Shockingly Good Verse of 2019

Gather round me, ye children. I know we’re in May, but poetry can shine every day of the year if it wants to. This is all the new good stuff. You know you wanna know what’s worthy.

Science and Math: 2019 Appears to Know What It’s Doing

I can think of no better time to present to you the truly wonderful smattering of science and math titles for kids out in 2019 that struck me as worth knowing. They look to the skies, the plants, even inside our own craniums, so as to teach and instruct our young readers. Let us thank them, then, by taking a gander at their contents.

Top Five Alice: A Wonderland Ranking

If you had to rank your Top Five illustrated versions of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, what would you choose? My choices are fairly standard, all things considered.

10 in 2019: Upcoming Picture Book Titles

Tooling about the internet yesterday, I ran across Travis Jonker’s recent blog post 10 to Note: Spring Preview 2019. Here then is my own list of upcoming 2019 titles that I simply adore. All of these are Picture Books. Thank you for the idea, Travis!

The Girl Sleuth Trope: An Ode to Victoria “Vikki” Allen of The Bloodhound Gang

When I was a kid my favorite detective was Vikki from The Bloodhound Gang. In her honor I create a booklist of the great Black girl sleuths of today.

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2018 Rhyming Picture Books

Oh, Dr. Seuss, what hath thou wrought? Up and coming children’s authors everywhere should be taught one very important lesson before they set fingers to keyboards: Rhyming is a privilege. Not a right. And, quite frankly, not everyone is good at it. There is no pain quite like the pain a librarian feels when they […]

The Drag Queen Story Hour and Books: Additional Booklist Suggestions

By now you’ve probably hear of Drag Queen Story Hour (sometimes also called Drag Queen Storytimes). The concept is pretty simple. Basically you take a drag queen, preferably one who likes kids and is a good reader, and have them conduct a storytime. According to the official Drag Queen Story Hour website, the concept was […]

#readblack: What Would You Include If Someone Asked for a Quick List of Recent Titles Starring Black Kids?

Last week I attended one of Library Journal / School Library Journal’s “Equity in Action” webinar courses. Lots of good information was included (and I’m not just saying that because their name’s above the banner here) with a variety of different speakers touching on everything from the state of the publishing industry to how you […]