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Excellent Black Lives Matter Picture Book Bios (Some Pre-BLM)

There have been Black picture book biographies coming out for years and years and years. Often their publishers either wouldn’t or couldn’t put the marketing dollars behind them that they so clearly deserved, and so these books would sink from view and be forgotten. Today, I want to revisit some of these books, just in case someone had a hankering to rediscover them.

Meet the Newest Niblings!

Today we are pleased as punch to announce that we are adding two additional women to our Niblings group. Meet them for yourselves!

Chance: Escape From the Holocaust – An Excerpt of the Latest Book by Uri Shulevitz

Today I offer a brief glimpse of the latest book by 1969 Caldecott Award winner Uri Shulevitz.

It’s the Final Countdown (of Picture Books 2010-19)

What if he asked people to rank not their top ten picture books of all time, but their ten favorite picture books of the last decade? That’s right. Just the books published between the years of 2010-19. The results have been tabulated and now they are in.

Social Distancing in the Studio: The Eric Carle Museum Presents Its First Virtual Exhibit

As of yesterday, The Eric Carle Museum is presenting its first virtual exhibit. Called ART in PLACE: Social Distancing in the Studio, the show consists of 21 picture-book artists, isolating in their studios, working in the midst of a pandemic. Or, as Executive Director Alexandra Kennedy puts it, “We may all be in isolation—but these artists are helping to make sure we don’t feel isolated.”

Could COVID-19 Mark the End of the Physical Galley?

From an economic standpoint, it would make a lot of sense for publishers to look at the current shift from physical to electronic galleys and say, “Okay. This is how we’re doing it from now on.” But is that for the best?

Librarian Preview: Small Publisher Spotlight (Summer-Fall 2020)

From sourdough starters to fairytales, bats, and migrants, here’s a round-up of a slew of small publishers and what they have coming out in the summer and fall.

Strega Corona and the Magic Sourdough Starter: A COVID-19 Tale for Our Times

Distance learning takes a turn for the strange when I get to be in charge.

The Last Dance of the Tiger King: Kidlit Connections For Quarantine Times

I’ve been stuck inside too long. I can’t help it anymore. I have to . . have to . . . have to write the silliest post about our current times I could think of. Beware!

Story Seeds: A Podcast for Our Time

Learn about Story Seeds, a new podcast that reveals the creative and writing process, models the value of deep listening and collaboration between children and adults, and shares great, diverse stories that inspire kids to write, imagine, and be curious about their world.

When an Artist Loves a Library: Elisha Cooper and the Jefferson Market Branch

The relationship between artist and library branch is a special one. Today we feature an epic love story for the ages.

A Good Old-Fashioned Nonfiction / Informational Fiction Debate

A rip-roaring conversation (with only minimal bloodshed) between myself and author Amy Alznauer about the border between fiction and nonfiction in the realm of children’s books and how carefully it should be guarded.

Hey, Whatever Happened With the Rabbit hOle? The Future of the World’s First Explor-a-Storium

Imagine a place that turns the entire notion of children’s books and museums on their head. Picture an Explor-a-Storium a.k.a. an interactive children’s museum where everything inside is children’s book related. Mad, you say? Absolutely. Now check out how close we are to completion…

Trendwatch 2020: Death Death Death Death Death

The most sweeping trend of 2020? That’s right. It’s dead dogs. Better grab your hankies now.

21st Century Oral Storytelling: How PJ Library Connects Kids to Their Heritage via Podcasting

“Folktales were an oral tradition before they were a book tradition.” I interview Meredith Lewis about why podcasts for kids are an ideal venue for carrying on Jewish storytelling traditions.