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Swag Trends

Today we’re going to rate the swag of 2019. From the best of the best to the absolute worst. I warn you. Glitter is involved.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Back Cover Reveal

I get a query the other day from Abrams. Would I have any interest in revealing the back cover of the new upcoming Wimpy Kid spin-off Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson’s Journal (out April 9th)? Here’s the reveal, done live with real kids, flying jelly beans, and (naturally) a fancy scroll.

Guest Post: “… doing our very best only.” Marc Aronson and the Global Cooperation of the Thai Cave Rescue

Today I am pleased to be hosting Marc Aronson, the writer, editor, publisher, speaker, and historian. This post discusses his new work Rising Water: The Story of the Thai Cave Rescue which, in a starred review, Kirkus said his, “Solid writing preserves the natural rising suspense and astonishing details of this rescue.”

The Quintessential Librarian Stereotype: Wrestling With the Legacy of Anne Carroll Moore

Folks, it’s time to have a reckoning when it comes to Anne Carroll Moore.

For Example, Take These Joke Books . . . Please!

What’s the best joke book on the market for kids today? Here are some recent publications vying for the prize.

The Inexpensive Way to Keep Up With the 2019 Oscar Contenders

The likelihood that you’ve had a chance to see all of the Oscar contenders for Best Picture this year is slim. To lighten the load, let me make it easy on you. You may not have time to see a film, but surely you’ve time to read a book for kids! They’re so short, and many of them cover the same ground as the film nominated. Don’t believe me? Just watch.

The Past Is Never Static. The Same Can Be Said of Our Books

Nonfiction has something Fiction will never have. Not really. When a work of Fiction is pilloried it can be pulled from the market or, if it’s in its earliest form, rewritten altogether. Nonfiction, in contrast, can wait years and years. Can be completely accurate and important. And then, if it chooses to do so, it can be rewritten.

Guest Post: Brian Lies presents Got to Get It Right

Guest post author/illustrator Brian Lies discusses the choices he made to both art and text when creating GOT TO GET TO BEAR’S!, and the implications and importance of gender choices in even the sweetest of picture books.

The Kidlit Stuffed Animals You’d Most Like to See

The subgenre. A marvelous method of uncovering the obsessions of your fellow human beings. I’ll give you an example. I like children’s literature, a subgenre of literature as a whole, but a broad one. There are a lot of different directions you can go with it. Subgenres within this subgenre, so to speak. I might […]

Better Together: Funny Pairings in 2018 Books for Kids

Look, I’m no teacher. I’m a librarian with a lint roller brain. What I mean to say is that I have a tendency to make connections between the books I read. And since I read primarily children’s literature, these connections have practical applications. So today we’re going to try something a little different. I’m going […]

Hunger Games at Ten: How Has It Been a Decade Already?

I guess I vaguely noticed that Scholastic was releasing some kind of Hunger Games Special Edition yesterday. I dunno, do publishers even need an excuse to release special editions? I wasn’t paying too much attention. But that was before I was told that the book is now ten years old. Released originally in 2008, it’s […]

Contemporary Issues and a New Role for Early Chapter Books

I’ve heard them called any number of things. Junior chapter books. Young readers. Early chapter books. Just plain old “chapter books”. They’re the transitional readers you hand a child when they’ve graduated from easy books but aren’t ready yet for, say, Harry Potter. And like any book, they have a wide range of reading levels. […]

90-Second Newbery: The Latest Submissions of Some Brilliant Cinema

It’s that time again. Time for kids everywhere to make their own short versions of classic Newbery winning books to the screen. Today, James Kennedy stops by to show us a slew of newest brilliant submissions and to beg you to find some kids who can submit their own. Hear the man out, people!   […]

Best Halloween Picture Books (an Entirely Subjective List)

About 2010, when I still worked as a children’s librarian for New York Public Library, I was sitting at the Reference Desk in the Children’s Center at 42nd Street when this 3-year-old walked up to me, bold as brass. He had the biggest brown eyes I’d ever seen outside of a Chuck Jones cartoon, and […]