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

WorldsBestJokes

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

TheFavourite

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

Moonshot

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

GotToGetBears

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

GoDogGo3

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

Undocumented

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?

HungerGamesCupcakes

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

UncleMurray

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

TobinStranglesJames

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)

BehindMask

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 […]

Even Sendaks Make Mistakes: When Your Hero’s Book Just Doesn’t Work for You

PrestoZesto

Can you keep a secret? An awful, terrible secret that could get me officially disbarred from all future children’s literature events from now until the end of time? This is just between the two of us, right? No one else is listening in and you won’t tell a soul. Okay. Here goes. I don’t think […]

Censoring the Unsaid, OR, Damned If You Do, #%&*@ If You Don’t

KittySwearing

Semantics. Oh yeah! I said it! Today we look at the strangest of trends I’ve encountered in a while, but one that is of infinite interest to me. It is not necessarily new, but I find it far more insidious than plain old-fashioned book banning. We are familiar with people censoring, removing, or otherwise restricting […]

Photos Tell the Story: Fictional Picture Books with Photographic Illustrations

FitchersBird

Years ago at NYPL I had the pleasure of hosting a panel, as part of my Children’s Literary Salon series, that I’d been looking forward to doing for years. Back in my college days I was convinced that I had a future as a photographer. That plan didn’t pan out (my technical skills with a […]

Horror for Kids Today: Post-Goosebumps Scare Fests

Jumbies

If this whole Collection Management job I’ve got going on doesn’t pan out, I think I’ve a fine and beautiful career ahead of me as a Crochety Children’s Librarian That Takes Issue With People Who Inexplicably Are Discussing Children’s Literature. The source of today’s frustration? A recent NPR piece with a killer title: Like ‘Goosebumps?’ […]