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I Tumbled, I Tweeted, I Taught: Critical Engagement Through Social Media

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Look at the internet today. Things are happening online right now that would have been inconceivable even five years ago.  With that in mind I have to say I can think of few topics more timely than the ones that will be raised at the upcoming Social Media Institute here in Illinois. Oh?  What’s that?  […]

Jolts of Children’s Literature in Unexpected Places

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Okay!  We start out today with a whole range of adult titles, either coming out in the future or newly published, that contain some children’s book reference or inclusion.  And for a beginning let us examine a whole slew of books where the very idea of what a children’s author is serves as the inspiration […]

Conversations on Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Cake, Slavery, and an Unprecedented Pull

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I think it was four or five months ago when I first saw A BIRTHDAY CAKE FOR GEORGE WASHINGTON on Edelweiss.  It was pretty much the final edition, though it could have been lacking some of the eventual backmatter.  No matter.  I have to admit my jaw was a bit on the floor.  This was […]

Thoughts on the Recent Spate of Awards

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I’ve been privy to lots of interesting conversations about our most recent ALA winners this week.  And since it’s Friday and we’re all now able to step back and take into account what all just happened, here is a quick summary of some of the discussions, topics, and random facts surrounding the Youth Media Awards […]

Most Classics Are Better With Robots

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Last night I had a lot of fun speaking at The Bookstall in Winnetka about the trends of 2015, 2016, and all the 2016 books I was excited about.  Afterwards a bunch of us sat down for dinner and drinks and the conversation turned, as is natural, to robots.  I had mentioned in my talk […]

And the Winners Are . . . .

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In case you missed it, the ALA Youth Media Award winners (Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, etc.) were announced this morning. Best of all, I was on hand to offer Pre-Game predictions and Post-Game commentary. Here are the results. Please note that there is no heat in the room I was commenting in. So if I’m trembling […]

Cover Reveal: Volcanoes – Fire and Life by Jon Chad!

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If you know me then you know I’ve a certain weakness for comics, graphic novels, graphic comics, and comic novels (?).  You draw it, I like it.  And every once in a while, First Second will offer me a little jacket to reveal in some manner.  It seems timely that with the announcement about the […]

100 Magnificent Children’s Books 2015

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Happy New Year!! As with each and every year, I like to make my own little list of 100 children’s book titles.  These are pretty much for my own reference in the future, though you’re more than welcome to critique the choices as you prefer.  Previous lists can be found for 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, […]

The British to American Translation

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This Christmas I was delighted to find that someone had given me the latest incarnation of Harry Potter, this time in the form of the fully illustrated book by Jim Kay.  Called Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, my book was a little different as it was the British Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.  […]

Merry Christmas Weirdest Holiday Picture Book of All Time!

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This is a reprint of a Christmas related post I did about two years ago.  I cannot tell you how often I think of this book.  Eventually I’m just going to cave and buy it.  In any case, Merry Christmas!   In the past I’ve done posts about Weirdo Picture Books and others on Out-of-Print […]

Guest Post: Melissa Stewart and Diversity in Thinking

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I don’t often do much in the way of guest posts on this site. Aside from the occasional Walking and Talking episode by Steve Sheinkin it’s almost always a one-woman show over here. That said, when someone presents me with something particularly interesting and asks if they can post it on my site, I can’t […]

Why This Book? The Conundrum of Virality and A Fine Dessert

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Friends, Romans, Countrymen. Lend me your ears.  I come to discuss A Fine Dessert, not to praise it or denigrate it.  Not to really talk much about the book itself at all except as a recent phenomenon.  A phenomenon unique to our particular day and age and that remains relatively mysterious, despite (or perhaps because […]

What Is a Social Script?

Oh, the librarian and the teacher should be friends Yes, the librarian and the teacher should be friends One job invokes all new terms The other hears them and they squirm But that’s no reason why they can’t be friends Literary folks should stick together Literary folks should all be buds Teachers want some Core/STEM […]

Jolts of Children’s Literature in Unexpected Places

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It’s that time again!  Time for me to bring your attention to a variety of strange and interesting books never meant for children, but that contain some hint of influence (little or big) from the literary world of the youth.  Feast thine peepers on the following: We Were Brothers by Barry Moser It’s not that […]

Disaster Distress Resources

In the wake of the recent San Bernardino shooting, it can be difficult to find resources for children. Recently Andrew Roszak of Child Care Aware offered the following resources to people looking for help and links. I include his resources here today: Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 The helpline is also available in Spanish, by text and […]