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Video Sunday: “My hero, my mentor, and my friend in my head”

BabyMonkeyVid

Video Sunday is back, baby! After our extended month-long hiatus it’s time to stretch the old video muscles and get back in play. Now I don’t know about you, but this first video excites me considerably because it features an illustrator (and sometimes author) that I have never had the chance to see speak in […]

Review of the Day: Julián Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

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Julián Is a Mermaid By Jessica Love Candlewick Press $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-9045-8 Ages 4 and up On shelves May 22nd When you walk into another person’s home, there’s always a distinct smell to the place. Homes absorb the lives of their occupants, and the end result is as much an olfactory experience as a visual […]

The Lost Reviews 2017: Books and Their Hooks

BeforeSheWasHarriet

Julie Danielson calls it her Ghost File, and that’s as good a name as any for the books a blogger fails to talk up sufficiently in the previous year. 2017 was a pretty nice year for me personally, all things considered, so I’d like to pay it forward a bit and offer an homage to […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper

LittleEnginePiper

Happy New Year! It’s another edition of Fuse 8 n’ Kate which, at this rate, may be soon renamed The Random Facts About Koalas Show. So why this book today? My logic here is that since the Time Person of the Year of 2017 was #MeToo I should come up with a classic children’s book […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day Thirty-One – 2017 Picture Books

AllAroundUs

And just like that . . . *poof!* It’s gone! Not gone, exactly. The 31 Days, 31 Lists series may indeed continue next year. Just so long as the books or my eyesight holds out. In the meantime, it’s been a blast, guys. I appreciate that not a single one of you pointed out to […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day Thirty – 2017 Middle Grade Novels

AumasLongRun

Not a particularly complete list, or a very long one. Yet for 2017 these were the books that left a lasting impression on my little noggin. I read ’em. I liked ’em, every last one. I think they’re the bee’s knees. And I hope you like them too. Fiction for the masses! 2017 Middle Grade […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day Twenty-Nine – 2017 Fiction Reprints

Breadwinner

I think it takes a special kind of bravery on the part of the publisher to reprint a chapter book for children. Beloved works of fiction are funny beasts. You’ll have a distinct segment of the population that fondly remembers the title, but because are dealing with books they read in their youth, that memory […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day Twenty-Eight – 2017 Nonfiction Chapter Books

HowManyGuineaPigsPlane

Okay, folks. The rules are the same as yesterday. Books that have already appeared on previous lists won’t get a write-up. Newer inclusions that didn’t slot neatly onto another list will. And in some cases you’ll be wondering why a book that has a limited number of pages is on the “Chapter Books” list. If […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

PolarExpress

Shhh! Don’t tell Kate! I was supposed to drop this podcast on Monday as per usual but I got my dates mixed up and thought that Monday was Sunday. That’s the holidays for you. A bummer but since Kate has only a minimal online presence I’m going to try and sneak it through on a […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day Twenty-Seven – 2017 Favorite Nonfiction Picture Books

LookWhatSee

Well folks, we’re reaching the end of this month-long party. There are only a few lists to go, and it looks like I’ve been saving some of the biggies to the end. And because there are only so many hours in a day, and because I’ve mentioned a lot of these titles before, I’m just […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day Twenty-Six – 2017 Unique Biographies

YayoiKusama

In January of 2018 the cover story of SLJ will be one I penned summarizing the current crop of biographies for kids and teens of famous women and how this listing has changed over decades. In the past it was all Helen Keller, Amelia Earhart, and Rosa Parks as far as the eye could see. […]

Merry Christmas! Celebrating Emmet Otter’s Jug-band Christmas With Editor Frances Gilbert

EmmetOtters

Ran into these two the other day at the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta : If this duo means anything to you then it could be that you too were raised on one of the greatest Christmas movies of all time, Emmet Otter’s Jug-band Christmas. Produced by Jim Henson it was a sweet Gift […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day Twenty-Five – 2017 Transcendent Holiday Picture Books

RedLulu

The holiday picture book is a fascinating object in terms of artistic quality. Most public libraries, due to space issues, will create separate “Holiday” book sections where these books are sequestered away for all time. They are pigeonholed to a particular time of the year, sometimes to the good and sometimes to their detriment. And […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day Twenty-Four – 2017 Science & Nature Books

BeautyBeak

Someday I long to see a breakdown of what kinds of nonfiction children’s books win the ALA Youth Media Awards. How many books that win are biographies? How many cover STEM topics? How many are about math? (I kid – those never win) But science and nature are awfully popular topics and with good reason. […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day Twenty-Three – 2017 American History Books for Kids

FredKorematsu

Of all the lists on this blog this one may seem an odd little inclusion, but I have my reasons. A couple years ago I helped serve on the first committee selecting The New-York Historical Society Children’s History Book Prize. The requirements of the prize are simple: You and a group of schoolchildren must find […]