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31 Days, 31 Lists: 2018 Picture Book Reprints

BigGreenBook

What convinces a publisher to bring a picture book back into print? It could be a popular creator, a timely title, librarian/bookseller love, or a combination of all these factors. One thing’s for certain. 2018 yielded a fabulous crop of oldies but goodies.

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2018 Calde-notts

MaryWroteFrankenstein

Definition: A “Calde-nott” is an illustrated book for children that is, for one reason or another, ineligible for consideration as a true Caldecott Award contender. Today we pay tribute to the beautiful books from beyond our borders.

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2018 Funny Picture Books

WeDontEatOurClassmates

This might be my favorite picture book list of the 31 Days, 31 Books countdown. How could it not be? Get ready for titles that’ll have the small fry howling in the aisles.

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2018 Alphabet Books

PterodactylWorst

Every year we see alphabet books that inform, instruct, and entertain. For today’s list, these are the 2018 titles that really took the ball and ran with it.

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2018 Rhyming Picture Books

HipHopLollipop

Oh, Dr. Seuss, what hath thou wrought? Up and coming children’s authors everywhere should be taught one very important lesson before they set fingers to keyboards: Rhyming is a privilege. Not a right. And, quite frankly, not everyone is good at it. There is no pain quite like the pain a librarian feels when they […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2018 Picture Book Readalouds

PlayThisBook

Until today the lists that I’ve produced this month haven’t been all that subjective. No one can argue that a pop-up is a pop-up or a board book a board book. A book has no words? Then it’s wordless. Pretty cut and dried. Readalouds are a different kettle of fish altogether. What works for me […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2018 Wordless Picture Books

LittleBarbarian

Its use is universal but its respect, nil.  Consider the multiple uses of the wordless picture book and its capabilities. How else can you make all children love reading, regardless of their comfort with words? Wordless picture books are pooh-poohed in the same way as comic books. Sequential art is considered, by some, a lower […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2018 Board Book Reprints & Adaptations

BabySays

What’s even better than a board book the first time around? A board book a second or third or forty-fifth time around!! Just take a gander at some of the books that saw new life in 2018, and you’ll be forced to agree that 2018 really was a banner year for board books. 2018 Board […]

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2018 Great Board Books & Pop-Up Books

KissByKiss

I love that we always kick off the 31 lists with board books. What could be cheerier or more inspiring? This year, I’m adding in a selection of pop-up books for spice. And, since board books don’t always skew young, I split this list into two separate categories; one for babies and one for toddler. […]

It Starts Tomorrow! The Return of 31 Days, 31 Lists

31days

I’ve done it once. I’ve done it twice. I’ve done it . . . thrice? Not yet, but that changes tomorrow. All year long I read children’s books. My co-workers joke that I’m never in the lunch room without a big stack of titles appropriate for 5-year-olds. And you know what? They’re completely correct. What […]

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 […]

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 […]