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Newbery/Caldecott Summer Prediction Edition 2022

It’s summertime and that means a second round up of potential winners of the 2022 Newbery/Caldecotts!

Review of the Day: Timelines From Black History: Leaders, Legends, Legacies by D.K. Publishing

This book is NOT the only book on the subject that will ever be written, but right now it appears to be the only book so far. And I’m just relieved that it was good to begin with. A beautifully designed supplement.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Draw Me a Star by Eric Carle

We’re back! And just in time to honor Eric Carle with a brand new book. What better one to do than the one that’s been banned several times around the country? We talk nudity, sassy suns (or lack thereof), and Kate selects a new potential tattoo. Listen in!

Unconventional Conversations with a Black Author: Emmanuel Acho Discusses His Young Reader’s Edition

From viral video hit series to book deal to young reader’s edition, Emmanuel Acho’s Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man is doing well. I have a comfortable Q&A with him about the last of these.

It Fell From the Sky: An Interview with The Fan Brothers

“I feel like our two most recent books both have a bit of resonance with the pandemic.” I talk with Eric & Terry Fan about their latest book, its antecedents, and maybe its larger implications too.

#OwnVoices: Tagging, Cataloging, and Making Your Library Collection Completely Searchable

We Need Diverse Books is phasing out the term #OwnVoices. What does that mean for libraries and catalogs where we want to specify creators in our records?

Review of the Day: Losers at the Center of the Galaxy by Mary Winn Heider

In an era of information overload, Mary Winn Heider is the author who will lead us through the pandemonium into the light. Hand this to the kid that wants something smart and funny with a side order of turmoil for spice.

Celebrating the Librarians That Work So Very Hard: A Dear Librarian Interview with Lydia Sigwarth

While talking to author Lydia Sigwarth of the new book DEAR LIBRARIAN we read four submissions from people who think that their librarian is the best.

2021 Board Books: Some Delights Thus Far

I collect them continually and sometimes there are so many lovely titles that halfway through the year I break down and show them off early. Today is that day.

Unexpected Jolts of Children’s Literature

“Chunky pigeon milk”, drunk mermaids, secret gardens and more abound in today’s Unexpected Jolts of Children’s Literature.

Review of the Day: Ergo by Alexis Deacon, ill. Viviane Schwarz

It’s a treatise on philosophy as it relates to young children. It’s about escaping the confines of yourself and reaching out to others. And, most importantly, it’s a cute baby chicken picture book where 95% of the action takes place inside an egg.

Photography Informs Black Pride: Natasha Tarpley Discusses The Me I Choose to Be

Author Natasha Tarpley discusses the awesomely rendered, photographic sensation THE ME I CHOOSE TO BE and why we need it now more than ever.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Pigs’ Wedding by Helme Heine

With Kate’s nuptials on the horizon, we select a book today that’s not only on topic, it’s also a German import. Can it be used as a guide for her special day? We’re willing to find out.

Remembering Eric Carle and Lois Ehlert

In honor of two legendary picture book giants, Eric Carle and Lois Ehlert.

Looking for Virtual Literary Summer Camps? Look No Further!

A collection of virtual summer camps with a literary focus for your perusal this year.