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Best Last Books: Which Ones Are Worth Reading?

Which last books by authors and illustrators are worth reading? I look at some of the creators we lost recently and consider their final books.

The MG/YA Confusion: Why Do Lists for Young Adults Always Contain Children’s Books?

TIME has released its “100 Best YA Books of All Time”. So why are so many books on the list meant for younger readers?

#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?

Looking for Virtual Literary Summer Camps? Look No Further!

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

Insufficiently Appreciated: Books I Should Have Reviewed

Today I pay homage to a couple of the books that I should have made more of an effort to praise properly when they first were published.

Book Giveaway! Long Road to the Circus by Betsy Bird

Enter to win a bound copy of my upcoming middle grade debut LONG ROAD TO THE CIRCUS, illustrated by David Small!

Prescient: Why the Netflix Version of A Series of Unfortunate Events is a Trump-Era Time Capsule

My family is currently watching the Netflix adaptation of the famous series. But does it have more to say to kids who lived under Trump than we suspect?

The Scourge of Skyward Knitting Needles: Pandemic Edition!

Time for every knitter’s favorite fact finding post in which we closely examine the knitting needles in a slew of 2020 picture book titles. Who got it right and and who got it wrong this year?

The Only Thing I Could Think To Do On Election Day

Safe in the knowledge that with the Election today no one is going to want to look at much of anything else, I’m putting together a post of cute Halloween costumes and pictures with kidlit connections. Enjoy.

Are You There, God? It’s Me, a Historical Novel. Margaret Turns 50

Judy Blume’s third book turns 50 this year so I propose something a little crazy. How about we release an edition of I propose an edition of Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret set . . . in 1970?

The Zhou Brothers: When You Have the Chance to Paint Your Own Story

“People think that collaboration is about harmony, but that’s wrong.” A book release party like none other, I attend the celebration for Flying Paintings by Amy Alznauer and The Zhou Brothers.

The Lost Paintings Found: What Eloise and Stuart Little Have in Common

Today I’d like to highlight two art mysteries that have direct ties to children’s books. One concerns a painting that vanished. The other, a painting that appeared in the oddest of places.

But If I Can’t Harangue in Person, How Will They Know I’m Right?: Book Committees in a Pandemic Age

How are book committees coping in the face of entirely virtual book discussions? I speculate and speculate and speculate some more.

Celebrities Don’t Draw: Kvetching About Credit

Why do some celebrity picture books fail to credit their illustrators? Heck, even Madonna made room for her artists. I consider a trend that makes some celebrity picture books even more despicable than usual.

Surprise! It’s Activist!: Children’s Entertainment Increasingly Takes a Stand

Today we offer the antithesis to that old “Surprise! It’s Racist!” post I created in 2014. What are the forms of children’s entertainment that surprise you with their activism? I consider some old standbys and new concepts.