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January 26, 2019

My students spent the month of December reading 16 picture books we think could be in the running for the Coretta Scott King Award, given annually "to encourage the artistic expression of the African American experience via literature and the graphic arts, including bi...

December 17, 2018

It's the return of the Sleeper Hits list!

If there's anything consistent about the kidlit community it's that you can bet that social media feeds will be congested with Best of The Year lists from every corner of publishing. These lists break down the best books of the...

December 17, 2017

My students spent the month of December reading 16 picture books we think could be in the running for the Coretta Scott King Award, given annually "to encourage the artistic expression of the African American experience via literature and the graphic arts, including bi...

December 16, 2017

There is no shortage of lists breaking down the best books of the year, the award contenders, the bookseller favorites. And I love these lists. Some of my favorites include Minh Le's "Best Picture Books of 2017" for HuffPost, Brightly's "The Best Children’s Books of 20...

November 9, 2017

Since last November I've been working on something behind the scenes on the All The Wonders podcast and to be honest, I've been struggling with how to pull this blog post together. 

How about we begin anecdotally? All things are rooted in story. Why would this be any di...

November 8, 2017

Jane Yolen and Rilla Alexander are doing a book together!

JANE YOLEN AND RILLA ALEXANDER ARE DOING A BOOK TOGETHER!

I. Am. Pumped!

This will be the first picture book Rilla has illustrated that she has not also written. And it will be Jane Yolen's 365th book! There's a wh...

October 25, 2017

Jessie Sima visited the All The Wonders podcast a couple months ago to share Not Quite Narwhal, her debut picture book (listen here). Since then I've been a bit obsessed with using the terms "sea unicorn" and "land narwhal", but if you've read her book chances are I mi...

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