Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Book Trailer Premiere - Telephone by Mac Barnett and Jen Corace

Hey, you! Yes, you! You're looking extra nice today. I have the perfect book trailer and book for you to share with all of your friends--Telephone by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jen Corace. After you finishing watching the book trailer, please turn to the person sitting next to you and tell them to watch it. Tell them to tell ten strangers throughout the day about it. Phone your aunts, uncles, cousins, and your favorite independent bookshops. Pass it on and on. Before we know it, everyone will know about Telephone. I just hope nobody mishears or misinterprets this original message. 

Ready! Set! Press Play! 

Telephone by Mac Barnett; illustrated by Jen Corace | Chronicle Books | Publication date: September 9, 2014. 

Mac Barnett is the New York Times bestselling author of several picture books, including Extra Yarn, which won a Caldecott Honor, the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, and the E. B. White Read- Aloud Award. Mac lives in Berkeley, California.

Jen Corace has illustrated a number of children’s books, including Little Pea. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

The #SharpSchu Book Club Met Last Night

Illustration credit: Brian Won and Dave Roman 

Hooray for the Sharp-Schu Book Club! We gathered together last night to discuss Circa Now and Hooray for Hat! Did you miss the chat? Fear not! You can read through the archive below. :) 

Illustration credit: Brian Won 
Thank you, Amber McRee Turner and Brian Won! 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Happy Book Birthday to...

Today is an epic book release day! You don't believe me? Just take a look at all of these AWESOME books that were sent out into the world today. 

Books Featured in the Video

1. The Turtle of Oman by Naomi Shihab Nye | Interest level: Grades 5-8

2. Colors Versus Shapes by Mike Boldt | Interest level: Grades K-2 

3. The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm | Interest level: Grades 4-7 

4. Uni the Unicorn by Amy Krouse Rosenthal; illustrated by Brigette Barrager | Interest level: All ages

5. Villainous by Matthew Cody | Interest level: Grades 4-8

6. Dash by Kirby Larson | Interest level: Grades 4-6. 

7. Amulet #6: Escape from Lucien by Kazu Kibuishi
 | Interest level: Grades 3-8 

8. Starring Jules #4 by Beth Ain | Interest level: Grades 3-6 

9. Captain Underpants and the Tyrannical Retaliation of the Turbo Toilet 2000 by Dav Pilkey | Interest level: Grades 3-6

10. Sisters by Raina Telgemeier | Interest level: Grades 4-8 

11. Shelter Pet Squad: Jelly Bean by Cynthia Lord | Interest level: Grades 1-3

12. 365 Days of Wonder by R.J. Palacio | Interest level: All ages 

13. Leroy Ninker Saddles Up by Kate DiCamillo | Interest level: K-3 

14. At Your Service by Jen Malone | Interest level:Grades 4-6. 

15. Little Elliot, Big City by Mike Curato | Interest level: All ages

16. Greenglass House by Kate Milford | Interest level: Grades 5-8

17. Little Elliot, Big City by Mike Curato | Interest level: All ages

18. Quest by Aaaron Becker | Interest level: All ages

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Sharp-Schu Book Club Meets on Tuesday

Colby Sharp, Amber McRee Turner, Brian Won, and I hope you'll join us on Tuesday night for the August Sharp-Schu Twitter Book Club meeting. :) 

Saturday, August 23, 2014

The Newbery Honor Challenge: 2004

Dear Mr. Sharp, 

Happy Saturday! I hope you're enjoying every moment of the last two weeks of your summer break. I hope you're well!



Visit Mr. Sharp's blog to find out which book he read.

Jim Murphy talks about his name. 

Jim Murphy provides a wonderful overview of An American Plague.  

Borrow An American Plague from your school or public library. Whenever possible, please support independent bookshops. 

Friday, August 22, 2014

Author-illustrator Toni Yuly

Happy Friday! I'm celebrating the last day of the first week of the 2014-2015 school year with author-illustrator Toni Yuly. We chatted about Early Bird, her studio, painter Jacob Lawrence, libraries, and picture books. I wrote the words in red, and she wrote the words in black. Thank you, Toni! 

Early Bird is my first picture book!  She is little, red and full of energy. Early Bird is for 1-3 year olds but it is also a nice book for anyone learning to read as the text is very simple and big!  I see Early Birds outside my window every morning because I am an early bird too!

I created the illustrations for Early Bird with pencil and pen and my computer (Photoshop.)

If you visited my studio I would most likely be in my pajamas, sitting with a big cup of black, decaf coffee and some dark chocolate near by.  It is a small, happy, quiet, bright room.  There is a window that looks out to a mostly neglected, wild yard. My studio is messy and there are a lot of odds and ends around that “speak” to me... thrift store finds... bits of the beach...and a LOT of books!

Picture books are magical things! They can make a huge impression on kids. Any book is cool, but who doesn't like a book with pictures! Picture books like all books have the power to be our friends. They sit in our heads and hearts and speak to us in a million ways you can't explain, but just happens...

Jacob Lawrence taught me so many things!  His “office” was actually a tiny studio space where he worked.  He had a collection of tools and stuff he loved plus some of his work up on the was a very cool “office.”   He was a multi-talented artist working in many areas including, painting, illustration, printmaking, mural design, etc.  This was very different from all of the other painting professors I had at the time, and I remember being really impressed and I started thinking, hey this guy is a painter, but he also does all of this other stuff too!  Besides many classes, I took 2 independent studies with Jacob Lawrence and during that time I built cardboard wall constructions, experimented with collage and drew and painted some of my most exciting work.

I am grateful to Jacob Lawrence for telling me something that really helped me and stuck with me.  He said, “You don’t have to have a big, fancy studio space. You can work anywhere,”  and I did.  For years I lived in tiny apartments and painted in the corner of my bedroom.  It wasn’t always perfect, but I never stopped working.

Libraries are my heart and soul!  I have worked in libraries for about 35 years and I just love them and the people who work in them.  Libraries are our last, great public sanctuaries, free to all people. I cherish libraries.  Check out all of the amazing things that libraries offer and give your local librarian a hug today!

Reading is something I struggled with when I was a kid.  I was a dreamer and always looking out the window so I wasn’t very good at school until I hit college. I think the best kind of reading is the kind you enjoy!  That could include blogs (like this one!)  comic books, cookbooks, etc.  I hope that people will never lose their love of does take some time and effort to sit and read something, but reading has the power to change your life in so many ways.

Mr. Schu, you should have asked me what my next book is all about!  It is a companion to Early Bird and it is called, Night Owl!  It will be released in January 2015 and I can not wait to share it with the world.  As with Early Bird, Night Owl is for very young kids. The themes are nighttime, sounds, listening, fear and bravery.  I had so much fun creating Night Owl!  Plus a board book edition of Early Bird is coming out at the same time.

I am giving away one copy of Early Bird

Rules for the Giveaway 

1. It will run from 8/22 to 11:59 p.m. on 8/24. 

2. You must be at least 13. 

3. If you win, please pay it forward. 

Borrow Early Bird from your school or public library. Whenever possible, please support independent bookshops. 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Today's #Kidlit Sticker (2014-2015 School Year Gallery)

If you spent a few minutes inside my brain during my morning commute to school, you would listen in on an internal conversation in which I plan which #kidlit sticker I'm going to wear and talk about throughout the day. Once the sticker is created, printed, and attached (with tape) to my body, I will add it to this blog entry. OK? 
Sticker #1 

Louise Loves Art by Kelly Light 

Sticker #2 

Little Elliot, Big City by Mike Curato 

Sticker #3

Nana in the City by Lauren Castillo

Sticker #4 

Flora and the Penguin by Molly Idle 

Sticker #5

Leroy Ninker Saddles Up by Kate DiCamillo; illustrated by Chris Van Dusen 

Sticker #6

The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm