This Week’s Tweets, Pins & Tumbls

Here are the links I shared on my Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr accounts this week that I think are cool:

Raise readers!:


6 Children’s Books To Read Before They Become Movies In 2016

10 Strategies to Help a Reticent Reader Love to Read by Susie Rolander

2016 Books from Caldecott Winners — 100 Scope Notes

3D printed picture books are helping visually impaired children to read | Gadgette

Australia’s First Ever Children’s Book About Same-Sex Marriage Has Been Long-Awaited

The benefits of reading to your child are priceless

Dr. Seuss books remade in yarn will make you want to be a kid again

Great children’s picture books about same-sex parenting – in pictures

The Horror Story of Publishing Children’s Books in Russia

More than 2.5m Minecraft books sold by Egmont Publishing

My book on George Washington was banned. Here’s my side of the story

Something Beautiful | Spring 2016 Titles for and About Latinos

Seven Years of College So I Can Cut Scrap Paper - Professional Library Literature :


Chicago library housing historic collection of black literature in jeopardy

Patrons fret cuts coming to Cedar Rapids libraries | The Gazette

Re-pinned by:


Scholastic and Ubisoft Partner for YA Novels Tied to ‘Assassin’s Creed’

Top 10 female friendships in YA

When is YA going to shape up to body diversity?

X-Files Origins: YA Novels of Teen Mulder and Scully Coming

Snappsy the Alligator by Julie Falatko

Snappsy the Alligator by Julie Falatko

Snappsy the Alligator by Julie Falatko, illustrated by Tim Miller (InfoSoup)

Snappsy discovers his day taken over by a narrator in this picture book. The book begins with the narrator explaining that Snappsy was feeling “draggy” and even his skin was “baggy.” Meanwhile, Snappsy himself actually feels hungry. The narrator keeps talking about Snappsy’s every move, sometimes just describing what is happening in each image and other times adding too much drama. When Snappsy reaches the grocery store, the narrator focuses on the letter P too much. Snappsy decides to throw a party so there is something to do, and the narrator continues to cause mayhem as the story progresses.

Falatko’s writing is very funny. Her timing is wonderful, Snappsy often reacting just the way that the reader would, calling the narrator out for doing a bad job at times and other times getting snarky when the narrator has miscalled what is about to happen. The influence of the narrator’s voice on a story is shown very clearly here and is a great way to talk about the tone of writing and how that can change an entire book to read one way or another. That said, this book can also just be read for the giggles which is the perfect reason to pick up any picture book.

Miller’s illustrations have the feel of a vintage picture book, just right for this subject matter. They add to the humor from the expressions on Snappsy’s face to the homey aspects to the house that Snappsy lives in.

A smart, silly and richly funny picture book that is sure to have people laughing when it’s shared aloud. Appropriate for ages 4-6.

Reviewed from library copy.