This Week’s Tweets, Pins & Tumbls

Here are some cool links I shared on my Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr accounts these last couple of weeks:

Mary GrandPré:


8 Click-Bait Headlines For Children’s and Teen Books

The Best Children’s Books of 2016 – Brain Pickings –

The Best Children’s Books of 2016 from The Wall Street Journal –

The Best Jewish Children’s Books of 2016

The French Kid’s Lit Author Who Inspired Maurice Sendak & Shel Silverstein

I told J K Rowling she’d never make any money from Harry Potter

‘I write about 350 jokes per book. I throw away about a third of them’: Jeff ‘Wimpy Kid’ Kinney

Irish Times – Our favourite children’s and YA books of 2016

Many American Adults Don’t Read, But That Doesn’t Mean Kids Can’t Learn To Love Books

Netflix’s Dark New Adaptation Will Be ‘Super Faithful To The Books’

Penguin and CBC Launch Award Honoring Anna Dewdney

Talking with children’s book author Jon Klassen

These ‘90s Children’s Books Will Make You Seriously Nostalgic: How Many of These Did You Read?

I am climbing the wall so cool XD:


Libraries for gathering, not just books

Library closures ‘will double unless immediate action is taken’

The Library of Congress Is Putting Its Map Collection on the Map

US libraries report spike in Islamophobic hate speech since election



13 YA authors on writing in the age of Trump

Can This American Disrupt Japan’s $392M Young Adult Novel Industry?

Paul and Antoinette by Kerascoët


Paul and Antoinette by Kerascoët (InfoSoup)

Paul and Antoinette may be brother and sister, but they don’t enjoy doing the same things. Sometimes that works out perfectly, like after breakfast when Paul neatens up and Antoinette licks the knives and plates clean as she clears the table. Antoinette wants to spend the day outside in the mud but Paul has other plans, like working on his model ship. When Antoinette sees her chance, she drags him outside with her, even though she knows that Paul doesn’t like the outdoors that much. The two play just as differently outside with Paul picking flowers for Japanese flower arranging and Antoinette licking snails. When they return home, Paul has to clean up and Antoinette is covered in mud. At the very end of the day though, Antoinette makes the type of mess that even Paul can enjoy.

Kerascoët is from France and is a well-known and award-winning illustrator. This picture book has a distinct European vibe that is completely charming. The two siblings demonstrate that being different from one another works when you accept that you won’t be changing each other. While they don’t always get along, the two respect one another and play together for most of the day. This isn’t about sibling rivalry at all; it’s about sharing, loving and accepting one another.

Kerascoët’s art is warm and delightful. There is a sense of humor throughout as the two pigs show just how clean one can stay outside and just how dirty you can get in the same trip. The moment where Antoinette licks the snail is wonderful and squidgy, vividly depicted on the page. When she plays with a cobweb beard that she puts on her brother, it is wonderfully sticky and itchy.

A book sure to create laughter, gasps and delight. Appropriate for ages 3-5.

Reviewed from library copy.