Multicolored medals. Check out some old-school Caldecott and Newbery stickers--along with the front and *back* of these mysterious medals--thanks to another fun history lesson from Peter at Collecting Children's Books.
"A jub-wobbling glob bag." Flanimals Pop-Up comes out in just over a week, and Publishers Weekly talked to Ricky Gervais about the book--and even his role in the upcoming Flanimals movie(!). ("I know already that I'm playing Puddloflaj, a little, fat, sweaty thing. This is more typecasting, as I'll be playing the putz again. Like all my roles.")
March 2: Read Across America Day. The NEA's annual Read Across America Day is right around the corner, and you can go to their site for activities and resources. Teachers and librarians might also like Random House's snappy, downloadable event and activity guide. (Speaking of "Read Across America Day," don't miss the related Diary of a Wimpy Kid sweepstakes.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars "fan pleasers." Our nephew is crazy for Clone Wars in just about any form. School Library Journal has a good rundown of all the latest book tie-ins for the series, which just might keep him busy until Lego Clone Wars comes to the Wii.
Sedaris + Falconer = awesome. Ian Falconer, the author and illustrator behind the storied Olivia series, is teaming up with David Sedaris on a book of animal fables for this fall, titled Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary. (According to PW: "Sedaris will be doing a lecture tour in October, which will also serve as the brunt of his tour for the new book. However, Little, Brown plans to tack an additional 10 days of bookstore events in early November onto that tour.")
"My Favorite Book Is Facebook." After hearing about Disney's upcoming Harriet the Spy: Blog Wars, Jezebel imagines "how other children's favorites might be updated for today's young MySpacerati." (E.g., Wikipedia Brown, Boy E-Tective.) (via Educating Alice)
"Ten Tips for Reading Aloud with Your Preschooler." Check out this great list of tips, including #3: "Read wordless picture books with your children. Create a story for your child based on what is happening on each page. If your child is old enough, ask your child to 'read' the story to you." One of the "wordless" suggestions is Tomie dePaola's wonderful Pancakes for Breakfast. (Hat tip to Jen Robinson at PBS Booklights.)
Who is the Necromancer? Fans of Michael Scott's The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series should check out this, the first in a series of new teaser videos: