The "Green Book" inspires a kids' book. The New York Times has the story on how the "Green Book"--or, more formally, "The Negro Motorist Green Book: An International Travel Guide"--will feature in a new kids' book. ("It tells the story of a girl from Chicago in the 1950s and what she learns as she and her parents, driving their brand-new car to visit her grandmother in rural Alabama, finally luck into a copy of Victor Green's guide.")
Finnikin of the Rock review. Sure, Finnikin of the Rock is officially YA, not strictly kid-lit, but Liz B. at Tea Cozy loved it so much that she stayed up until 4am reading it: "I love this book so much that I am now torn between two book boyfriends (Eugenides and Finnikin), feeling like a fool, loving them both is breaking all the rules."
Mr. Popper's Penguins movie. This 1938 Newbery Honor winner is being made into a movie starring Jim Carrey, directed by Mark Waters (who also directed The Spiderwick Chronicles)--although it sounds like the movie takes quite a few liberties with the original text.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid-style "hybrids." The Seattle Times talks about a new trend, the rise of chapter books "with a blend of text and illustrations." Among these Diary of a Wimpy Kid-style hybrids are Lincoln Peirce's Big Nate books and Jon Scieszka's Spaceheadz.
Talking to the vampire expert. School Library Journal just did an interview with Donna Rosenblum, their "expert reviewer" of vampire books, "to find out what else--besides Twilight--is hot and why kids think vampire books are so banging." She also discusses typical onset age for vampirophilia ("Around 10 or 11. Sixth grade-ish.") and what books make for a good introduction to the genre (Bunnicula tops the list for fourth- and fifth-graders).
Beverly Cleary video clip. As Travis at 100 Scope Notes says, "Not too shabby for someone who's been retired for a decade."