Jen Robinson’s Book Page does it. A Fuse #8 Production does too. Abby (the) Librarian also takes part. What is it? The link roundup. I enjoy those posts, so I’m throwing my hat in the ring with Morning Notes. I’m thinking this will be a weekly feature.

NBA WINNERS TO BE ANNOUNCED  TONIGHT; CONFUSED KOBE BRYANT BUYS NEW TUX

The National Book Award Winners will be announced tonight (Wednesday, Nov. 18). Will Stitches continue to make waves by taking home hardware in the Young People’s Literature category? Click here to review the nominees. Click here to follow the National Book Awards as they happen on Twitter.

WINTER BLOG BLAST TOUR CONTINUES

Chasing Ray is hosting a slew of insightful author and illustrator interviews this week. Be sure to stop by.

‘FANTASTIC MR. FOX’ A HIT WITH CRITICS; EMAIL TO BECOME THE PREFERRED METHOD OF MOVIE DIRECTING

While some are claiming Wes Anderson directed The Fantastic Mr. Fox via email, the results have nonetheless been well received. To quote the A.O. Scott of the New York Times:

In some ways his (Anderson) most fully realized and satisfying film. Once you adjust to its stop-and-start rhythms and its scruffy looks, you can appreciate its wit, its beauty and the sly gravity of its emotional undercurrents.

Click here to see what more critics are saying.

Here, I’ll be covering books (both great and not so great) that are currently making moves at the schools where I work, in the kidlitosphere, and on the bestseller lists. I’m starting with a not so great one…

The Christmas Sweater: A Picture Book by Glenn Beck. Currently #2 on the NYT Picture Book Bestseller list.

Oh no. I wasn’t aware that Glen Beck had written a children’s book until I checked this week’s bestsellers. Turns out that this is a picture book adaptation of his first novel, also called The Christmas Sweater. Here’s the Publisher’s Weekly take on that book:

“Beck’s lightweight parable cruises on predictability, repetition and sentimentality.”

Yikes.

If you like talking book covers, you’ll dig this post at Jacket Knack.

A recent (and hilarious) post at Bookends has me thinking of listservs this week. Looking for a good one? @LizB provides some direction.

If you’re familiar with the blog Awful Library Books, then you’ll like this. ALB authors Holly and Mary appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last week. They brought books with them.

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