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10 to Note: Spring Preview 2015

10 to Note Spring 2015

Spring is coming (it’s coming, right?), which means a new crop of books will be hitting shelves. Every season I sit down and make an “oooh, that looks good” list. Some of these books I’ve read and loved, others I’m excited to get my hands on – all of them are noteworthy to me. Here [...]

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss

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Today (March 2nd) is Dr. Seuss’s birthday. To celebrate the occasion, The National Education Association (NEA) created Read Across America Day in 1998. Click here for more information about Read Across America Day Click here to visit the Seussville website Read about seven things Seuss never said, and 25 things he did at Nine Kinds [...]

Something Different: WHERE IS IT COMING FROM?

WHERE IS IT COMING FROM? Cover

I received a book in the mail the other day called WHERE IS IT COMING FROM?, and I’ve never really read a book like it. It’s published by 826michigan, a non-profit “dedicated to supporting students (ages 6 to 18) with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.” [...]

Morning Notes: Novel In Verse Writing Coach Edition

Melissa Sweet

SO FAR, THE STARS Man, two months into the new year and we already have five books that have received five starred reviews each? Can you name one? Click here for the whole list. DETAILS ABOUT DIVERSITY The Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) has been keeping track of the number of books by and about people [...]

2015 Preview Interview: Annick Press

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One publisher I’ve never talked to is Canada’s Annick Press. Let’s fix that, shall we? I talked to Brigitte Waisberg over at Annick to get up to date on their 2015 books. Travis: How was 2014 for Annick Press? Things you were especially happy about? We were thrilled when The Man with the Violin by Kathy Stinson, illustrated [...]

Review: Betty Goes Bananas by Steve Antony

Betty Goes Bananas

Betty Goes Bananas By Steve Antony Schwartz & Wade (Random House) ISBN: 9780553507614 $16.99 Grades PreK-1 Out Now *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library

Books on Film: Seuss on Good Morning America

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A new Dr. Seuss book is one of those children’s literature stories that has the ability to make nation news. This week Good Morning America talked about What Pet Should I Get?

One Star Review Guess Who? (#28)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? Very few books failed to engage me, but I loathed this one with a purple passion. The main character, a young boy who writes letters to an author without success (?), has such an aggravating, whiny personality that I [...]

Morning Notes: Nice Shade of Eggplant Edition

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SEUSS DISCOVERED A new original Dr. Seuss book will be making its way to shelves soon. Omnivoracious has the scoop. Click here to read. THE FASTEST WAY TO FIND WALDO Real headline alert! Who doesn’t want to amaze their friends by finding Waldo first? Click here to find out how. YA COLOR OF THE YEAR? [...]

Review: Holy Cow by David Duchovny

Holy Cow

Holy Cow: A Modern Day Dairy Tale By David Duchovny Farrar, Straus and Giroux ISBN: 9780374172077 $24.00 Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library I think I can speak for everyone when I say the world needs more pseudo children’s books. Credit to David Duchovny for braving the pirannah-filled celebrity author waters [...]

Review: Apocalypse Bow Wow by James Proimos III

Apocalypse Bow Wow

Apocalypse Bow Wow By James Proimos III Illustrated by James Proimos Jr. Bloomsbury ISBN: 9781619634428 $13.99 Grades 3-6 Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Dystopia. Although it’s been a popular theme lately in books for young people, my experience with it is fairly limited. Maybe I need to read more YA. [...]

Endangered Series #5: The Bailey School Kids

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Popularity comes, popularity goes. As librarians we’re always balancing between what will circulate like crazy and what we need to have in the collection. And we’re not the Library of Congress – we can’t (and shouldn’t) keep everything. An endangered series is one that appears to be waning in terms of popularity. But popularity isn’t everything. Should it [...]

Morning Notes: Gadgets, Floating Signs, and Freebies Edition

Lisa Nowlain ALSC Blog

YOU MAY NOW PLACE YOUR KATE GREENAWAY BETS The biggest picture book prize in the UK just named their 20 longest titles. I had a feeling Shh! We Have a Plan was going to be in this group – that’s my horse. How about you? Click here to see all 20 finalists. HOW A PICTURE BOOK [...]

2015 Preview Interview: Kids Can Press

Kids Can Press Preview

About time we caught up with Canadian publisher Kids Can Press, right? I talked to Michaela Cornell about what’s on the horizon. Travis Jonker: Greetings from Michigan! How’s Toronto? Michaela Cornell: Toronto is fantastic! New Year, new mayor — things couldn’t be better! Wow, yeah, that whole situation was really something. The new year is [...]

Review: Ballet Cat: The Totally Secret Secret by Bob Shea

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Ballet Cat: The Totally Secret Secret By Bob Shea Disney-Hyperion ISBN: 9781484713785 $9.99 Grades K-2 Out May 5, 2015 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library *Best New Book* There are plenty of early reader greats, from Frog and Toad to Little Bear to The Cat in the Hat,  but compared to other types [...]