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The Most Astonishingly Unconventional Children’s Books of 2018


Here’s to keeping it strange. Pushing the envelope. Pushing boundaries. Pushing buttons. Here’s to children’s books that expand our assumptions of what a children’s book can be. Previously . . . The Most Astonishingly Unconventional Children’s Books of 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 Sam’s Hamburger by David Pelham Candlewick Press | May 8 Why It’s Unconventional: The story (a […]

Name That LEGO Book Cover! (#8)

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I used this website to (virtually) create 3 LEGO book covers. They’re listed from least challenging to most challenging – see how many you can name. #1: Answer #2: Answer #3: Answer How’d you do? Previously . . . Name That LEGO Book Cover! (#1) Name That LEGO Book Cover! (#2) Name That LEGO Book Cover! (#3) […]

The Fine Art Doppelgängers of Hugo Cabret and Harry Potter?


A while back people were using the Google Arts and Culture app to find their fine art doppelgängers. But what good is any app if we don’t use it for children’s lit??? I say we fire is up to find lookalikes for Hugo Cabret and Harry Potter. First up, Hugo: Hm. Hugo may be my […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#69)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? Here is the first betrayal in a long life of betrayals, child. Your parents told you it was a classic, didn’t they? Their eyes were probably limpid with nostalgia as they gave it to you. “It’s about imagination,” they […]

Books on Film: Michelle Obama at ALA Annual

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You know how First Lady Michelle Obama was the opening speaker for ALA Annual in New Orleans? You know how if you were there, it was great, but if you weren’t you were bummed? Bum no more. The whole (wonderful) conversation between Michelle Obama and Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden is available now for your […]

Photos from Nerd Camp 2018

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For two days in July, the small town of Parma, Michigan becomes the center of the literacy universe. I’m off to Nerd Camp and will be sharing photos here throughout the conference. Check back and I’ll be adding to this post as the day goes along. What is Nerd Camp? Short versh: an “un-conference” focused […]

Wreck This Picture Book!


Don’t write in them. Don’t tear the pages. Don’t eat them. These are a few of the accepted “rules” of picture books, right? But some books don’t follow these rules. And we love them for it. I’ll share a few books that intentionally flaunt the rules, but I know there are more out there – […]

Your 2019 Newbery/Caldecott ‘Hey, Keep an Eye Out’ Lists


Once the midway point of the year hits, I usually like to see what’s happening on the Mock Newbery and Caldecott lists over on Goodreads. Are these lists in any way official? Nope. Just interested readers voting for the books they think might take home the awards. So consider these books you might want to keep an eye […]

Auto-Completed Children’s Books (#6) The Carrot Seed

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Okay, Google – you think you’re pretty smart? How about you try completing the text from famous children’s books. I’ll type the beginning of each line into a Google search (plain text below), and you try to finish the line (bold text below). (All credit to @botnikstudions for the inspiration) Previously . . . Auto-Completed Children’s […]

Exclusive Cover Reveal: One Third Nerd by Gennifer Choldenko


Here at 100 Scope Notes, we pride ourselves on being your most trusted source of Gennifer Choldenko cover reveals. Remember last time? Well, the Newbery Honor winner has a new book on the horizon and today called One Third Nerd. What’s it about? Liam and his sisters love their dog, Cupcake, but lately, she’s been […]

Notes on June 2018


(gif via H. Goodspeed) In June . . . . . . I challenged your book cover deciphering skills. Can you name the LEGO book covers? . . . we hugged the unhuggable. Explore a picture book mini-trend in the making. . . . we stepped inside the Illustrator Studio. Tundra Books has a new […]

Books on Film: Watch the The House with a Clock in Its Walls Trailer

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Creepy classic The House with a Clock in Its Walls by John Bellairs is being turned into a movie starring Jack (he who will not stop until he is in all the children’s book adaptations) Black and Cate Blanchette. The trailer was recently released, so let’s have a look, eh?

Instagramming ALA Annual 2018: Sunday and Monday


Friday and Saturday? A warm up! Sunday was the day. I was up early. I took this NOLA morning street shot . . . . . . on my way to the Coretta Scott King Breakfast. Wow was it a great event. All the winners spoke and it’s one of those times when you are […]

Instagramming ALA Annual 2018: Friday and Saturday


I’m back from the 2018 American Library Association Annual Conference and boy are my sweat glands tired. It was a warm and wonderful four days, so I figured it deserves the recap treatment. But whatever you do, don’t go to the ALA recap over at A Fuse #8 Production, read it, realize she’s a far […]

Makin’ a List, Checking with You


School Library Journal asked me to help out with a list of the ten best transitional reader books for their annual Best of the Year celebrations in print and online. So I’ve been paying extra close attention to all 2018 early readers and chapter books, but in the words of Aerosmith, I don’t wanna miss […]