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The Scoop On Yahoo! for Teachers


Just when you think you’re never going to hear back from somebody, they call out of the blue. That was the way I felt this afternoon upon seeing an invitation in my inbox to try out Yahoo! for Teachers. After receiving a tip from my School of Information connection, Piet, I signed up to receive […]

… Or Should They Be Called "Visual Books"?

Well pull up a chair! Slate Magazine has gone all children’s lit and published a visual history of picture book illustration. Here’s an excerpt: “During the 18th century and for much of the 19th, there wasn’t a whole lot of American literature for children. And when children’s books did get published, they weren’t designed for […]

Sounds About Right

The Carnival Has Come to Town

Be sure to check out the November edition of The Carnival of Children’s Literature over at the great blog MotherReader.  Elephant ears not included.

Book Review: Satchel Paige – Striking Out Jim Crow


Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow by James Sturm Illustrated by Rich Tommaso Jump at the Sun (Hyperion Books for Children) ISBN 9780786839018 $16.99 Grades 5-8 In Stores December 18, 2007. *Best New Books* There is something to be said for simplicity. Baseball is not what I would consider to be a simple game. No, […]

Kids Blog About Books

Mwuuuuuuaaaaaahhahaha!* Apparently, this is the message that 4th and 5th graders want to proclaim from the mountain tops if given half a chance. Well, at least some. When I first stated blogging with my students two years ago (Aught 5 y’all), I didn’t know how best to go about it. In my role as Media […]

Controversy Report: Philip Pullman and the Golden Compass (Part II)

It’s been a bit since my original post, so I thought it was about time for a follow up. Backlash over the film has continued as the December 7 release date approaches. Religious groups in the US and Canada continue to speak out against the themes contained in both the book and the movie, resulting […]

Some Honest Tips

Being a longtime listener, first time blogger in the children’s lit world I am excited to put forth my 2 Honest Abes. This shouldn’t be a surprise. As far as I know the olde tyme saying holds true: “if someone starts a web log and has nothing to say, does the blog exist?”. I would […]

Retro Review: The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More


The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More by Roald Dahl Puffin Books ISBN 9780141304700 $6.99 Grades 4-7 In Stores As the title suggests, this book is a collection of seven short stories written by one of the all time greats: Roald Dahl. Let us start with the big one, the monster, the “man […]

Looky Looky: The Scoop on Lookybook

Ahh, here’s something new. In the latest Children’s Bookshelf e-newsletter from Publishers Weekly, I came across an article for a new children’s book website called Lookybook – very intriguing. The site makes it “possible to view entire books, from cover to back“. The site also incorporates some social networking-type stuff: books can be rated, added […]

Controversy Report: Cover Art Rip Off?

I enjoy socks, especially when they’re warm. It appears that I’m not alone. When I recently saw the cover for the Vintage Classic version of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland over at Becky’s Book Reviews, I couldn’t help but notice a similarity to a recently published (an well received) title. You be the judge. Here’s the […]

Book Review: The Puzzling World of Winston Breen

The Puzzling World of Winston Breen by Eric Berlin G. P. Putnam’s Sons ISBN 9780399246937 $16.99 Grades 4-7 In Stores *Best New Books* I have a problem. I’ve been trying to break this nasty habit, but when books like “The Puzzling World of Winston Breen” come along, they make it that much harder to put […]

Book Review: Happy Birthday, Monster!

Happy Birthday, Monster! by Scott Beck Abrams Books for Young Readers ISBN 9780810993631 $14.95 Grades K-2 In Stores *Best New Books* My first inclination when I like a new book is to share it with others, town crier style (complete with bell and dressy tri-fold hat): Hey! Everyone! I enjoyed this book! I start looking […]

SLJ's Best Of

School Library Journal, that venerable source of all things school/library related, just released its Best Books of aught 7 list. Go ahead and take a peek.

Hats Off, Amazon

Amazon tosses their cap into the getting-more-crowded-by-the-minute ring of year end lists. Read all about it over at Becky’s Book Reviews.