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Hot Off the Press: Indie Bestsellers

I have to say that I have a love for all things independent – just call me the Patrick Henry of the school library world. I like my music, movies, and definitely my booksellers to let freedom ring whenever possible. That’s why I always link books featured on 100 Scope Notes to Schuler Books, a […]

100 Scope Notes Giveaway: January '08

It’s time for another round of book philanthropy. The Office of Development here at 100 Scope Notes (see: me) has a fresh batch of books and is excited for the opportunity to give back. If you’ve got your eye on one of these titles and are interested in calling dibs, send an email to scopenotes@gmail.com. […]

Book Review: Velma Gratch and the Way Cool Butterfly

Velma Gratch and the Way Cool Butterfly By Alan Madison Illustrated by Kevin Hawkes Schwartz and Wade Books ISBN: 9780375835971 $16.99 Grades K-2 In Stores *Recommended* This review previously appeared in the January edition of children’s lit journal The Edge of the Forest. Most younger siblings will tell you: an older brother or sister can […]

Audio Clip: Kadir Nelson Interview On NPR

When NPR covers children’s lit, it’s like a school librarian’s dream come true. Well, to be honest, a cardigan sweater with built in bifocals is really a librarian’s dream – but this is close. I have not yet had a chance to read “We Are the Ship“, written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson, but I’ve […]

Book Review: Big Chickens Fly the Coop

Big Chickens Fly the Coop By Leslie Helakoski Illustrated By Henry Cole Dutton Children’s Books ISBN 9780525479154 $15.99 Grades K-2 In Stores *Recommended* No group of people on earth enjoy a sequel as much as kids. Sometimes it seems like if you slap a “2” at the end of a book or movie, youngsters take […]

A Shout Out

I just wanted to say thanks to the wonderful children’s lit blog BreeniBooks for including 100 Scope Notes in “Blogs That Make My Day“. It’s always nice to be singled out (unless it’s for something bad, which this is definitely not).

Is It "Wiz-ner" or "Wise-ner"?

Or “Wheeze-ner”? As a person who often has to explain how to pronounce my name (hard J? soft J?), I can see how the following website could be a lifesaver for those struggling to name that author. Thanks to the outstanding children’s lit blog The Longstockings, I now know how to pronounce just about every […]

Retro Review: The Wretched Stone

The Wretched Stone By Chris Van Allsburg Houghton Mifflin Company (1991) ISBN 9780395533079 $18.95 Grades 2-4 In Stores Unless there is some strange cult out there that seeks to unlock life’s mysteries through meditations on “The Mysteries of Harris Burdick” (and really, there might be), nowhere on earth does Grand Rapids native Chris Van Allsburg […]

Hollywood Inside Report: Hugo Cabret and Martin Scorsese!?

I first heard mention of Martin Scorsese buying the rights to “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” a couple of days after the Caldecott announcement. My reaction was surprise – I figured if anyone, maybe Jon Favreau would give it a shot, but Marty? I tried to just sort of ignore the news for a bit, […]

Sunday Link Du Jour: January 27, 2008

If you’re a school librarian like I am, and work with students to help them find information, the following link might make you say “A-hah! I knew it.” If you’re not a school librarian, well, you might say the same thing, but without the exclamation point. It turns out that the youngsters, occasionally called “the […]

Book Review: Trout Are Made of Trees

Trout Are Made of Trees By April Pulley Sayre Illustrated By Kate Endle Charlesbridge ISBN 9781580891370 $15.95 Grades K-2 In Stores *Recommended* “Trout are made of trees.” “Wait, trout are made of trees?” That was my approximate reaction to reading the title of this book for the first time. Then I considered the statement. Hmm, […]

Book Review: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules By Jeff Kinney HNA Books ISBN 9780810994737 $12.95 Grades 4-7 In Stores *Best New Books* One situation in the original “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” really hit home with me. It’s when our hero Greg, ready to pull the prank of a lifetime on his substitute teacher, comes […]

New York Times: What's Sellin'?

I recently posted about what books were selling at the nations independent bookstores. Now for the other side of the coin. The New York Times Bestseller list gives another perspective on what books are inspiring people to say “I would like to own that”.  Excerpts from the most recent list appear below. (click on the […]

Book Review: Oggie Cooder

Oggie Cooder By Sarah Weeks Scholastic Press ISBN 9780545078382 $16.99 Grades 3-5 In Stores February 1st, 2008 I have not always been a huge fan of the word “silly”. I guess it makes me feel kind of silly to say it. Until I started working in elementary schools a few years back, I tried not […]

Independent Bookstores: What's Sellin'?

I’ve mentioned before that I work in a school library, not a bookstore. I know what students are checking out, but I’m not so sure about the books folks are actually buying these days. Sure, I have my opinions about what these books should be, but I always want to know what’s really moving units. […]