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Book Review: Prince of Underwhere

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Prince of Underwhere By Bruce Hale Illustrated by Shane Hillman HarperCollins ISBN: 9780060851248 $15.99 Grades 3-6 In Stores Books that are tailor made for reluctant readers can sometimes be tricky to give a thoughtful review. The reason? Well, I’m not a reluctant reader. Show me a book and you don’t have to do much convincing. […]

5 Questions With David Petersen

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“Mouse Guard – Fall 1152″ recently arrived at my 5th & 6th grade library and the graphic novel has been a downright hit with kids. Creator/author/illustrator David Petersen has been having an exciting month, receiving a couple of Eisner Award nominations for his work. Mr. Petersen graciously took the time to be interviewed for the […]

Link Du Jour: April 27, 2008

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You ever look around the library and think, “This is nice and all, but can’t we get some trees in here?” All the time, you say? Well you’re more ahead of the outdoors as indoors movement than I. You’re also a lot like the folks at the Public Library in Canton, Michigan – take a […]

Retro Review: The Full Belly Bowl

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The Full Belly Bowl By Jim Aylesworth Illustrated by Wendy Anderson Halperin Atheneum ©1999 ISBN: 9780689810336 $17.99 Grades 2-4 In Stores I eat the same thing for lunch every day. Granola bar, string cheese, banana, crackers, pretzels with peanut butter. I like those things and they’re easy to pack, so that’s what I stick with. […]

Photos: Let the Weeding Begin!

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I started a job at a new school district this year. One of the most pressing things we have to do is weed the collection. It’s bad, folks. My position is that school libraries should not strive to be the Library of Congress – i.e., it ain’t our place to be the preservers of all […]

Book Review: LaRue for Mayor

LaRue for Mayor By Mark Teague Blue Sky Press ISBN 9780439783156 $16.99 Grades K-3 In Stores I remember running for student council when I was in 3rd grade. My campaign consisted of a short stump speech about my qualifications for the job and a slogan: Vote smart, vote Travis. The phrase allowed me to flatter […]

Book Review: Baby Brains and Robomom

Baby Brains and Robomom By Simon James Candlewick Press ISBN: 9780763634636 $15.99 Grades K-2 In Stores *Recommended* Excerpts from the never-published “What to Expect When You’re Expecting A Genius”: If you want your child to be not just smart, but genius level intelligent, it starts in the womb. Eat right, and talk to your unborn […]

Book Review: Otto's Orange Day

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Otto’s Orange Day By Jay Lynch Illustrated by Frank Cammuso TOON Books, Raw Junior ISBN: 9780979923821 $12.95 Grades K-2 In Stores *Best New Books* Possibly the most frustrating situation I encounter in my work as a school librarian is when I run into the one track kid. These youngsters have a genre/subject that must be […]

3 Authors, 1 Day, No Idea

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I’m sure I’ll get better at this. I have to admit it – I’m a pretty poor book signee. Friday I had the opportunity to meet three tops children’s book author/illustrators, and I don’t have many good stories to tell. I’m still perplexed with the etiquette at these events. I wasn’t sure if it was […]

Book Review: Pierre In Love

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Pierre In Love By Sara Pennypacker Illustrated by Petra Mathers Orchard Books ISBN: 9780439517409 $16.99 Grades 1-3 In Stores *Recommended* If you flip to the back of “Pierre in Love”, you’ll find that the subject headings say a lot: 1. Love–Fiction. 2. Honesty–Fiction. 3. Fishers–Fiction. Yes, Sara Pennypacker’s story is definitely about all of these […]

Kadir Nelson at Calvin College Tonight

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In what is shaping up to be the Year of Kadir, illustrator (and now “We Are the Ship” author) Kadir Nelson will be appearing at Calvin College tonight, April 18 @ 6:30pm. If you hang your hat in the West Michigan region, be sure to check it out.

Cover Revealed! Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw

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In my day job as an elementary librarian, I sometimes still marvel at the sustained appeal of the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” books. In the 5th-6th grade building I work at, they just cannot be kept on shelves. It’s a great thing. Another great thing is that the cover for the newest installment, “The […]

Wordsmith Delivers a Perfect Storm Organic Webinar

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Sorry, got a little carried away with the Lake Superior State University List of Banished Words 2008. Click the logo below to see the whole list. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, the time is nigh to cover some recent children’s lit news and notes: Illustrations are enjoyable. It’s true – just […]

Book Review: The Pigeon Wants a Puppy!

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The Pigeon Wants a Puppy! By Mo Willems Hyperion ISBN: 9781423109600 $14.99 Grades K-2 In Stores *Best New Books* Mo Willems’ status as a storytime master is becoming legendary. Book after book is a hit with kids and parent/librarian types alike. It’s akin to Outkast in their golden period from ’94 to ’00 – there […]

Contoversy Report: Pro-Life Message in Horton Hears a Who?

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“A person’s a person no matter how small” – apparently even the really, really, small. Pro life folks have taken to “Horton Hears a Who”, saying its message supports their cause. They got so fired up they even crashed the big Hollywood premier last month. Click below to listen to an NPR audio clip explaining […]