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Nonfiction Monday: The Most Extreme Bugs


Animal Planet: The Most Extreme Bugs By Catherine Nichols Jossey-Bass ISBN: 9780787986636 $15.95 Grades 3-6 In Stores *Recommended* It’s summertime here in Michigan and the bugs are out in full force. Ants, spiders, and mosquitoes invade my house day and night. Your common, run of the mill insects. Oh, if only a Spiny Devil Katydid […]

Don't Stop Believin': NYT Bestsellers


I keep an eye on both the New York Times Bestseller list and the American Bookseller Association list to see which kids books are popular, but I dream of a different list entirely. The dream list I speak of would be a national list of the most checked out children’s books from public and school […]

Sunday Link Du Jour: Tale of Despereaux Movie Trailer

I may have recently made a bit of a subtle jab at the outbreak of children’s lit-related television and movie adaptations of the past few months, but I’m better now. Better enough to bring you the most recent trailer for The Tale of Despereaux: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ks5gmYhPlQ] The CGI looks pretty good, but will the film live […]

Book Review: Night of the Veggie Monster


Night of the Veggie Monster By George McClements Bloomsbury Publishing ISBN: 9781599900612 $14.95 Grades K-2 In Stores *Recommended* I can relate to kids who don’t like their vegetables. I’ve been slow in coming around myself. As a kid, I was known to pull the old switcharoo and hide the veggies in the nearest napkin. “Night […]

Unfortunate Covers (#3)


This one was difficult to include in the ongoing Unfortunate Covers series (click here for #1 and #2), but unfortunate it seems to be – at least in the eyes of some of the students I work with. “Bridge to Terabithia” is an outstanding story, a Newbery winner, and it made me cry like “Beaches” […]

Work On Your Accent With Dr. Seuss

Have you been looking for a way to work on your Jamaican patois? Not sure why you’re on a site devoted to children’s lit, but you are in luck nonetheless. In a strange bit of disparate worlds colliding, I came across the following instructional video for teaching the Jamaican accent through Dr. Seuss’s ABC: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IN3ZadHV8E8]

Audio Clip: Nancy Drew on NPR


Librarians and NPR go together like cardigans and nippy reading rooms. I guess I haven’t checked the fine print on my degree lately, but there actually may be a contractual obligation for bookish types to support National Public Radio. Part of my love for the station stems from the fact that they occasionally like to […]

Nonfiction Monday: One Million Things – A Visual Encyclopedia


One Million Things: A Visual Encyclopedia By DK Publishing ISBN: 9780756638436 $24.99 Grades 3 and Up In Stores *Best New Books* Check out the Nonfiction Monday roundup at Picture Book of the Day. When you’re a kid, the bigger the better. Machines, buildings, ice cream cones, it’s all better with an increase in dimensions. The […]

Take the 'Edge' Off


Yes indeed, the June edition of The Edge of the Forest is up. The online children’s lit journal is a veritable classy buffet of kid’s book knowledge. There are also a couple 100 Scope Notes reviews in the Graphic Novel and Picture Book sections if you’re interested. Click the image below to take a closer […]

Summer Scope Notes


100 Scope Notes will be on break until this weekend due to summertime travels. See you back here soon!

Kid's Book for President


Looks like John McCain’s daughter has gone and written a children’s book based on her father’s life. From the press release: New York, NY June 11, 2008—Meghan McCain, daughter of Republican presidential candidate Senator John McCain, has signed with Aladdin Books, an imprint with Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, to write a children’s book about […]

Photo: Where the Wild Things Are


In what may be the slightest blog post ever, I bring you a hot off the presses photo from the up coming (and reshooting) “Where the Wild Things Are” film: A possible poster image? Click here to see the photo in its natural habitat. (Thanks to MTV for the link)

Book Review: Comic Guy – Kooks in the Cafeteria


Comic Guy (#3): Kooks in the Cafeteria By Timothy Roland Scholastic ISBN 9780545003995 $4.99 Grades 2-4 Available in Scholastic Book Order Is there room in the world for derivative works of children’s lit? I encourage you to read “Comic Guy” and find out what camp you reside in. Are you a “life’s too short to […]

Audio Clip: A Visitor for Bear on NPR


“A Visitor for Bear” by Bonny Becker and Kady MacDonald Denton has been getting a lot of much-deserved attention lately. The story gets some radio play in this clip from NPR. If you haven’t yet read the story, you’re in luck – it’s read here in its entirety. Click the play button to head over […]

Children's Lit Commish: 'No More Adaptations'


In a stunning move, the International Children’s Literature Commissioner announced this morning that there will henceforth be no more television and movie adaptations of beloved kids books. Citing oversaturation, the Commissioner explained that the ban would last one year, or until “People have a chance to write more stuff.” In front of a packed audience, […]