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Audio Clip: R.L. Stine on NPR


In the school libraries where I work, “Goosebumps” is absolutely hot. It’s one of those rare series that continues to attract young readers. Author R.L. Stine discusses his work with NPR as his new series, “Goosebumps HorrorLand”, is hitting shelves. Click the play button below to listen. (Top Image: ‘Trick Or Treat Smell My Feet‘

Book Review: Bee-Wigged


Bee-Wigged By Cece Bell Candlewick Press ISBN: 9780763636142 $16.99 Grades PreK-2 In Stores Nov. 25th *Recommended* Quick, what’s the most ridiculous thing you’ve heard lately? How about a bee, wearing a toupee, who is mistaken for a child? That makes my recently ridiculous top five for sheezy (I hereby swear to never use that word again […]

Book Review: The Doghouse


The Doghouse By Jan Thomas Harcourt ISBN: 9780152065331 $12.95 Grades PreK-2 In Stores *Recommended* Bein’ scared. Is it a part of childhood? Absolutely. A list of some things that I was afraid of as a youngster: 1) Deep water 2) Goulash 3) Mean dogs Jan Thomas, on a roll with the recent “A Birthday for […]

Book Review: Jackson's Blanket


Jackson’s Blanket By Nancy Cote G.P. Putnam’s Sons ISBN: 9780399246944 $16.99 Grades PreK-1 In Stores I have a good luck charm that I always carry with me: a small rectangular piece of maple wood. It’s on my key chain. Here it is: I’ve had it since high school, and if I lost it, I would […]

Photos: The Early Life of a Book


Buy book, put book on shelf, right? Ho, ho! Incorrect my friend. There’s a little thing called cataloging and processing that must take place before a book hits the shelf. At times it can be frustrating. It’s like you get handed an ice cream cone, but before you can eat it, you have to do […]

An October Endorsement


If you’re interested in YA, you can do no better than to start reading Bookends, a new blog created by Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan. Beside the fact that they do cool tag-team reviews, both are experts in the field with an exceptional depth of knowledge. Need specifics? From their profile: We are middle school […]

Book Fairs & Bestsellers


Last week two of the school libraries where I work held their annual book fair. An exciting time. I still remember some of the books I picked up at the book fairs of my youth. Shout out to the Hardy Boys, wherever you are. While working the register and providing help to parents and students, […]

Back Monday


Due to traveling, 100 Scope Notes will be up on the shelf until Monday. See you back here then! (Top Image: ‘allergy central‘

Who Are You?


  The most philosophic post title I’ve ever written, wasted on a blasted poll. While I try to come up with an even philosophical-er post title for future use, I would love to find out who’s reading this here ramblin’ mess of a blog. Will my results be as insightful as the pie chart above? […]

Audio Clip: Hip Hop Speaks to Children on NPR


Hip hop is one of my favorite types of music (proud watcher of VH1’s 100 Greatest Hip Hop Songs last weekend). Children’s books are my favorite kind of books. An intermingling of the two? Sounds to good to me. NPR recently interviewed Nikki Giovanni, author of “Hip Hop Speaks to Children“. You may have some […]

Nonfiction Monday: When I Grow Up


When I Grow Up: A young person’s guide to interesting & unusual occupations By Jessica Loy Henry Holt and Company ISBN: 9780805077179 $16.95 Grades 3-6 In Stores When I was in elementary school I wanted to be a Karate Guy when I got older. Apparently, I wasn’t aware of the whole “you have to make […]

School Library Journalist


The latest edition of School Library Journal is notable for two reasons. First off, the cover story, “Has the Newbery Lost Its Way?” is causing a stir among bookish types all over the internet. Click the links below to read more about it: Heavy Medal: A Mock Newbery Blog Read Roger Educating Alice A Chair, […]

Movie Review: City of Ember


City of Ember Directed by GIl Kenan Starring: Harry Treadaway, Saoirse Ronan, Bill Murray, Tim Robbins Rated PG In Theaters This is a children’s literature blog, so it’s hard for me to watch a movie based on a kid’s book and not compare the two. Actually, this review (and I use that term loosely) won’t make much sense unless […]

Award Tour


The outstanding children’s lit blog Literate Lives awarded me with a “I ? Your Blog” award. Not since I was given the “sunburned tongue” award in youth soccer have I been as happy to receive recognition. There are some rules that go along with this award. Here they are: 1) Add the logo of the […]

Critics Weigh In: 'City of Ember' Movie


Did you know “City of Ember” opened this weekend? It kinda snuck up on me too. I’m surprised I haven’t seen more hype. I mean, I watch TV, I’m not living under a rock, yet I haven’t seen nor heard anything about the release. Strange… I’m excited to see it, however, and I’ll be posting […]