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January '09 ARC Giveaway

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Dracula Madness (A Sam & Friends Mystery: Book 1). ARC The Siege of Macindaw (Ranger’s Apprentice: Book 6). ARC

Video Clip: 2009 Newbery & Caldecott Winners on Today Show

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The day-after Today Show interview has become a tradition for the winners of the Newbery and Caldecott medals. After last year’s debacle, I was wondering how this year would go. It turned out to be pretty good. I was happy to see that they’ve got Al Roker running the show this time around. The wonderful […]

2009 ALA Media Awards Recap

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The 2009 ALA Youth Media Awards were announced yesterday morning, and I was camped out in front of my computer watching the webcast. At the conclusion, I played the “how many of the award-winning books do we already have in our library?” game. Turns out we had 10 of the 14 Caldecott, Newbery, and Geisel […]

Link Du Jour: Read Ranger's Apprentice for Free

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The Ranger’s Apprentice series is a big hit at the 5th/6th grade library where I work. With book 5 currently in stores and the series still chugging along, Penguin is doing something special to draw some new fans. It’s free ebook time. Similar to what they did with Savvy back in the golden days of […]

Children's Lit Commish: 'All Books Will Actually Just Be Videos By 2012'

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The following is a work of fiction. The Children’s Literature Commissioner announced today that by the year 2012, all books released for children will be videos. Before a packed audience of assembled press, the Commissioner came across as a defeated man. Appearing 45 minutes late, and foregoing his usual suit and tie for sweatpants, he […]

Audio Clip: Abe on NPR

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100 Scope Notes, your source for all Abe Lincoln children’s lit-related news items just received the following telegram: Attention all children’s lit lovers [stop] Attention all Abraham Lincoln-o-philes [stop] These two subjects were combined in a book for children-folk [stop] Stand Tall, Abe Lincoln is written by Judith St. George and illustrated by Matt Faulkner […]

Book Review: Diary of a Wimpy Kid – The Last Straw

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw by Jeff Kinney Amulet Books ISBN: 9780810970687 $12.95 Grades 4-8 In Stores *Best New Books* For me, interrupting my to-be-read pile to peruse the latest Diary of a Wimpy Kid installment is like stopping off for a sausage McMuffin on my way to a Monkey Ball tournament […]

Nonfiction Monday: Duke Ellington – His Life in Jazz with 21 Activities

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Duke Ellington: His Life in Jazz with 21 Activities By Stephanie Stein Crease Chicago Review Press ISBN: 9781556527241 $16.95 Grades 5 and Up In Stores February 1st, 2009 Biographies can have a tough life. Their charms are often lost on young readers who are more focused on the latest hyped-up fiction or eye-catching nonfiction titles. […]

Book Review: Knights of the Lunch Table – The Dodgeball Chronicles

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Knights of the Lunch Table: The Dodgeball Chronicles By Frank Cammuso Graphix (Scholastic) ISBN: 9780439903226 $9.99 Grades 4-6 In Stores *Recommended* Pulling from King Arthur and Shakespeare, Knights of the Lunch Table is reference-heavy in title, plot, and dialog. The best part? Almost all of it simply serves to make a great story, no previous […]

Bacon Bookmarks

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If you work in a library, then you know that things get left behind in books. Used to mark the page, these items are routinely forgotten. My strangest experience with this phenomena happened way back in Aught 6, when a student unexpectedly came up to me with a photo they found. Of me: Student: Hey, […]

Happy 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' Day!

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So how will you be spending your day off? Wait, what’s that? Diary of a Wimpy Kid Day isn’t a national holiday? I see. Well, if you’re an elementary school librarian like me, you might feel that it should be. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw hits shelves today, and just about every […]

Nonfiction Monday: All About Sleep From A to Zzzz

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All About Sleep From A to Zzzz by Elaine Scott Illustrated by John O’Brien Viking ISBN: 9780670061884 $17.99 Grades 5-8 In Stores *Recommended* How’s your sleep section doing? If it’s like the one at the school library I call home, then it could be better. The 100 Scope Notes Research Department (see: my wild imagination) […]

Toon Review: Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed by Mo Willems

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Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed By Mo Willems Hyperion ISBN: 9781423114376 $16.99 Grades PreK-1 In Stores *Recommended* Find this book at your local library with WorldCat. Visit the Mo Willems Blog. Play the Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed Game. (Comics created using Bitstrips)

Controversy Report: Cover Cut-Out Coincidence?

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Pointing out similar book covers is not the hard-hitting children’s lit knowledge that I feel you deserve. It’s just fun. So don’t worry about it  and take a look at the latest similarity that came to my attention: Firegirl by Tony Abbot. And… Carlos is Gonna Get It by Kevin Emerson. Side by side: Firegirl […]

Book Review: Skeleton Creek

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Skeleton Creek By Patrick Carman Scholastic Press ISBN: 9780545075664 $14.99 Grades 5 and Up In Stores Feb. 10, 2009 *Recommended* (Warning: This book is not a graphic novel, but I’m about to use that genre to help describe this book. You’ll see how it connects in a minute.) When I was in middle school I […]