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Your Final Warning: Enter the 'Stitches' Giveaway


Just a friendly reminder to toss your hat in the ring before 11:59pm tonight to win a copy of David Small’s Stitches. You can send me an email at, or you can make you interest known through Twitter by clicking here. Click here to read the original giveaway post. Best of luck!

June '09 Book Giveaway: Stitches by David Small


I have been told that after a week of strict radio silence (due to Northern Michigan travels), it’s best to come back with a bang. I’m doing my best to please with the latest 100 Scope Notes Book Giveaway: Stitches: A Memoir by David Small. ARC. It arrived, I started reading, I couldn’t stop reading. […]

Summer Scope Notes


Due to summer travels, 100 Scope Notes will be up on the shelf until Monday. See you back here then. (Top Image: ‘water slide‘

Link Du Jour: Can You Find This Book?

mickey's magnet

I usually talk about new books in these pages. It’s fun to hold up your hand, shield your eyes from the sun, and squint into the horizon to see what’s coming. Then a teacher comes and asks if you can drum up 20 copies of Mickey’s Magnet for her second grade students. As a school […]

21 Days to ALA Annual: Gettin' Down to Business


Since the upcoming American Library Association Annual Conference will be my first, I want to let everyone know I mean business. The programs, the meetings, the exhibits, the people – I’m intending to dabble in every arena. While I briefly toyed with the idea of rolling into Chicago sporting an all tweed suit with leather […]

Cover Controversy: Off in the Distance


So different, yet so similar. This could be called the first Bizarro cover controversy. If you are familiar with Superman (or the television show Seinfeld), then you know that a Bizarro version of something is closely related, yet completely opposite in many ways. Let’s take a look at the book covers in question and I […]

Image: Wikipedia, First Edition


In the school library circles where I run, Wikipedia is a downright hot-button issue. Should students access it from school? Should teachers allow students to use it for school research projects? My take? A nice overview, but not an ending place – you gotta use a variety of sources. Anyway, when I saw that artist […]

Book Review: Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute by Jarrett J. Krosoczka


Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute (Lunch Lady #1) By Jarrett J. Krosoczka Alfred A. Knopf (Random House) ISBN: 9780375846830 $11.99 Grades 2-4 In Stores July 28, 2009 *Recommended* Remember when you were in school and the cafeteria was serving pizza for lunch? There was always a bit of excitement on those days. Sure, it […]

Link Du Jour: Sellbesters


Tired of having to go all the way to the New York Times website to get your weekly bestseller info? Sick of having to click on “Children’s Books” to get the information you need? I’ll share the top 5 picture and chapter book bestsellers here, but if you want to see the entire lists, you’ll […]

The Scoop: 'Lunch Lady' Moves to the Silver Screen, Amy Poehler to Star


Man, folks really don’t waste much time these days making silver-screen moves on children’s lit. From Universal has picked up “Lunch Lady,” a children’s graphic novel series written and illustrated by Jarrett Krosoczka, with Amy Poehler attached to star. Poehler will executive produce along with the Gotham Group’s Ellen Goldsmith-Vein set to produce. Click […]

Book Review: Dinotrux by Chris Gall


Dinotrux By Chris Gall Little, Brown ISBN: 9780316027779 $16.99 Grades PreK-2 In Stores *Recommended* The Scene: A packed courtroom. Judge: We will now hear closing arguments in the case of Young Readers vs. Dinotrux. Mr. Scope Notes, representing Young Readers, will be first. Scope Notes: Thank you your Honor. Members of the jury, I trust […]

Audio Clip: The Return of Frog and Toad


The Frogs and Toads All Sang © 2009 by the Estate of Arnold Lobel I first heard the story of the Adrianne Lobel’s The Frogs and Toads All Sang on A Fuse #8 Production. What’s the fuss? Well, this new book is created from Arnold Lobel’s recently rediscovered, hand-made Frog and Toad illustrated poems. Now […]

Toon Review: The Dunderheads by Paul Fleischman


The Dunderheads By Paul Fleischman Illustrated by David Roberts Candlewick Press ISBN: 9780763624989 $16.99 Grades 1-3 In Stores *Best New Books* Also reviewed by books4yourkids. Find this book at your local library with WorldCat. (Comics created using Bitstrips)

30 Days to ALA Annual: Let the Countdown Begin


The clock is ticking. 30 days separate me and my first American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference (July 9-15). As I blow the thick layer of dust off my “talking to author skills”, and lock in which cardigan sweater I shall wear on which day (Wed: Gray, Thurs: Dark Gray…) I’ll be putting up some […]

Book Review: Doc Wilde and the Frogs of Doom by Tim Byrd


Doc Wilde and the Frogs of Doom By Tim Byrd G. P. Putnam’s Sons (Penguin) ISBN: 9780399247835 $15.99 Grades 4-6 In Stores *Recommended* Chapter 1 Travis sits down to review the new middle grade adventure Doc Wilde and the Frogs of Doom. He decides to incorporate the book’s cliffhanger-heavy style into the review when there […]