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On Hold @ the Library: October '09


The 2009-2010 school year is in full swing, so it’s time to break out the smelling salts and revive a feature that has laid dormant for a few months: On Hold @ the Library. For this month’s list, I looked at holds for the 5th and 6th grade building where I work. Usually I like […]

Cover Controversy: Related Radiographs

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Scene: A doctor’s office, early in the morning. Doctor: Good to see you! How have you been feeling? Cover Designer: I’ve been a bit stressed lately, Doc. I want to put some foliage on this cover, but it seems kinda played. You know, leaves, flowers – I don’t know if they’re going to stand out. […]

List: 100 Best Book Blogs?


Online School just posted a list of what they feel to be the 100 Best Book Blogs for Kids, Tweens, and Teens. 100 Scope Notes made the list, making me instantly skeptical of the whole operation. But I was pleasantly surprised. A few notable omissions to be sure (Bookends and Collecting Children’s Books to name […]

It's Covered


The concept of the blog Covered is wonderfully simple. Classic comic book covers are given the redo treatment by current artists. Some produce a painstakingly faithful recreation of the classic cover, while some put their own unique and/or grotesque spin on things. The results are (at least by this comic advocate’s estimation) almost uniformly interesting. […]

What's Your MAME?


Today is a big day for me. I have the distinct honor of presenting at the Michigan Association for Media in Education (MAME) Annual Conference with Bookends bloggers Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan. I have a prepared statement that I would now like to read: Welcome MAME conference-goers! If you are looking for children’s lit […]

Audio Clip: Kate DiCamillo Interview on NPR


Every now and then, NPR covers children’s books. This is part of the reason why NPR is universally loved by librarians. You see CNN covering kids books? Anyway, it’s especially interesting when they interview an author about his/her book. Today is just such a day, as All Things Considered host Melissa Block talks with Newbery-winning […]

Where the Wild Things Meet Mexican Wrestling


Ever wondered what would happen if Max was really, really into Mexican wrestling? If you’d prefer not to answer, you may say “pass”. Anyway, in Kid Salvaje by Duncan Tonatiuh, we get our answer. For the record, as far as books inspired by Where the Wild Things Are go, I’m much more of a Kid […]

Book Review: Imogene’s Last Stand by Candace Fleming


Imogene’s Last Stand By Candace Fleming Illustrated by Nancy Carpenter Schwartz & Wade Books (Random House) ISBN: 9780375836077 $16.99 Grades K-3 In Stores *Recommended* Four score and seven zzzzzzzzzzzzz. As much as this amateur Abe Lincoln impersonator hates to say it, history often has the unfortunate reputation of being boring. Unfairly pigeonholed, I say! While […]

Link Du Jour: Profile of Illustrator, Writer David Small

NBA Finalists

This has to be the longest setup for a link ever. Earlier this week, the 2009 National Book Award finalists were announced. In case you haven’t seen the Young People’s Literature finalists, here they are: The shocker of the group was the inclusion of the seemingly adult graphic novel Stitches by David Small. The debate […]

Things Librarians Fancy


Ever wanted to delve into the unexplored world of librarian culture? If you just said “no”, I can’t hear you. If you just said “yes”, then today, my friend, is your lucky day. Cribbing heavily and blatantly from another website which shall remain nameless, I bring you Things Librarians Fancy. I am guilty of many, […]

Nonfiction Monday: John Brown – His Fight for Freedom by John Hendrix


John Brown: His Fight for Freedom By John Hendrix Abrams Books for Young Readers ISBN: 9780810937987 $18.95 Grades 3-6 In Stores *Best New Books* Christopher Columbus was a great man who overcame the odds to bravely discover North America. How do you feel about the above sentence? Pretty simplistic, right? You and I know there’s […]

Link Du Jour: A Newbery Mockery


Do you enjoy prognosticating the winner of the annual Newbery medal? Do you love engaging in some good ol’ thought provoking argumentation? Could you care less about children’s lit, but have an unhealthy obsession with the word “distinguished”? You need to read Heavy Medal, A Mock Newbery Blog at the School Library Journal website. Children’s […]

A Wild Things Cartoon


It started on Terrible Yellow Eyes, now Vice Magazine is getting in on the whole “art inspired by Where the Wild Things Are” game. Vice corralled 24 artists to create Wild Things themed works, which they are posting to a blog and publishing as a downloadable comic. How can you deny artist Ted May’s contribution? […]

Cover Controversy: Still Lookin'


While I’ve heard that optometrists approve of staring off into the distance to support long-term ocular health, I don’t think that’s what the characters on these covers are shooting for. I’d call it more of a “What does my future hold?” sort of look. Recently I featured two bizarro covers that were the same, yet […]