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Book Giveaway: November '09


It isn’t often that the book being given is one of the year’s best, but that’s what we’ve got on our hands here folks. If you’re interested in snagging the book below, contact me on Twitter, or send an email to A.S.A.P. If I receive your entry before 11:59 pm on Tuesday night, your […]

Nonfiction Monday: Under the Snow by Melissa Stewart


Under the Snow By Melissa Stewart Illustrated by Constance R. Bergum Peachtree Publishers ISBN: 9781561454938 $16.95 Grades 1-4 In Stores *Recommended* It’s a question that crosses everyone’s mind at some point – where do animals go in the winter? Sure, we know that mammals like bears and squirrels hibernate and some birds fly south, but […]

Link Du Jour: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love eBooks

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The Kindle. The Nook. EBooks – where do you stand? For? Against? Or do you reside in the “wait and see” camp? That is where I have planted my tent stakes for the time being. But as time passes, we’ll only be moving toward ebooks, not away. Illustrator/author Lucy Knisley offers her take on the […]

Morning Notes: Best Edition

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BEST OF ’09 LISTS CONTINUE Kirkus released their choices for aught nine’s best this week. Many wonderful titles to add to your wishlist. NOOK SOLD OUT; BABIES, UNDERSTANDABLY, NONPLUSSED The Nook, Barnes & Noble’s recent entry into the ebook scrum, is already sold out. FORMER CINCINNATI BENGALS PUNTER TO AUCTION OFF INCREDIBLE CHILDREN’S LIT COLLECTION […]



It’s been pretty quiet around here the past few days for a great reason – as of Friday, my wife and I have a beautiful baby daughter! Lina is happy and healthy. We are well smitten.

Confusing Children's Book of the Day


What is your first reaction to this? The Antarctic Express by Kenneth Hite. Confusion, perhaps? I’m with you. Yes, it appears to be a “parody” of Van Allsburg’s classic The Polar Express, but it looks more like a “tryin’ to be a sequel” to me. Would it help if I said this is a retelling […]

Book Review: Otto Grows Down by Michael Sussman


Otto Grows Down By Michael Sussman Illustrated by Scott Magoon Sterling Children’s Books ISBN: 9781402747038 $14.95 Grades K-2 In Stores *Recommended* A Review in Reverse Engaging and entertaining, Otto Grows Down is hard to deny. The artwork doesn’t take itself too seriously, and is a worthy match for a story that does the same. Similar […]

National Book Award Winners Announced!

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Of the finalists in the Young People’s Literature category… We have a winner… Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose. Click here to see all of the National Book Award winners. Watch the ceremony on C-SPAN2 on Sat (11/21) at 8pm & Sun (11/22) at 10am ET.

Morning Notes: NBA Edition

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Jen Robinson’s Book Page does it. A Fuse #8 Production does too. Abby (the) Librarian also takes part. What is it? The link roundup. I enjoy those posts, so I’m throwing my hat in the ring with Morning Notes. I’m thinking this will be a weekly feature. NBA WINNERS TO BE ANNOUNCED  TONIGHT; CONFUSED KOBE […]

Cover Controversy: Gothic Gates


Looking to set an ominous mood? Look no further than the iron gate. I haven’t checked, but I’m pretty sure that it’s a scientific fact that anything written in wrought iron is 10x more spooky than if it were written on paper. Take a look: See what I mean? Okay, bad example. Three recent books […]

Nonfiction Monday: Oscar and the Bird by Geoff Waring


Oscar and the Bird: A Book About Electricity By Geoff Waring Candlewick Press ISBN: 9780763640323 $14.99 Grades K-2 In Stores *Recommended* So how’s your electricity section doing? Oh, pretty well you say? Anything in there for the K-2 set? You’ll get back to me? Look, let me save you some embarrassment and just suggest something […]

Video: Snicket Not Happy


“I regret to say that the World Wide Web has once again raised its World Wide Head to cause trouble.” – Snicket, L. Is author Lemony Snicket pleased that the first book in his Series of Unfortunate Events has been made available for free online? No he is not. Click below to watch.

Link Du Jour: Look at the Stars


Carrying around a list of the All-Time Top 10 Saved by the Bell episodes? Not very useful (I really need to clean out my wallet). A detailed list of 2009 children’s books that have received starred reviews? Now you’re talking. Over at Shelftalker, they have generously crafted such a list. Each and every aught nine […]

In Case You Missed It: Covers Week Comic Strips

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The sun has set on Covers Week, but before we get back to regularly scheduled programming I wanted to post all of the cover-related comic strips that graced the 100 Scope Notes banner during the week. For posterity:

Children’s Lit Commish: No More ‘Fancy’ Covers


The following is a work of fiction. Claiming unfairness in the fact that books with appealing covers get checked out more, the Children’s Literature Commissioner has declared that, beginning immediately, all books must be published with jackets that are “trend-free, novelty free, and good for children”. While the use of expensive jacket materials like foil […]