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Morning Notes: Twixmas Edition

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What does “Twixmas” mean? THE MASSES DECLARE ‘WE’RE NOT BUYING IT'; FREE EBOOKS PROVE WILDLY POPULAR Ebooks? More like FreEbooks (100 Scope Notes Lame Joke of the Day©). Amazon recently announced that they sold more ebooks than traditional books over the holidays. Turns out they were padding the stats with freebies. FANFARE 2009 ARRIVES; MUSIC […]

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2009 Children’s Lit: The Year in Miscellanea

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It’s time to take a trip back and look at the year that was in children’s lit miscellanea. Most Uncontroversial Children’s Lit Controversy: Neil Gaiman’s Twitter reaction upon winning the Newbery. Some folks were (completely unreasonably (in my opinion)) offended by Neil Gaiman’s decidedly not-for-kids Twitter reaction upon winning the Newbery. This much can be […]

Cover Controversy: Holding Stuff


I had designs on highlighting this cover trend a while ago, but I held off because I thought it might be fizzling out. Not so! After coming upon a couple more examples recently, I realize that holding stuff is still hot. But first: the hands that started it all? Logo for Allstate Insurance. Eventually, cover […]

Morning Notes: Kirkus Edition

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KIRKUS REVIEWS NO MORE The venerable literary journal will be closing up shop. See Tweet o’ the Week for more info. THIS JUST IN: WORLD OF CHILDREN”S BOOKS ‘ROCKING’ Try to not get pumped up about the current state of children’s lit while reading Jon Scieszka’s report to the LA Times. The man makes it […]

Children's Book Lump of Coal Gift Guide


Looking to give books that convey just the right “if only you had tried harder this year” vibe? The 100 Scope Notes Children’s Book Lump of Coal Gift Guide is for you. (Click the images below to purchase) For a child who’s head over heels for complex interactions between physical systems: The ABCs are overrated […]

Two of a Kind by Jacqui Robbins


Two of a Kind By Jacqui Robbins Illustrated by Matt Phelan Atheneum (Simon & Schuster) ISBN: 9781416924371 $16.99 Grades K-2 In Stores *Recommended* It happens every year. Good books come and go without getting their due. But if there is a reassuring thought, it is this: honest books are always needed. And honest is exactly […]

Link Du Jour: Children's Book Still Life

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Artist Jane Mount paints bookshelves. Or rather, what’s on the shelves. I particularly like the children’s titles in Ideal Bookshelf 5, TRE (above) – a nice mix of classics (e.g., Pippi Longstocking) and outstanding recent releases (e.g., 365 Penguins). The best part? Shell out 20 bones and you can have a copy. Click here to […]

Book Review: The Circus Ship by Chris Van Dusen


The Circus Ship By Chris Van Dusen Candlewick Press ISBN: 9780763630904 $16.99 Grades K-2 In Stores *Best New Books* You know how it goes – great story, weak illustrations. Or maybe it’s amazing artwork, slight story. This either/or inconsistency is the downfall of many a picture book. Not this time. Delightful from start to finish, […]

Morning Notes: Late Morning Edition

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SESAME WORKSHOP GETS INTO EBOOK GAME Is it just me, or does it seem like ebook news is coming fast and furious lately? The LA Times reports that the folks who bring Sesame Street to the world will also begin offering digital books. BEST COMICS OF 2009 ANNOUNCED; MICHIGAN LIBRARIAN’S BUDGET STRAINED I love/have an […]

Librarian Lump of Coal Gift Guide


In need of gift ideas for the insufferable librarian in your life? You’re in luck. With help from CafePress and Etsy, the 100 Scope Notes Librarian Lump of Coal Gift Guide has you covered. (Click the images below to buy) For the librarian who can’t remember what their profession is: The appropriately named “Librarian Sweatshirt”. […]

Toon Review: Guess Again! by Mac Barnett


Guess Again! By Mac Barnett Illustrated by Adam Rex Simon & Schuster ISBN: 9781416955665 $16.99 Grades K-2 In Stores *Best New Books* Review copy provided by the publisher. This book is nominated for a 2009 Cybils award. See how the cover for Guess Again! was designed on Adam Rex’s blog. Also reviewed by Kids Lit, […]

Link Du Jour: What's the Title?


The conversation you are about to read actually took place. The Scene: BookMine, an old and rare book dealer Customer: Hi, I am looking for an old book. Book Dealer: What’s the title? Customer: I don’t remember. Book Dealer: OK. Who is the author? Customer: Sorry, can’t remember that either. Book Dealer: OK, you are […]

Book Review: Dinosaur Woods by George McClements


Dinosaur Woods By George McClements Beach Lane Books (Simon & Schuster) ISBN: 9781416986263 $16.99 Grades K-2 In Stores *Recommended* You know what kids like? Thinking big. The bigger the idea, the better. Bob Shea & Lane Smith’s 2008 (and appropriately titled) Big Plans is a great example of this concept successfully making its way into […]

Morning Notes: 'Don't Read this Book' Edition

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UNRELATED STORIES: SLJ SETS A BAD EXAMPLE, NAMES BEST BOOKS After upsetting some over last month’s bars ‘n bloggers cover (see the Tweet o’ the Week below for more on that), School Library Journal reminds us all what they do best by posting their best of ’09 picks. A list not to be missed. NEW […]