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Link Du Jour: Library Croquet

Library Croquet

Not since the fine folks at HarperCollins UK decided to make history with the worlds longest children’s book domino rally have I seen such thrilling book related balderdash. Look out for the sand trap in the children’s section – I hear it’s treacherous. Break out the wickets! (Thanks to Stephen’s Lighthouse for the link)

Link Du Jour: Newbery & Caldecott Contenders


Few things can pull out the competitive spirit in librarians more than the annual Newbery and Caldecott races. If you’re interested in knowing about and reading the books that will likely be figuring in heavily for the big awards, the Allen County (Indiana) Public Library (ACPL) excels at bringing the top contenders to the fore […]

Diary of a Wimpy Kid 5 Cover and Title Revealed!


From where I sit, I’m about six feet away from my collection of the first four books in Jeff Kinney’s massively popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. Now, thanks to a tweet from @PWKidsBookshelf linking to a USA TODAY article, I know a few things about book five. Click here to read the article […]

Review: The Unsinkable Walker Bean by Aaron Renier

Walker Bean

The Unsinkable Walker Bean By Aaron Renier First Second ISBN: 9781596434530 $13.99 Grades 5-8 In Stores August 17, 2010 *Best New Books* You gotta admire an author who goes for broke. Aaron Renier does just that in his mythical, supernatural, swashbuckling (I could go on) graphic novel adventure The Unsinkable Walker Bean. At turns exciting, […]

Link Du Jour: Ramona Quimby on NPR


Two things I did not know about Beverly Cleary’s Ramona Quimby series before listening to NPR’s recent piece on the topic: 1. Ramona is based on a real girl. Who ate a pound of butter. 2. There’s a Beverly Cleary Elementary School in Portland, Oregon. How many children’s book authors have schools named after them? […]

Morning Notes: Libraries are Better than Cupcakes Edition

FANS DECIDE AUTHOR’S NEXT BOOK Breaking news on the “Oh yeah, you can do that with the internet” front! Author Mitali Perkins is holding a vote, encouraging readers to decide the topic of her next book. This is 100 Scope Notes and I approve this concept. My vote is cast – click here to join […]

Summer Book Giveaway Extravaganza Winners!

The fireworks have been set off, the winners have been notified, and the 100 Scope Notes Summer Book Giveaway has come to a warm, humid close. If you number among those who entered, consider my warmest thanks extended (I received an “A” in Contrived Sentence Structure 101). Below are the folks who took home books. […]

Last Call! Enter the Summer Book Giveaway Extravaganza

Giveaway Graph

You have until 11:55pm EST today (Monday, July 19) to get your hat in the ring for the Summer Book Giveaway. You can email me (scopenotes@gmail.com) or tweet me (@100scopenotes) with the title of the book you are most interested in. Click here to see the books up for grabs. And, for folks who like […]

Nonfiction Monday: 1+1=5 by David LaRochelle


1+1=5 and Other Unlikely Additions By David LaRochelle Illustrated by Brenda Sexton Sterling ISBN: 9781402759956 $14.95 Grades K-2 In Stores September 7, 2010 Teachers will tell you the truth. When faced with introducing a new concept, teachers know that their skills as educators are no match for a good book. Wanna teach proper apostrophe use? […]

Link Du Jour: KEEP CALM AND…

Keep Calm

Words to live by. Create your own at Keep Calm-o-Matic. (Thanks to School Library Monthly Blog for the link)

100 Scope Notes Summer Book Giveaway Extravaganza!

Book Stacks

In a concerted effort to not end up on Hoarding: Buried Alive, I have a few things I’d like to give away. Namely, books. Some I reviewed for School Library Journal, some I reviewed in these pages, some are to-be-reviewed, and a couple were more YA and thus out of my wheelhouse. Picture books, chapter […]

Nonfiction Monday: How to Clean a Hippopotamus by Steve Jenkins & Robin Page


How to Clean a Hippopotamus: A Look at Unusual Animal Partnerships By Steve Jenkins & Robin Page Houghton Mifflin ISBN: 9780547245157 $16.00 Grades K-3 In Stores *Best New Books* If you’re like me (and you should hope you’re not – my chocolate milk habit is out of hand), you sometimes become oblivious to greatness. Certain […]

Morning Notes: Suess Shoes Edition

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GRAPHIC NOVELS ASK ‘CAN WE GET SOME AWARDS HERE?’ Both A Fuse #8 Production and Educating Alice recently wrote about what is becoming an increasingly gaping hole – the lack of ALA recognition for graphic novels and other illustrations-added books for young readers. An interesting debate, to be sure. Click here to read the Fuse […]

Reader’s Advisory


ALA Annual 2010: A Day in the Life


What with all the real life interactions and events going on during the American Library Association Annual Conference, it is remarkably easy to not blog. But that changes here and now, as I present a day in the life at ALA 2010. This is the just-words recap – if you’re looking for colorful moving images, […]