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Free Books Ahead! September ’10 Giveaway


When I get the itch to give books away, it’s usually a mixed bag of high quality and lesser quality titles. Not today, friends. What we have here are two books that you can be proud to (potentially) call your own. If you want either title, send me an email ( or a Twitter message […]

Toon Review: Countdown by Deborah Wiles


Countdown By Deborah Wiles Scholastic Press ISBN: 9780545106054 $17.99 Grades 5 and Up In Stores *Best New Books* (Click to enlarge) Review copy purchased. Watch the Countdown book trailer: Also reviewed by Bookends, A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy, Becky’s Book Reviews, Abby (the) Librarian, Literate Lives, A Fuse #8 Production, A Year […]

Morning Notes – Some Pig Edition

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FOR SALE! ‘CHARLOTTE’S WEB’ ORIGINAL ART You want to own a piece of children’s literature history? Time to cash in that change jar. Garth Williams’ original Charlotte’s Web sketches are on the auction block – to take a look, click here. 39 CLUES KEEPS ON KEEPIN’ ON It’s like a sequel lover’s dream. The popular […]

Link Du Jour: Take the Banned Book Quiz

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Why was Little Red Riding Hood banned in 1989? It’s time to find out. The 2010 edition of Banned Books Week is upon us (September 25 – October 2), so it is only fitting to test one’s knowledge of the topic. Mental_floss put out a Banned Books Quiz a couple years back that will, if […]

An Unfortunate Cover Covered Elsewhere


Do you long for a good ol’ Unfortunate Covers post minus the tired pop-culture references I always try to awkwardly insert? Jim over at Teacherninja has an excellent piece on the The Cay, a book with multiple unfortunate incarnations. Great stuff. Click here to read.

Children’s Lit Commish: ‘All Picture Books to be 80s Film Adaptations’


The following is a work of fiction. In a shocking move, the eccentric children’s literature commissioner has declared that all future picture books must be based on films from the 1980s. Sliding into the press room to the strains of Bob Seger’s Old Time Rock ‘N Roll wearing a button down shirt, socks, and sunglasses, […]

Review: Bink & Gollie by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee


Bink & Gollie By Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee Illustrated by Tony Fucile Candlewick Press ISBN: 9780763632663 $15.99 Grades 1-2 In Stores *Best New Books* It’s about time. Henry and Mudge, Mr. Putter and Tabby, Frog and Toad – great pairs all, but young readers are due for a new duo. Here it is. Wholly […]

Video: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Trailer


Well, the first full theatrical trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I (remember, they’re splitting this one up) has been released, and it promises an action-packed almost-conclusion to the saga. Take a look and see what you think. In theaters Nov. 19. (Thanks to @kidsmomo for the link)

Morning Notes: Cat People Edition

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SPEAK SPEAKS There are always going to be people (see: fools) who are going to reject honesty in books. Such was the case this week with a controversy surrounding Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak. An associate professor of management at Missouri State University made some unbelievable comments regarding the Printz honor book, and the response has […]

Audio Clip: Roald Dahl on NPR


Roald Dahl. Oilman. Pilot. British diplomat. And this was all before he started writing. NPR recently sat down for a chat with Donald Sturrock, author of a new Dahl biography called Storyteller. And Sturrock certainly came up with some stories. Did I mention he was also married to Academy Award-winning actress Patricia Neal? Yeah, the […]

Review: Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein

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Interrupting Chicken By David Ezra Stein Candlewick Press ISBN: 9780763641689 $16.99 Grades K-2 In Stores *Best New Books* It seems like the term “meta” is thrown around quite a bit these days. When something is self-referential, it is meta. The song Formed a Band by Art Brut is meta. This t-shirt is meta: In books, […]

Unfortunate Covers (#15)


Not all old books have Unfortunate Covers. There are some specific requirements: 1. The book must be good. If the book is bad and the cover is bad, you get what’s referred to as an Accurate Cover (which is not nearly as fun to discuss). 2. The book must employ cover elements that are instantly […]

Nonfiction Monday: Cool Robots by Sean Kenney


Cool Robots By Sean Kenney Christy Ottaviano Books (Henry Holt) ISBN: 978085087635 $12.99 Grades K-2 In Stores Sept. 28, 2010 Review copy from publisher. Click here to check out the Nonfiction Monday roundup at Rasco From RIF. Watch the Cool Robots book trailer: Find this book at your local library with WorldCat.

Link Du Jour: Top 10 Sports Books


I like sports. I watch ESPN at levels the American Library Association has deemed medically unsafe for any librarian. So this brings about a question. Why is it that I always seem to miss great sports books for kids? Thankfully, Booklist is willing to help me out with their recently-released Top 10 Sports Books for […]

Toon Review: Spork by Kyo Maclear


Spork By Kyo Maclear Illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault Kids Can Press ISBN: 9781553377368 $16.95 Grades K-2 In Stores *Best New Books* (Click to enlarge panels) Review copy from publisher. Find this book at your local library with WorldCat.