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Link Du Jour: 5 Children’s Lit Jack o’ Lanterns


Sometimes you have to ask “Why not?” As in, “Why not stroll in at the last second with five examples of children’s lit jack o’ lanterns?” Since I can’t give a good reason to the contrary, let’s take a look at some pumpkins: 1. Harry Potter Bonus points here for getting the lightning bolt scar […]

On Hold @ the Library: October 2010


What you are about to see is real. These are the books that actual, honest-to-goodness children are putting on hold at the school libraries where I work. The photo below (of books on hold at my 3rd and 4th grade school) has not been altered in any way. Wait, let’s make this easier on ourselves: […]

Books Free of Charge: October ’10 Givaway


New batch of books to give away here (I like to work in small batches). If you would like either of the books below, send me an email (scopenotes@gmail.com) or a Twitter message (@100scopenotes) before 11:59 pm on Friday night (Oct. 29th). Be sure to name the book you are most interested in. Winners will […]

Review: Extraordinary Ernie & Marvelous Maud by Frances Watts


Extraordinary Ernie & Marvelous Maud By Frances Watts Illustrated by Judy Watson Eerdmans Books ISBN: 978082853639 $5.99 Grades 2-3 In Stores Quality low-level series don’t grow on trees. Well actually, Extraordinary Ernie and Marvelous Maud doesn’t either – it hails from the UK – but I think you get where I’m going here. Light fun […]

Morning Notes: Green Eggs & Shirt Edition

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EVERYBODY HAS A LIST Author/illustrator Sergio Ruzzier (Hey, Rabbit!) has a great idea – ask book-related folks for their top 10 picture books and share the results, list by list. I even get in on the action. Click here to read. THE LORAX LOOKS LIKE WILFORD BRIMLEY? Based on this still from the upcoming Lorax […]

Mega Cover Curiosity: Battle of the Zombie Trends

Great Wall

Some cover trends are like zombies – they refuse to die (this knowledge of zombie movies is strictly secondhand, as I’m too chicken to actually watch this sort of film). Today we look at not one, not two, but a trio of trends that I thought were buried, yet dramatically shot their gnarled hands out […]

Controversy Report: It’s a Book


I have an uncanny ability (see also: curse) to agree with both sides of an argument. Although I am an avid fan of sports programs where everyone yells their hastily-formed, yet brazenly unwavering opinions at each other, I personally try to avoid blowhard-ism at all costs. I try to see both sides. Which is why […]

Where Were You During the First Twitter Book Review?


Tomorrow night (Tuesday, October 26th) at 8:00pm EST, I will proudly team up with fellow school librarian and Twitter all-star John Schumacher for the world’s first children’s lit Twitter book review. I’m not saying children’s lit history is going to be made, but I’m certainly going to pretend like it is. So which book will […]

Link Du Jour: Author Visits & HP Tattoos

School Visits 101

In a weird way, the two links I’m bringing to the table today sum up 100 Scope Notes as well as anything I’ve posted. One part serious, one part absurd. First up, the serious: Fellow school librarians take note! ShelfTalker has a wonderfully useful post about managing a successful author visit. Whatever you do, don’t […]

Review: Birdy’s Smile Book by Laurie Keller


Birdy’s Smile Book By Laurie Keller Henry Holt (Macmillan) ISBN: 9780805088830 $16.99 Grades K-2 In Stores I used to be upset with electronic dance music. Too repetitive, too synthetic, too cheesy I thought. But I was ignoring a fact that explained it all – that this sort of music is created for one purpose: to […]

Morning Notes: Sold! Edition

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I’m in the midst of book fair madness at my schools – just a quick Morning Notes today. CHARLOTTE SOLD; EXCEEDS PREDICTIONS Original artwork from Charlotte’s web recently hit the auction block, and  sold for five times higher than expected. Click here to read the details. SEUSS MANUSCRIPT UNCOVERED Recently an unpublished Dr. Seuss manuscript […]

Photos: Whitewashed Covers Un-Whitewashed

Benedict Covers

I was cruising through my local Barnes & Noble the other day, fending off employees who seemed intent on getting me to buy a Nook, when I came upon this: “Wait a second”, I thought. I did a double take and turned on my zoom-in vision: Yes, indeed. It appears that the famously whitewashed Mysterious […]

Cover Curiosity: Framed!

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Sometimes a cover trend (see: socks) irritates me like loose glitter. Other times, I really don’t mind it. Today qualifies as the latter. I am enjoying the peculiar re-occurrence of picture frame walls. With a double high-five’s worth of appreciation to Boni Ashburn, who alerted me to this trend, let’s take a look at the […]

Toon Review: We Are in a Book! by Mo Willems

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We Are in a Book! By Mo Willems Hyperion ISBN: 9781423133087 $8.99 Grades PreK-1 In Stores *Best New Books* Review copy purchased. Find this book at your local library with WorldCat.

Link Du Jour: Never Forget

Never Forget

The masterminds behind the library-themed cartoon strip Unshelved also pump out the occasional t-shirt to help clothe the bookish masses. There is always an Unshelved booth at the American Library Association conference and I’ve seen it get mobbed. We’re talking A.C. Slater selling Buddy Bands-type popularity. Unshelved recently debuted a shirt that is, to my […]