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Winter Scope Notes


Due to napping, Christmas cookie consuming, and life-risking holiday travels, 100 Scope Notes will be out of commission until January 3rd. See you back here then.

2011 Caldecott Medal Predictions


We had it easy last year. We had Jerry Pinkney, a multiple Caldecott honor recipient (yet without the big medal) release a book that all but growled at readers to take notice. It was a clear combination of a deserving illustrator and an exceptional book. 2011 isn’t quite as easy.  We have some familiar names, […]

Top 20 Children’s Books of 2010 (#5-1)

Top 20 Books

#20-16 | #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1 5. Beaver is Lost by Elisha Cooper [Schwartz & Wade] What a year for Elisha Cooper. While his very deserving Farm has received more attention (including some from this list, where it landed at #15), he has created another book, Beaver is Lost, that quietly reaches even greater […]

Epic Cybils Book Battle: Week II

Cybils 2010

This was fun. As a panelist for the fiction picture book category of the Cybils Awards, I decided to enlist students to assist in the decision-making. I put together a classroom book battle with the goal of narrowing things down to two books that I will fight for when our committee meets to create our […]

Top 20 Children’s Books of 2010 (#10-6)

Top 20 Books

#20-16 | #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1 10. The Chicken Thief by Beatrice Rodriguez [Enchanted Lion] Published in France in 2005 as Le Voleur de Poule, this wordless picture book takes readers on an adventure through a forest, up and down a mountain, across an ocean, and into Fox’s lair. Why? Because Bear, Rabbit, and […]

Top 20 Children’s Books of 2010 (#15-11)

Top 20 Books

#20-16 | #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1 15. Farm by Elisha Cooper [Orchard] Take a Midwestern farm, add a family, toss in animals, some machinery, and show how it changes through the seasons. Sounds like a traditional farm picture book, right?  Perhaps. It becomes extraordinary, however, when you add Elisha Cooper’s impeccable watercolor and pencil […]

Librarian Lump of Coal Gift Guide 2010

Lump - Twilight Soap

Time is running out to get gifts for the insufferable librarian in your life. With help from CafePress and Etsy, the 2010 edition of the Librarian Lump of Coal Gift Guide has your back. (Click the images below to buy) For the librarian who wants to smell (?) like Twilight: “I’d really like to smell […]

Top 20 Children’s Books of 2010 (#20-16)

Top 20 Books

Warning! This is gonna be a love fest. Over four days, fellow school librarian John Schumacher and I will bring you our Top 20 children’s books of the year. The list contains books for the Kindergarten through sixth grade reader, but other than that, anything goes. You’ll see picture books mingling with graphic novels and […]

2010 Children’s Lit: The Year in Miscellanea

Year in Miscellaea

It’s time to take a look back at the year that was in children’s lit miscellanea. Best Moment of Solidarity: The response to the Speak Controversy An associate professor of management at Missouri State University made some unbelievable comments regarding Laurie Halse Anderson’s Printz honor book, and the response was swift and strong. Best Use […]

Cover Curiosity: Cousins


A while back I covered a trend where titles were given huge font sizes and broken into chunks. À la this: Today’s curiosity strikes me as a cousin to the above trend. Let’s take a look at the first book: LMNO Peas by Keith Baker. …and our second example… Tony Baloney by Man Munoz Ryan & […]

Best Books and Lumps of Coal are Coming Next Week


It’s a Christmas miracle (if I get all these posts ready in time)! Next week (December 13-17) brings a wealth of high and low brow year-end offerings, best enjoyed with a cup of good cheer. Here’s the rundown: Top 20 Children’s Books of 2010 Monday-Thursday. Fellow elementary school librarian John Schumacher and I will be […]

Morning Notes: Books on Floppy Disc Edition

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AUTHORS THOROUGHLY INTERVIEWED The Winter Blog Blast Tour (see also: interviews with some of the best and brightest in the children’s/YA worlds) is in full swing and is a sight to see. Visit Chasing Ray for the full schedule. THE CREEP CONTINUES: GOOGLE UNVEILS EBOOK STORE Google’s getting in on the ebook game in a […]

What’s in the Envelope?


Can you guess what’s in the envelope? Aww, yeah! Time for me to bust out my oddly-shaped business cards. That’s right – I’m headed to San Diego for the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting. I’m pumped to take part in, among other things, the live announcement of the ALA Youth Media Awards on Monday, January […]

Epic Cybils Book Battle: Week I

Cybils 2010

*Disclaimer* The process described below is one method for informing Cybils evaluating. It is not, I repeat, not how the Cybils shortlists are created. I’m honored to be a panelist on the fiction picture book committee of the 2010 Cybils awards. Since “kid appeal” is part of the award criteria, I though it wise to […]

Covering the Newbery (#4): Tales from Silver Lands

Silver Lands

My goal? To re-do the cover of every Newbery-winning book, beginning way back in the halcyon days of 1922. My rules for this project? Click here. On to the next one… 1925: Tales from Silver Lands by Charles Finger Older cover: Redo: Side by side: Verdict: Some turn out better than others, and I’d put […]