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Morning Notes: Richard Scarry is a-Changin’ Edition

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DO YOU WORK IN A QUAINT RELIC? Have you heard the comments CNET Editior Brian Cooley made about libraries on a recent Buzz Out Loud podcast? Let’s just say he’s not a fan. While steam begins to emit from my ears when I read stuff like this, I do think there are some lessons that […]

Covering the Newbery (#18): Thimble Summer

Thimble Summer

I’m foolishly attempting to give each and every Newbery-winning book a new look. Today, we close out the ’30s with… 1939: Thimble Summer by Elizabeth Enright Older Cover: My Redo: Side by Side: Verdict: Not my favorite. Not sure if the pig focus is working. Read Previous Covering the Newbery Posts: 1938: White Stag 1937: […]

Link Du Jour: Kindle Makes Nice with the Library


If you’re like me, hesitant to take the eReader plunge due to the frustratingly complicated web of “it works with this, but not with that” compatibility, it looks like one of these issues is about to be solved. By the end of the year, Kindle owners will be able to check out books at 11,000 […]

Review: Lemonade by Bob Raczka


Lemonade and Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word By Bob Raczka Illustrated by Nancy Doniger Roaring Brook Press ISBN: 9781596435414 $16.99 Grades 1-6 In Stores *Best New Books* Give me one month and every word in the English language and I can write you a bad poem. One year? You’ll likely get about the […]

Review: Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow? by Susan A. Shea

Which Ones

Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow? By Susan A. Shea Illustrated by Tom Slaughter Blue Apple ISBN: 978160950627 $16.99 Grades PreK-1 In Stores *Best New Books* Often times, lift the flap books bring little more to the table than flaps. I’ve read scores of them where the primary focus amounts to something like “Hey, […]

Morning Notes: Children’s Lit Billionaire Edition

48 HOURS WORTH OF READING Every now and again, a thorough testing of reading limits is in order. The annual 48 Hour Reading Challenge has been announced (actually, pre-announced), and presents an excellent occasion to see what you can do. As always, MotherReader is hosting. Click here for more details. THE OBVIOUS NEXT STEP IN […]

Library Slang Dictionary: Artificial Author


Artificial Author -noun 1. Author who continues a popular book franchise that he/she did not originally write. Wait – Margret and H.A. Rey are still writing Curious George books? Nope. Artificial author. (Top image: ‘Montgomery Ward Escort 55‘ http://www.flickr.com/photos/19487674@N00/999389454)

Review: A Pet for Petunia by Paul Schmid


A Pet for Petunia By Paul Schmid Harper (HarperCollins) ISBN: 9780061963315 $12.99 Grades K-2 In Stores *Best New Books* Playing opposites is a common occurrence in children’s literature. Little Pea, Bedtime for Mommy, and Children Make Terrible Pets are but a few recent examples of a concept with a long history. The act of reversing […]

Covering the Newbery (#17): The White Stag

White Stag

In the grand tradition of “well, why not?” I’m attemting to redo the cover of every Newbery-winning book from 1922 to today. And look, we’re up to… 1938: The White Stag by Kate Seredy Original Cover: My Redo: Side by Side: Verdict: Kinda cool, but a bit out there for a kids book cover. Read […]

Review: Say Hello to Zorro! by Carter Goodrich

Say Hello To Zorro

Say Hello to Zorro! Carter Goodrich Simon & Schuster ISBN: 978146938934 Grades K-2 In Stores Just like adults, kids are creatures of habit. Ask a substitute teacher what happens when they deviate from the normal schedule with a classroom full of first graders. Sticking to a routine is great, but being flexible is also important. […]

Morning Notes: Rejected Edition

EISNER NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED There are a number of excellent picks among the 2011 Eisner Award nominees (a.k.a. the Oscars of Comics), including a few reviewed in these pages. Click here to check them out. (Thanks to Oz and Ends for the link) IT’S NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK We’re in the midst of National Library Week and […]

ALA Most Frequently Challenged Books 2010


It’s a little known fact that most librarians mark the beginning of spring not by the first bloom, but by the release of the American Library Association’s most frequently challenged book list. Nothing says rebirth like a fresh batch of books that some people think should never have been born. Let’s take a look at […]

Nonfiction Monday: How Things Work in the Yard by Lisa Campbell Ernst

How Things Work

How Things Work in the Yard By Lisa Campbell Ernst Blue Apple Books (Chronicle) ISBN: 9781609050092 $14.99 Grades 1-3 In Stores Some nonfiction thinks big, covering iconic figures from history, complex concepts, and the world’s greatest, best, and most amazing. With her picture book How Things Work in the Yard, Lisa Campbell Ernst (Round Like […]

Covering the Newbery (#16) Roller Skates

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After a brief Spring Break hiatus, my weekly attempt at Newbery spruce-ification continues. 73 to go. Seventy three Newbery covers on the wall, seventy three Newbery covers… 1937: Roller Skates by Ruth Sawyer Original Cover: My Redo: Side by Side: Verdict: A nice update, but I’m not sure the kid appeal is there. Read Previous […]

Breakin’ Until Monday


I know I’m on vacation when I can’t even put up the post saying I’m on vacation in a timely manner. But here it (finally) is. Due to exciting Spring Break activities (see: yard work, banking, panini pressing) 100 Scope Notes will be up on the shelf until Monday. I’ll still be tweeting, however. Click […]