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Morning Notes: Less Talking Edition

Another school year begins. Turns out you need to sleep at night when you work during the daytime. As I go do that (sleep, not work), check out a fairly editorial-free Morning Notes. SHOWTIME FOR 90 SECOND NEWBERY Do you know about the 90 Second Newbery Contest? You know, the one organized by author James […]

Review: Nursery Rhyme Comics

Nursery Rhyme Comics

Nursery Rhyme Comics By Various Authors, Chris Duffy, Leonard S. Marcus First Second Books (Macmillan) ISBN: 9781596436008 $18.99 Grades 1-4 In Stores October 11, 2011 It’s no secret we are living in the age of superstar team-ups. With Watch the Throne on the top of the Billboard charts, The Miami Heat making waves in the […]

Covering the Newbery (#27): The Twenty-One Balloons

21 Balloons

Most of the older Newbery-winning covers are in need of an update, but I’m not so sure about today’s candidate needs much help… 1948: The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pène du Bois My Redo: Side by Side: Verdict: Yep, it’s pretty tough to beat the original here. The blog New Cover did a pretty bang […]

Link Du Jour: Happy Schu Day

School librarian, blogger, Twitter Picasso, collaborator, Mover & Shaker, and pal John Schumacher turns 30 today. You may be saying to yourself “Mr. Schu’s the man, how should I appropriately celebrate this occasion?” Two ways: 1. Watch the following Happy Birthday video, put together by author Jenni Holm, featuring a host of excellent children’s lit […]

Link Du Jour: I Need This


Now that this whole children’s literature blog thing has been around for a while, I feel like we can start naming some clichés of the form. One of them would certainly have to be complaining about your to-read pile. I’m as guilty as anyone, constantly moaning about how many well written, enjoyable books I need […]

Review: Hocus Pocus by Sylvie Desrosiers


Hocus Pocus By Sylvie Desrosiers Illustrated by Rémy Simard Kids Can Press ISBN: 9781554535774 $16.95 Grades K-2 In Stores The wordless picture book spectrum is wide, and in places, impressively deep. You have your experimental (Zoom), cinematic (Chalk, Flotsam), magical (The Red Book, The Snowman), funny (Where’s Walrus), and pretty much every point in between. […]

Morning Notes: Elephants vs Ravens Edition

THE MOST IMPRACTICAL BOOKSHELF For those who really (really really) like things in their place: NOW THIS IS HOW IT’S DONE If you’re a school librarian (as I am), chances are you’re gearing up for another year. Be sure to check out this image-heavy post by school librarian John Schumacher, documenting his library prep. Inspiring […]

Covering the Newbery (#26): Miss Hickory

Miss Hickory

And so it continues. Every week a Newbery-winning book gets a new cover. Let’s get down to business… 1947: Miss Hickory by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey Original Cover: My Redo: Side by Side: Verdict: My take goes down the abstract road, which could be good – but could also leave readers confused. Your thoughts? Click here […]

Link Du Jour: Highest-Paid Authors

Forbes Article

Forbes recently posted a list of the highest paid authors in the world. In it you’ll find children’s and YA authors sitting side by side with authors of books for grown-ups. Call me crazy, but I’d contend that a list like this was unthinkable a decade or two ago. The most amazing thing about this […]

Morning Notes: No Respect Edition

MONSTRUMOLOGIST NO MORE? Rick Yancey’s critically acclaimed and Printz-award-winning Monstrumologist series will not be continuing. Folks ain’t happy. Bookshelves of Doom has an excellent interview with Yancey to get you up to speed on the controversy. Click here to read. (Thanks to @chasingray and Bookshelves of Doom for the link) THE BEST PICTURE BOOKS … […]

10 to Note: Fall Preview 2011

Fall Preview 2011 Logo

Catalogs pored over, eyes sufficiently sapped of all moisture – it must be time to look at the 10 books that come out in September, October, and November that have me going around saying “aww, yeah!” to strangers. Or maybe just thinking it. While I search for the Visene®, take a look at the list. […]

Nonfiction Monday: America Is Under Attack by Don Brown

America Under Attack

America is Under Attack By Don Brown Roaring Brook Press (Macmillan) ISBN: 9781596436947 $16.99 Grades 4-6 In Stores August 16, 2011 *Best New Book* This year is the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11. It’s hard to believe for many adults, but we now have elementary schools full of children who have […]

Covering the Newbery (#25): Strawberry Girl

Strawberry Girl

1946: Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski Original Cover: My Redo: Side by Side: Click here for previous Covering the Newbery posts (Source image: “Strawberries!” http://www.flickr.com/photos/thingsarebetterwithaparrott/2545677054/)

Summer Scope Notes


You ever get ambitious and bring too many books when you go on vacation? I think I just did that. I’m headed to the capital of the Confederacy for the next week to visit family and here are the books I’m bringing: 100 Scope Notes will be up on the shelf until Monday, August 15. […]

Covering the Newbery (#24): Rabbit Hill

Rabbit Hill

It be Monday, the day I set aside for Newbery recoverifying (sorry, English language, for that last word). On to this week’s book… 1945: Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson Original Cover: My Redo: Side by Side: Verdict: My cover goes in a different direction, which could be good. Click here to read previous Covering the […]