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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 … SO FAR

Julie Danielson (of the landmark (legendary? classic?) blog Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast posted her favorite picture books of the year so far, and it’s a great group. I’d like to humbly submit Melvin and the Boy and Ice for her consideration. Click here to take a look at the list, and add your two cents in the comments.

GRAPHIC NOVELS GET NO RESPECT

Do you love graphic novels and see them as the answer to your reluctant reader prayers? Or do you think they’re more hype than substance? Librarians on both sides of the isle should take a look at this recent post at The Tempered Radical. *Spoiler Alert* He’s not a fan. Click here to read.

(Thanks to The Miss Rumphius Effect for the link)

HOGWARTS: MORE AFFORDABLE THAN HARVARD

Interested in pretending to enroll in the famous school for wizards? Now you can find out how many fictional clams you’ll have to pony up. Click the image below to read the breakdown.

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(Thanks to Finding Wonderland for the link)

THE GIVING TREE + IPAD =

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(Thanks to Geeky Gadgets for the link)

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Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes and Pete the Cat Rocking in my School Shoes by Eric Litwin, illustrated by James Dean. Currently #5 and #2 on the New York Times Children’s Picture Books bestseller list.

Nothing boosts a book like a sequel. With the recent release of Rocking My School Shoes, Pete the Cat holds two of the top five spots. Related side note: we did a storytime with I Love My White Shoes this year and it was a huge hit.

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I know I should save these things up and dole out one per week, but that’s not fun. You know what is fun?

DOUBLE FEATURE TIME!!!

First up, we have two well known personalities in the children’s lit blog world (my streak of never saying the term “blogosphere” remains intact) – Elizabeth Bird of A Fuse #8 Production and Monica Edinger of Educating Alice. The pair team up for a Huffington Post video of last minute summer reading suggestions:

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Any guesses on how old Babar is this year?

60?

Higher.

61?

Higher

62?

Okay, I’m going to cut to the chase and let you know that the beloved elephant turns 80 this year. The New York Times posted a nice video of Babar’s past, present, and future.

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About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.

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