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Nonfiction Monday: Drawing From Memory by Alan Say

Drawing from Memory

Drawing from Memory By Allen Say Scholastic Press ISBN: 9780545176866 $17.99 Grades 5 and Up In Stores *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Can anyone tell their life story like an illustrator? The ability to use artwork as well as words adds a storytelling facet and element of interest that […]

Covering the Newbery (#32): The Secret of the Andes

Secret of the Andes

Every Monday I take a crack at recoverifying a Newbery-winner. Today we look at a book that is more famous for the title it beat out for Newbery (a little story called Charlotte’s Web) than for winning itself… 1953: Secret of the Andes by Ann Nolan Clark Original Cover: My Redo: Side by Side: Verdict: […]

Link Du Jour: Attention School Librarians

School Libraries eBook

If you’re a school librarian, you’re gonna want to check out School Libraries: What’s Now, What’s Next, What’s Yet to Come. The brainchild of Buffy Hamilton and  Kristin Fontichiaro, this free, downloadable e-book is a crowdsourced collection of essays from folks in the library field. When I downloaded it I had to check my outfit […]

Review: Animals Home Alone by Loes Riphagen

animals home alone

Animals Home Alone By Loes Riphagen Seven Footer Kids ISBN: 9781934734551 $15.95 Grades PreK-2 In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library When you’re a kid, being left home alone is a big deal. It provides the first real taste of freedom. How to spend your time? Playing, reading, doing homework? Or maybe […]

Post of the Week: Visit an Un-Digital Book Store

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Is it just me, or does it seem like physical book stores are getting lost in the digital shuffle lately? As I was driving home the other day I thought about what a bummer it would be to lose some of my favorite book stores: Schuler Books and Pooh’s Corner in Grand Rapids, MI and […]

Unfortunate Covers (#19)

Silver Lands Paperback

I’m not usually this blunt, but the latest addition to the Unfortunate Cover pasture of misfortune is long overdue. The book may be a Newbery winner, but this cover is not holding up its end of the bargain: Tales from Silver Lands by Charles J. Finger When the most exciting thing you can put on […]

Review: Neville by Norton Juster


Neville By Norton Juster Illustrated by G. Brian Karas Schwartz & Wade ISBN: 9780375867651 $17.99 Grades K-2 In Stores *Best New Books* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library You’re the new kid. Ugh. Doesn’t that sentence bum you out? We are such social creatures that arriving in an unfamilar place, surrounded by unfamiliar […]

Morning Notes: Wonka-o-Lantern Edition

FLORENCE PARRY HEIDE: 1919-2011 Florence Parry Heide, author of over 100 children’s books, passed away on October 24th. I had the opportunity to meet Heide at ALA Annual in 2009, and she was as kind as could be. Click here to read about her life and work in the Washington Post. TAKE A LOOK AT […]

A 100 Scope Notes Post Contest, Of Sorts


Let me begin by saying I have no idea how this will go. I just thought someone out there might have a crazy/bizarre/funny/insane/interesting children’s lit-related post that they would like to share with the crazy/bizarre/funny/insane/interesting people who read this blog. I know you have something to say. Here’s the plan. Email me (scopenotes (at) gmail […]

Books on Film: Magic Tree House Comes to Japan

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Magic Tree House, long a favorite of the early chapter book set, it coming to the silver screen. If you’re in America, that silver screen is very far away. Namely, Japan. Hopefully the miracle of technology will make it so I don’t have to brush up on my Japanese 101 skills from college to go […]

Some New Notes

Remember Three’s Company? Good. Remember its spin-off Three’s a Crowd? No? Oh, I might be in trouble… I’m going to try something new around here. Instead of one big Morning Notes post, I’m going to spin off each category (Headlines, Book Buzz, Post of the Week, Tweet o’ the Week, and Books on Film) into […]

Anatomy of a Bookcart

Book Cart w Numbers

To see into a man’s book cart is to see into his soul. -Anonymous (me) So we work around these things every day, we hoard them occasionally, and they never seem to be empty. Let’s dig in to the anatomy of a book cart. Here’s an example of one currently sitting in my office: This […]

Covering the Newbery (#31): Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes

Ginger Pye

How’s this sound? New Monday, new cover, Newbery. Do I have a slogan there? We can put that discussion on the back burner for a minute and take a look at the latest entry in the Covering the Newbery series… 1952: Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes Original Cover: My Redo: Side by Side: Verdict: I […]

Link Du Jour: TOON Books, Electrified

Toon Book Reader

I don’t often play the “hey folks, here’s a cool website” game (Runner Up, worst board game of 2004 – narrowly defeated by the dice game Odd Number, Game Over), but if you aren’t making the TOON Book Reader available on your library website, you should be. Hosted by Professor Garfield (dang, Garfield’s a professor […]

Picture Book Proclamation


What with all the “picture book is doomed” talk you hear around the watercooler these days (note to self: stop pretending the internet is full of cool, drinkable water), I highly approve of the following manifesto from a crew of excellent authors and illustrators. It will run in the just-released Horn Book Magazine (and online […]