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Winter Scope Notes

The Fourteen Bears

Due to sleeping in the middle of the day, Chex mix consuming, and death-defying holiday travels, 100 Scope Notes will be up on the shelf until Monday, January 2nd. See you back here then. (Image from The Fourteen Bears in Summer and Winter by Evelyn Scott, illustrated by Virginia Parsons)

2012 Caldecott Medal Predictions

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Oh, man. This is going to be tough. And here I thought last year was wide open. The 2012 Caldecott race puts it to shame. While I went 1 for 4 last time around, I did manage to include big winner A Sick Day for Amos McGee. Time to give it another try. These aren’t [...]

Top 20 Children’s Books of 2011 (#5-1)

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Fellow school librarian John Schumacher and I are counting down our top 20 books of 2011. Head on over to Watch. Connect. Read. for additional resources for each book.   #20-16 | #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1 5. Ice by Arthur Geisert [Enchanted Lion | Grades K-3] Click here for additional resources from Watch. Connect. [...]

Top 20 Children’s Books of 2011 (#10-6)

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Fellow school librarian John Schumacher and I are counting down our top 20 books of 2011. Head on over to Watch. Connect. Read. for additional resources for each book. #20-16 | #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1 10. Marty McGuire by Kate Messner [Scholastic | Grades 3-5] Click here for additional resources from Watch. Connect. Read. [...]

Top 20 Children’s Books of 2011 (#15-11)

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Fellow school librarian John Schumacher and I are counting down our top 20 books of 2011. Head on over to Watch. Connect. Read. for additional resources for each book. #20-16 | #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1 15. A Pet for Petunia by Paul Schmid [HarperCollins | Grades K-2] Click here for additional resources from Watch. [...]

2011 Librarian Lump of Coal Gift Guide

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Time is running out to get gifts for the insufferable librarian in your life. With help from Etsy, the 2011 edition of the Librarian Lump of Coal Gift Guide has your back. Click here for the 2010 Guide Click here for the 2009 Guide (Click the images below to buy) For the librarian who…might like [...]

Top 20 Children’s Books of 2011 (#20-16)

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Let the singing of praises commence. Over four days, fellow school librarian John Schumacher and I will count down our top 20 books of the past year. It’s a K-6, anything goes sort of list, with picture books, chapter books, nonfiction, and graphic novels all tossed into one big pot. This year Watch. Connect. Read. [...]

2011 Children’s Lit: The Year in Miscellanea

2011 Miscellanea

It’s time to take a look back at the year that was in children’s lit miscellanea. Saddest Moment for Brick-and-Mortar Bookstores The demise of Borders More reader-focused and personal than Barnes & Noble, Borders was the chain bookseller you could still get behind. No longer. *** Most Subtle Change of Expression from Cover to Inside [...]

Link Du Jour: Watch the Newbery and Caldecott Announcements Live!

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Technology occasionally decides to stop tormenting me and earn its keep. Children’s lit fans take note – you can watch the ALA Youth Media Awards (you know, Newbery, Caldecott, et al.) live from Dallas on January 23 at 7:45 CT. As they have done in the past, ALA is producing a live webcast of the [...]

Caldecott Week Thanks

Caldecott Week

To everyone who read, tweeted, liked, shared, or whatever else the kids are doing these days any of my Caldecott Week posts – thank you. Here’s a recap of the week’s posts for the good of the cause. Jerry Pinkney and Erin E. Stead: A Caldecott Conversation Creating the Caldecott Frankenstein The Caldecott Challenge: Part [...]

The Best, Worst, and Oddest Coming Next Week

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Next week, I wage my annual war on sleep to bring a children’s lit horn of plenty. What’s on the agenda? Top 20 Children’s Books of 2011 Monday-Thursday Rockstar (also, school librarian) John Schumacher (aka @MrSchuReads) and I will bring you our favorite books of the year in countdown fashion. Anything in the K-6th grade [...]

Creating the Caldecott Frankenstein

Caldecott Frankenstein

Creating an exceptional work of children’s literature is as far from a scientific endeavor as you can get. If you try to apply a formula, you’re doomed. But if we want to build the Caldecott Frankenstein, we’re going to have to get scientific – weird scientific. My goal is to assemble a book using the [...]

The Caldecott Challenge (Part V)

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Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV We’ve come to the end of the road, folks. Did I read every Caldecott winner in one day as I set out to do? That’s a negative. But at least now I can say for certain I’ve read ‘em all. 1997: Golem by David [...]

The Caldecott Medal: Danger to Society?

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This is a tongue-in-cheek report. Can you believe these Caldecott-winning books? Endangering the youth of America, I say! I have evidence to prove it. How can you condone books that are teaching children to… …Set off fireworks in their bare hands… …Engage in Beekeeping without a head net… …Ride a bike without a helmet… …Maintain [...]

The Caldecott Challenge (Part IV)

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Part I | Part II | Part III | Part V As we learned yesterday, the challenge has become much easier. What started as my attempt to read every Caldecott winner in one day turned into just read every Caldecott winner. Let us continue… 1982: Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg (Houghton) 1983: Shadow , translated [...]