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Poetry Friday: Plunked!

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Be sure to check out the Poetry Friday roundup at My Juicy Little Universe. Today we have two items on the agenda – a final book spine poem and a last call. First, the poem: Now, that last call I was talking about. In honor of National Poetry Month I’m posting a gallery of book […]

Morning Notes: Bookshelves Rejoice Edition

WATERSHED MOMENT FOR AUTHORS? The recent release of the Harry Potter series in e-book format marks “the first time that a major author has ventured forth to offer e-books directly to the public”. Is this a sign of authors having more power in the marketplace, or just that J.K. Rowling can do whatever she wants? […]

On Hold @ the Library: March 2012

Hold Shelf March 2012

The library hold shelf – window to the soul? Not quite (unless your soul is mainly comprised of Diary of a Wimpy Kid books), but it does tell you which books kids are truly excited about. On Hold @ the Library is getting participatory, thanks to the brave folks who submitted photos of their hold […]

Nonfiction Monday: Zig and Wikki in The Cow by Nadja Spiegelman

Zig and Wikki in the Cow

Zig and Wikki in The Cow By Nadja Spiegelman Illustrated by Trade Loeffler TOON Books (Candlewick) ISBN: 9781935179153 $12.95 Grades 1-3 In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library If I were to stumble upon a time machine and bring Zig and Wikki in The Cow to the me of 10 years ago, […]

Covering the Newbery (#49): Sounder


1970: Sounder by William H. Armstrong Original Cover: My Redo: Side by Side: Verdict: Black and white can be a tough sell, but I like the image. Click here for the Covering the Newbery gallery Up next week: Summer of the Swans by Betsy Byars (Source image: “.a particular frienD” http://flic.kr/p/7dCEzD)

Link Du Jour: Narnia Comes to Life


Narnia in real life. Click here to visit. (Thanks to Boing Boing for the link)

Poetry Friday: The Day I Was Rich


Be sure to check out the Poetry Friday roundup at A Year of Reading. National Poetry Month looms (but, you know, in a good way) and I’m counting down to the big event with a book spine poem each and every Friday in March. Interested in giving the book spine poem thing a shot? Try […]

It’s A-MLA-zing

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Members of the Michigan Library Association, welcome. Thanks for visiting. Feel free to poke around a bit. If you’re looking for other folks who are doing a much better job at this blogging thing than I am, check out my blogroll over on the right.

Morning Notes: Brain Punch Edition


THE PIGEON WANTS A LEGO SCULPTURE No children’s lit-related what have you this week matched the sheer “oh, that’s cool” appeal of Mark Anderson’s pigeon lego sculpture. Dude got really technical with it – using a computer modeling program and everything. Hey LEGO, give Mark a call and get this thing into stores. http://www.andertoons.com/cartoon-blog/2012/03/lego-pigeon-mo-willems.html VOTE […]

#HoldShelf is Coming!

I maintain the library hold shelf is one of the best ways to know what kids are actually lining up to read. So let’s share. @MrSchuReads and I are joining forces to make On Hold @ the Library a participatory monthly event. Here’s how it works: Before Tuesday, March 27th, locate the hold shelf in […]

Covering the Newbery (#48): The High King

The High King

1969: The High King by Lloyd Alexander Original Cover: My Redo Side by Side: Verdict: Not a big fan of this one, although I can see it getting some attention. You win some, you lose some. Click here for the Covering the Newbery gallery Up next week: Sounder by William H. Armstrong (Source image: “Swords” […]

Review: Kali’s Song by Jeanette Winter

Kali's Song

Kali’s Song By Jeanette Winter Schwartz & Wade (Random House) ISBN: 9780375870224 $16.99 Grades PreK-2 In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Gentle gets a bad rap. Books that scream and shout get a lot of attention, but often it is a classic case of sound and fury signifying nothing. Jeanette Winter […]

Link Du Jour: Cover Redo-Palooza

Alternate Book Covers Group

Since I started my Covering the Newbery project, my spider-sense is particularly attuned to others who are redoing book covers. The other day (thanks to my favorite pop culture/slightly trashy website BuzzFeed) I came across the Alternate Book Covers Flickr group. From Roald Dahl to Harry Potter, there’s a lot of fun stuff to see […]

Poetry Friday: Look Who’s There!

Look Who's There Poem

Check out the Poetry Friday Roundup at GottaBook. National Poetry Month is nigh, and I’m posting a book spine poem every Friday until April. Want to try it? Maybe give it a shot with kids? Click here for some tips on creating your own. If you do give it a go, take a picture and […]

Covering the Newbery (#47): From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

From the Mixed Up Files

1968: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg Original Cover: My Redo: Side by Side: Verdict: Brown usually has a tough go of it in terms of shelf appeal, but I think this one turned out fun. Click here for the Covering the Newbery gallery Up next week: The […]