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Covering the Newbery (#54): M. C. Higgins, the Great

M.C. Higgins, the Great

Click here for the Covering the Newbery Gallery 1975: M. C. Higgins, the Great by Virginia Hamilton Original Cover: My Redo: Side by Side: Verdict: I like this one, but am pretty sure kids would not be leaping to grab it off the shelf. Up next week: The Grey King by Susan Cooper (Source image: “Pole […]

Link Du Jour: The Pigeon Gets Radio Play

Pigeon on NPR

All-around children’s book genius Mo Willems made an appearance on NPR’s Morning Edition this week to talk about his latest release, The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?, and engage in a little discussion about picture books. As usual, the results are very much worth checking out. Click the image below to listen.  

#HoldShelf Day: April 2012

April 2012 Hold Shelf

Got a hold shelf? It’s time to share it. The monthly #holdshelf event is here. This time, the gallery is over at Watch. Connect. Read.  There was a great turnout – be sure to head there to check things out. Let’s dig into the hold shelf at my 5th and 6th grade school: The Son […]

Review: Bird & Squirrel: On the Run! by James Burks

Bird and Squirrel

Bird & Squirrel: On the Run! By James Burks Graphix (Scholastic) ISBN: 9780545312837 $8.99 Grades 2-4 In Stores August, 2012 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library When the cover of a book looks like the graphic novel equivalent of Angry Birds (an astute observation I can’t take credit for – that was Cindy […]

Review: The Shark King by R. Kikuo Johnson


The Shark King By R. Kikuo Johnson TOON Books (Candlewick Press) ISBN: 9781935179160 $12.95 Grades 1-3 In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library I feel like the 21st century has not been kind to myths and legends. There’s so much “meta”-this and “fractured”-that going on that these classic stories either get lost […]

Books On Film: A Newbery/Caldecott Blast from the Past

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Let’s go back a decade. Back to 2002. Back before the Youth Media Awards were the PowerPointed, webcasted event they are today. Back when they held up the winning books. Do you remember the 2002 Newbery and Caldecott winners? Here’s a hint: Click the image to watch. A while back I also posted about the […]

Nonfiction Monday: Outside Your Window by Nicola Davies

Outside Your Window

Outside Your Window: A First Book of Nature By Nicola Davies Illustrated by Mark Hearld Candlewick Press ISBN: 9780763655495 $19.99 Grades PreK-2 In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library There’s a lot of cookie-cutter children’s lit out there. But there’s also hope. One of my favorite elementary education trends of the 21st […]

Covering the Newbery (#53): The Slave Dancer

The Slave Dancer

Here we are on Monday – the day I like to try my extremely amateur hand at giving Newbery-winning books new covers. It’s a just-for-kicks project that I’m calling Covering the Newbery. Click here for the Covering the Newbery Gallery 1974: The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox Original Cover: My Redo: Verdict: Hmm – I […]

Link Du Jour: Outrage!

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While I could post about the craziness that is the banning of The Dirty Cowboy, I’ll instead focus on an excellent post by Letters of Note about the controversial In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak. The post includes a letter from the editor of Night Kitchen, the legendary Ursula Nordstrom, to a librarian who […]

Books On Film: The Card Catalog Lives!

Yale Card Catalog

Librarians, please raise your hands. *Hand raised* Lovers of stop-motion animation, please raise your hands. *Hand remains raised* Well, when those two things combine in one video, I suppose this is one of my favorites of the year so far. Created using the massive card catalog at Yale University’s Sterling Memorial Library, this video does […]

Review: Wonder by R.J. Palacio


Wonder By R.J. Palacio Knopf (Random House) ISBN: 9780375869020 $15.99 Grades 4-7 In Stores *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library It’s a beautiful thing, when a book truly grabs you. It doesn’t happen all that often, and it’s impossible to know when it’s coming. Even with all the advance warning […]

#Holdshelf Approaches Elsewhere


Some books you expect to see on the library hold shelf. You’ve got your Hunger Games, your Wimpy Kid, your Guinness – all understandable. But what I like to see are the hidden gems that don’t get a lot of attention that kids are lining up to read. Enter #holdshelf, then, to help spread the […]

Morning Notes: The Edition of No

ARE YOU DONE WITH DEWEY? School librarian Tali Balas Kaplan is, and she’s sharing her reasons why on the ALSC Blog. Can’t say I’ve seriously considered the switch, but I’m hearing of more and more public and school libraries moving on from the system Melville built. http://www.alsc.ala.org/blog/2012/04/done-with-dewey/ ARCHIE COMICS – NOT WHOLESOME Bookshelves of Doom […]

Books on Film: Book People Unite

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The feel-good children’s lit video of the year? The folks at Reading is Fundamental (RIF) are beginning a new literacy campaign titled Book People Unite. They just released this charming PSA, featuring a cast of favorite characters. I ask you – where else are you going to see Greg Heffley tinkling the ivories on a […]

Cover Curiosity: Totally Crossed Out

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Whether consciously tapping into a popular trend or completely by coincidence, some book covers just look like each other. Today we have two covers that jumped out at me. Let’s have a look… The Romeo and Juliet Code by Phoebe Stone. And our second cover… One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt Side by […]