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Peter D. Sieruta, Collector of Children’s Books


I never met Peter D. Sieruta, but I knew him in that uniquely 21st century way – through his blog and our online interactions. From my contact with him, this much I know is true: Peter was funny, he was smart, he was humble, and he will be missed. While his career as a reader, […]

Scope You Next Week

FBI Bookmark

100 Scope Notes will be up on the shelf until after the long Memorial Day weekend. In the meantime I’ll let this glorious student-created bookmark hold my place:

Morning Notes: The Tree Was So Happy Edition

GIVING TREE WEDDING INVITES: WHA?! When considering all the possibilities of wedding invites based on children’s books, The Giving Tree is … not at the top of my list. Yet they do exist! http://offbeatbride.com/2012/05/the-giving-tree-wedding-invitations (Thanks to Bookshelves of Doom for the link) JEAN CRAIGHEAD GEORGE A sad day for children’s lit. http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/jean-craighead-george-author-of-my-side-of-the-mountain-and-julie-of-the-wolves-dies-at-92/2012/05/21/gIQAK67hgU_story.html CUT-OUT ART Is […]

Cover Curiosity: Inking Me Softly

Hummingbird Heart

‘Scuse me while I talk YA covers for a minute… Most Cover Curiosities, be they socks, Converse sneakers, or longingly gazing into the distance, are unexpected but not really all that unusual. Today we have a pair that are both unusual and unexpected. This comparison is unusupected. With all credit to Lisa Jenn Bigelow for […]

Covering the Newbery (#57): Bridge to Terabithia

Bridge to Terabithia

One of the more beloved Newbery winners is up for a cover redo – let’s see what flickrCC, splashup, and PicMonkey can do today… 1978: Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson Original Cover: My Redo: Side by Side: Verdict: The age-old dilemma – would kids dig it? Signs point to (shaking Magic 8-Ball) “Don’t count […]

Link Du Jour: Odd Authors

10 Weird Authors

I guess if you’re going to make a list of the “10 Weirdest Children’s Book Authors of All Time” (as Flavorwire did), it is appropriate that the list itself is weird. Pinkwater, Coville, Scieszka? I’m with you. Things get a bit hit or miss from there. Click below to read.

Ye Olde Scope Notes: The Barcode Goes Here!


(WAVING RICKETY OLD CANE IN THE AIR) You know what’s important about librarianship? Barcode placement! It needs to be in the same place on every book! Title? Cover artwork? Scoff! How do you expect to do proper inventory (which, next to aerobic shushing, is my favorite pastime) if one of the barcodes is slightly lower […]

Review: Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger


Green By Laura Vaccaro Seeger Roaring Brook Press (Macmillan) ISBN: 9781596433977 $16.99 Grades PreK-1 In Stores *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library The page turn – the way in which a picture book transitions from one page to the next – is something that lots of books ignore. Not the […]

The Amazon Star Bar vs. The Book Review

Amazon Star

Oh, man. I believe the expression is “oh no they didn’t”. Have you read this article yet? (via TechCrunch) It points to recent research from The Harvard Business Review showing that the cumulative star rating at Amazon is as accurate as reviews from professional critics. While the research is focused on books for adults, there […]

Unfortunate Covers (#20)

Homer Price Cover

Of all the Unfortunate Covers, the most difficult to name are the ones I love. Today we take a look at one of my all-time favorites, sporting a cover that just isn’t getting much attention from kids. This one hurts. Homer Price by Robert McCloskey I understand this is sacrilege, but with the cover above, […]

Review: Baby Bear Sees Blue by Ashley Wolff

Baby Bear Sees Blue

Baby Bear Sees Blue By Ashley Wolff Beach Lane Books (Simon & Schuster) ISBN: 9781442413061 $16.99 Grades PreK-1 In Stores *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library The goal of a concept book is clear – teach colors or numbers or shapes or any other basic concept that kids need to […]

Nonfiction Monday: Step Gently Out by Helen Frost


Step Gently Out By Helen Frost Photographs by Rick Lieder Candlewick Press ISBN: 9780763656010 $15.99 Grades K-2 In Stores *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Poetry is oh-so-tricky. Go too concrete and rhyme-y, and you end up with stale platitudes. Go too abstract, and you can lose kids in a […]

Covering the Newbery (#56): Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry

Jerry Pinkney, everyone. That’s who created the original illustration for today’s cover redo candidate. Can I throw in the towel now? No? Well, here we go… 1977: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor Original: My Redo: Side by Side: Verdict: I’m never a big fan of swapping a photo for an […]

Link Du Jour: Guess Who Has This Tattoo

Connect the Dot Giraffe

In the ever-worthy interest of “hey, why not?”, see of you can determine which children’s lit figure has the following leg tattoo: That’s right, it’s a connect the dots tattoo. Here it is filled out: And the clues: This person is female. This woman creates graphic novels. She writes a graphic novel series. This series […]

Review: Marty McGuire Digs Worms by Kate Messner

Marty McGuire Digs Worms

Marty McGuire Digs Worms! By Kate Messner Illustrated by Brian Floca Scholastic Press ISBN: 9780545142458 $17.99 Grades 2-4 In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library While I have a hard time remembering, well, a lot of things (truth be told, this blog = my external book memory), I do remember the contest […]