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Morning Notes: Fooling Spies with Lemon Juice Edition

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THE STARS SO FAR RETURN For a few years, one of the best resources for finding out which books were getting critical acclaim was The Stars So Far list compiled at the blog Shelftalker. After ending the practice last year due to a bit of a moral tug-of-war, the list is back by popular demand. […]

Books on Film: Reading Rainbow: The Complete Works

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Up for a little nostalgia? Want to hang with LeVar Burton from back in the good ol’ days? Click here for the complete Reading Rainbow series. YouTube does it again.

ALA Annual 2012: Photo Journal


I’m back in Michigan, and back to exclusively eating foods shaped like my home state… …but let’s take a look back at the weekend that was in ALA Annual 2012 what-have-yous. Preparing for the trip to Anaheim, a minor packing miracle occurred. I was able to get everything in one bag. So long as it […]

Coming Soon: Dispatches from ALA Annual


Break out your cardigan t-shirts… …it’s time for the American Library Association Annual Conference!* *The cardigan t-shirt does not currently exist, but if it did, the maker would likely earn upwards of one million dollars. I’ll be sending digital dispatches from Anaheim all weekend long via… Twitter (@100scopenotes) Instagram (tjonks) I’ll also write a post […]

Top 10 Circulated Books 2012: 3rd-4th Grade


The end of the school year is a crazy time, I tell you. All of a sudden, things that would never appear in a teacher’s lounge at any other time, things like this… …all of a sudden show up. But I’d like to focus on a non-slushie order of business today – popular books. I’ve […]

What’s in the Inbox of Mystery?

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What’s in the inbox? Awww, yeah!!! Time to bust out the sunscreen, cause I’m heading to the American Library Association Annual Conference. Will you be there?

Covering the Newbery (#60): Jacob Have I Loved

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1981: Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson Original Cover: My Redo: Side by Side: Click here for the Covering the Newbery Gallery. Up next week: A Visit to William Blake’s Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers by Nancy Willard (Source image: “edadid 04” http://flic.kr/p/8Ynb72)

Cover Curiosity: Visually Jarring


Is canning things other than delicious foods the hot new activity for youngsters? Looking at these five recent or upcoming book covers, you’d think so. Flowers, spiders, hummingbirds, kids – where are the strawberry preserves!? Many thanks to Cindy Dobrez of Bookends for the heads up on this trend. Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky Keeping Safe […]

Books on Film: The Dr. Seuss Biography

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I was hoping to get outside on this nice sunny day in Michigan. Instead I’m watching Rhymes and Reasons, a 2003 A&E bio of Dr. Seuss on YouTube. This is a must-watch, folks. It’s split into nine parts, so click here to see them on YouTube

Morning Notes: Amphibians of Clay Edition

WILDER WONKA Gene Wilder had one unusual request before accepting the lead role in Willy Wonka in 1971’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – he wanted a specific scene included in the movie. I have to say, it’s a brilliant request. Click here to read. (Thanks to Letters of Note for the link) FROG […]

Review: Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead

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Liar & Spy By Rebecca Stead Wendy Lamb Books (Random House) ISBN: 9780385737432 $15.99 Grades 5-7 In Stores August 7, 2012 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Some authors can write a career’s worth of books and never quite nail the intangible element of mood. Not so with Newbery-winning author Rebecca Stead. Her […]

Covering the Newbery (#59): A Gathering of Days

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1980: A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl’s Journal, 1830-1832 by Joan W. Blos Original Cover: My Redo: Side by Side: Verdict: The original is a cover in need of jazzing up. My jazzing may not be jazzy enough. Click here for the Covering the Newbery Gallery. Up next week: Jacob Have I Loved […]

Link Du Jour: The Biggest Books of BEA


I’ve never been to Book Expo America (BEA), but I’d like to go. In my opinion, any time billboards of kid’s books are involved, you have yourself one fine exposition. (Thanks to Abrams for the photo) It’s been fun reading the various dispatches from BEA, but my favorite is from Publishers Weekly and focuses on […]

#holdshelf: June 2012

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It’s time to take down the posters, pack up the cardboard cutouts, (Nancy Drew in the house!) and stow the assorted Harry Potter mobiles. The end of the 2011-12 school year has arrived, and we have some things to discuss. In the next week I’ll be sharing the most circulated books in my libraries, but […]

Cover Curiosity: Sashed


I ask you this –  are sashes a cover trend on the rise? Cover the first: Beauty Queens by Libba Bray Cover two: Prettiest Doll by Gina Willner-Pardo (on shelves November 6, 2012) Side by side: The sashes have it. Are there any more that belong in this group? Click here for more Cover Curiosities.