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Nonfiction Monday: Bird Talk by Lita Judge

Bird Talk

Bird Talk: What Birds Are Saying and Why By Lita Judge Roaring Brook Press ISBN: 9781596436466 $17.99 Grades 2-4 In Stores Find it at Schuler Books | Your Library You have your nonfiction that clearly covers the basics – here’s an animal, here’s where it lives, here’s what it eats – and then you have […]

Covering the Newbery (#65): Sarah, Plain and Tall

Sarah, Plain and Tall

For every attempt so far in the Covering the Newbery series, I do the same thing. I enter keywords from the book into a Flickr creative commons search. After I find an image, I sometimes will have to adjust something in Splashup or Photoshop. Otherwise, I just throw the image into PicMonkey, add text, and […]

Comic: Book Cover Battle

Book Cover Comic 1

I know, I know – books for adults can have some excellent covers and there are very talented people making them. This particular comic was inspired by my trip to the public library today, where I noticed a disproportionate number of the “huge author name + huge title = cover” books. Tom Clancey, I ain’t […]

Graphic Novels Given Away

Free Books Dumpster

Thank you to the fine folks who tossed their hats into the Great Graphic Novel Giveaway ring. The results shook out as such: Allison K. is now the proud owner of The Secret of the Stone Frog. Rosemary K. will soon be enjoying Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: One Dead Spy. Katie B. is in for […]

Covering the Newbery (#64): The Hero and the Crown

Hero and the Crown

1985: The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley Original Cover: My Redo: Side by Side: Click here for the Covering the Newbery gallery. Up next week: Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan (Source image “Procrastination King” http://flic.kr/p/bEV6pH)

The Great Summer Graphic Novel Giveaway

Bird and Squirrel

One of my favorite things about Conan O’Brien is when he says that night’s show is great and that he was lying when he said the same thing about the previous night’s show. That being said, this is the best book giveaway in 100 Scope Notes history. You may have heard me say previous giveaways […]

Morning Notes: Margaret Wise Brown or Jim Morrison? Edition

Morning Notes Banner

THE JOY, THE SORROW I figured I’d start with probably my favorite item from the week – Lev Grossman’s Hating Ms. Maisy: The Joy, Sorrow and Neurotic Rage of Reading to Your Children. But don’t be fooled by the title, this is mostly a salute to the masters of children’s lit. How can you not […]

Covering the Newbery (#63): Dear Mr. Henshaw

dear mr. henshaw

Sure it’s easy to crack wise with The Story of Mankind and it’s ages-old cover. Just giving any sort of modern spin would be an improvement. Now we’re getting into books that ain’t so ancient. Today, for example, is the beloved Dear Mr. Henshaw, complete with iconic Paul O. Zelinsky cover. It is with books […]

The Wildest Children’s Books of 2012

Onions Great Escape

If you are in fear of children’s literature becoming too tame, too P.C., too middle-of-the-road – fear not! There are still plenty of odd, unusual, and just plain wild books for kids. Let’s take a look at five of the most “What the – ?!” inducing books of 2012. I enjoyed each and every one. […]

Summer (E) Reading

Waterproof E-Reader

Pools? Ha! Beaches? Scoff! E-reader + plastic baggie = glorious waterproof (the 100 Scope Notes legal team has advised me to downgrade that statement to “highly water-resistant”) summer reading!

Lending E-Readers in the School Library (Part III: Device)


Previously: Part I: Background Part II: Planning I made this using the Paper app for the iPad. Next time we’ll discuss e-books and managing accounts.

Top 10 Circulated Books 2012: K-2nd Grade

Say No to Varnish

Don’t even think about dipping that brush. It’s time to once again take an unvarnished look at the most popular books at my school libraries this year. Last time out, we covered 3rd-4th grade. This time around, we’re looking at books for the lower elementary crowd, grades K-2. 10. Boo Hoo Bird by Jeremy Tankard […]

Morning Notes: Swamp Survival Edition


ARCS FOR SALE! There’s been a lot of talk about ARCs lately in the wake of ALA Annual. Controversy erupted over bloggers getting a bit too grabby with the free stuff. For me, this is much more discussion-worthy. @gcaserotti recently tweeted a photo of a public library selling advance reader copies. Your thoughts? Click here […]

Nonfiction Monday: One Dead Spy by Nathan Hale

One Dead Spy

Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: One Dead Spy By Nathan Hale Amulet (ABRAMS) ISBN: 9781419703966 $12.95 Grades 3-6 In Stores August 1, 2012 *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Through my side gig of professional reviewing, I’ve read a lot of nonfiction graphic novels. In terms of quality, let me tell […]

Covering the Newbery (#62): Dicey’s Song

Dicey's Song

We continue the march toward modern day, redoing the cover of every Newbery-winning book along the way. 1983: Dicey’s Song by Cynthia Voigt Original Cover: My Redo: Side by Side: Verdict: A bit monotone, but an interesting change. The issue is short hair to long – that’s a problem. Click here for the Covering the […]