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Morning Notes: Trick or Treat with Darth Vader Edition

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INTRODUCING THE RANDOM PENGUIN Two of the world’s largest publishers, Random House and Penguin, appear to be joining forces. I’m not the first to say it, but I’m disappointed they didn’t go with the name Random Penguin for the new venture. Really missed the boat on that one. Click here to read. MAKE A GOOD(READS) […]

Happy Hole-oween 2012!

Happy Hole-oween

The 100 Scope Notes Poll is Open


Next week marks the fifth anniversary of when I started this blog, I’d like to finally find out who reads this thing. I’ve seen reader polls on other sites and they look like a good time. Not Battle of the Bookmarks good, but still pretty good. Therefore! If you’re up for a little pre-election polling […]

Covering the Newbery (#77): Out of the Dust

Out of the Dust

Visit the Covering the Newbery gallery. 1998: Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse Original Cover: My Re-do: Side by Side: Up next week: (Oh, boy…) Holes by by Louis Sachar (Source image: “15-04-10 You Are So Magnetic, You Pick Up All The Pins” by Bethan http://flic.kr/p/7THEyW)

#Holdshelf Nears…

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The monthly look at what’s popular in the school library is back – this month, the #holdshelf gallery will be hosted by our nation’s foremost school librarian, John Schumacher, at Watch. Connect. Read. Here’s how it works: Before Friday, November 2, locate the hold shelf in your library. Take picture. Share it by either of these methods: Email […]

Review: Make Magic! Do Good! by Dallas Clayton


Make Magic! Do Good! By Dallas Clayton Candlewick Press ISBN: 9780763657468 $17.99 Grades K-3 In Stores Nov. 13, 2012 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Sometimes, it’s nearly impossible to separate art from its creator. The work and the person who made it are so intertwined it’s difficult to tell where the personality […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#2)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on GoodReads or Amazon? I can’t understand how it won the John Newberry Medal. The witches were plastic and seemed to serve little purpose; the bad guy, a concept embodied in a shadow, had no motivation […] and the father, who seems to […]

Review: Unspoken by Henry Cole

Unspoken Inside

Unspoken: A Story from the Underground Railroad By Henry Cole Scholastic Press ISBN: 9780545399975 $16.99 Grades K-3 In Stores Nov. 1, 2012 *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Sometimes, when the stars align, an illustrator delivers a statement in the form of a book. Jerry Pinkney did it in 2009 […]


Shelves Full

There are two things in life you will never regret having too much of: shelf space and, if you’re having an outdoor wedding, tent. Seriously, if you’re planning on doing your nuptials out-of-doors, get enough tent to cover, like, an acre and a half – you won’t regret it. It recently struck me as a […]

Covering the Newbery (#76): The View from Saturday


Visit the Covering the Newbery gallery. 1997: The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg Original Cover: My Re-do: Side by Side: Up next week: Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse (Source image: “Box Boys and Gals” by kissabug http://flic.kr/p/6VpS3h)

Link Du Jour: Charlotte is 60 on NPR

Charlotte's Web

Children’s literature classic Charlotte’s Web turns 60 years old this year, and NPR recently provided a little behind the scenes on author E.B. White. Question of the day – how many takes did White need to get through the book’s most tragic scene? Click here to listen. [3 min. 57 sec.]

Update: Million Dollar Idea Comes to Life


A couple weeks ago it became clear that the first person to cash in on Nosferatu book stickers would make upwards of $1,000,000.00. Well, someone went and did it. I received a tweet from @HannahlilyS a couple days back that she had created a Halloween-themed library display based on the Nosferatu idea and posted it […]

Dear Jeff Kinney


Dear Jeff Kinney, I apologize for using Diary of a Wimpy Kid #1-4 to prop up the head of my child’s crib. It’s just that all your books have the exact same number of pages (217) and I wanted both sides to be even. I promise that as soon as our son is a couple […]



The blog has been quiet the last few days for an excellent reason. On Friday we added a family member – Colin. The little guy is happy and healthy. My wife Allison, daughter Lina, and I are thrilled. Break out the board books!

One Star Review Guess Who? (#1)

One Star Review Guess Who

New feature time! Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on GoodReads or Amazon? We’re starting off today with an easy one. The kid is a jerk and is sent to his room without supper. He proceeds to go to some magical place where these monsters live and he bosses […]