100 Scope Notes
Inside 100 Scope Notes

Opening Remarks


Is this thing working? Well, here we are. Thanks for coming. After five years at WordPress.com and a self-hosted site, this blog is now here at School Library Journal. I was able to bring my old header with me, so It’s feeling like home already. I never wrote a proper opening post when I started […]

Scope Notes and the Family Meeting

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I’ve called you all into the living room to make an announcement. I’ll soon be packing up all my digital worldly possessions (except maybe my photos of the creepy library statues) and setting up shop in the virtual confines of the School Library Journal website. This blog is moving, folks. In a matter of days. What […]

Covering the Newbery (#81): A Single Shard

A Single Shard

Eighty one down, ten to go. Visit the Covering the Newbery Gallery. 2002: A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park Original Cover: My Re-do: Side by Side: Up next week: Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi (Source image: “Blue and White” by charclam http://flic.kr/p/8kALLk)

Link Du Jour: The Best of 2012 with Kirkus

Kirkus 2012

Kirkus just released their 100 Best Children’s Books of 2012. While 100 might seem like a lot, it allows them to include some lesser-known titles among the books that will be on every other list. Click here to see the whole batch.

The Missing READ Poster Strikes Back!

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Previously: The Strange Case of the Missing READ Poster (If you don’t see the video above click here for the link) And now, for the unexpected conclusion to our story… Squeeeelll! Why is the UPS man peeling into my driveway? What is this? Wait, it can’t be. It is! To the mystery Jedi who came […]

Mock Caldecott 2013: The Set-Up


I decided to conduct a Mock Caldecott among the nine second grade classes in my school district. Valuable learning experience for students, or elaborate sham for me to gather enough data to finally nail my annual Caldecott predictions? You be the judge. Step 1: Grade Level Who takes part? I knew going in we didn’t […]

Nonfiction Monday: Castle: How It Works by David Macaulay


Castle: How It Works By David Macaulay with Sheila Keenan David Macaulay Studio (Macmillan) ISBN: 9781596437449 $15.99 Grades 1-4 In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library One of the more satisfying things about being an elementary school librarian (other than the resurgence of the cardigan sweater) is seeing gaps filled. The landscape […]

Covering the Newbery (#80): A Year Down Yonder

Year Down Yonder

Visit the Covering the Newbery Gallery. 2001: A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck Original Cover: My Re-do: Side by Side: Up next week: A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park (Source image: “Nepal (10) – 26Sep10, Bardia (Nepal)” by philippe leroyer http://flic.kr/p/bYuzp1)

Link Du Jour: What’s Next?

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The Kids’ Indie Next List is always something I look forward to checking out. The 2012-12 Winter group was recently announced, and it features a bunch of books I can’t wait to get my cold hands on. My hands are always cold in the winter. Click here to read it.

Books on Film: JJK and TED

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I think this could start a new genre: the surprise TED talk. Lunch Lady creator Jarrett J. Krosoczka was asked to fill in at a recent TEDx event. The event started in four hours. Mr. Krosoczka more than filled in on short notice – he delivered a talk about his life and work that was […]

Review: Rabbit & Robot: The Sleepover by Cece Bell

Rabbit and Robot

Rabbit & Robot: The Sleepover By Cece Bell Candlewick Press ISBN: 9780763654757 $14.99 Grades K-3 In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library The children’s lit landscape is rich with classic ampersand teams – nowhere more so than in the easy reader category. Frog & Toad, Elephant & Piggie, Bink & Gollie – […]

Morning Notes: Bookface Battle Edition

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‘THESE ARE TOPS’ SAYS AMAZON The Best of 2012-ing continues, this time with Amazon naming their top books. They always have a more populist view, with a few bestsellers that aren’t likely to crack other lists. Click here for picture books Click here for middle grade IN SUPPORT OF THE ABSURD Man-on-a-children’s-literature-roll Mac Barnett doesn’t […]

10 to Note: Winter Preview 2012-13

Winter Preview 2013

Sometimes you see a book and go… What follows are the books coming out in December, January, and February that made me do that. Picture Books Doug Unplugged by Dan Yaccarino February 12 | Knopf | Grades K-3 Is ditching technology for real life an emerging children’s lit trend? 2012 standout hello! hello! nicely builds […]

Review: Look…Look Again! by John O’Brien

Look Look Again

Look…Look Again! By John O’Brien Boyds Mills Press ISBN: 9781590788943 $18.95 Grades 2-4 In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Absurdity is largely wasted on adults. While us grown-ups tend to favor sense to nonsense, the logical to the illogical, kids can be surprisingly comfortable with non sequiturs. In Look…Look Again! John O’Brien […]

Covering the Newbery (#79): Bud, Not Buddy

Bud Not Buddy

We step into the 2000s with today’s entry… Visit the Covering the Newbery gallery. 2000: Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis Original Cover: My Re-do: Side by Side: Up next week: A Year Down Yonder by by Richard Peck (Source image: “Arrivederci Milano Ciao” by  annie:malahus http://flic.kr/p/78mDFx)