Subscribe to SLJ
100 Scope Notes
Inside 100 Scope Notes

#holdshelf: January 2013


The hold shelf is the polygraph test of the library world. What are people truly interested in reading? Check the holds. While the popularity of certain titles is universal (see: Wimpy Kid, The Hunger Games, etc.), often times there will be a run on a book you never expected. As famous librarian, the famous Rasheed […]

Instagramming ALA Midwinter 2013

ALA Ailments

I mentioned last week that it was time to stop fooling myself that I would get a lot of blog posts out the door during ALA Midwinter. Success! I did, however, manage to take pictures on Instagram. Why don’t I dump all the photos right here for anyone interested? I take your silence as a […]

The 2013 Newbery, Caldecott, and Geisel: Winners and Reactions

Newbery Caldecott Geisel

The biggest awards in Children’s literature have been doled out, let’s take a look at the three categories nearest and dearest to me. Click here for video of the awards. Newbery Medal: The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate Honor: Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz Honor: BOMB by Steve Sheinkin Honor: Three […]

Let’s Do the #holdshelf Again

holdshelf June 2012

Truth be told, I’ve never watched all of Rockey Horror Picture Show (to which the title of this post references). I tried when I was 16 or so and just couldn’t do it. Maybe I need to try again. Back on topic! The monthly roundup of most-requested books, #holdshelf, is back on track after a […]

What’s in the Inbox of Mystery?

ALA Confirm

Yeah! I’m heading to the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting, which is also the kick-off to my year on the Caldecott committee. The lead-up to ALA conferences always goes the same for me – I say I want to blog the sights, sounds, and unusual smells, and then barely manage to squeak out one measly […]

Morning Notes: Stars Upon Thars Edition


CALDECOTT CALLED *Update* The fine blog Calling Caldecott just announced the results of their first round of mock voting. All my picks made it, so I’m a happy camper. Click here to read. ALL THE STARS ShelfTalker put out the final tally of books that received starred reviews, a list that I always get a […]

Erin E. Stead and Chris Raschka: A Caldecott Conversation

Caldecott Conversation Final

How better to get acquainted with the Caldecott Medal than through two artists who have won it? Last year, in the first Caldecott Conversation, Erin E. Stead and Jerry Pinkney talked shop. Today, the conversation continues as Stead and Chris Raschka (the 2012 Caldecott winner for A Ball for Daisy) interview each other. Erin E. […]

Nonfiction Monday: Look Up! by Annette LeBlanc Cate

Look Up!

Look Up! Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard By Annette LeBlanc Cate Candlewick Press ISBN: 9780763645618 $15.99 Grades 2-4 In Stores March 12, 2013 *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Let us be honest – in terms of activities for kids, birdwatching is pretty low on the popularity list. Due to […]

3 Gifts That Should Not Be Given (Give Books Instead)


February 14th is International Book Giving Day (visit the website to learn more). Artist Priya Kuriyan even whipped up a nice poster for the event: (Click here for the downloadable full-size version on the IBGD site) So, if you’re about to give one of the gifts below, please consider a book instead. Mug “You know, I really […]

Morning Notes: Horton Seuss Who Edition

Morning Notes Banner

THE LIBRARIAN EGO Children’s librarian (and occasional book review song collaborator) Hi Miss Julie had folks talking with her post about fame in the library world. Plenty to consider here. JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH VS. SCIENCE You think 501 seagulls could lift a house-sized peach? Try way, way more. Finally scientists are doing […]

Watch the 2013 Newbery and Caldecott Awards Live!


The biggest morning in children’s literature is nigh. In a scant two weeks (Monday, January 28th @ 8:00am PT) the Youth Media awards, including the Newbery and Caldecott medals, will be handed out in Seattle the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting. For the second time ever, I’ll be in the room (this was the first […]

Nonfiction Monday: Hoop Genius by John Coy

Nonfiction Monday Drawing

The Nonfiction Monday round-up is right here (see below). If you’d like to be included, share a link in the comments. Hoop Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball By John Coy Illustrated by Joe Morse Carolrhoda Books (Lerner) ISBN: 9780761366171 $16.95 Grades 1-4 In Stores March 1, 2013 Find […]

Nonfiction Monday is Coming…


In a mere three days, the weekly fact explosion known as the Nonfiction Monday roundup will land at 100 Scope Notes. Hope to see you then.  

Cover Curiosity: Playing the Field


Sometimes with Cover Curiosities we have two jackets that look very similar. Other times it’s more of a general trend. Today is the latter. Look out socks, relaxing on the lawn is gaining steam. Take a look at the recent evidence collected: The Center of Everything by Linda Urban After Eli by Rebecca Rupp Criss […]

Review: Odd Duck by Cecil Castellucci

Odd Duck

Odd Duck By Cecil Castellucci Illustrated by Sara Varon First Second Books ISBN: 9781596435575 $15.99 Grades 2-5 In Stores May 14, 2013 *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library I have this friend with whom I have almost nothing in common. Name a belief system – political, religious – we are […]