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Notes on March 2013

Lincoln Nerdbery

In March… …we learned that Abraham Lincoln is alive and into graphic novels for kids. The reincarnated 16th President appeared in a video created by John Schumacher and Colby Sharp about Newbery-winning book Lincoln: A Photobiography. …we found out about some of the graphic novels hitting shelves in 2013. In the inaugrual Preview Interview, First Second […]

Poetry Friday: In a Messy Room

Messy Room

Well here we are, the final Friday before National Poetry Month begins. On April 2 I’ll be posting a gallery of your book spine poem submissions. Here are my tips for making your own. You want in? Email your poems to me at scopenotes (at) gmail (dot) com or post them to your blog and let […]

Morning Notes: The Girl with the Pigeon Tattoo Edition

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MATILDA: HORSE RACE FIXER The New Yorker, in discussing the new stage play of Roald Dahl’s classic, reveals the very different early draft of Matilda. Click here to read at Bookshelves of Doom. SCHOOL LIBRARIANS: STAY FOCUSED The Blue Skunk Blog makes me think every time out. In a world of a million professional distractions, […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#4)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on GoodReads or Amazon? [Author]’s book is a piece of nationalist propaganda, using oversimplification, emotional appeals, and dualistic morality to shut down her readers’ minds. More troubling is that it is aimed at children, who don’t yet have the critical faculties to defend […]

Poetry Friday: More True Lies


Check out the Poetry Friday roundup at GottaBook. National Poetry Month looms (but, you know, in a good way) and I’m counting down to the big event with a book spine poem each and every Friday in March. Interested in giving the book spine poem thing a shot? Try it with kids? Here are my […]

Four Observations on the Best-Selling Children’s Books of 2012


I just read the Publishers Weekly article The Bestselling Children’s Books of 2012. A few thoughts… 1. The rise of the Dork How about the Dork Diaries series taking two of the top six hardcover frontlist spots? When that series first appeared I didn’t think it would make that sort of a splash. But Dork […]

The Dog Ate My E-Reader

Dog Bite E-Reader

When we started lending e-readers in my school library last year, I expected there would be some damaged devices. I envisioned the occasional drop, or maybe a backpack smash. I didn’t see this coming: That’s right: “My dog ate my e-reader”. People have joked that arming students with devices would eliminate the age old “My […]

Review: Welcome to Your Awesome Robot by Viviane Schwarz

Welcome To Your Awesome Robot

Welcome to Your Awesome Robot By Viviane Schwarz Flying Eye Books ISBN: 9781909263000 $13.95 Grades PreK-2 In Stores April 16, 2013 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library While the concept of library makerspaces for teens and adults has been getting buzzy lately, youth librarians will tell you we’ve been getting crafty with young […]

Link Du Jour: Fall 2013 Sneak Previews from PW


When it comes to nuts and bolts, “here’s the big stuff”-type previews, Publishers Weekly is the place to go. They recently put up their Fall 2013 Sneak Previews, and now my eyebrows are tired (from all the raising). If you’re interested in upcoming books, check it out.  Publishers Weekly Fall 2013 Sneak Previews

Books on Film: Abraham Lincoln Lives!

Lincoln Nerdbery

Lesson learned: It’s hard to keep a straight face when you’re wearing a chinstrap beard made out of construction paper. School librarian John Schumacher and teacher Colby Sharp are reading every Newbery Medal-winning book and making videos along the way. This week they discuss 1988 winner Lincoln: A Photobiography. In an unexpected twist, our 16th […]

Poetry Friday: Bang! Boom! Roar!

Bang Boom Roar

National Poetry Month is nigh, and I’m posting a book spine poem every Friday until April. Want to try it? Maybe give it a shot with kids? Click here for some tips on creating your own. If you do give it a go, take a picture and post it to your blog, or send it […]

Review: Gone Fishing by Tamera Will Wissinger

Gone Fishing

Gone Fishing: A Novel in Verse By Tamera Will Wissinger Illustrated by Matthew Cordell Houghton Mifflin ISBN: 9780547820118 $15.99 Grades 1-4 In Stores *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library There are plenty of verse novels out there. Poetry books based around a theme are also common. Tamera Will Wissinger’s debut […]

Morning Notes: Cam Jansen is My Memory Hero Edition


10 POUNDS ON ‘I WANT MY HAT BACK’ Book award news. Over in the UK, the shortlists for The Carnegie (for writing) and Kate Greenway (for illustration) medals have been announced. It’s down to eight titles in each category, folks – place your bets. Click here for Carnegie. Click here for Greenway. EXTREME READING More […]

Books on Film: An Astounding Assortment of Newbery Winners

Newbery Panel

It’s an exclusive club, authors who have won Newbery medals and honors. So when Random House managed to get Christopher Paul Curtis, Jenni Holm, Kirby Larson, Louis Sachar, Jerry Spinelli, Rebecca Stead, and Clare Vanderpool in the same room in Seattle during ALA Midwinter, it was a rare treat. The conversation (moderated by librarian action […]

Poetry Friday: Shadow on the Stairs


Check out the Poetry Friday round-up at My Juicy Little Universe. To get things warmed up for National Poetry Month, I’m posting a book spine poem every Friday until April. Want to get in on the act? Maybe give it a shot with kids? Click here for some tips on creating your own. If you do give […]