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Notes on April 2013

Flying Eye Logo

In April… …we previewed a brand spanking new children’s publisher. In a Preview Interview, Flying Eye Books laid their 2013 books on the table. …Tim Tebow was my gateway to biography section frustration. After a record-setting fall in popularity, The Tebow Problem hints at larger biography section difficulties. …I made a pitch to host a […]

#Holdshelf: April 2013

Shopping Cart

If I run into you at the supermarket, I’ll probably take a look at what you have in your cart. I can’t help it – I’m just curious about the things people choose when the choice is completely theirs. Same goes for the library hold shelf. Kids can pick whatever books they want, and I’m […]

Review: Arnie the Doughnut: Bowling Alley Bandit by Laurie Keller

Bowling Alley Bandit

Bowling Alley Bandit (The Adventures of Arnie the Doughnut) By Laurie Keller Henry Holt ISBN: 9780805090765 $12.99 Grades 2-4 In Stores June 4, 2013 *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Oh, the hazards of bringing a picture book character to the chapter book format. For every success, there are a […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#5)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on GoodReads or Amazon? Really, let’s say goodnight to a whole bunch of inanimate objects! Wow, that was a lot of fun. It feels like the book was written by an accountant. Now lets move to the next object in the room and […]

Extreme Library Makeover: Seating Edition


We did something cool in my 3rd and 4th grade library. And by “we” I mean “mostly not me” – all credit for this project goes to library assistant Nancy and aides Tina and Mary. I helped, but they had the vision and the painting skills. About a year or so ago my school district […]

Here Comes #Holdshelf

Jan Holds

If memory serves, it’s about that time when I tag team like Kid ‘n Play with Watch. Connect. Read. and we share pictures of our hold shelves. It’s a good way to find out which books are truly popular with kids. It’s even better when you join in. So between now and Monday at 5:00 […]

My Doppelganger Lives in My Library

Hicham El Guerrouj

Well, it happened again – a student discovered my world-record-holding look-alike in one of our library books. This time it was in the pages of Scholastic Book of Records 2011. A 3rd grader came up to me today and showed me this: Hicham El Guerrouj This has happened before. Turns out that Mr. Guerrouj holds the […]

Morning Notes: Throw Pillow Edition


E.L. KONIGSBURG 1930-2013 Sad news. As you likely have heard by now, author E.L. Konigsburg has passed away at the age of 83. Winner of two Newbery Medals and one Newbery Honor, her books have lived on like few do. School Library Journal remembers her here. PLACE YOUR BETS – EISNER NOMINEES ANNOUNCED Nominees for […]

Review: Akissi by Marguerite Abouet

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Akissi: Cat Invasion By Marguerite Abouet Illustrated by Mathieu Sapin Flying Eye Books ISBN: 9781909263017 $14.95 Grades 1-3 In Stores June 11, 2013 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library There’s something enduringly appealing about characters who find themselves in mischief. Kids are especially intrigued, as their sense of wrong and right is still […]

Review: Sorted Books by Nina Katchadourian

Sorted Books Cover

Sorted Books By Nina Katchadourian Introduction by Brian Dillon Chronicle Books ISBN: 9781452113296 $22.95 In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library It began with some random internet meandering. In 2009 I came across Nina Katchadourian’s website utterly by chance. Her work, arranging books so their spines can be read as an organized […]

Books on Film: Mr. Rogers Visits Eric Carle

Rogers and Carle

These two guys have influenced a lot of lives. Fred Rogers takes a trip to visit Eric Carle in his studio. All thanks to @ZachariahOHora for the link. Skip ahead to the 12:30 remaining point to watch.

Review: Gum Girl! Chews Your Destiny by Rhode Montijo

Gum Girl 1

Chews Your Destiny (Gum Girl! Book 1) By Rhode Montijo Disney · Hyperion Books ISBN: 9781423157403 $14.99 Grades 1-3 In Stores June 4, 2013 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library In the past few years, series like Frankie Pickle, Prince of Underwhere, Bad Kitty, and Dragonbreath helped pave the way for interesting text/illustration interactions […]

Link Du Jour: 2013: The Bestsellers So Far


Publishers Weekly recently published their list of the bestselling books from January-March of 2013. You may not be shocked at the top children’s book on the list, but I bet the second kid’s book on the list (which narrowly bested 50 Shades of Grey) might come as a slight surprise. Here’s a hint – it’s […]

In the Tractor Beam: Amazon Acquires Goodreads

Amazon Goodreads

I was as startled as any to find that Amazon will be acquiring Goodreads, my favorite bookish social network site. I wrote about the topic for School Library Journal. Click here to read it. (Illustration created using Paper by 53)

Nerdy Notes

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It’s been a while since I stopped by the Nerdy Book Club blog to recount my boyhood quest to read every Roald Dahl book. Today Nerdy masterminds Colby Sharp, Donalyn Miller, and Cindy Minnich were nice enough to let me come back and retro review Tomi Ungerer’s Mellops series of picture books. I love those […]