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#Holdshelf: May 2013

May Holdshelf

It’s the last #holdshelf of the 2012-13 school year and this monthly roundup of books on hold always seems to go out with a whimper. You see, many schools have already closed up shop for the summer, so the participatory element is lacking this time out. But that’s not going to stop me from slapping […]

Books on Film: 5 Year Old Reads 875 Books

875 Books

It’s feel-good time folks. As the T.S. Cooley school librarian says, “this is very unusual for a kindergartener”. (If the video below does not appear, click here to watch) WNEM TV 5

Morning Notes: Harry Potter à l’École des Sorciers Edition

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WHY THERE’S NO FRENCH HARRY POTTER Real headline alert! Is the French children’s literature scene … lacking? That’s what the author contends here. Seems like a case of broad brush painting to me, but interesting nonetheless. Click here to read.   TOP 20 BOOKS: SCHU EDITION Over the last week or so, I’ve been sharing […]

One Star Review Guess Who (#6)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on GoodReads or Amazon? There is NO PLOT. And I don’t mean that there’s a very simple plot, as would suit a children’s book, but there is ABSOLUTELY NO PLOT! There are no characters. There is no story. It’s just a collection of […]

Top 10 Circulated Books of 2013: K-2nd Grade

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The end of the school year is just a couple weeks away and it’s time to reminisce. So with an appropriately wistful faraway stare and slight smile, I bring you the most popular books of the year in my K-2 school library. If you’re up for more looking back, click here to relive last year’s […]

Review: 999 Frogs Wake Up by Ken Kimura

999 Frogs

999 Frogs Wake Up By Ken Kimura Illustrated by Yasunari Murakami North South Books ISBN: 9780735841086 $17.95 Grades PreK-1 In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Croooak! Creeeeck!! As I write this, there are two frogs ribbit-ing back and forth in my backyard. Every spring they arrive, every time with their bordering-on-oppressive […]

Morning Notes: The Summer of Reading Edition

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BERNARD WABER 1921-2013 Sad news. Bernard Waber, creator of Lyle, Lyle Crocodile, Ira Sleeps Over, and many others has passed away. Click here to read more at School Library Journal. ATTENTION: HIGH SHARE-ABILITY LEVELS The Horn Book has a summer reading list up at their site full of excellent new recommended titles – perfect for […]

The Taylor Lautner Problem: When Heartthrobs Go Missing in the Library

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A message to Taylor Lautner: stop being so handsome will ya? It seems like any time your flawless mug appears on a book cover in my school library, it goes M.I.A. It happened last year with this book… …and now it’s happened again. I’m calling it The Taylor Lautner Problem (not to be confused with […]

Top 10 Circulated Books of 2013: 3rd-4th grade

Top 10 2013

Around this time I like to put some reading glasses (clear lenses – it’s for the look) on the end of my nose, pull up some data, and find out which books were the most popular of the 2012-13 campaign. Click here for last year’s list. We have a few weeks of school left, and […]

Vine Review: Primates by Jim Ottaviani and Maris Wicks


Has anyone done a book review via Vine yet? Let’s give this a shot… Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas By Jim Ottaviani Illustrated by Maris Wicks First Second ISBN: 9781596438651 $19.99 Grades 5 and Up In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library (If you are […]

2013 Preview Interview: Kids Can Press


I recently got in touch with Kids Can Press associate publisher Semareh Al-Hillal to talk about their 2013 wares. Travis: Hello, Semareh – how are things in Toronto? Semareh Al-Hillal: Well hello, Travis! It’s sunny and warm here – in other words, perfect. Okay, first question. I’ve always wondered this. As a Canadian publisher, do […]

Link Du Jour: nErDcamp


This one is especially for Michigan folks. Teacher and Nerdy Book Club Blog co-mastermind Colby Sharp is up to more masterminding. He went and created nErDcamp, a daylong event with a literacy focus. The goal is to bring together a variety of educators to talk reading, writing, and thinking on July 11 in Battle Creek, MI. […]

Librarians on Parade

Librarian Parade

Librarian: parade-friendly occupation. They bring their own floats. Every year in my town they hold a Tulip Festival, which is great if you like tulips (which I do – solid flower) or elephant ears (check that box yes as well). Our local public library joined in this week, promoting their summer reading program. (via the […]

Review: Zebra Forest by Adina Rishe Gewirtz

Zebra Forest

Zebra Forest By Adina Rishe Gerwirtz Performed by Kate Reinders Candlewick on Brilliance Audio $22.99 Grades 5-8 In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Is anything less exciting than talking about fundamentals? Allow me to wave my rickety can in the air when I say that in just about anything worth doing, […]

10 to Note: Summer Preview 2013

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I shoulda called this “Preview Week” or something. Yesterday was Groundwood books, today is … every American publisher. One season, ten books that look promising. Picture Books Count the Monkeys by Mac Barnett; illustrated by Kevin Cornell June 25, 2013 | Disney-Hyperion | Grades PreK-1 Mac Barnett always seems to be up to interesting things, and […]