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Books on Film: Maurice Sendak on Childhood

Sendak on Being a Kid

How do you prevent being eaten whole by a monster? PBS has a video series called Blank on Blank with a mission to “curate and transform journalists’ unheard interviews with icons, bringing them to life on radio, mobile apps, YouTube, and beyond.” They recently gave the video treatment to a 2009 Newsweek interview with Maurice […]

Morning Notes: Mock Turtleneck Edition

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TAKING A BACKSEAT TO NO BOOK LIST The fine folks at the NPR Backseat Book Club are sounding the alarm (or, more likely given the NPR affiliation, sounding the mellow jazz interlude) for the best children’s books of all time. The “ultimate kids bookshelf” for ages 9-14. You’ve got your favorites – click here to […]

What’s in the Secret Inbox of Mystery?

Mystery Email

What’s this? Better open it… American Library Association Annual Conference here I come! This one has the makings of the best ever for the following reasons. 1. It’s close to home. A mere hop and skip around Lake Michigan for me. 2. There will be Nerds. A large contingent of Michigan Nerdy Book Club blog […]

Books on Film: Far Out with Tomi Ungerer


Tomi Ungerer documentary Far Out Isn’t Far Enough is billed as “One man’s wild, lifelong adventure of testing society’s boundaries through his subversive art”. Based on the first line in this trailer I’d say … pretty accurate. A film about the life and times of a children’s literature legend that isn’t for children. Click the image […]

Summer Scope Notes

Due to summer, 100 Scope Notes will be up on the shelf until Monday – see you back here then.

Cue Drumroll: The Great Summer Graphic Novel Giveaway Winners

Big Wet Balloon

Roll the drums… The winners of the Great Summer Graphic Novel Giveaway are: The Big Wet Balloon by Liniers goes to murphyj Bluffton: My Summer with Buster Keaton by Matt Phelan is awarded to Dana J. ChickenHare by Chris Grine is bestowed upon Lauralou92 Tommysaurus Rex by Doug Tennapel will soon be sent to slowah […]

The Great Summer Graphic Novel Giveaway

Big Wet Balloon

It’s fire sale time here at the 100 Scope Notes Graphic Novel Barn – everything 100% off!! Fill out the form to win your choice of the books below. But you gotta enter by 11:59 p.m. EST tonight (that’s June 19) to be eligible. Winners will be announced tomorrow. Best of luck! The Big Wet […]

Link Du Jour: 2014 Newbery Hopefuls (According to Goodreads)

Goodreads Newbery 2014

June is the time of year when the Mock Newbery favorites on Goodreads start taking shape. Let’s pull up the top five, and you can click here to see the entire list. While it’s far from a lock, the Goodreads list can be a good indicator of books that might end up in the Newbery discussion. […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#7)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on GoodReads or Amazon? I came to this book with a relatively open mind, but I must say, this book wastes ink–literally. The pages are all framed with black, and at the end of each chapter, there is a blank, black page. The […]

Morning Notes: The Vapors Edition

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SAVE THE SCHOOL LIBRARY What to do when school library funding dries up? How about a fundraiser auction featuring original artwork from some of the best illustrators children’s literature has to offer? This is exactly what New York’s P.S. 363 (A.K.A. The Neighborhood School) is doing. Godspeed. Click here to check out the auction WHERE’S […]

Review: The Big Wet Balloon by Liniers

Big Wet Balloon

The Big Wet Balloon By Liniers TOON Books ISBN: 9781935179320 $12.95 Grades 1-2 In Stores September 10, 2013 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Not every sibling relationship is fraught with resentment. Scanning the children’s literature landscape, however, you might forget this is the case. Lately, at least, the reluctant brother or sister […]

Link Du Jour: BEA Buzz

BEA Buzz

“So children’s publishing, how’s your upcoming season?” “I’d say strong … to quite strong.”¹ Publishers (no apostrophe, please) Weekly tells tales of all the high-buzz books coming in this summer and fall. DiCamillo, Willems, Henkes – lots of familiar faces here. Click here to read. *UPDATE* PW also has an excellent gallery of all the […]

The Wildest Book … Ever?

Hands Off Cover

When weeding, sometimes you come across a book that makes you think, “this would make a good blog post”. Occasionally, as is the case today, an entire tribute blog seems more appropriate. How about I’ll start with a post and see where this goes. For a moment, let’s bask in the glorious unusualness of Hands […]

The Mystery of the 71 Year Old Velveteen Rabbit

Velveteen Cover

You know how you can see something, yet not really notice it? That’s what happened when I came upon this book during an end of the year weeding session in my K-2 school library: In the course of weeding, I’ve come across older books that have quietly stuck around – mostly because they’re classics and […]

Top 10 Circulated Books of 2013: 5-6th Grade

Top 10 2013

Real kids, real books. That’s the gist of this look back at the most popular books in our school libraries this year. Today we round things out with the titles floating boats for 5th and 6th graders. Previously… Top 10 Circulated Books of 2013: K-2nd Grade Top 10 Circulated Books of 2013: 3rd-4th Grade 10. […]