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Preview: The Crusty Nibs

Crusty Nibs

We’ve all seen book previews based on publisher, but how about a preview based on location? The Crusty Nibs are a collective of author/illustrators based in the Chicago area including (but not limited to) Stacy Curtis, Larry Day, Chris Sheban, Eric Rohmann, Tom Lichtenheld, Jeff Newman, and Matthew Cordell Here are some of the Nibs, […]

Review: Draw! by Raúl Colón


Draw! By Raúl Colón Simon & Schuster ISBN: 9781442494923 $17.99 Grades K-3 Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Bullish times for wordless picture books, eh? Whereas in the past it seemed there were illustrators who focused specifically on books without words (Barbara Lehman comes to mind), now more than ever it […]

Wanted: Your #Holdshelf

#Holdshelf is a monthly round-up (hosted by Watch. Connect. Read. and yours truly) of the books kids are lining up to read in libraries around the country. So what does your #holdshelf hold? If you’re a librarian and you have a hold shelf, take a picture of that thing, email it to scopenotes at gmail […]

Review: The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm

Fourteenth Goldfish

The Fourteenth Goldfish By Jennifer L. Holm Random House ISBN: 9780375870644 $16.99 Grades 4-7 Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library *Best New Book* In terms of stuff humans are fascinated with, the concept of a “Fountain of Youth” ranks right up there. With the The Fourteenth Goldfish, Jennifer L. Holm enters […]

Morning Notes: Crisis Any Minute Now Edition

Robin Williams Library Riffs

UNGERER ON DEMAND Thanks to this tweet by picture book creator Greg Pizzoli: I found out that the Tomi Ungerer documentary I mentioned a while back is now available on Netflix. I started watching it tonight and had to tear myself away to write this. So far, so great. So if you have Netflix, get […]

Exclusive Cover Reveal: Tommy Can’t Stop by Tim Federle and Mark Fearing


Did you know Better Nate Than Ever author Tim Federle has a picture book on the way? He does indeed. Tommy Can’t Stop! will arrive on April 14, 2015, illustrated by Mark Fearing. Here’s a first look at the cover… (click to enlarge) Here’s what Tim Federle has to say about Tommy Can’t Stop!: My […]

‘What Does This Say?’ The Cursive Conundrum in Picture Books

Cursive Conundrum

I love cursive. The problem (aside from the fact I’m pretty bad at it)? In picture books, more often than not, kids can’t read it. That’s right, the text might as well be in Wingdings: A librarian friend and I have recently been noticing little instances of this. Sometimes it’s used for the title or […]

Books on Film: Mac Barnett TED Talk

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I love this. The Wes Anderson of children’s literature, a.k.a. Mac Barnett recently took to the TED stage to explain Why a Good Book is a Secret Door.

Endangered Series #3: American Girl


Popularity comes, popularity goes. As librarians we’re always balancing between what will circulate like crazy and what we need to have in the collection. And we’re not the Library of Congress – we can’t (and shouldn’t) keep everything. An endangered series is one that appears to be waning in terms of popularity. But popularity isn’t […]

Morning Notes: Walk Two Goodnight Moons Edition

Return to Augie Hobble

THE LIST BEFORE THE LIST The long lists for The National Book Award have been announced, including the category we care about – Young People’s Literature. Hmm, let’s see here – some middle grade, YA, a bit of nonfiction, fantasy, historical fiction – yep, just about everything. On October 15 the group will be pared down […]

Cover Curiosity: Under the Sea

Under Water

Sometimes, in an odd aligning of stars, two book covers end up kinda resembling one another. Click here for all the Cover Curiosity posts. I noticed a pair the other day. First up: Under the Ocean by Anouck Boisrobert; illustrated by Louis Rigaud Second up: The Bear’s Sea Escape by Benjamin Chaud Side by side: A […]

Review: The Jacket by Kirsten Hall


The Jacket By Kirsten Hall Illustrated by Dasha Tolstikova Enchanted Lion Books ISBN: 9781592701681 $17.95 Grades Pre-K-2 Out October 28, 2014 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library One of the wonderful things about picture books is that every turn of the page brings suspense – what will be on the other side? As […]

10 to Note: Fall Preview 2014

Fall Preview 2014

Every four months I like to take a look at the books to be released in the upcoming season. Some make me say “I gotta see that”. Here are the ten books arriving in September, October, and November that perked my ears up. Maybe you’ll agree? Nonfiction: Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of […]

Exclusive Cover Reveal: The Skunk by Mac Barnett and Patrick McDonnell


Trying something new around here – revealing a book cover. Patrick McDonnell won a Caldecott Honor for Me…Jane, Mac Barnett is the author of Caldecott Honor Extra Yarn. You know these guys. Talented guys. Now they’re teaming up for The Skunk, which arrives on May 5, 2015. Here’s a first look at the cover… (click […]

‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#2)

And You Shall Know Me

Previously… And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio (#1) Sure you may know your children’s authors and illustrators, but can you name them from reading their Twitter bios? Test your skills below. All credit for this post idea goes to Laura Given (@LibLaura5) – she gave it to me (thanks, Laura!). Scoring If you can […]