100 Scope Notes
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Top 10 Posts of 2014: #3

Wild Collage

The Wildest Children’s Books of 2014

Top 10 Posts of 2014: #4

Caldecott Winners

2014 Books from Caldecott Winners

Top 10 Posts of 2014: #5

192 Pages

All Middle Grade Novels Should Be 192 Pages. No Exceptions.

Top 10 Posts of 2014: #6

Night Kitchen

This Librarian Finally Looked at His Copy of ‘In the Night Kitchen’. What He Discovered Shocked Him

Top 10 Posts of 2014: #7

Photo Books

The State of Photography Illustration in 2014

Top 10 Posts of 2014: #8

BS Rockstar

Bruce Springsteen: Rockstar Librarian

Top 10 Posts of 2014: #9

NYT

Gallery: The New York Times 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2014

Top 10 Posts of 2014: #10

33

The 33%: 2014 Books from Newbery Winners

2015 Caldecott Medal Predictions

Bad Bye

The last time I made Caldecott predictions, I went 2 for 5. Any time I can get more than one, I’m happy. But I refuse to stop until I am able to pick them all. You can therefore count on me doing Caldecott predictions every year. And if you’re into this stuff, you need to […]

Top 20 Books of 2014: 5-1

Top 20 Books Final

#20-16 | #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1 5. The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee [Beach Lane Books (Simon & Schuster) | Grades K-2] Click here for additional resources from Watch. Connect. Read. The opportunity to “read” and pore over a wordless picture book with a group of students is one of the best parts of […]

Top 20 Books of 2014: 10-6

Top 20 Books Final

#20-16 | #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1 10. Sisters by Raina Telgemeier [Graphix (Scholastic) | Grades 3-6] Click here for additional resources from Watch. Connect. Read. Raina Telgemeier is to today’s middle school readers what Elvis was to teens in 1956. Her fans are loyal, passionate, and proud of the number of times they’ve read […]

Top 20 Books of 2014: 15-11

Top 20 Books Final

#20-16 | #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1 15. Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton [Candlewick Press | Grades PreK-1] Click here for additional resources from Watch. Connect. Read. With its combination of suspense and broad humor, Shh! We Have a Plan plays like the best Chuck Jones Merrie Melodies cartoon that never happened. You can practically […]

Top 20 Books of 2014: 20-16

Top 20 Books Final

Around this time of the year, John Schumacher and I get all reflective. While it would be cool if we shined brightly when you pointed a flashlight at us, I don’t mean that kind of reflective. I mean we looked back on the year in children’s literature. We reflected with a purpose: over the next […]

Under Construction…Top 20 Books of 2014

Top 20 Books in Progress

After a yearlong hiatus for John Schumacher and I (John was on the Newbery Committee, I was on Caldecott), we will again be sharing our Top 20 Books of the year. The countdown from #20 to #1 begins on Tuesday. Catch you later – I need to finish this logo.

7 Picture Books I Loved (But Didn’t Review) in 2014

A Letter for Leo

Anyone who writes book reviews will tell you that every once in a while you feel like you just nailed it. You do the book justice, you provide insightful critique – it’s all working. Other times, however, you spend so much time trying to nail it that your time runs out. Since I slavishly adhere […]