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Bob-Con 2016

Bob Con 2016

If you’ve read a book with a character named Bob to kids, you know that kids love that name. Bob. It makes everything more jovial. Over the weekend the Bob Class of 2016 got together to network, discuss a potential (and highly controversial) change to “Robert”, and attend Bob-related workshops and breakout sessions. (Click to […]

Last Call for Undies! Nominate Your Favorite Case Cover by Nov. 15

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The window to nominate a creative case cover for The Undies is about to close. The deadline is November 15, 2016. What are The Undies??? Only the Biggest and Best New Award in Children’s Literature. Follow these steps to nominate: Check out the case cover gallery we have going at Design of the Picture Book […]

Books on Film: In the Studio with a Pop-Up Master

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Matthew Reinhart is the guy who pretty much makes every pop-up book not made by Robert Sabuda. The guy is a paper engineering wizard. Science Friday recently interviewed Reinhart in his studio with fascinating results. In this video you will learn: The basic pop-up folds and how they are used. How Reinhart approaches each pop-up […]

The ‘What Are Kids Checking Out?’ List

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Follett, book distributor and maker of one of the most popular library automation systems in the country, recently put out a list of the most popular books in elementary school. Follett has collected circulation statistics from schools across the country (who choose to participate) to create the list. As a school librarian who sees the […]

The Most Terrifying Children’s Lit Jack-o’-Lantern Ever

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If you really want to send chills down the spine of trick-or-treaters this year, there’s only one jack-o’-lantern guaranteed to scare ’em all:

Holds Shelf Still Life: October 2016

Holds Shelf Oct 2016

Here are the books currently on hold at our K-4 school library: (click to enlarge) You know who does really good drawings like this? Jane Mount. She even made a book of them. Click here to check out her website.

Endangered Series #11: Animal Ark

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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 everything. Should it […]

These Books Own Their Corner of the Market

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Sometimes a book comes to represent a certain genre or style so completely that every book published afterward that is even remotely similar will be compared to it. It owns its corner of the market. It is the symbol for that particular type of book. Here are the books I can think of that loom […]

Don’t Even Try to Tell Me This Isn’t a Perfect Book (#1): Bark, George

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Some say there’s no such thing as a perfect book. Bah! Some books are perfect. In this series, we’ll name them. Don’t even try to tell me Bark, George isn’t a perfect book. Were you about to start? Stop. Bark, George is perfect. It’s . . . . . .  efficient. Bark, George has a simple […]

On This Day (ish) in Scope Notes History . . .

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Part of the fun of blogging is the ephemeral nature of the medium – you write a post, put it up quickly, maybe some folks read it, and then it fades away in a hurry. On to the next post. But – PROBLEM – now I’m stuck with this stockpile of ridiculous stuff that never […]

Endangered Series #10: Little Bill

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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 everything. Should it […]

Morning Notes: Hidden Pigeon Edition

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THE END Library-themed comic Unshelved is ending?! Say it ain’t so. I’m especially going to miss their book reviews in comic form, like this recent example: (Click to view full size) I used these in my library as well – I wrote about it here. A QUESTION Anyone out there using Litsy? Click here to […]

Gallery: Scenes from Our Book Fair

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It’s book fair week at my school and we’re getting into the pirate theme (thanks to our wonderful library assistant Leslie and parent volunteers). A while back, I shared Three Tips for a Successful Book Fair – I still think all three are helpful. Let’s take a look around our fair this year . . .

ANNOUNCED: The 2016 National Book Award Finalists for Young People’s Literature

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Here they are. The winner will be announced on November 16th. Click here to read the announcement at The New Yorker.

The Most Experimental Caldecott Winners of All Time

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Whilst gazing upon the lovely Caldecott Medal poster in our library the other day, I got to thinking: Which Caldecott Medal winning books pushed the envelope the most? Which were the most, I don’t know, experimental? Since I’ve read all the Caldecott Medal winners, it seemed worth a try. These were the books that stood […]