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Notes on January 2017

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In January . . . . . . my pants reviewed a book. But it all made sense.  . . . we tried to name book covers made out of LEGOs Some were pretty tricky. In case you were wondering, this is the cover of MARCH BOOK 3 right now. #alamw17 #alayma https://t.co/o7oUIO7RRg pic.twitter.com/cR3vkmdDeP — […]

The Circs So Far: The Most Checked Out Fiction Series at Our K-4 School Library


Let’s fire up the old circulation stats machine to do a mid year check-in on the most popular fiction series in our K-4 school library . . . 10. I Survived I love that there’s some historical fiction on this list. Who says kids aren’t interested in history? When it’s this action-packed and engaging, kids […]

Exclusive Book Trailer Premiere: Dad and the Dinosaur by Gennifer Choldenko and Dan Santat

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Gennifer Choldenko: Newbery Honor winner. Dan Santat: Caldecott Medal winner. These two got together and made a book: It’s called Dad and the Dinosaur. It arrives on March 28, 2017. Today we have a first look at the trailer. But first – a little about the book from the publisher: The story follows a boy named […]

The Best Tweets from the 2017 Youth Media Awards

We are at school at 6:20 a.m. for the #ymapjparty #alayma pic.twitter.com/cPM0sHlBBz — Micki Uppena (@Mic_Uppena) January 23, 2017 Today is about celebrating books that win shiny stickers. Every other day is about celebrating ALL the great books written for kids. #ALAYMA — Mr. ©olby Sharp (@colbysharp) January 23, 2017 I love librarians so much. […]

The Day After: A Few Random Thoughts on the 2017 Youth Media Awards


March had its much deserved moment, winning a record four different Youth Media Awards (Printz, Sibert, YALSA Nonfiction, Coretta Scott King Author). Since I don’t talk about YA on this blog, I haven’t blabbed much about March, but here’s the deal: the whole series is tremendous and should be required reading for all Americans. Freedom […]

The 2017 Caldecott Comment Card


Once the winners have been announced, I want to know what you think. Go ahead and share in the comments. Which choice are you happiest with? Which book did the committee miss?

And the Winners of Our 2017 Mock Caldecott Are . . .


Over 500 K-4th grade students read, discussed, and debated a group of the best picture books of 2016. This week they voted. And the winners of our 2017 Mock Caldecott are . . . MOCK CALDECOTT MEDAL: The Night Gardener by Terry and Eric Fan MOCK CALDECOTT HONOR: Maybe Something Beautiful by F. Isabel Campoy […]

Review: Bertolt by Jacques Goldstyn


Bertolt By Jacques Goldstyn Enchanted Lion Books ISBN: 9781592702299 $15.95 Grades K-2 Out April 11, 2017 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library 1. Bertolt is the name of the tree. 2. Jacques Goldstyn is a Canadian author/illustrator/cartoonist. This book was originally published in Canada in French. 3. The unnamed protagonist is a self-described […]

Morning Notes: Text Flying at Screen Edition


DAYS FROM ALA The announcement of the Newbery, Caldecott and more will be announced soon (Monday @ 8:00 am Eastern) at the American Library Association Youth Media Awards. It’s the first year in a while I won’t be in attendance (FOMOing so hard), so I’ll be sitting down in front of my computer to watch […]

The Eyes Have It: The Allure of Books That Look at You


The 100 Scope Notes Department of Unscientific Studies just issued a report saying that book covers with large eyes looking at passerby are attractive and are often checked out. Is this true? I don’t know. Maybe it just so happens that there are a bunch of great books that are looking at you, but for kicks […]

Name That LEGO Book Cover! (#2)

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I used this website to (virtually) create 3 LEGO book covers. They’re listed from least challenging to most challenging – see how many you can name. Answer Answer Answer How’d you do? Previously . . . Name That LEGO Book Cover! (#1)

Review: Bruno by Catharina Valckx


Bruno: Some of the More Interesting Days in My Life So Far By Catharina Valckx Illustrated by Nicolas Hubesch Gecko Press ISBN: 9781776571246 $16.99 Grades 1-3 Out April 1, 2017 *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library (Click to enlarge)  

Morning Notes: Doctore Seuss Edition

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CATTUS PETASATUS Today on Difficult Jobs: Trying to translate Dr. Seuss to Latin. Click here to read. ‘THE LAUREATE OF THE NURSERY’ One of the go-to internet clickbait moves is “X BELOVED CHILDREN’S AUTHOR HATED CHILDREN” There’s an upcoming Margaret Wise Brown bio (which is for grown-ups), and a couple sites are going that route (so […]

Our 2017 Mock Caldecott (In 3 Steps)


I work at a K-4 elementary school. Here’s how were’re running our 2017 Mock Caldecott. Step 0: (Bonus Step, Y’all) The Prep. Before we get into the books that might win this year, we talk about what the Caldecott Medal is and read a past winner. I keep the criteria talk pretty basic – explain […]

Exclusive Cover Reveal: Big Machines: The Story of Virgina Lee Burton by Sherri Duskey Rinker and John Rocco


I dig the work of Virginia Lee Burton (or, as I prefer, The Notorious VLB). I especially love The Little House (subtly one of the most experimental Caldecott winners of all time, in my opinion), but I celebrate her entire catalog. Now Sherri Duskey Rinker (Goodnight Construction Site) and John Rocco (Blackout!) have teamed up […]