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5 Books I’m Bringing on Vacation and Why

Summer Books

We’re heading north for a bit. I’m bringing these five books with me: The Book: The Summer Book by Tove Jansson Why? I am a Moomin fan and this book by Moomin creator Tove Jansson just keeps popping up during my internet wanderings as one worth checking out. It’s about a girl spending a summer living […]

You Know What This Children’s Book Needs? More Fidget Spinner


Some books are more popular than others. We all know this. It’s a fact of librarian life. But what if I told you that I had a surefire way to instantly make every book in your library insanely popular? I do. What that book needs is more fidget spinner. Johnny Tremain not quite circulating like […]

The Most Astonishingly Unconventional Children’s Books of 2017

Unconventional 2017

I love it when a book leaves me stunned (in a good way). Pushing the envelope. Pushing boundaries. Pushing buttons. Here’s to children’s books that expand our assumptions of what a children’s book can be. Previously . . . The Most Astonishingly Unconventional Children’s Books of 2016 The Wildest Children’s Books of 2015 The Wildest […]

Get Some Original Art You Can Bring to the Beach


Tundra Books is turning 50 this year and to celebrate they had a crew of wonderful illustrators lay down some original art on Tundra tote bags. They are auctioning the bags right now (auction ends THIS FRIDAY, July 28th). Want to own an original work by the likes of Julie Morstad, Ashley Spires, Kenard Pak, […]

Exclusive Book Trailer Premiere: WHERE OLIVER FITS by Cale Atkinson

Where Oliver Fits

Do you know about Cale Atkinson? Maybe you’ve read some of his books? He has a new one coming September 5th called Where Oliver Fits. Today we have a first look at the trailer for the book. A book which had a very cool puzzle cover reveal a few months back: It's a race against […]

Enter THE SHAPE OF IDEAS Book Giveaway

The Shape of Ideas

If you’re a teacher or educator then it’s very likely you spend a lot of time fostering creativity in your students. But, I ask, are you fostering it in yourself? The Shape of Ideas: An Illustrated Exploration of Creativity is a wonderful book of creativity-focused comics for grown-ups, but if you work with middle or […]

Book Buzz: Buzzy Buzzing 2018 Buzz

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If are anything like me (first off, I offer my condolences) then you like to look as far off into the distance as possible, straining to see the books that will being hitting shelves in the distant future. You best check out Spring 2018 Children’s Sneak Previews. I learned a bunch of stuff while reading it: […]

The First Rule of Q&A: An Interview with Celia C. Pérez

The First Rule of Punk

Who is Celia C. Pérez? Maybe you’ve seen/heard about (including here) her debut middle grade novel: The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez | August 22, 2017 | Viking When I learned that she is also a librarian and longtime zine maker, I knew I had to chat with her. So we did […]

Books on Film: A First Look at ‘A Wrinkle in Time’

Wrinkle Trailer

Here we go – the first trailer for the upcoming film adaptation of the children’s classic A Wrinkle in Time. Was I expecting a cover of Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) by The Eurythmics? I was not. Looks pretty intriguing, though.

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

192 Pages

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 […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#56)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? I do not […] want my kindergartener reading about bull fighting at the age of 6. Click here for the answer. Why do I share these? Click here. Previously . . . One Star Review Guess Who (#1) One […]

Tossing Around Starred Reviews: A 2017 Update

Miffy Stars

2017 is half over. So that means (approximately) half of the starred reviews have been handed out by the major review journals (Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, School Library Journal, Horn Book, Booklist, and the Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books). Can you guess the two books that have gone six-for-six so far? Click here to visit the Starred […]

Photo Diary: Nerd Camp MI 2017


For two days in July, the small town of Parma, Michigan becomes the center of the literacy universe. I’m off to Nerd Camp and will be sharing photos here throughout the conference. Check back and I’ll be adding to this post as the day goes along. What is Nerd Camp? Short versh: an “un-conference” focused […]

Books on Film: Storytime with . . .


Consider this your internet curiosity of the day: a two-dude comedy team reads classic (and new) children’s books. Storytime with Ryan & Craig.  

2017: The Year of Pants


The other day Julie Danielson (of Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast) mentioned that 2017 might be The Year of Pants in children’s literature. First I checked with the Google Ngram Viewer, which tracks words that appear in books. It appears we are in the midst of a historic golden age of pants: Then I took […]