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Notes on September 2017

Fall Preview 2017

In September . . . . . . we looked ahead. I highlighted ten books coming out this fall. . . . I noticed a new category of books. On a scale of 1-10, how mad will these books make our president? . . . we checked in on some books that might (might) be […]

Exclusive Book Cover Reveal: HELLO HELLO by Brendan Wenzel


This Wenzel guy knows a thing or two about making picture books, as evidenced by that thing propping up all the stars in the picture above. Well, now Brendan Wenzel has a new book on the horizon (arriving in the spring of 2018) and today we have a first look at the cover and interior […]

Morning Notes: Fan Art Edition


POPCORN-SPIRATION How did a piece of popcorn inspire E.L. Konigsburg to write From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (a book that turns 50 this year)? Click here to find out. IF I RAN THE PODCAST Are you listening to the Fuse 8 n’ Kate podcast? Betsy Bird and her sister Kate take […]

A 2018 Newbery/Caldecott Check-In

Goodreads Newbery 2018 1

Occasionally, I like to take a peek over at the Goodreads Mock Newbery and Caldecott lists to see what books are getting love. While the list is open to voting by any Goodreads user, they’re often fairly accurate. For example, three of the four books that won Newbery last year were near the top of the […]


Snowy Day LEGO by Hilary Leung

Of all the people out there, people who make picture books and also share fun things online rank pretty high on my list. Hilary Leung has been making picture books . . . . . . and sharing fun things online for a bit now. When he asked me to share the covers for his […]

Exclusive Book Trailer Premiere: COME WITH ME by Holly McGhee and Pascal Lemaitre

Come with Me

A few days back I wrote a post about a batch of books that are a product of our politically divided country. While Come With Me by by Holly McGhee and Pascal Lemaitre doesn’t exactly fit on that list, I’d say it’s definitely a close relative. It’s a book about the small moments of humanity that […]

10 to Note: Fall Preview 2017

Fall Preview 2017

It’s about that time. Time to look at the children’s book offerings of the upcoming season and point out 10 that have me especially excited. Picture Books Hilda and the Runaway Baby by Daisy Hirst September 12 | Candlewick Press | PreK-1 Babies: comedy gold. Daisy Hirst has been making a bunch of great picture […]

Books on Film: Dav Pilkey on CBS SUNDAY MORNING

Books On Film Banner

Travis here with some Grade A Show-This-to-Your-Students material. Dav Pilkey on the CBS Sunday Morning Show. And while you’re at it, here are a few more good ones. Mo Willems 1 Mo Willems 2 Jeff Kinney Kadir Nelson

Books on Film: The Tonight Show Talks Children’s Books

Tonight Show

Just a couple celebs, talking’ books (wait for the Mo Willems reference).

How Mad Will Donald Trump Be About The Books He’s Inspired?

We Say No

I don’t like talking politics on this blog much. A) Because those sorts of discussions lead to endless debate, and I like my debate to have an end, and B) Because I worry about you if you’re expecting cogent political commentary from the guy who thinks about applying the twist ending of Planet of the […]

Exclusive Book Trailer Premiere: Tumble & Blue by Cassie Beasley

Tumble & Blue

I like that book Circus Mirandus – you know it? It was written by Cassie Beasley. Well, now she has another book out – it’s called Tumble & Blue – and I’m here to share a first look at the trailer. But first, I had a couple important questions (okay one important question and two […]

The 2017 National Book Awards Longlist: Young People’s Literature


The list was just announced – here they are:

5 Books I Like to Read with Students Before We Check Out Books

My Pet Book

The school year is rolling now, folks. Students at my K-4 school library are checking out books this week, so we’re talking about book selection and care. Here are the titles we’re reading before sending students off to the stacks. With kindergarten students I like to read . . . When rhyming text works, it’s […]

The Newsletter is Alive!


I sent out the first monthly installment of From the Desk of 100 Scope Notes on Friday. I tried my best to keep it interesting – you can click here to see it (the giveaway copy of Violet is already spoken for, though). If you like the looks of it, click here to subscribe and never miss the […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#59)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? Before reading it, I thought I would keep it in the house for grandkids to read, but I’m now I’m going to toss it – probably high in the sky. Maybe the cloudmen will catch it an have a […]