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Bookmark Wishes You a Happy Halloween!


I’ve been Pete the Cat: I’ve been the cheese from Diary of a Wimpy Kid. I’ve been my favorite book: But this year I was having trouble coming up with a costume idea. So I asked my students, and they came through: Bookmark wishes you a happy Halloween!

Notes on October 2017


In October . . . . . . we uncovered picture book secrets. It’s a 2017 case cover gallery extravaganza! . . . I posed a LEGO book cover challenge. Can you name all three? . . . we heard from some picture book legends. Including Cooney, Sendak, McCloskey, and Ungerer.

Book Creators Share Their Jobs #BeforeKidlit

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Over on Twitter, Giuseppe Castellano had an idea . . . I’d LOVE a #beforekidlit hashtag through which industry pros shared what they did before they became popular/famous/successful, etc. — Giuseppe Castellano (@pinocastellano) October 25, 2017 And authors and illustrators have responded, sharing their jobs before they got into making books for kids. They’re using […]

5 Recent Recommended Halloween Read Alouds


‘Tis the season for slightly creepy picture book read alouds. Here are five recent picks that have gone over well in my K-4 school library. Creepy Pair of Underwear! by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Peter Brown. The last time this author/illustrator pair made a book together – Creepy Carrots – it won a Caldecott honor. […]

Morning Notes: Bookit Edition

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PRINT IS UNDEAD Physical book lovers take heart – print sales are on the rise. This story in The Wall Street Journal is focused on adult books, but talks about the publishing industry as a whole. Click here to read. SILENCED? This one took me by surprise. The estate of artist James Castle is suing […]

Written by Kids, Illustrated by Bob Shea: A Unique Collaboration on an Original Story

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Something different to share today. An original story, written by elementary school students and illustrated by Bob Shea. Here’s what Mr. Shea had to say about the collaboration: A teacher friend of mine does an after school writing program with some students. Last year I went in and wrote a book with the kids. The […]

Books on Film: Talking Picture Books with McCloskey, Cooney, and Sendak


This rare video from 1964 shows Robert McCloskey, Barbara Cooney, and Maurice Sendak¹ in their studios talking about The Lively Art of Picture Books. ¹You might have seen the Sendak part in this post at Educating Alice.

One Star Review Guess Who? (#61)

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Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? Well, there’s five hours of my life I’ll never get back! I went into this book with such high expectations: a Newbery Award winner, rave reviews from readers of all ages… what could go wrong? I just didn’t get […]

Morning Notes: How a Picture Book Is Made Edition

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OFFICIALLY FUNNY A Fuse #8 Production is up to something. A grassroots award for funny books she’s calling the Danzinger Awards. I am in full support of this idea. Click here to find out more. POOH The A.V. Club is not a fan the new Winnie-the-Pooh movie. Click here to read. VIOLA DAVIS WRITING NEW […]

Name That LEGO Book Cover! (#4)


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. How’d you do? Answer Answer Answer Previously . . . Name That LEGO Book Cover! (#1) Name That LEGO Book Cover! (#2) Name That LEGO Book Cover! (#3)

Books on Film: From the Archives: Maurice Sendak on Charlie Rose in 1993

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“You tell the truth as best you can. And the people who need the truth most are children.” —Maurice Sendak Oh man, this is a good one. 25 years ago Maurice Sendak visited the Charlie Rose show to talk about his latest book at the time, We’re All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy. […]

Thing 1 and Thing 2: A Pair of Dr. Seuss Controversies

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Dr. Seuss has been in the news a lot lately. And not just in the children’s literature corner of the internet. Like in Time magazine (see above). And a whole bunch of newspapers and television. Two different Seuss-related controversies are to blame, so let’s do a quick recap . . . Thing 1: A school […]

Books on Film: From the Vault: Tomi Ungerer

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One of my favorite parts about writing this blog is when I can share something unique. Makes me feel like I’m doing my job. I’ve been a fan of Tomi Ungerer since I became a school librarian a little over a decade ago¹,  but it’s hard to find video of the guy. Today we have […]

Gallery: These 2017 Picture Books Have Secrets


Remember The Undies? That was fun. While there will be no official Undies awarded this year (they may very well make a triumphant return next year), I still wanted to highlight the best picture book case covers of 2017. Any to add to this gallery? Email me a photo at scopenotes [at] gmail [dot] com. […]

The October Newsletter is Real!


I sent out the October 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 The Coloring Book is already spoken for, though). If you like the looks of it, click here to subscribe and never miss the weirdness […]