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Top 10 Posts of 2017: #5


The Book That Predicted the Fidget Craze

Top 10 Posts of 2017: #6

Top 10 Chapter 2017

The Top 10 Circulated Chapter Books of 2017

Top 10 Posts of 2017: #7

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Here’s How You Make a Book Spine Poem with Your Students/Patrons

Top 10 Posts of 2017: #8


Gallery: These 2017 Picture Books Have Secrets

Top 10 Posts of 2017: #9

Morris Wants More

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

Top 10 Posts of 2017: #10

Interior Design

I Am Clearly an Interior Design Visionary

2018 Caldecott Medal Predictions

Caldecott 2018

Without a doubt, last year was my best Caldecott predicting year ever. I will likely never repeat my 3 for 4 performance. But maybe I should keep trying just to see if I can? Here are my picks for 2018 Caldecott glory. Caldecott Medal Prediction After the Fall by Dan Santat Here’s the thing I […]

2018 Geisel Award Predictions

2018 Geisel

Here we are, here we are – it’s the end of the year and time to start making some predictions. Last year I hit on two of my four Geisel picks – allowing me to puff out my chest out with just enough foolish confidence to give it another go. And if you’re into the […]

The December Newsletter is Here!


On Friday I sent out the December installment of FROM THE DESK OF 100 SCOPE NOTES. It’s about messy (and tidy) desks, packing, and Robot Santa. You can see it here. Interested in having future newsletters sent directly to your inbox? Click here to sign up.

Top 20 Books of 2017: 5-1

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#20-16 | #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1 5. Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia, illustrated by Frank Morrison [Amistad | Grades 3-7] Because it contains 176 perfect pages. -John Click here for additional resources from Watch. Connect. Read. 4. All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson [Dial | Grades 4-7] Because even if your family re-enacts […]

Top 20 Books of 2017: 10-6

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#20-16 | #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1 10. Why Am I Me? by Paige Britt, illustrated by Selina Alko and Sean Qualls [Scholastic Press | Grades Pre-K-3] Because it celebrates curiosity, a hard-to-answer question, diversity, you, and me in a beautiful and genuine way. -John Click here for additional resources from Watch. Connect. Read. 9. The Good for […]

Top 20 Books of 2017: 15-11

Top 20

#20-16 | #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1 15. You Don’t Want a Unicorn! by Ame Dyckman, illustrated by Liz Climo [Little, Brown | Grades K-2] Because you will never look at a pink cupcake the same way again. -John Click here for additional resources from Watch. Connect. Read. 14. One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance by […]

Top 20 Books of 2017: 20-16

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#20-16 | #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1 Some things to know about this list: It’s a collaboration between John Schumacher and me. It’s a collection of our favorite books of 2016 for grades K-6. It’s a countdown from 20 to 1, with five books revealed each day. In terms of format, anything goes. You’ll see picture books, graphic […]

Coming Soon: Top 20 Books of 2017

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Beginning tomorrow, John Schumacher and I are teaming up to count down our 20 favorite books of the year. See you soon.

The 2017 Bookish Charitable Giving Guide


Interested in giving to a good cause? Are you a fan of literacy? This is the guide for you. Here are some of the literacy-focused organizations doing good work. Pitch in a few bucks to support them. I “adapted” this idea from boing boing, who put together a great Charitable Giving Guide you should also […]