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On This Day (ish) in Scope Notes History: Let’s ‘Planet of the Apes’ These Picture Books

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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 […]

Notes on July 2018

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In July . . . . . . the Google search box rewrote a children’s classic. The Carrot Seed meets the auto-complete function. . . . we wrecked some picture books. Well, actually, they came that way. . . . I challenged your LEGO deciphering skills. Can you name these covers by their LEGO-fied covers?

Books on Film: Tomi Adeyemi on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon

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I don’t usually cover YA, but when I do, it’s when a YA author appears on The Tonight Show. Tomi Adeyemi burst onto the scene with The Children of Blood and Bone. It’s a New York Times bestseller and, even more importantly, approved by Usher: Yeah…yeah…yeah…yeah…yeah…YEAH!?!?!?!??!?!?!?#childrenofbloodandbone and @usher?!?!? pic.twitter.com/imt73llPEo — Tomi Adeyemi (@tomi_adeyemi) May 7, […]

Morning Notes: Facepalm Edition

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AMAZON IS NOT MY LIBRARY This week Forbes ran a piece titled Amazon Should Replace Local Libraries to Save Taxpayers Money. My approximate reaction was: The thing was so wrongheaded and got on so many people’s nerves that Forbes deleted it. SLJ has the story of what went down. BRAIN LAIR: OPEN FOR BIZ Way to […]

Real-Time Running Diary: The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants on Netflix

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This afternoon I watched the first episode of The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants on Netflix. Tough gig, watching a tv show in order to write a blog post about it, but I am nothing if not dedicated. What follows are my scattered thoughts presented in a running diary style (I don’t think I’ve tried […]

2018 Eisner Award Winners Announced!

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The biggest awards in comics, the Eisner Awards, were announced yesterday. Let’s have a look at the books that won in the most important categories – those for young readers. First up . . . Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 8) Good Night, Planet by Liniers (Toon Books) This is the latest in […]

On This Day (ish) in Scope Notes History: The Top 10 Piles of Books at My House

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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? (#70)

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Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? I really don’t understand the point of these stories. They don’t make sense. They aren’t funny. And the logistics of a 30 floor school with stairs just…doesn’t work. SCIENCE. Click here for the answer. Why do I share these? […]

The Most Astonishingly Unconventional Children’s Books of 2018

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Here’s to keeping it strange. 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 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 Sam’s Hamburger by David Pelham Candlewick Press | May 8 Why It’s Unconventional: The story (a […]

Name That LEGO Book Cover! (#8)

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

The Fine Art Doppelgängers of Hugo Cabret and Harry Potter?

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A while back people were using the Google Arts and Culture app to find their fine art doppelgängers. But what good is any app if we don’t use it for children’s lit??? I say we fire is up to find lookalikes for Hugo Cabret and Harry Potter. First up, Hugo: Hm. Hugo may be my […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#69)

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Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? Here is the first betrayal in a long life of betrayals, child. Your parents told you it was a classic, didn’t they? Their eyes were probably limpid with nostalgia as they gave it to you. “It’s about imagination,” they […]

Books on Film: Michelle Obama at ALA Annual

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You know how First Lady Michelle Obama was the opening speaker for ALA Annual in New Orleans? You know how if you were there, it was great, but if you weren’t you were bummed? Bum no more. The whole (wonderful) conversation between Michelle Obama and Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden is available now for your […]

Photos from Nerd Camp 2018

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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 […]

Wreck This Picture Book!

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Don’t write in them. Don’t tear the pages. Don’t eat them. These are a few of the accepted “rules” of picture books, right? But some books don’t follow these rules. And we love them for it. I’ll share a few books that intentionally flaunt the rules, but I know there are more out there – […]