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Notes on November 2015


In November… …we enjoyed some Calde-Snacks. Members of the 2015 Caldecott class shared their favorite snack choices. I enjoyed it. …we talked Mock Caldecott. I shared the process we use at my school library, and the 9 books we will be discussing. …we solved a mystery. Who/what is that blue character on the walls of […]

PDT: Public Display of Thankfulness

Thank You

I’m thankful to be a part of this children’s literature community. Thank you for for being a part of it too. Thank you for caring. Thank you for challenging the status quo. Thank you for working to make the world better through books for kids. Also, thank you gravy.

Sendak for Sale: The Most Unique Items Available at Sotheby’s

Wild Thing Cow

47 pieces of original art by Maurice Sendak are currently up for sale at Sotheby’s in New York. According to the AP, “prices range from $3,000 to $950,000″. So gather up your pennies, folks – the sale runs until December 18. Below are three of my favorite items, but you can click here to see the […]

*Breaking News of Great Importance* Barnes & Noble L.B.B. Mystery Solved!

Cordell Facebook Post

Back in April, author/illustrator Matthew Cordell re-ignited a mystery that had perplexed the children’s literature community for years: Surrounded by popular characters in the children’s section, this little dog (/cat/wolf/???) stood out. Some of the best minds pondered, speculated, and researched. Some of the best illustrators created alternate stories for the character who had come […]

We Publish Caldecott Winners

Caldecott by Publisher

I wanted to know which publisher has put out the most Caldecott-winning books over the last 20 years, so I looked at the data. But take these numbers with a grain of salt. The totals were a bit difficult to compile, mostly due to the numerous acquisitions that have taken place in publishing over the […]

MAME 2015


Hello MAME conference-goers! Click here for a list of the books we discussed in our session today.

Mock Caldecott 2016

Mock Caldecott 2016

I love this time of year. The Mock Caldecott has become an annual K-4 tradition at my school. We’ve tried it a number of different ways, as you can see in these posts: Mock Caldecott 2015 Mock Caldecott 2014 Mock Caldecott 2013 Here’s how we’re running things this year. Week 1: I introduce/remind students about the Caldecott – […]

Cover Reveal: BOOKED by Kwame Alexander


The question always comes. After the flood of excitement and gratitude, a Newbery winner must face the inevitable blank page. Kwame Alexander, author of Newbery Medal-winning The Crossover, faced the blank page and lived to tell about it. His new book, called Booked, arrives on April 5, 2016. Today we have a first look at […]



If there is one thing we can all agree on, it’s food. Food is good. While entire meals are great (fantastic, even), there’s another category of food that is just as near and dear to my heart. The snack. I’ve always imagined that snacks are very important to children’s book creators. For one thing, they […]

8 Years of 100 Scope Notes


In 2007 I started this blog with a review of the book Robot Dreams. Eight years later, here we are. Thank you for reading and sharing. To celebrate, here are eight posts I like – one from each year this blog has been around. 2007: Review: Robot Dreams by Sara Varon (my first post) 2008: Children’s […]

Bibliography: A Fine Dessert

A Fine Dessert

Like many of you, I’ve been thinking a lot about this book. I’ve read all the critiques, all the support, all the comments, all the tweets. I can’t look away, and I think I’m glad I can’t. The thing that makes the most sense to me is to share the things I’ve been reading, and encourage you […]

A Conversation with Hervé Tullet, Continued


I had a conversation with my favorite picture book-making Frenchman over at The Number Five Bus Presents… Click here to read it. Thank you Erin & Philip Stead for inviting me to take part. Thank you Hervé Tullet for the chat.

If the Public Picked the Newbery…

Newbery 2015 Goodreads

…these are the books that would win. People sometimes get irritated with me me when I bring up the mock Newbery list on Goodreads. It is certainly a popularity contest, when the real award is certainly not. Anyone can vote for a book for any reason on the Goodreads list. This is not the way […]

Gallery: The New York Times Best Illustrated Books of 2015

Big Bear

New York Times Best Illustrated Books list, you catch me off guard every time. And I like it. The 2015 winners have been announced. Let’s have a look at them, shall we? (Side note: I went three for ten in my predictions from a couple months back.) Big Bear Little Chair by Lizi Boyd A […]

Coming Soon: November is Picture Book Month!

Picture Book Month

November: around the corner. You know what that means… Picture Book Month is coming. During November I’ll be showing the video above and asking students share their all-time favorite picture books on our school library blog. But most of all we’ll be reading and talking about picture books (not a change from the other months […]