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100 Scope Notes Turns 12

Twelve years ago this week, I started 100 Scope Notes. In 2007 there was a growing online children’s literature community and I wanted to join in the fun. Since then I’ve published almost 3000 posts, going from a WordPress.com blog, to a self-hosted blog, to our current location – hosted by School Library Journal. Writing […]

Update: The National Book Award/Newbery Overlap

How many National Book Award finalists (Young People’s Literature) go on to win Newbery Medals or Honors? It’s less than you might expect.

What Are the Chances You’ll Win Another Caldecott?

A while back, I learned that a surprisingly high number of Newbery Medal/Honor winners win multiple times during their career. But what about Caldecott? Last year around this time, I wondered if we would ever have another repeat Caldecott Medal winner. That question was answered pretty quickly.  So I dug through the data (and might […]

How’s the Weather Up Here?

Nice. Veerrrrrrrrry nice. Previously: I Have Arrived. Aaaand I Left Again.

Notes on October 2019

My favorite posts from this past month.

‘Let’s Play Two!’ Newbery Winner Sequels

The recent announcement of The One and Only Bob has me thinking – how many Newbery Medal winners have sequels (and/or prequels)?

Your Fall 2020 Newbery/Caldecott “Hey, Keep an Eye Out” Lists

From time to time, I like to see what’s happening on the Mock Newbery and Caldecott lists over on Goodreads. What with Heavy Medal and Calling Caldecott in full swing, ’tis the season, right? Are these lists in any way official? Nope. Just interested readers voting for the books they think might take home the […]

The Poop Report

I was talking with a children’s book editor a while back and somehow we got on the topic of poop. Specifically, how there seems to be a lot of scatological humor in books published outside the U.S. Based on my anecdotal evidence, the U.S. is trying to play catch up. Below are poo-centric titles publishing […]

The Book Equivalent of Flipping a Turtle on Its Back

Here’s a simple, three step process for confusing a kid. 1. Take a picture book. 2. Lift the jacket up until it looks like this: 3. Hand to a student and ask them to fix it. Actually, don’t do that. It’s too cruel. But if you’ve worked in a library I bet you’ve had students […]

Eating Subway with Shel Silverstein

Previously . . . I Asked Shel Silverstein About the Meaning of Life A Conversation with Shel Silverstein Hey, Shel – I know you’re busy brooding right now, but I have an idea that might perk you up. Want to get Subway for lunch? I knew that would get you excited. So what do you […]

Our 2020 Mock Caldecott Program

Soon it will be November. Around these parts of the school library world, November means Mock Caldecott.

If I Could Enter Any Culinary Universe Through a Book . . .

I can’t say it would be this one.

Happy Anniversary to THE VERY LAST CASTLE (+ a Giveaway)

One year ago today, The Very Last Castle was published. To celebrate, I’m giving away five copies and sharing a comic about how the story was written.

We Publish Caldecott Winners: 2019

My goal for this post is simple: determine which publisher has put out the most Caldecott Medal/Honor winners over the last 20 years. But once we start crunching the numbers, things get a little tricky. Because mergers. For example, Roaring Brook Press didn’t used to be an imprint of Macmillan. Now it is. So I […]

An Interview with Jeff Kinney and an EXCLUSIVE Excerpt of Diary of a Wimpy Kid #14

The book doesn’t come out until November 5th, but today we have an exclusive excerpt for you.