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Notes on June 2018


(gif via H. Goodspeed) In June . . . . . . I challenged your book cover deciphering skills. Can you name the LEGO book covers? . . . we hugged the unhuggable. Explore a picture book mini-trend in the making. . . . we stepped inside the Illustrator Studio. Tundra Books has a new […]

Instagramming ALA Annual 2018: Sunday and Monday


Friday and Saturday? A warm up! Sunday was the day. I was up early. I took this NOLA morning street shot . . . . . . on my way to the Coretta Scott King Breakfast. Wow was it a great event. All the winners spoke and it’s one of those times when you are […]

Instagramming ALA Annual 2018: Friday and Saturday


I’m back from the 2018 American Library Association Annual Conference and boy are my sweat glands tired. It was a warm and wonderful four days, so I figured it deserves the recap treatment. But whatever you do, don’t go to the ALA recap over at A Fuse #8 Production, read it, realize she’s a far […]

Makin’ a List, Checking with You


School Library Journal asked me to help out with a list of the ten best transitional reader books for their annual Best of the Year celebrations in print and online. So I’ve been paying extra close attention to all 2018 early readers and chapter books, but in the words of Aerosmith, I don’t wanna miss […]

My ALA Annual Plan-ual


Later this week I’m headed to the 2018 American Library Association Annual Conference (do all those words get capitalized? I’m going with it). Will you be there? I have a three-pronged approach to the conference this year. Prong #1: Librarian Stuff I could go on about the stuff I want to hit, but really this […]

School Librarian Corner: Dirty Books. No, Literally, Dirty Books


The other day I read a Facebook post from a fellow school librarian in the midst of an end-of-the-year inventory. This librarian said it gets kind of gross when you touch all the books in the library. Tell me about it. If you’ve ever handled a bunch of library books, you can probably identify. Your […]

The June Newsletter Has Ideas


I recently sent out the June installment of FROM THE DESK OF 100 SCOPE NOTES. It includes a book recommendation, a podcast recommendation, and other, more secret things. Click here to read it. I send out this newsletter once a month – want to subscribe? Click here to sign up.

The Unhuggables

Hug Gif

Picture Book Mini Trend Alert! Hugging the unhuggable. It’s an idea that has serious picture book legs. I think the first time I saw a book on this topic was a couple years back: Hugs from Pearl by Paul Schmid And this one was out around the same time: Hug Me by Simona Ciraolo The […]

‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#8)

And You Shall Know Me

Previously… ‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#1) ‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#2) ‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#3) ‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#4) ‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#5) ‘And You Shall Know […]


Drawn Together

Today is a good day. It’s the release date for Drawn Together, a picture book written by Minh Lê and illustrated by Dan Santat. It’s a great book about bridging the communication (and generation) gap through art. I think you’ll like it.   But could it also be a lucky day??? That depends on you. […]

Name That LEGO Book Cover! (#7)


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) […]

Notes on May 2018


In May . . . . . . we let Google try to re-write a picture book. An auto-completed version of They All Saw a Cat. . . . I reviewed a new graphic novel I think a lot of readers will love. Be Prepared is really good.  . . . we looked at the […]

Gimme a B! Gimme an E! Gimme an A! What’s That Spell?


Not Bea. Book Expo America. I’m headed there later this week in support of the picture book I wrote and Mark Pett illustrated called The Very Last Castle (pre-order here). Are you going? It’s easy: just book a flight to New York and then follow the crowd of people who look like they might use […]

The Children’s Literature Community Reacts to the Passing of Richard Peck

Best Man

I met Richard Peck once – in a signing line. I’m usually pretty quiet while getting a book signed. I always think “There are so many people here and I don’t want to hold things up, I’ll just get my book signed and be on my way.” But when I got to the front of […]

Book-Related Vanity License Plates

Vanity Plate

I was in the car yesterday when I spotted this while waiting for a red light: Nice work, fellow driver! It got me thinking about people I know who have book-related vanity plates. My friend (and world-class school librarian) Cindy Dobrez has one (she credits Little Brother by Cory Doctorow as inspiration): John Schumacher has […]