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I’m Not Sure We’re in the Responsibility Business: Deep Thoughts by 100 Scope Notes

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The school year is about to begin again around here, and now is the time when I lounge on futons while wearing windbreakers and think deep thoughts. The thing on my mind right now is responsibility. Specifically, this: Is it part of our job as school librarians to try teach it? This is the sort of […]

Consider This My Public Service: A Fortnite Book Roundup

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Remember a couple years back when Pokémon Go! got popular over the summer? Remember how many students asked you for Pokémon books when school started that fall? That’s about to happen again for older students with Fortnite. Publishing to the rescue! Here are a batch of books to satisfy the masses. Something to keep in […]

Auto-Completed Children’s Books (#7) Madeline

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Okay, Google – you think you’re pretty smart? How about you try completing the text from famous children’s books. I’ll type the beginning of each line into a Google search (plain text below), and you try to finish the line (bold text below). (All credit to @botnikstudions for the inspiration) Previously . . . Auto-Completed Children’s […]

On This Day (ish) in Scope Notes History: It Ain’t Easy

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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 […]

The Top 10 Most Unusual Bookmarks on Etsy

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My favorite bookmark is a wood one I received as a gift a while back. But when that one is in use, my go-to is usually whatever scrap of paper is lying around. Not bad (like these) but not all that exciting either. But what if you are not like me? What if you want to […]

On This Day (ish) in Scope Notes History: Book Title Toons

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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 […]

2018 Back to School Books’ First Day of School

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It’s been a bumper crop of back to school books this year. Wish them luck! (Click to enlarge)

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?

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 […]

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 […]

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 – […]