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Books Beat Basketball: 2019 March Book Madness

March Book Madness might be the programming idea you’re looking for in your library or classroom.

President Books for Presidents Day

Today is Presidents Day and I’m here celebrating with a bowl of plain oatmeal, or as I like to call it, “The Champaign of Breakfast foods.”¹ It got me thinking about books coming out in 2019 that have to do with presidents. Turns out, some pretty interesting stuff. Let’s have a look. Did I miss […]

Newbery Jump, Caldecott Bump 2019

Now that the Newbery and Caldecott medals have been handed out, how are the winners faring on the New York Times bestseller lists? First up, Caldecott winner Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall: It hit the list last week at #8. This week, it fell off, but that may be because copies became scarce after all […]

Tomi Ungerer: 1931-2019

I’m sad to hear that the great picture book creator Tomi Ungerer has passed away. RIP our beloved Tomi. Words escape us at this difficult moment but in the end, Tomi says it best. Yvonne, Aria, Pascal, Lukas and Phoebe Ungerer. Video Brad Bernstein & Rick Cikowski pic.twitter.com/b9A1PTKqVJ — Tomi Ungerer (@TomiUngerer) February 9, 2019 […]

Separate Universes: The National Book Award/Newbery Overlap

This post over at Tales of an Elementary School Librarian had me thinking about critically acclaimed books that didn’t end up winning awards. I was especially curious about books that were on the National Book Awards shortlist – how many of them have gone on to win a Newbery Honor or Medal? I looked back […]

How to Do Just About Everything in 2019

Children’s books can teach you how to do a lot of things. In 2019 they will teach you . . .

Notes on January 2019

In January . . . . . . I got excited about some books. So excited that I shared 11 upcoming books I’m looking forward to instead of the usual 10. . . . I asked you to name these books by their LEGO-fied book covers. I thought #3 was a bit tricky. . . […]

The Best Tweets from the 2019 Youth Media Awards

Newbery 2019 committee has wrapped! Can’t wait to share amazing news tomorrow! #newbery2019 #ALAMW19 pic.twitter.com/UyVjk33W2k — Lalitha (@librarian_lali) January 28, 2019 The crowd outside the #ALAyma ballroom ? pic.twitter.com/Ng260xm25E — jennifer "cute snake emoji" laughran (@literaticat) January 28, 2019 Thank you Emmet for stopping by @alamw! ?#ALAyma #alamw19 #LibrariesTrasform pic.twitter.com/6e8bnuA5D0 — American Library Association (@ALALibrary) […]

The 2019 Caldecott Comment Card

Which Caldecott choice are you happiest with? Which book did the committee miss?

Auto-Completed Children’s Books (#9) I Am a Bunny

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 […]

This Is a Problem: School Libraries That Are Closed All the Time

Look out – I’m fired up today. I have a message, and it is clear: some school libraries are closed too much. Closed. Too. Much. If you don’t check out books for a month at the end of every school year to do inventory (which, by the way, is almost completely useless). It’s a problem. […]

Name That LEGO Book Cover! (#11)

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) […]

New Timeless: Recent Books That Might Be Around a While

Books come, books go – such is life. Except for a tiny group of books that don’t go. They stick around. They continue to be checked out, purchased, and read for years. Why does this happen? Luck plays a role, of course. But books that stick around usually have something more than luck – some form […]

Coming Soon: The Top 10 Posts of 2018

Over the next two weeks I’ll be sharing the 10 most popular 100 Scope Notes posts during 2018. Some are expected, some are surprising, and #1 was #1 by a mile. The countdown begins tomorrow. Thank you for reading the blog. Happy Holidays! -Travis

2019 Mock Caldecott Results!

After many, many tally marks, the votes are in and counted for the 2019 Mock Caldecott at my K-4 elementary school.