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‘This Book’ Books

Over the last few years, I’ve noticed an uptick in books that reference themselves. You could call them meta, you could call them descendants of a classic, or you could call them ‘This Book’ books. Here are all the recent (2019 or 2020) examples. *NOTE* This Book is Literally Just Pictures of Cute Animals . […]

More Mythical Beasts of the School Library

The school year has ended around here and books that haven’t been on the shelves since September have returned. So forgive me for thinking I’m seeing things. Hold on – is that a dragon? Wait, no – it’s just the rarely spotted shelf full of Dork Diaries. SHHH! I think I see a Griffin. No! […]

100 Scope Notes, Elsewhere

Do you ever read this blog and wish, “Yeah, but where are the bad drawings and pictures of semi-obscure picture books?” Well, then I invite you to follow 100 Scope Notes on Instagram. It’s the place where I do secret stuff. Click here to check it out.

Name That LEGO Book Cover! (#12)

Once again, it’s the game that’s sweeping the country. 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 […]

The Unexpecteds: 5 Sneakily Popular Books in Our K-4 School Library This Year

Towards the end of the year I like to look at the circulation stats and see if anything unexpected pops up. Amid the swarms of Pilkey, Renee Russell, and Willems, a few books that I didn’t expect got checked out a whole lot this school year. Here they are, along with my guesses on why […]

A 2020 Newbery/Caldecott Check In

Every once in a while, I sneak over to the Goodreads Mock Newbery and Caldecott lists to see what books are getting attention. While the lists are open to voting by any Goodreads user (so DEFINITELY take them with a grain of salt), they are sometimes fairly accurate (although the 2019 Caldecott list didn’t fare […]

Notes on April 2019

In April . . . . . . we looked at new books from past award winners. What are previous Geisel, Sibert,Pura Belpre, and Coretta Scott King award winners up to in 2019? . . . I gave you a challenge. Can you name the book based on a student drawing? . . . we […]

The Stars Upon Thars So Fars

Let’s see here, we are how far into 2019? Oh, 30%. This reminds me that we should have a look at the books that have garnered the most starred reviews thus far. Question! There are just two books that have six starred reviews so far in 2019 – can you name them? Hint: Think YA. […]

Recently Heard on The Yarn

Ever since we moved operations over to a dedicated blog, I haven’t shared many Yarn podcast happenings over here. So how about we take a quick look at the last 5 episodes and you can give a listen if you’re interested? Molly Idle: Laurie Halse Anderson: LeUyen Pham: Aisha Saeed: Ekua Holmes:

2019 Books from Pura Belpre Winners

Every year I like to round up all the new books by past award winners. So far, we’ve looked at 2019 releases from previous Newbery, Caldecott, Geisel, Sibert, and Coretta Scott King winners. Today I have all the 2019 books from previous Pura Belpre author and illustrator honor and medal winners. What did I miss? […]

2019 Books from Geisel Award Winners

We’ve looked at Caldecott. We’ve gazed upon Newbery. Now, here are all the 2019 books from past Geisel Medal and Honor winners. Did I miss any? Let’s hear it in the comments. *NOTE* I tried to include books that were in the Geisel Award zone – picture books and early readers. If a past winner […]

The Latest Literary Trend? ‘Hard Readers’

Reality can be stranger than fiction. We all know about early (sometimes called easy) readers, right? Books with simple text and story lines for emerging readers. Well, soon publishers will begin debuting what some are calling “hard readers” – more complex tales featuring children’s literature icons, for an exclusively grown-up audience. Nate the Great will […]

Notes on March 2019

In March . . . . . . we previewed spring. I did my best to narrow down all the March, April, and May releases to ten that I’m most looking forward to. . . . we thought about what the Caldecott committee likes. I actually thought this post was going to be controversial, but […]

I Created My Own Book Spine Poem and So Can You (And Your Students/Patrons)!

April is coming up. April is National Poetry Month. April is the time for book spine centos (see above). It makes a great program for kids (or former kids). So . . . Here are my tips for creating a book spine cento: Check out the book spine poem gallery for inspiration. This is always […]

2019 Books from Newbery Medal/Honor Winners

While it doesn’t happen with quite the same frequency as Caldecott, Newbery winners have been known to win more than one. So I compiled a list of all the books coming out in 2019 from authors who have already won a medal or honor. Is there a 2020 winner or two below? What did I […]