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Children’s Literature Gothic


On Thursday I interviewed Kate DiCamillo on stage for the opening session of the Heartland Fall Forum (which is a show for Midwest booksellers). It was a good time. Afterward, I asked for a picture, and Kate said we should do “American Gothic”. How’d we do?

I Just Planned Your Whole VERY LAST CASTLE Story Time

The Very Last Castle by Travis Jonker and Mark Pett

Mark Pett and I made a picture book that comes out on Oct. 9th. It’s called The Very Last Castle and it’s about bravery. Nice things have been said about it. If you’d like to use it during story time, just follow my patented (pending) five step plan . . . STEP #1: GRAB THE […]

I Asked Shel Silverstein About the Meaning of Life . . .

Shel Brood

*Knock* *Knock* *Knock* Hello? Shel? (Door swings open) Hey, Shel. Sorry to bother you. I know you’re brooding right now, but I was hoping you could answer a question for me. Shel? If you come on the deck and listen to my question, I promise I won’t make you sit in a chair. Manspread to […]

Predictions! New York Times Best Illustrated 2018


When it comes to predicting New York Times Best Illustrated winners, I’ve had my up years – who can forget 2014 when I went three for ten (wait, you forgot? Well, I remember)? I’ve also had my down years (let’s never speak of 2016 again). But what about this year? Time to get predicting. Related […]

What’s the Children’s Lit EGOT?


Recently, John Legend joined what might be the most exclusive club in show biz – people who have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award, also called an E.G.O.T. It made me wonder what the children’s book equivalent of an EGOT is, and of course, who is in the club. The awards would have […]

Will This Children’s Book Creator Win The World’s Biggest Art Competition?


Aaron Zenz. You know him. You love him. You enjoy listening to him take us behind the scenes of his school visit process: You like reading his books about hippos, and griffins, and monsters. But here’s something you might not know about him – he just might win the world’s largest art competition. It’s called ArtPrize, […]

Nailed It: A New Logo for 100 Scope Notes

New Scope Notes Logo

I don’t know why, but I recently felt compelled to update the 100 Scope Notes logo. It needed to be something bolder. Something more modern. Something . . . oddly repetitive. I worked all night and now I want to show you the brand-new 100 Scope Notes logo: On second thought, I think I’ll keep […]

What Is Inside the September Installment of FROM THE DESK OF 100 SCOPE NOTES?


I recently sent out the September installment of FROM THE DESK OF 100 SCOPE NOTES. It’s dedicated to books about writing and creativity that I’ve found helpful. Click here to read it. Beginning in September, I’m going to send out two installments of FROM THE DESK OF 100 SCOPE NOTES each month. What can you expect? Original […]

On This Episode of Library Hoarders . . . ME


You see this file cabinet? When I got hired for my current job, this file cabinet was in the back office. Full of files put in there by my predecessor. After I got hired I took a look in there and said, “I’ll wait a year and see if I end up needing any of […]

Don’t Read These 2018 Picture Books on Labor Day


Today is Labor Day, so make sure you don’t read any of these 2018 picture books. Your first day is tomorrow, Duck. Learn the answer tomorrow. Today, it’s No Job. Take a day off, princesses. EXTRA! EXTRA! DON’T READ THIS BOOK TODAY! Have a nice Labor Day, everyone.

Notes on August 2018

Back to School

In August . . . . . . back to school books went back to school. There are a batch of beginning the school year books to look out for. . . . we looked at the most unusual bookmarks Etsy has to offer. Etsy has everything. . . . the Google search box rewrote […]

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


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


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

Auto Completed

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

Wait Toon

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 […]