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Top 10 Posts of 2014: #10

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The 33%: 2014 Books from Newbery Winners

2015 Caldecott Medal Predictions

Bad Bye

The last time I made Caldecott predictions, I went 2 for 5. Any time I can get more than one, I’m happy. But I refuse to stop until I am able to pick them all. You can therefore count on me doing Caldecott predictions every year. And if you’re into this stuff, you need to [...]

Top 20 Books of 2014: 5-1

Top 20 Books Final

#20-16 | #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1 5. The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee [Beach Lane Books (Simon & Schuster) | Grades K-2] Click here for additional resources from Watch. Connect. Read. The opportunity to “read” and pore over a wordless picture book with a group of students is one of the best parts of [...]

Top 20 Books of 2014: 10-6

Top 20 Books Final

#20-16 | #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1 10. Sisters by Raina Telgemeier [Graphix (Scholastic) | Grades 3-6] Click here for additional resources from Watch. Connect. Read. Raina Telgemeier is to today’s middle school readers what Elvis was to teens in 1956. Her fans are loyal, passionate, and proud of the number of times they’ve read [...]

Top 20 Books of 2014: 15-11

Top 20 Books Final

#20-16 | #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1 15. Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton [Candlewick Press | Grades PreK-1] Click here for additional resources from Watch. Connect. Read. With its combination of suspense and broad humor, Shh! We Have a Plan plays like the best Chuck Jones Merrie Melodies cartoon that never happened. You can practically [...]

Top 20 Books of 2014: 20-16

Top 20 Books Final

Around this time of the year, John Schumacher and I get all reflective. While it would be cool if we shined brightly when you pointed a flashlight at us, I don’t mean that kind of reflective. I mean we looked back on the year in children’s literature. We reflected with a purpose: over the next [...]

Children’s Literature 2014: The Year in Miscellanea

The Year in Miscellanea

It’s time to take a look back at the year that was in children’s lit miscellanea. (Read previous Year in Miscellanea Posts: 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008) Oddest Children’s Literature/Hip-Hop/Boxing Crossover 50 cent Will Donate $750,000 if Floyd Mayweather Reads One Page of Harry Potter Granted, there weren’t many contenders in this category. How did this story end? Well, [...]

Gallery: The New York Times 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2014

Draw

Let the season of “Best” begin. The 2014 edition of the New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books has been announced, and it’s a great group. I went three for ten in my predictions from earlier in the year. Let’s have a look at the winners: DRAW! Written and illustrated by Raúl Colón | A Paula Wiseman [...]

Gallery: These Picture Books Have Secrets

Case Covers

2013 was a stellar year for book cases – the paper or cloth that covers the actual boards of a hardcover book. There were all manner of creative illustrations and debossing going on. Before I clear out my 2013 shelves, I thought we could take a look at the books that have secrets under their [...]

Top 10 Posts of 2013: #1

#1 Book Spine Poem Gallery

100 Scope Notes is up on the shelf until January 6. Until then, let’s sit by the fire in our union suits and count down the most popular posts of the year. #10: The Newbery Medal Infographic #9: So You Want to Win the Newbery? (Part I) #8: Top 10 Circulated Books of 2013: 5th-6th [...]

Top 10 Posts of 2013: #2

#2 Wildest Children's Books

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Top 10 Posts of 2013: #3

#3 New York Times 10 Best

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Top 10 Posts of 2013: #4

#4 One Star Review Guess Who

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Top 10 Posts of 2013: #5

#5 Top 10 Circulated Books

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Top 10 Posts of 2013: #6

#6 Children's Lit Movie

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