What is Mo Willems (a.k.a. the Bill Murray of Children’s Literature) doing in Paris? Thinking deep thoughts, of course.
Big Nate creator Lincoln Peirce was on the Today show recently to, you know, just collect a Guinness plaque for assembling the world’s longest comic strip. I say assembled because he had some help – kids from around the country. Tune in, if for no other reason than to hear him utter the following genius [...]
First reaction: “How cool!” Second reaction: “This is terrible!” Slate has figured out a foolproof strategy for finding Waldo. Let’s just keep this between us, okay? I’d hate for this information to fall into the hands of young readers. (Thanks to Jim Averbeck for the link) If you can’t see the embedded video, click here [...]
Boy, do I like my book dominoes. I like them small, I like them big, I like them created by book stores. And now I like them from New Zealand, where the latest bit of book domino creativity hails. Extra points for: Beginning the video with a book going into the return. The orchestral soundtrack. [...]
You’ve heard about the Rush Limbaugh children’s book, right? Whether democrat or republican, I think we all can agree to quietly drop our heads into our hands and begin shaking¹. Stephen Colbert recently used Limbaugh’s book as an opportunity to look at some other conservative children’s lit (and also get in on the action himself). [...]
A while back I posted some videos of vintage pop up books from the childrensbookstore.com blog. The collection is a rare and unusual book lovers paradise of early pop up and lift the flap books. Now the library has been updated, including the relatively new – Star Wars, Star Trek, and Superman pop ups, and [...]
A few months back a video of the Seattle Public Library’s record-breaking book domino made the rounds. It was incredible: Well, now the Central Library in Cape Town, South Africa has bested Seattle’s record. As evidenced by the video below. I sincerely hope this book domino arms race continues. (Thanks to Book Patrol for the [...]
Everyone, hold up your coffees. I’d like to propose a toast. Here’s to good ideas! Now go ahead and drink all the rest of your coffee in one gulp (Warning: 100 Scope Notes is not responsible for any resulting scalding). This year all the finalists for the Kate Greenaway and Carnegie medals (the prestigious English [...]
If you like your children’s lit history lessons in four minute installments, this video’s for you. Michael Slicker of Lighthouse Books provides a quickie history of the origins of children’s lit, in the process shouting out Randolph Caldecott, Lewis Carroll, and Kate Greenaway. And I have two words for you: linen books.
How do you prevent being eaten whole by a monster? PBS has a video series called Blank on Blank with a mission to “curate and transform journalists’ unheard interviews with icons, bringing them to life on radio, mobile apps, YouTube, and beyond.” They recently gave the video treatment to a 2009 Newsweek interview with Maurice [...]