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Review: The Riverman by Aaron Starmer


The Riverman (The Riverman Trilogy, Volume 1) By Aaron Starmer Farrar, Straus and Giroux ISBN: 9780374363093 $15.99 Grades 6-9 In Stores *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler books | Your Library Interestingness is underrated (it also barely feels like a real word, but let’s not let that get in the way here). Sometimes, in [...]

Nonfiction Monday: Gravity by Jason Chin


Gravity By Jason Chin Roaring Brook Pres (Macmillan) ISBN: 9781596437173 $16.99 Grades K-3 In Stores April 29, 2014 *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Pet peeve time. Often when people talk about low-level nonfiction, they don’t mean really low. Sorry K-1 crowd. Although the field is getting better all the [...]

Nonfiction Monday: Shackleton’s Journey by William Grill


Shackleton’s Journey By William Grill Flying Eye Books (Nobrow) ISBN: 9781909263109 $24.00 Grades 3 and Up In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Some works of nonfiction come off a bit like assignments. The author dutifully studies a topic and relates the subject matter for young readers. Other nonfiction books, like Shackleton’s [...]

Nonfiction Monday: He Has Shot the President! by Don Brown

Shot the President

He Has Shot the President! April 14, 1865: The Day John Wilkes Booth Killed President Lincoln By Don Brown Roaring Brook Press (Macmillan) ISBN: 9781596432246 $17.99 Grades 4-6 In stores April 1, 2014 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library I know you’ve noticed, but we are in the midst of a Lincoln revival. [...]

Link Du Jour: The Who, What, and Where of Buying Books


I ask you: what percentage of books are purchased at independent book stores? Today, we have our answer. Scoring high on the interestingness scale recently was Children’s Books: A Shifting Market. I saw it over at Stephen’s Lighthouse. What’s the ratio of print to ebook sales? Which format do folks prefer? Where do people buy [...]

Review: The Lion and the Bird by Marianne Dubuc

Lion and Bird

The Lion and the Bird By Marianne Dubuc Enchanted Lion Books ISBN: 9781592701513 $17.95 Grades PreK-1 In Stores May 13, 2014 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your LIbrary Pretty much by definition, quiet books tend to fly under the radar. Some rightfully so, as the wick is turned down so low it struggles to [...]

Nonfiction Monday: The Scraps Book by Lois Elhert

Scraps Book

The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life By Lois Ehlert Beach Lane Books (Simon & Schuster) ISBN: 9781442435711 $17.99 Grades K-5 In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library If you’re thinking of challenging an illustrator to an autobiography-off, just don’t. Oh, you already did it? Look, there’s no shame in bending [...]

Review: Brimsby’s Hats by Andrew Prahin


Brimsby’s Hats By Andrew Prahin Simon & Schuster ISBN: 9781442481473 $15.99 Grades K-2 In Stores *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Oh the fine line books must walk. Or should I say lines. The line between contemplative and boring. The line between quirky and precious. The line between charming and [...]

Review: Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot by Dav Pilkey

Ricky Ricotta

Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot By Dav Pilkey Illustrated by Dan Santat Scholastic ISBN: 9780545631068 $15.99 Grades 1-4 In Stores April 29, 2014 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library We are living in the age of the re-boot. What once was sacrilege – messing with a beloved piece of art – is now accepted. [...]

Review: Baby Bear by Kadir Nelson

Baby Bear

Baby Bear By Kadir Nelson Balzer + Bray (HarperCollins) ISBN: 9780062241726 $17.99 Grades PreK-1 In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Man, are there a lot of bedtime books out there. With reading to children being such a pre-sleep ritual, however, this proliferation of books dedicated to sawing logs makes sense. In [...]

2014 Caldecott Comment Card


It was an honor to be a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. I’m thrilled with our choices. Now that the winners have been announced, I want to know what you think. Go ahead and share in the comments. What choices are you happy with? What did we miss?

See You at ALA Midwinter


I’m headed off to the ALA Midwinter Meeting. This time around I’m a member of the Caldecott committee, and I can’t wait to get down to business. See you bright and early Monday morning for the announcement of the Caldecott, Newbery, and the rest of the Youth Media Awards. Also, if you have any socks [...]

Review: Superworm by Julia Donaldson


Superworm By Julia Donaldson Illustrated by Axel Scheffler Arthur A. Levine (Scholastic) ISBN: 9780545591768 $16.99 Grades PreK-2 In stores January 28, 2014 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library There’s a rhyme battle going on in children’s literature. It’s a battle between fans of non-rhyming Sendak and MC Seuss. You can like both, of [...]

Review: I Didn’t Do My Homework Because… by Davide Cali

Homework Cover

I Didn’t Do My Homework Because… By Davide Cali Illustrated by Benjamin Chaud Chronicle Books ISBN: 9781452125510 $12.99 Grades 1-3 In Stores March 4, 2014 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Kids will go to great lengths to avoid homework. I Didn’t Do My Homework Because… is a little book that celebrates this [...]

The President and I: Book Buying Besties


Yesterday, our nation’s President and I did exactly the same thing: we went to a bookstore and bought (among other purchases) a Lulu book by Judith Viorst and Lane Smith. President Obama did his Lulu buying at Politics & Prose in Washington D.C., while I did mine at McLean & Eakin in Petoskey, MI (click [...]