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10 Years of Scope Notes: The 5 Most Ridiculous Posts of All Time

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November 9th (today!) marks the 10th anniversary of 100 Scope Notes. Seems like a good time to take a look back, a look forward, and reflect on how the heck this thing is still going. Previously . . . 10 Years of Scope Notes: Reader Poll Results 10 Years of Scope Notes: Origin Story 10 […]

10 Years of Scope Notes: The 5 Best Comments of All Time

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November 9th (today!) marks the 10th anniversary of 100 Scope Notes. Seems like a good time to take a look back, a look forward, and reflect on how the heck this thing is still going. Previously . . . 10 Years of Scope Notes: Reader Poll Results 10 Years of Scope Notes: Origin Story 10 […]

10 Years of Scope Notes: The Top 10 Most Popular Posts Ever

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November 9th marks the 10th anniversary of 100 Scope Notes. Seems like a good time to take a look back, a look forward, and reflect on how the heck this thing is still going. Previously . . . 10 Years of Scope Notes: Reader Poll Results 10 Years of Scope Notes: Origin Story 10 Years […]

10 Years of Scope Notes: 6 Posts That Died In the Drafts Folder (And Why)

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November 9th marks the 10th anniversary of 100 Scope Notes. Seems like a good time to take a look back, a look forward, and reflect on how the heck this thing is still going. Previously . . . 10 Years of Scope Notes: Reader Poll Results 10 Years of Scope Notes: Origin Story Some blog […]

10 Years of Scope Notes: Origin Story

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November 9th marks the 10th anniversary of 100 Scope Notes. Seems like a good time to take a look back, a look forward, and reflect on how the heck this thing is still going. Previously . . . 10 Years of Scope Notes: Reader Poll Results How did this blog begin? Where did the title […]

10 Years of Scope Notes: Reader Survey Results

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November 9th marks the 10th anniversary of 100 Scope Notes. Seems like a good time to take a look back, a look forward, and reflect on how the heck this thing is still going. Last week I sent out a survey. People in 2017 want you to take way more surveys than they did in 2007. […]

Gallery: NYT Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2017

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When the New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books list comes out, my first thought is about the books that are included. It’s a great list. My second thought is how I did on my predictions from back in August. Let’s see. 20% success rate. I’ll take that. Now let’s take a closer look at […]

Won’t You Please Take the 10 Question 100 Scope Notes 10th Anniversary Survey?

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Hi there. Next week is marks the 10th anniversary of this blog and I want to do a couple special things, including some charts and graphs about who reads this thing. So won’t you please take a moment to answer these 10 questions? It will take approximately 30 seconds and I’ll share the results next […]

Mock Caldecott 2018

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While some folks do NaNoWriMo in November, at my K-4 elementary school we prefer MoCal – which is a cool abbreviation for Mock Caldecott. We’ve fine tuned it over the years, and this is the system that’s been working. Part 1 Introduce Caldecott Medal/Honor. Explain that it is an award for illustrations. I would encourage […]

Bookmark Wishes You a Happy Halloween!

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I’ve been Pete the Cat: I’ve been the cheese from Diary of a Wimpy Kid. I’ve been my favorite book: But this year I was having trouble coming up with a costume idea. So I asked my students, and they came through: Bookmark wishes you a happy Halloween!

Notes on October 2017

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In October . . . . . . we uncovered picture book secrets. It’s a 2017 case cover gallery extravaganza! . . . I posed a LEGO book cover challenge. Can you name all three? . . . we heard from some picture book legends. Including Cooney, Sendak, McCloskey, and Ungerer.

Book Creators Share Their Jobs #BeforeKidlit

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Over on Twitter, Giuseppe Castellano had an idea . . . I’d LOVE a #beforekidlit hashtag through which industry pros shared what they did before they became popular/famous/successful, etc. — Giuseppe Castellano (@pinocastellano) October 25, 2017 And authors and illustrators have responded, sharing their jobs before they got into making books for kids. They’re using […]

5 Recent Recommended Halloween Read Alouds

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‘Tis the season for slightly creepy picture book read alouds. Here are five recent picks that have gone over well in my K-4 school library. Creepy Pair of Underwear! by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Peter Brown. The last time this author/illustrator pair made a book together – Creepy Carrots – it won a Caldecott honor. […]

Morning Notes: Bookit Edition

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PRINT IS UNDEAD Physical book lovers take heart – print sales are on the rise. This story in The Wall Street Journal is focused on adult books, but talks about the publishing industry as a whole. Click here to read. SILENCED? This one took me by surprise. The estate of artist James Castle is suing […]

Written by Kids, Illustrated by Bob Shea: A Unique Collaboration on an Original Story

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Something different to share today. An original story, written by elementary school students and illustrated by Bob Shea. Here’s what Mr. Shea had to say about the collaboration: A teacher friend of mine does an after school writing program with some students. Last year I went in and wrote a book with the kids. The […]