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Endangered Series #2: The Hardy Boys


Popularity comes, popularity goes. As librarians we’re always balancing between what will circulate like crazy and what we need to have in the collection. And we’re not the Library of Congress – we can’t (and shouldn’t) keep everything. An endangered series is one that appears to be waning in terms of popularity. But popularity isn’t [...]

Review: Lowriders in Space by Cathy Camper

Lowriders in Space

Lowriders in Space By Cathy Camper Illustrated by Raul the Third Chronicle Books ISBN: 9781452121550 $22.99 Grades 3-6 Out November 4, 2014 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library For a species that is fascinated with cars, you don’t actually see all that many in the non-informational side of children’s literature. Trucks, sure, but [...]

Morning Notes: Edition of Editions Edition

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FURTHER PROOF THAT #WENEEDDIVERSEBOOKS Sorry to kick things off on a depressing note, but this story really bothered me. The UK Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman called for more diversity in children’s literature. Completely reasonable, right? The response was not. Click here for the whole story. WHO WILL BE S.L.Y.? That’s School Librarian of the Year. [...]

Ben Hatke on Gnomes and Fairies

Julia's House

It’s rare that I hand off the reigns of the trusty steed 100 Scope Notes, but how can I pass up the chance to spread the word about a book that I think is wonderful? Ben Hatke’s Julia’s House for Lost Creatures arrives today, and he’s visiting some blogs to talk about the creatures that inhabit the [...]

Link Du Jour: Horn Book Superlatives

Horn Book Superlatives

The new school year is upon us, and The Horn Book took a moment to highlight the cutest, weirdest, most dysfunctional and more of recent children’s lit. It’s the 2013-14 Yearbook Superlatives. Click the image below to read.

The Rationale: Some New Books and Why I Bought Them


I bought some books for my school library recently – let’s talk about them. Minecraft: Combat Handbook There is nothing, I repeat NOTHING hotter than Minecraft in my school library. We would get daily requests for Minecraft books until this series came to save the day. This is the third book in the series and [...]

A Birthday Book Giveaway: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Chances are, you know about Watch. Connect. Read.-er and Picasso of Twitter John Schumacher. Chances are, you’re better off for knowing him. I know I am. Well, today is his birthday and it seems to me the best way to celebrate is by giving away a book. As luck would have it, John shares his date [...]

‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#1)

And You Shall Know Me

Sure you may know your children’s authors and illustrators, but can you name them from reading their Twitter bios? Test your skills below. All credit for this post idea goes to Laura Given (@LibLaura5) – she gave it to me (thanks, Laura!). Scoring If you can name the author or illustrator after reading the bio [...]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#24)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? My trouble with the book is that it has no story, and no drive. Rather, each chapter centers on some Holiday during the year. And with each Holiday, we get another droll incident about something mildly shocking done by [...]

Morning Notes: Shiftless Uncle Dave Edition

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WISE WORDS FROM JON SCIESZKA Ambassador of Young People’s Literature emeritus (oh yeah, and much loved author) Jon Scieszka was interviewed over at Musing (How to Get Kids to Love Reading (Tip: Stop Telling Them How Important Reading Is)) and it’s the perfect reminder heading into the school year. A great post to share with [...]

Books on Film: Lunch Lady TED Talk

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Children’s literature’s own Jarrett J. Krosoczka is featured on the TED website today. For good reason – his inspiring talk Why Lunch Ladies are Heroes is an inspirational reminder that “a thank you can change a life.” Click here to watch on the TED website

Review: Take Away the A by Michael Escoffier

Take Away the A

Take Away the A By Michael Escoffier Illustrated by Kris Di Giacomo Enchanted Lion Books ISBN: 9781592701568 $17.95 Grades PreK-2 Out September 9, 2014 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library There’s nothing new under the sun. And then there is. If children’s literature were Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, alphabet books would be at the [...]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#23)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? This is easy, meaningless, chime-rhyming nonsense — and not even nonsense with interesting language or ideas, like Lewis Carrol or (some of) Edward Lear. No, this is nursery rhymes but without the moral message. The wan, sugary pop-songs of [...]

Review: The Zoo Box by Ariel Cohn

Zoo Box

The Zoo Box By Ariel Cohn Illustrated by Aron Nels Steinke First Second (Macmillan) ISBN: 9781626720527 $17.99 Grades K-3 Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Of all the mash-ups going on in children’s literature these days – think Hugo Cabret, Wimpy Kid, Flora & Ulysses – is any combination more natural [...]

Digby O’Day: In the Fast Lane by Shirley Hughes

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Digby O’Day: In the Fast Lane By Shirley Hughes Illustrated by Clara Vulliamy Candlewick Press ISBN: 9780763673697 $12.99 Grades 1-3 Out August 26, 2014 *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Some books make it look so dang easy, don’t they? Perfect example: Digby O’Day: In the Fast Lane by two-time [...]