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Everything You (Possibly Didn't) Want to Know


In an unexpected turn of events, author James Preller has interviewed me on his site. If you’re interested in snowmobiles, invisible books, and Toasteds crackers, you’re gonna be happy. Click here to read.

3 Days to ALA Annual: Setting Plans


A mere three days until librarians of all shapes, sizes, ages, and cardigan thicknesses descend upon the Windy City. That means no more beating around the schedule bush. Time to commit to a few things. Thus far, here’s what I’ve got going: Programs and Sessions Hoping to leave with some knowledge that I can take […]

Link Du Jour: You Know What Would Make Books Better?


Man, books are great and everything, but don’t you ever wish they could do more? Page after page of words – it’s a bit repetitive, don’t you think? You ever wish you could just, you know, grow things in them? You’re not alone: Book planters. (Thanks to BoingBoing for the link)

Toon Review: Stitches by David Small


Stitches: A Memoir By David Small W. W. Norton & Company ISBN: 9780393068573 $24.95 YA/Adult In Stores Sept. 8, 2009 *Best New Books* Note: This isn’t a book for kids. Then why is it here, you ask? It was created by children’s lit legend David Small, making it sort of fall within the parameters of […]

Book Review: Sergio Saves the Game! by Edel Rodriguez


Sergio Saves the Game! By Edel Rodriguez Little, Brown ISBN: 9780316066174 $15.99 Grades K-2 In Stores *Recommended* What is it about Sergio books that move me to make confessions? In my review of the stellar Sergio Makes a Splash last year, I admitted to being a nose-plug swimmer. This time around, in considering Sergio Saves […]

Your Final Warning: Enter the 'Stitches' Giveaway


Just a friendly reminder to toss your hat in the ring before 11:59pm tonight to win a copy of David Small’s Stitches. You can send me an email at, or you can make you interest known through Twitter by clicking here. Click here to read the original giveaway post. Best of luck!

June '09 Book Giveaway: Stitches by David Small


I have been told that after a week of strict radio silence (due to Northern Michigan travels), it’s best to come back with a bang. I’m doing my best to please with the latest 100 Scope Notes Book Giveaway: Stitches: A Memoir by David Small. ARC. It arrived, I started reading, I couldn’t stop reading. […]

Summer Scope Notes


Due to summer travels, 100 Scope Notes will be up on the shelf until Monday. See you back here then. (Top Image: ‘water slide‘

Link Du Jour: Can You Find This Book?

mickey's magnet

I usually talk about new books in these pages. It’s fun to hold up your hand, shield your eyes from the sun, and squint into the horizon to see what’s coming. Then a teacher comes and asks if you can drum up 20 copies of Mickey’s Magnet for her second grade students. As a school […]

21 Days to ALA Annual: Gettin' Down to Business


Since the upcoming American Library Association Annual Conference will be my first, I want to let everyone know I mean business. The programs, the meetings, the exhibits, the people – I’m intending to dabble in every arena. While I briefly toyed with the idea of rolling into Chicago sporting an all tweed suit with leather […]

Cover Controversy: Off in the Distance


So different, yet so similar. This could be called the first Bizarro cover controversy. If you are familiar with Superman (or the television show Seinfeld), then you know that a Bizarro version of something is closely related, yet completely opposite in many ways. Let’s take a look at the book covers in question and I […]

Image: Wikipedia, First Edition


In the school library circles where I run, Wikipedia is a downright hot-button issue. Should students access it from school? Should teachers allow students to use it for school research projects? My take? A nice overview, but not an ending place – you gotta use a variety of sources. Anyway, when I saw that artist […]

Book Review: Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute by Jarrett J. Krosoczka


Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute (Lunch Lady #1) By Jarrett J. Krosoczka Alfred A. Knopf (Random House) ISBN: 9780375846830 $11.99 Grades 2-4 In Stores July 28, 2009 *Recommended* Remember when you were in school and the cafeteria was serving pizza for lunch? There was always a bit of excitement on those days. Sure, it […]

Link Du Jour: Sellbesters


Tired of having to go all the way to the New York Times website to get your weekly bestseller info? Sick of having to click on “Children’s Books” to get the information you need? I’ll share the top 5 picture and chapter book bestsellers here, but if you want to see the entire lists, you’ll […]

The Scoop: 'Lunch Lady' Moves to the Silver Screen, Amy Poehler to Star


Man, folks really don’t waste much time these days making silver-screen moves on children’s lit. From Universal has picked up “Lunch Lady,” a children’s graphic novel series written and illustrated by Jarrett Krosoczka, with Amy Poehler attached to star. Poehler will executive produce along with the Gotham Group’s Ellen Goldsmith-Vein set to produce. Click […]