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Cover Controversy: Battle of the Books that Move


Most of the time, I don’t believe that two books having similar covers is intentional. There are trends that come and go, and when two covers end up looking the same, I usually chalk it up to fate. Visit a local high school and you’ll see what I mean. No one is trying to dress […]

It's an Honor


I was surprised, honored, and slightly confused to have recently received the Zombie Chicken award from the delightfully opinionated children’s literature blog Underage Reading. Why confused? I don’t usually comment on zombies or chickens in these page (unless it’s in reference to myself (being a chicken, not a zombie)). I was therefore glad to see […]

Link Du Jour: Mo Links


In celebration of Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! taking the #5 slot in the Fuse #8 Production Top 100 Picture Books Poll, today’s links are Mo Willems related. It is a humble dream of mine to have a children’s book illustrator create a mural in my school library. I occasionally see this sort […]

Tell Me What You Really Think: Recommended and Best New Books Explained


I started the *Recommended* and *Best New Books* categories to make things easier for readers and book buyers to find out which titles I think are worth spending their time and money on. I’m a school librarian (or Library/Media Specialist if you’re feeling 21st Century) and I find these sorts of guides helpful when purchasing […]

Where the Sidewalk Ends… Really.


(Thanks to BuzzFeed for the link)

Book Review: Max Disaster #1: Alien Eraser to the Rescue


Max Disaster #1: Alien Eraser to the Rescue By Marissa Moss Candlewick Press ISBN: 9780763644079 $15.99 Grades 2-4 In Stores May 12, 2009 *Recommended* My favorite food may be the Oreo Blizzard. The crushed chocolate cookies are a perfect match to vanilla ice cream. Turn that vanilla into coffee ice cream? Even better. Add some […]

Jeff Kinney Named to the Time 100


I don’t have to tell anyone who is in any way familiar with children’s lit that The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series has crossed over in a huge way. Time Magazine knows this. The proof? They just named author Jeff Kinney to the 2009 edition of the Time 100. They even got a young […]

Post Every Day in April: Mission Accomplished


You ever have that thing where you don’t want to admit that you’re trying something until you know it’s gonna work? Well I was taking part in the “post every day in April” challenge I heard about on Maureen Johnson’s blog and A Fuse #8 Production. Well I’m talking about it, so it must have […]

On Hold @ the Library: April


We’re back with the second installment of On Hold @ the Library, my humble attempt to bring you the books that kids are asking for. Each month I vow to show you photographic evidence of the hold shelf at one of the school libraries where I work. Last month we looked at the 5th and […]

Book Review: Chicken and Cat Clean Up


Chicken and Cat Clean Up By Sara Varon Scholastic Press ISBN: 9780439634083 $16.99 Grades K-2 In Stores *Best New Books* Visit Sara Varon’s website. Find this book at your local library with WorldCat.

Photo: A Band for Librarians


When I started this rambling mess of a blog back in the golden days of ’07 I had a strict “No Pets” policy. The problem? I didn’t, and still don’t, have any pets. Really, the “No Pets” decree was just a promise to myself that I would only post items directly related to children’s lit. […]

Nonfiction Monday: Dinosaurs in Your Backyard


Dinosaurs in Your Backyard By Hugh Brewster Illustrated by Alan Barnard Abrams Books for Young Readers ISBN: 9780810970991 $15.95 Grades 2-4 In Stores *Recommended* I had heard about feral (see: wild) cats before last spring, but I didn’t take much notice until I discovered a pack of them living in my backyard. Nowadays, if you’re […]

Link Du Jour: Dark Materials Covers Redesigned


Artist M.S. Corley, he who likes giving the retro Penguin Classic treatment to popular children’s book covers (as evidenced by his recent Harry Potter reworkings), is at it again. This time Mr. Corley sets his sights on Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy. While these covers will not be on shelves (which is probably a […]

Eric Carle in Newsweek


While I feel the whole “Dark Side” headline is a bit misleading, this Newsweek article does provide a peek into Eric Carle’s not-always-sunny background. Click below to read:

ALA Most Freqently Challenged Books 2008


Reporting (and I use that term very loosely) on the most challenged books is like reporting the contents of my lunch bag – ain’t much changing. The American Library Association recently released their annual challenged books list, and there are a lot of familiar faces. Let’s take a look at the top five: And Tango […]