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Unveiled: 'City of Ember' Movie Poster


As you may know from the fat red X’ed calendar in my kitchen, “The City of Ember” film will be released on October 10, 2008. Take a first look at the official poster – not to be confused with the movie “banner” – comin’ to a lobby near you soon. (Click on the image to […]

Book Review: Sergio Makes a Splash


Sergio Makes a Splash By Edel Rodriguez Little, Brown and Company ISBN: 9780316066167 $15.99 Grades K-2 In Stores *Best New Books* Last summer, I learned how to dive underwater without plugging my nose. I’m 26, almost 27 years old. This bit of late bloomer-ism has resulted in me catching my fair share of grief from […]

I'm With the Banned


The American Library Association recently released its list of the 10 Most Challenged Books of 2007. There are some old standbys on the list like “The Chocolate War”, but there are also some younger bucks making waves. “And Tango Makes Three” holds onto the top spot for the second straight year, and the controversy surrounding […]

Wimpy Kid Covers Across the Globe


Is anyone else intrigued by foreign edition book covers? Not only do they sometimes switch up the design, but there is the added bonus of the awkwardly translated, umlaut festooned title. Can I get a translation on “Dagbok för alla mina fans – Gregs Bravader” please? Mishaps and Adventures just posted a gallery of various […]

Book Review: Snakehead


Snakehead By Anthony Horowitz Philomel Books ISBN: 9780399241611 $17.99 Grades 6-8 In Stores *Recommended* I work with students from kindergarten all the way up to 6th grade, and sometimes a particular series falls through the cracks. This is the way it was with Alex Rider. I knew it was there, I knew it was popular, […]

The Library Gets Wild


I run into the problem regularly. Students have a hard time remembering where they pulled a book from if they decide they don’t want to check it out. This seems to happen more in the non-fiction section, where Dewey Decimal rules. We do our best, but the fact that it’s a challenge means more can […]

Special Report: 1st Graders Enjoy "Green Eggs and Ham"


I open up my morning paper and what’s there on the front page? The results of a report done by Renaissance Learning laying out the “most read books” at each grade level. How do they know? Renaissance Learning makes a software program called Accelerated Reader that is used in thousands of schools nationwide. The software […]

Book Review: Smitten


Smitten By David Gordon Atheneum ISBN: 9781416924401 $15.99 Grades K-2 In Stores Sometimes you come across a book where everything seems to be in place at first glance. Nice illustrations, appealing characters, catchy title. It’s the kind of book you would expect kids to be drawn to. Upon reading, however, there’s just something missing. “Smitten” […]

Hollywood Inside Report: Prince Caspian Trailer

“The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” fell into the rather large category of kids books turned movies where I thought, “I might be disappointed, so I’ll pass for now”. *cough* Golden Compass *cough*. Well, I’ve got some catching up to do. The next installment in the series is making its way to silver screens […]

Book Review: Not So Tall for Six


Not So Tall for Six By Dianna Hutts Aston Illustrated by Frank W. Dormer Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781570917059 $14.95 Grades K-2 In Stores I played one year of high school tennis. It was doubles and I was paired up with a kid who was far and away the smallest kid in my grade. I happened to […]

Book Review: Click


Click By David Almond, Eoin Colfer, Roddy Doyle, Deborah Ellis, Nick Hornby, Tim Wynne-Jones, Margo Lanagan, Gregory Maguire, Ruth Ozeki, and Linda Sue Park Arthur A. Levine Books ISBN: 9780439411387 $16.99 Grades 6-9 In Stores After putting this one down, I was left with a problem: how do I review a book written by 10 […]

Dig Into the Archives


100 Scope Notes is opening up the vaults. Below the search box on the left side of the page there is a drop down menu titled “The Archives”. It collects posts from each month the blog has been in existence. Feel free to rummage through old posts from as far back as the good ol’ […]

Books For Sale; New York Times Keeps Track


The New York Times is nothing if not a choice operation. They do some pretty good reporting, but what they really excel at is keeping us informed about what kids books are moving units nationwide. Below are the results from their latest bestseller study. PICTURE BOOKS This Week Weeks On List 1 GALLOP!, written and […]

Book Review: Prince of Underwhere

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Prince of Underwhere By Bruce Hale Illustrated by Shane Hillman HarperCollins ISBN: 9780060851248 $15.99 Grades 3-6 In Stores Books that are tailor made for reluctant readers can sometimes be tricky to give a thoughtful review. The reason? Well, I’m not a reluctant reader. Show me a book and you don’t have to do much convincing. […]

5 Questions With David Petersen


“Mouse Guard – Fall 1152″ recently arrived at my 5th & 6th grade library and the graphic novel has been a downright hit with kids. Creator/author/illustrator David Petersen has been having an exciting month, receiving a couple of Eisner Award nominations for his work. Mr. Petersen graciously took the time to be interviewed for the […]