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Nonfiction Monday: When I Grow Up


When I Grow Up: A young person’s guide to interesting & unusual occupations By Jessica Loy Henry Holt and Company ISBN: 9780805077179 $16.95 Grades 3-6 In Stores When I was in elementary school I wanted to be a Karate Guy when I got older. Apparently, I wasn’t aware of the whole “you have to make […]

School Library Journalist


The latest edition of School Library Journal is notable for two reasons. First off, the cover story, “Has the Newbery Lost Its Way?” is causing a stir among bookish types all over the internet. Click the links below to read more about it: Heavy Medal: A Mock Newbery Blog Read Roger Educating Alice A Chair, […]

Movie Review: City of Ember


City of Ember Directed by GIl Kenan Starring: Harry Treadaway, Saoirse Ronan, Bill Murray, Tim Robbins Rated PG In Theaters This is a children’s literature blog, so it’s hard for me to watch a movie based on a kid’s book and not compare the two. Actually, this review (and I use that term loosely) won’t make much sense unless […]

Award Tour


The outstanding children’s lit blog Literate Lives awarded me with a “I ? Your Blog” award. Not since I was given the “sunburned tongue” award in youth soccer have I been as happy to receive recognition. There are some rules that go along with this award. Here they are: 1) Add the logo of the […]

Critics Weigh In: 'City of Ember' Movie


Did you know “City of Ember” opened this weekend? It kinda snuck up on me too. I’m surprised I haven’t seen more hype. I mean, I watch TV, I’m not living under a rock, yet I haven’t seen nor heard anything about the release. Strange… I’m excited to see it, however, and I’ll be posting […]

Retro Review: The SOS File


The SOS File By Betsy Byars, Betsy Duffey, and Laurie Myers Illustrated by Arthur Howard Henry Holt & Company ISBN: 9780805068887 $16.95 Grades 3-5 In Stores When a book can grab students from page one and hold their interest throughout, it’s a keeper. When said book can accomplish these feats in a read-aloud setting, well, it’s a book that you need […]

September '08 Books: Given Away


Here’s to the big winners of the most recent 100 Scope Notes book giveaway: Doris F. will be receiving “The One, The Only, Magnificent Me!” Judy M. is gonna find “Scary Places: Spooky Cemeteries” on her doorstep in the very near future. Thanks to everyone who put their name in the hat.

Video: Neil Gaiman Reads 'The Graveyard Book'


Author Neil Gaiman is doing something cool during his tour for “The Graveyard Book” (which was recently given a “starred” review by the Horn Book). At each stop he reads a different chapter, someone takes video, and then it gets posted online. When it’s all said and done, the whole book will be there for the watchin’. […]

Nonfiction Monday: Cosmic!

Cosmic Book

Cosmic! By Giles Sparrow DK Publishing ISBN: 9780756640217 $24.99 Grades 4-8 In Stores Being a school librarian, I tend to view books through a “how will it play in my elementary school” lens. This is usually a good thing that, you know, helps me do my job. It is a disadvantage, however, when I run into […]

Sunday Link Du Jour: Mixed Emotions


I’m a soccer fan. That’s the first time I’ve mentioned this fact after a whole slew of posts. I am also highly skeptical of celebrity children’s authors. So it is with mixed emotions that I present to you this bit of news:

Book Review: Judy Moody Goes to College


Judy Moody Goes to College By Megan McDonald Illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds Candlewick Press ISBN: 9780763628338 $15.99 Grades 2-5 In Stores Older kids are always cool. They’ve got the freedom to do and say what they want. Youngsters envy that. To elementary school kids, college students are tops.  J. Moody, in her latest adventure, experiences […]

Attention: Free Books (Sept. '08 Book Giveaway)


I have a proposal for you. A fair trade to offer. One email for one book. Interested in taking me up? If you would like to own any of the books below, send me an email ( before the clock strikes midnight on Friday. Be sure to name the book you are most interested in. […]

Cybils Nominations Now Open


Today you can begin nominating the best books of the year for a 2008 Cybils award (Children’s & Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards). Head on over to the Cybils site to view the categories and make your picks.

True Life Comic: How to Win Over a Reluctant Reader


Reluctant readers. They can be the most frustrating and (if you can get them interested in picking up a particular book) the most rewarding of library patrons. School Library Journal posted one librarian’s story of how she won over one such book-phobic. In a nice graphic format, not less. Created by LaDuska Adriance and Ellen […]

Sunday Link Du Jour: Possibly the Craziest Book Ever


In case you missed it… Children’s book blog Pixie Stix Kids Picks first brought it to my attention. Big A little a reiterated it’s insanity. Boing Boing weighed in on the matter. Now Gawker has discovered it. If you haven’t yet seen it, be sure to take a look at “LATAWNYA, the Naughty Horse, Learns […]