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Photos: Let the Weeding Begin!


I started a job at a new school district this year. One of the most pressing things we have to do is weed the collection. It’s bad, folks. My position is that school libraries should not strive to be the Library of Congress – i.e., it ain’t our place to be the preservers of all […]

Book Review: LaRue for Mayor

LaRue for Mayor By Mark Teague Blue Sky Press ISBN 9780439783156 $16.99 Grades K-3 In Stores I remember running for student council when I was in 3rd grade. My campaign consisted of a short stump speech about my qualifications for the job and a slogan: Vote smart, vote Travis. The phrase allowed me to flatter […]

Book Review: Baby Brains and Robomom

Baby Brains and Robomom By Simon James Candlewick Press ISBN: 9780763634636 $15.99 Grades K-2 In Stores *Recommended* Excerpts from the never-published “What to Expect When You’re Expecting A Genius”: If you want your child to be not just smart, but genius level intelligent, it starts in the womb. Eat right, and talk to your unborn […]

Book Review: Otto's Orange Day


Otto’s Orange Day By Jay Lynch Illustrated by Frank Cammuso TOON Books, Raw Junior ISBN: 9780979923821 $12.95 Grades K-2 In Stores *Best New Books* Possibly the most frustrating situation I encounter in my work as a school librarian is when I run into the one track kid. These youngsters have a genre/subject that must be […]

3 Authors, 1 Day, No Idea


I’m sure I’ll get better at this. I have to admit it – I’m a pretty poor book signee. Friday I had the opportunity to meet three tops children’s book author/illustrators, and I don’t have many good stories to tell. I’m still perplexed with the etiquette at these events. I wasn’t sure if it was […]

Book Review: Pierre In Love


Pierre In Love By Sara Pennypacker Illustrated by Petra Mathers Orchard Books ISBN: 9780439517409 $16.99 Grades 1-3 In Stores *Recommended* If you flip to the back of “Pierre in Love”, you’ll find that the subject headings say a lot: 1. Love–Fiction. 2. Honesty–Fiction. 3. Fishers–Fiction. Yes, Sara Pennypacker’s story is definitely about all of these […]

Kadir Nelson at Calvin College Tonight


In what is shaping up to be the Year of Kadir, illustrator (and now “We Are the Ship” author) Kadir Nelson will be appearing at Calvin College tonight, April 18 @ 6:30pm. If you hang your hat in the West Michigan region, be sure to check it out.

Cover Revealed! Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw


In my day job as an elementary librarian, I sometimes still marvel at the sustained appeal of the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” books. In the 5th-6th grade building I work at, they just cannot be kept on shelves. It’s a great thing. Another great thing is that the cover for the newest installment, “The […]

Wordsmith Delivers a Perfect Storm Organic Webinar


Sorry, got a little carried away with the Lake Superior State University List of Banished Words 2008. Click the logo below to see the whole list. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, the time is nigh to cover some recent children’s lit news and notes: Illustrations are enjoyable. It’s true – just […]

Book Review: The Pigeon Wants a Puppy!


The Pigeon Wants a Puppy! By Mo Willems Hyperion ISBN: 9781423109600 $14.99 Grades K-2 In Stores *Best New Books* Mo Willems’ status as a storytime master is becoming legendary. Book after book is a hit with kids and parent/librarian types alike. It’s akin to Outkast in their golden period from ’94 to ’00 – there […]

Contoversy Report: Pro-Life Message in Horton Hears a Who?


“A person’s a person no matter how small” – apparently even the really, really, small. Pro life folks have taken to “Horton Hears a Who”, saying its message supports their cause. They got so fired up they even crashed the big Hollywood premier last month. Click below to listen to an NPR audio clip explaining […]

On Break Starting … Now


100 Scope Notes will be up on the shelf for about a week or so due to Spring Break travels. See you soon. (Top Image: ‘flowr‘

Video Clip: Mary Pope Osborne Interview


The “Magic Tree House” series has been a staple in children’s libraries since it debuted with “Dinosaurs Before Dark” in 1992. 38 books later it’s still chuggin, adding new fans every year. My only complaint? They don’t sell these books with kevlar bindings – they get a ton of circs y’all. Click the logo below […]

The Winner of this Contest is Anonymous

But were gonna name names anyway. Congrats to the 100 Scope Notes Book Giveaway winners for March: Carey S. will soon be enjoying “Sleeping Bear, The Legend”. Linda S. is going to receive “Night of the Black Bear”. Thanks to all the folks that entered, yet were frowned upon by lady luck this time. Look […]

Give Me Your Weak, Your Cardigan-ed Masses

School librarians hold a unique place in America’s education system, and I don’t just mean because most are odd. I chalk it up to the fact that we straddle the line between teacher and librarian, a role which always seems to inspire a bit of confusion on the part of outsiders (and, let’s face it, […]