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The Iron Man in the Hat


Should first-graders be reading books based on PG-13 rated movies? Should Iron Man play a role in how children learn to read? Should Superman be setting your child’s bedtime? Which one of these thought-provoking questions does not belong? Slate magazine has a story up, with an accompanying slide show, about Hollywood’s growing presence in easy […]

Book Review: Madam President


Madam President By Lane Smith Hyperion ISBN: $16.99 Grades K-3 In Stores July 29, 2008 *Best New Books* When I was in school, it didn’t take much for a kid to win a class election. Get up in front of the school, say a few words, and wear a trucker cap that says “Top Dog”. […]

Book Review: Lost and Found


Lost and Found By Andrew Clements Atheneum ISBN: 9781416909859 $16.99 Grades 4-6 In Stores My brother and I look nothing alike. not only separated in age, but also in appearance, we’ve never even come close to being confused with one another. Ray and Jay Grayson, however, run into this problem all the time. They’re identical […]

Bestsellers: Makin' Moves


Hot off the presses, we’ve got the books that are flying off shelves at independent bookstores nationwide. (Click here to see the entire lists) First up, books with pictures: “Where the Wild Things Are” climbs up to #2, while “Oh The Places You’ll Go” drops down to #14 after it’s annual graduation gift bump into […]

Unfortunate Covers (#4)


For this edition of the ongoing Unfortunate Covers series, we’re back to Roald Dahl. Another great book with a cover that isn’t helping the cause: “Danny the Champion of the World” Even though I took lengthy measures to avoid math after high school, I’d like to put an equation out there for cover art designers: […]

Book Review: Shooting the Moon


Shooting the Moon Frances O’Roark Dowell Atheneum ISBN: 9781416926900 $16.99 Grades 4-6 In Stores *Best New Books* I may lose some kid lit cred by admitting this, but I tend to shy away when I see rolled up jeans on a cover. Just call it my “Edward’s Eyes” problem. But as was the case with […]

Nonfiction Monday: Fish


Fish By Robert Snedden Smart Apple Media ISBN: 9781599200774 $27.10 Grades 3-6 In Stores *Recommended* Check out the Nonfiction Monday roundup at Picture Book of the Day. My first pet was a goldfish. Immediately after winning him/her at the county fair ring toss, I took my prize home, flipped to the very back of the […]

The Scary World of Children's Lit


Are children’s books getting darker? Is it a reflection of the current state of world affairs (see: turbulent)? Newsweek makes the case. Click the image below to read more:

Video Clip: Man on Wire


(Click the image above to browse through) “The Man Who Walked Between the Towers” – good book, right? Children’s lit Hall of Fame caliber. In fact, they have this award that honors the best picture book of the year, which “The Man Who Walked…” has already won. As first reported at Wizards Wireless last month, […]

Read 'Savvy' for Free


Been to a bookstore lately? It seems that legislation has been passed mandating “Savvy” by Ingrid Law be prominently featured. While I have not yet read the book, I’m thinking it’s getting lots of face time for good reason – glowing reviews abound. Well now this humble cheapskate and you can read “Savvy” free of […]

Book Review: The Underneath


The Underneath By Kathi Appelt Illustrated by David Small Atheneum ISBN: 9781416950585 $16.99 Grades 4-6 In Stores *Best New Books* I’m a skeptical reviewer. I’m prone to be disappointed in the books I read if they don’t live up to my hopes. It’s a curse. Until I started hearing the rave reviews, “The Underneath” is […]

Audio Clip: The Willoughbys on NPR


I love books. You probably love books (or maybe you’re just an oblivious internet wanderer – in which case you can stay, albeit begrudgingly). You know who else digs the text? NPR. NPR loves books. Lowis Lowry’s “The Willoughbys” was recently featured on Weekend Edition. Lowry gives a reading and discusses the inspirations behind the […]

On TV: Night of the Veggie Monster


“Night of the Veggie Monster” author George McClements was featured today on The Rachel Ray Show. Why is a 27 year old male school librarian watching Rachel Ray in the middle of the day? Let me emphasize the word school in my job title. Summer break. Plus, uh, I wasn’t actually watching, it was just […]

Book Review: Alistair and Kip’s Great Adventure!


Alistair and Kip’s Great Adventure! By John Segal Margaret K. McElderry Books ISBN: 9781416902805 $15.99 Grades PreK-1 In Stores *Best New Books* Complexity is not a prerequisite for success. Simplicity is a good thing. It’s also a quality that is becoming increasingly rare in children’s lit. “Alistair and Kip’s Great Adventure!” is simplicity at its […]

Book Review: Splat the Cat


Splat the Cat By Rob Scotton Harper Collins ISBN: 9780060831547 $16.99 Grades K-2 In Stores CAUTION: COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT HORROR STORY While in school, a classmate told me about their upcoming school library job. They were to take over for an older librarian who had held the position for many years. My classmate said that job […]