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Book Buzz: Buzzy Buzzing 2018 Buzz

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If are anything like me (first off, I offer my condolences) then you like to look as far off into the distance as possible, straining to see the books that will being hitting shelves in the distant future. You best check out Spring 2018 Children’s Sneak Previews. I learned a bunch of stuff while reading it: […]

The First Rule of Q&A: An Interview with Celia C. Pérez

The First Rule of Punk

Who is Celia C. Pérez? Maybe you’ve seen/heard about (including here) her debut middle grade novel: The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez | August 22, 2017 | Viking When I learned that she is also a librarian and longtime zine maker, I knew I had to chat with her. So we did […]

Books on Film: A First Look at ‘A Wrinkle in Time’

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Here we go – the first trailer for the upcoming film adaptation of the children’s classic A Wrinkle in Time. Was I expecting a cover of Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) by The Eurythmics? I was not. Looks pretty intriguing, though.

On This Day (ish) in Scope Notes History . . .

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Part of the fun of blogging is the ephemeral nature of the medium – you write a post, put it up quickly, maybe some folks read it, and then it fades away in a hurry. On to the next post. But – PROBLEM – now I’m stuck with this stockpile of ridiculous stuff that never […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#56)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? I do not […] want my kindergartener reading about bull fighting at the age of 6. Click here for the answer. Why do I share these? Click here. Previously . . . One Star Review Guess Who (#1) One […]

Tossing Around Starred Reviews: A 2017 Update

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2017 is half over. So that means (approximately) half of the starred reviews have been handed out by the major review journals (Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, School Library Journal, Horn Book, Booklist, and the Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books). Can you guess the two books that have gone six-for-six so far? Click here to visit the Starred […]

Photo Diary: Nerd Camp MI 2017


For two days in July, the small town of Parma, Michigan becomes the center of the literacy universe. I’m off to Nerd Camp and will be sharing photos here throughout the conference. Check back and I’ll be adding to this post as the day goes along. What is Nerd Camp? Short versh: an “un-conference” focused […]

Books on Film: Storytime with . . .


Consider this your internet curiosity of the day: a two-dude comedy team reads classic (and new) children’s books. Storytime with Ryan & Craig.  

2017: The Year of Pants


The other day Julie Danielson (of Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast) mentioned that 2017 might be The Year of Pants in children’s literature. First I checked with the Google Ngram Viewer, which tracks words that appear in books. It appears we are in the midst of a historic golden age of pants: Then I took […]

Now THIS is How Book People Celebrate Independence!


I can think of no better way for a fan of literacy to celebrate July 4th than by supporting the creation of an independent bookstore. You can make it happen, people. Help me Build a Bookstore and Save a Life – — Kathy M Burnette ; (@thebrainlair) July 2, 2017 Kathy Burnette (aka @thebrainlair […]

Notes on June 2017


In June . . . . . . I questioned the Cat in the Hat’s fiscal responsibility. It was all part of a tongue-in-cheek post about nonfiction featuring the Cat. . . . I shared 10 exciting books coming out this summer. It’s Summer Preview time. . . . we went on a photographic tour […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#55)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? It’s a little bit hypocritical for people to look at Christian allegory and say it’s just dishonest preaching in disguise, only for one of their side to use a book that has a subtext for their own humanist worldview. […]

Instagramming ALA 2017 (Part 3)

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Previously . . . Instagramming ALA 2017 (Part 1) Instagramming ALA 2017 (Part 2) Sunday at ALA started off with an interview with The Day the Crayons Quit and The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors author Drew Daywalt. Even though he tried to tell me he was Dan Santat I saw right through his attempts […]

Instagramming ALA 2017 (Part 2)


Previously . . . Instagramming ALA Annual 2017 (Part 1) Even though Saturday of ALA was busy, I will always take time to slow down, smell the strange convention center air, and admire a selection of Little Free Library designs: I spotted them on the way to the Chapter One Stage. I was moderating a […]

Instagramming ALA Annual 2017 (Part 1)


I just swam back from the American Library Association Annual Conference and boy are my arms and legs tired! (Just kidding – we drove to Michigan City and took the train into town.) The trip began with my usual show-offy Instagram post about how unprepared I like to be at these conferences. Here’s a quick […]