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#Holdshelf: 7 Days Away

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#Holdshelf is a monthly round-up of books on hold at libraries around the country hosted by this blog and Watch. Connect. Read. Click here to see last month’s gallery. You want in? Snap a photo, make a Vine, heck – draw a picture of your hold shelf and email it to scopenotes @ gmail dot [...]

Nonfiction Monday: Shackleton’s Journey by William Grill

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Shackleton’s Journey By William Grill Flying Eye Books (Nobrow) ISBN: 9781909263109 $24.00 Grades 3 and Up In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Some works of nonfiction come off a bit like assignments. The author dutifully studies a topic and relates the subject matter for young readers. Other nonfiction books, like Shackleton’s [...]

tumblr: why?!?!

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I was having a conversation with some librarian friends the other week when we got on the topic of tumblr. I made my usual comment, which is something along the lines of “I don’t understand.” The conversation reminded me that I started a tumblr a while back, and that maybe I should try to understand. So [...]

Poetry Friday: I Feel the Same Way

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Every Friday in March I’m posting a new book spine poem to gear up for National Poetry Month in April. Get in on the act! On Tuesday, April 1, I’m putting up a gallery of your submissions – click here for details on how to submit your poem (and you can check out last year’s [...]

Books on Film: The Giver is Coming to the Big Screen

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The 33%: 2014 Books from Newbery Winners

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A while back I ran the numbers and, aside from fooling people into thinking I liked math, was fairly surprised to find that about 33% of Newbery authors win more than once. Since that post, what happened? Kate DiCamillo took home her second gold seal. With that in mind, let’s take a look at 2014 [...]

Nonfiction Monday: He Has Shot the President! by Don Brown

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He Has Shot the President! April 14, 1865: The Day John Wilkes Booth Killed President Lincoln By Don Brown Roaring Brook Press (Macmillan) ISBN: 9781596432246 $17.99 Grades 4-6 In stores April 1, 2014 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library I know you’ve noticed, but we are in the midst of a Lincoln revival. [...]

Link Du Jour: The Who, What, and Where of Buying Books

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I ask you: what percentage of books are purchased at independent book stores? Today, we have our answer. Scoring high on the interestingness scale recently was Children’s Books: A Shifting Market. I saw it over at Stephen’s Lighthouse. What’s the ratio of print to ebook sales? Which format do folks prefer? Where do people buy [...]

Poetry Friday: The Tyrant’s Daughter

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Every Friday in March I’m posting a new book spine poem to gear up for National Poetry Month in April. Get in on the act! On Tuesday, April 1, I’m putting up a gallery of your submissions – click here for details on how to submit your poem (and you can check out last year’s [...]

2014: The Year of the Whale

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Inspired by the exceptional A Fuse #8 Production (who in the past has alerted us to The Year of the Chloe, The Year of the Jackalope, and The Year of the Raven) I’ve noticed an animal on the rise that I want to share. Let me try this out. Ahem. 2014: The Year of the [...]

Morning Notes: The State of the Picture Book Edition

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THE STATE OF THE PICTURE BOOK Children’s publishing legend Neal Porter (he of Neal Porter Books at Roaring Brook Press) took part in a fascinating interview with children’s lit historian Leonard S. Marcus for Horn Book. Their back and forth about the state of the picture book was the best thing I read all week. [...]

Photo Gallery: Serendipity 2014

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This past weekend I journeyed to the land of all things maple… …and presented with John Schumacher at the 2014 Serendipity Conference in Vancouver B.C. But first I had to get there. My flight was delayed in Michigan, and I was going to cut it close to make my connection in Chicago. But apparently, I [...]

Be a Part of the 2014 Book Spine Poem Gallery

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Amateur (and professional) poets of the world, lend me your ears! April is National Poetry Month. And around this neck of the woods the poetry form of choice is the book spine cento. What’s a cento? Check out the 2014 Book Spine Poem Gallery to find out. Or take a look at the work of [...]

Instagramming an Author Visit: Arnie the Doughnut Creator Laurie Keller

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This week author-illustrator Laurie Keller (she of Arnie the Doughnut fame) paid a visit to my school. I have the photos to prove it. Usually I put a visiting author’s name up on the marquee outside. But with knee-deep (nay, waist-deep) snow, that was a no-go. So, as a show of goodwill toward Ms. Keller, [...]

Coming Soon: National Poetry Month

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