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10 to Note: Fall Preview 2013

Fall Preview 2013

Here’s how I approach these previews. I look at all the K-6 books coming out in the next three months, then pick 10 titles that jump out to me the most. Could be because I’ve read them and loved them, could be because they’re getting a lot of advance praise, could be because I can [...]

The Great Novel Giveaway


It’s a free book kind of Monday. Up for grabs we have a trio of some of the more talked about books of 2013. Fill out the form below to enter, but be snappy about it! You must enter by 11:59 p.m. EST tonight (that’s August 12) to be eligible. Best of luck. And the [...]

Toon Review: The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes

Billy Miller

The Year of Billy Miller By Kevin Henkes Greenwillow Books (HarperCollins) ISBN: 9780062268150 $16.99 Grades 2-4 In Stores September 17, 2013 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library *Best New Book* (click on comics to enlarge) Digital review copy from Edelweiss. Also reviewed by For Those About to Mock, A Fuse #8 Production, Waking Brain [...]

Come Work With Me


Energetic go-getters of the world: lend me your ears! My school district (Wayland (Mich.) Union Schools) is hiring for two school librarian positions. Becoming my BFF is also included. In an era with far too many cuts, it’s great to see some adds. Interested? Check out the posting, or pass it along. Applications will be [...]

100 Must-Reads for Kids 9-14 from NPR


NPR just released their list of 100 Must-Reads for kids 9-14. By a stroke of luck, I found myself on the committee to curate the list with with some serious children’s literature heavy hitters – Rita Williams-Garcia, Margi Preus, Linda Sue Park, Gussie Lewis, and Soman Chainani. As for how the list came together, our [...]

Link Du Jour: Dear Parents

Dear Parents

The great Joyce Valenza over at NeverEnding Search has already shared this, but if anything deserves to go school librarian viral, it’s Doug Johnson’s take on the library back-to-school letter. A simple step to starting the year on the right foot. Click here to read. (Illustration made with Paper by 53)

One Star Review Guess Who? (#10)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on GoodReads or Amazon? This started out cute, but after the sixty-first figure of speech I couldn’t take it anymore. It’s as if a fourth grade teacher went on an acid trip and started spouting nonsense. I’m sure if I’d read this book [...]

Notes on July 2013

Notes on July

In July… …we said “huh?” in the best possible way. The Wildest Children’s Books of 2013 have a way of making you do that. …I fake rode a horse. The American Library Association Annual Conference got the Instagram recap treatment in three parts: Part I Part II Part III …I went away to Nerdcamp. I [...]

Morning Notes: Move On Like Nothing Happened Edition

Wonka Meme

SHARPEN YOUR SCHUS Have I talked about Sharp-Schu Book Club here yet? (The 100 Scope Notes Research Department says “nope”) If you’ve never checked out this monthly Twitter gathering hosted by teacher Colby Sharp and school librarian John Schumacher, here’s your chance. It’s part book talk, part chat, part author/illustrator Q&A session, and is meeting TWO-NITE. [...]

Books on Film: In the Studio with Emily Gravett

Emily Gravett

Everyone, hold up your coffees. I’d like to propose a toast. Here’s to good ideas! Now go ahead and drink all the rest of your coffee in one gulp (Warning: 100 Scope Notes is not responsible for any resulting scalding). This year all the finalists for the Kate Greenaway and Carnegie medals (the prestigious English [...]

Summer Sellers

NYT Picture Books

I realized it’s been a while since I’ve checked in on the latest New York Times bestsellers. I snuck a peek, and I must say: encouraged. I’ll post the top 5 and you can click to see the whole thing. First up, picture books (click the list to see the entire top 10): A nice mix [...]

Link Du Jour: Citation Needed

Citation Needed

No hard-hitting article to ponder today – just a t-shirt. This one’s for all the librarians living in the era of Wikipedia. I think I need to add this to my student research teaching wardrobe. Click here to view it. (Thanks to LISNews for the link)

Morning Notes: 93% Edition

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‘THE VEGETABLES OF MOTHERHOOD’ I’d say the first thing you should read today (in case you haven’t already) is I’m Tired of Reading Out Loud to My Son, O.K.? from the Motherlode blog at the New York Times. Gal has had it up to here with Richard Scary. Trust me, I can relate. But I [...]

SummerTeen Scope Notes


Why has the ol’ blog been quiet the last couple days? Because I’ve been getting all prepped up for some moderating duties at tomorrow’s SLJ SummerTeen event. I’ll be manning the wheel of the Humor Me! panel with authors Don Calame (Swim the Fly), Louise Rozett (Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend), and Paul Rudnick (Gorgeous). That, [...]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#9)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on GoodReads or Amazon? Why on earth would I want my child to rub her fingers on another man’s sandpaper beard? Click here for the answer. One Star Review Guess Who (#1) One Star Review Guess Who (#2) One Star Review Guess Who [...]