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Book Sticker Boasts

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It began like any other day. I was making my online rounds when I came across this tweet by third grade teacher Colby Sharp: Can’t decide how I feel about this sticker. — Colby Sharp (@colbysharp) August 22, 2013 I think the part he was unsure about was the loud yellow sticker taking away from [...]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#11)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on GoodReads or Amazon? Someone get me some crayons and a word processor with Courier font! [...] Is it about emotional intelligence? A masked attack on “bird brained” people? Union loyalty? I am underwhelmed. Click here for the answer. One Star Review Guess Who (#1) One Star [...]

Top of the Tops: NYT Bestsellers

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The New York Times Bestseller lists – to my eyes, they never cease to make for an interesting read. Let’s take a look at the titles at the top of the picture book and middle grade lists this week, shall we? Click the links below to see the rest of the top 10s. Picture Books [...]

D.I.LI(BRARY): Build Your Own Magical Book Request Machine


Receiving student book requests is kind of like when someone tells you what they want for Christmas. You don’t quite get the fleeting pleasure of feeling like a creative gift-giving wizard, but you get the deep satisfaction of knowing they’ll love it. That’s the part that counts most. It’s common for books we purchase based on [...]

Whaddaya Say We Buy Five of the Most Expensive Picture Books?

Make Way for Ducklings

Got an extra 100K laying around? Good! Here’s how you should spend it. (Click the links to see the full AbeBooks listing for each title) Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak The Story of Ferdinand by [...]

Morning Notes: Lonely Doll Edition

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CYBILS SIGN-UP Man, do I ever love the Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards (a.k.a. the Cybils). Having been a part of the awards for the last few years, I can tell you that being on a Cybils committee is definitely hard work, but a lot of fun. If you’re a children’s or YA [...]

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

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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. [...]