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Authors: Sorry I Butchered Your Song


I don’t have what you’d call a good singing voice. I don’t mind flexing the tin pipes in front of kids at all, but not all story time singing is created equal. As I see it, there are three different kinds of songs you will encounter in children’s books. Here they are, ranked by the […]

Books on Film: John Green on Making Things

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While John Green writes books that are for an older audience than I typically cover, I’m fascinated by the guy like everyone else. I came across this video yesterday that only adds to my appreciation. Mr. Green gives a talk at his alma mater on making things that is entirely worth your time.

Review: Brimsby’s Hats by Andrew Prahin


Brimsby’s Hats By Andrew Prahin Simon & Schuster ISBN: 9781442481473 $15.99 Grades K-2 In Stores *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Oh the fine line books must walk. Or should I say lines. The line between contemplative and boring. The line between quirky and precious. The line between charming and […]

#Holdshelf Thither

The monthly round-up of books on hold at libraries around the country is back. This time around Watch. Connect. Read. is hosting. You want in? Snap a photo or make a vine. Email it to mrschureads @ gmail dot com. Tweet a picture. Please include #HoldShelf and @MrSchuReads in your tweet. Please send your submission […]

Recap: Anderson’s Children’s Literature Breakfast 2014


The wake up. There aren’t many things that will get me up this early, but the 12th annual Children’s Literature Breakfast put on by Anderson’s Bookshop is one of them. Click here for my 2013 recap Click here for my 2012 recap Click here for my 2011 recap The plan: wake up, get on the […]

An Argument with Myself: An ALSC Graphic Novel Award


Here we go again, Travis. An ALSC graphic novel award? I hate to tell you this, but you’re beating a dead horse. Yeah, I know. A Fuse #8 Production had an excellent post talking about a graphic/illustrated novel award. Educating Alice had a great post (with a different perspective) too – but that was almost […]

Link Du Jour: Here Are the CYBILS Winners

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The winners of the 2013 Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards (CYBILS) were announced on Friday and it’s a group to check out. The award mixes literary quality and kid appeal and you can see that represented in our winners. Click here to see the entire list.

One Star Review Guess Who (#17)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? I think my dislike for [title] was sealed when George W. Bush said it was his favorite book. And, no, I wasn’t in the “it must be the only book he can read hyuck hyuck” camp or even part of […]

I Have Read Aloud Hand

File this under Tragic Librarian Problems. I started noticing my hand hurt last week and I had no idea why. “Huh, my index finger is sore.” It continued on during the week, and I was confused. “Strange. My index finger and my hand are sore. Still.” Yesterday, after seven read aloud times I finally came […]

Review: Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot by Dav Pilkey

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Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot By Dav Pilkey Illustrated by Dan Santat Scholastic ISBN: 9780545631068 $15.99 Grades 1-4 In Stores April 29, 2014 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library We are living in the age of the re-boot. What once was sacrilege – messing with a beloved piece of art – is now accepted. […]

10 to Note: Spring Preview 2014


Book hope springs eternal. It’s time to take a look at ten titles that I’m excited about for spring. Picture Books Help! We Need a Title! by Hervé Tullet May 13, 2014 | Candlewick Press | Grades PreK-1 I’m a sucker for inventive picture books and Hervé Tullet is the master of this realm. This […]

Morning Notes: Caldecott Paparazzi Edition

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NOTABLES NOTED The 2014 ALSC Notable Children’s books list came out a couple weeks back, and I always check to make sure I have all these books on our shelves. Waking Brain Cells has a nice visual roundup of the list. Click here for Middle Reader Notables Click here for Younger Reader Notables NOT BOARD […]

Books on Film: Making ‘The Calls’

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Interested in seeing some of our greatest living authors and illustrators at a loss for words? The American Library Association just posted video of the Caldecott, Newbery, Coretta Scott King committees notifying their winners. An exciting morning of waking people up to tell them something cool.

Cover Curiosity: Fishes


Some Cover Curiosities seem eye-rubbingly separated at birth, while others appear to simply share a similar idea. Today, I’d say we have an example of the latter. Click here for more Cover Curiosities. I love most when two covers from different worlds collide. Today we have a middle grade novel and a picture book. Our […]

Review: Baby Bear by Kadir Nelson

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Baby Bear By Kadir Nelson Balzer + Bray (HarperCollins) ISBN: 9780062241726 $17.99 Grades PreK-1 In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Man, are there a lot of bedtime books out there. With reading to children being such a pre-sleep ritual, however, this proliferation of books dedicated to sawing logs makes sense. In […]