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Extreme Library Makeover: Seating Edition


We did something cool in my 3rd and 4th grade library. And by “we” I mean “mostly not me” – all credit for this project goes to library assistant Nancy and aides Tina and Mary. I helped, but they had the vision and the painting skills. About a year or so ago my school district [...]

Here Comes #Holdshelf

Jan Holds

If memory serves, it’s about that time when I tag team like Kid ‘n Play with Watch. Connect. Read. and we share pictures of our hold shelves. It’s a good way to find out which books are truly popular with kids. It’s even better when you join in. So between now and Monday at 5:00 [...]

My Doppelganger Lives in My Library

Hicham El Guerrouj

Well, it happened again – a student discovered my world-record-holding look-alike in one of our library books. This time it was in the pages of Scholastic Book of Records 2011. A 3rd grader came up to me today and showed me this: Hicham El Guerrouj This has happened before. Turns out that Mr. Guerrouj holds the [...]

Morning Notes: Throw Pillow Edition


E.L. KONIGSBURG 1930-2013 Sad news. As you likely have heard by now, author E.L. Konigsburg has passed away at the age of 83. Winner of two Newbery Medals and one Newbery Honor, her books have lived on like few do. School Library Journal remembers her here. PLACE YOUR BETS – EISNER NOMINEES ANNOUNCED Nominees for [...]

Review: Akissi by Marguerite Abouet

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Akissi: Cat Invasion By Marguerite Abouet Illustrated by Mathieu Sapin Flying Eye Books ISBN: 9781909263017 $14.95 Grades 1-3 In Stores June 11, 2013 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library There’s something enduringly appealing about characters who find themselves in mischief. Kids are especially intrigued, as their sense of wrong and right is still [...]

Review: Sorted Books by Nina Katchadourian

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Sorted Books By Nina Katchadourian Introduction by Brian Dillon Chronicle Books ISBN: 9781452113296 $22.95 In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library It began with some random internet meandering. In 2009 I came across Nina Katchadourian’s website utterly by chance. Her work, arranging books so their spines can be read as an organized [...]

Books on Film: Mr. Rogers Visits Eric Carle

Rogers and Carle

These two guys have influenced a lot of lives. Fred Rogers takes a trip to visit Eric Carle in his studio. All thanks to @ZachariahOHora for the link. Skip ahead to the 12:30 remaining point to watch.

Review: Gum Girl! Chews Your Destiny by Rhode Montijo

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Chews Your Destiny (Gum Girl! Book 1) By Rhode Montijo Disney · Hyperion Books ISBN: 9781423157403 $14.99 Grades 1-3 In Stores June 4, 2013 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library In the past few years, series like Frankie Pickle, Prince of Underwhere, Bad Kitty, and Dragonbreath helped pave the way for interesting text/illustration interactions [...]

Link Du Jour: 2013: The Bestsellers So Far


Publishers Weekly recently published their list of the bestselling books from January-March of 2013. You may not be shocked at the top children’s book on the list, but I bet the second kid’s book on the list (which narrowly bested 50 Shades of Grey) might come as a slight surprise. Here’s a hint – it’s [...]

In the Tractor Beam: Amazon Acquires Goodreads

Amazon Goodreads

I was as startled as any to find that Amazon will be acquiring Goodreads, my favorite bookish social network site. I wrote about the topic for School Library Journal. Click here to read it. (Illustration created using Paper by 53)

Nerdy Notes

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It’s been a while since I stopped by the Nerdy Book Club blog to recount my boyhood quest to read every Roald Dahl book. Today Nerdy masterminds Colby Sharp, Donalyn Miller, and Cindy Minnich were nice enough to let me come back and retro review Tomi Ungerer’s Mellops series of picture books. I love those [...]

The Tebow Problem: The Hot and Cold Nature of the Biography Section


Biography section – why are you so vexing? I think my frustration can be nicely summed up in one image: I like to call it “The Tebow Problem”. Has there ever been a biography subject that has gone from must-purchase to weeding candidate more quickly? Unless someone did a bio on Michael Phelp’s Mom, I’d [...]

Morning Notes: Fleischman’s Beard Edition

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THE READING SLUMP You’ve been there, right? Nothing sounds good. You start books and don’t finish them. I know I have been in my fair share of reading droughts. Donalyn Miller wrote an honest, bold post at The Nerdy Book Club blog about the topic that has definitely hit home with a lot of readers. [...]

2013 Preview Interview: Flying Eye Books

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Last year Hilda and the Midnight Giant from UK publisher Nobrow Press was one of our Top 20 Books. When word came out that Nobrow was poised to launch a children’s imprint, Flying Eye Books, I was excited to see what they had to offer. One of the first books out of the gate was the excellent how-to/graphic [...]

Instagraming an Author/Illustrator Visit: Kenneth Kraegel


I know that an author or illustrator visit is not something that every school can swing. So each year I have to rub my eyes, blink a couple times, rub them again (repeat, if necessary), and make sure that what I’m seeing is real – we get the chance to host a children’s book creator. [...]