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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

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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. [...]

Morning Notes: Negative, Positive, Foolish Edition

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MANY STARS FOR YOU ShelfTalker posted their first installment of The Stars So Far. This tally of books that have received starred reviews is always an interesting read. Think you can guess the two books that have already received 5 starred reviews? They were a surprise to me. Click here to check out the list. NO [...]

Books On Film: Back in the Day with the Newbery and Caldecott

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Aww, yeah – how’s that for a screencap? Don’t rub your eyes – you’re not watching C-SPAN2 in the year 2000 (wildest dreams just don’t come true that easily). It’s video of the 2000 Newbery/Caldecott Medal announcement. 2000 isn’t that far back, so it’s interesting to see the differences between these fairly calm “ALA Book [...]

2013 Book Spine Poem Gallery

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National Poetry Month has landed, and we’re celebrating with book spine poetry. Three (maybe even four) cheers for everyone who gave it a shot. If you try book spine poetry in April, snap a picture, post it to your blog, or email it to me at scopenotes (at) gmail (dot) com. I’ll add to this [...]

Books on Film: President Obama Reads Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

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The White House Easter Egg Roll has come and gone – time for some analysis of the read-aloud session. Breaking from his read-aloud standby (and established favorite picture book) Where the Wild Things Are, President Obama went with a proven winner – Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. A safe choice, sure, but you can’t deny it’s a crowd [...]

BREAKING: Man Recieves Patent on ‘Picture Book’

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This is unbelievable. And sad. via ChildLitZoom Patent trolling, the much maligned practice of aggressively enforcing a patent with no intention of manufacturing a product, has popped up in the most unexpected of places – children’s literature. In a case that is sure to be controversial, James L. Schmiddy, an Alaskan lawyer, has been granted [...]

Notes on March 2013

Lincoln Nerdbery

In March… …we learned that Abraham Lincoln is alive and into graphic novels for kids. The reincarnated 16th President appeared in a video created by John Schumacher and Colby Sharp about Newbery-winning book Lincoln: A Photobiography. …we found out about some of the graphic novels hitting shelves in 2013. In the inaugrual Preview Interview, First Second [...]

Poetry Friday: In a Messy Room

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Well here we are, the final Friday before National Poetry Month begins. On April 2 I’ll be posting a gallery of your book spine poem submissions. Here are my tips for making your own. You want in? Email your poems to me at scopenotes (at) gmail (dot) com or post them to your blog and let [...]