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Link Du Jour: nErDcamp


This one is especially for Michigan folks. Teacher and Nerdy Book Club Blog co-mastermind Colby Sharp is up to more masterminding. He went and created nErDcamp, a daylong event with a literacy focus. The goal is to bring together a variety of educators to talk reading, writing, and thinking on July 11 in Battle Creek, MI. [...]

Librarians on Parade

Librarian Parade

Librarian: parade-friendly occupation. They bring their own floats. Every year in my town they hold a Tulip Festival, which is great if you like tulips (which I do – solid flower) or elephant ears (check that box yes as well). Our local public library joined in this week, promoting their summer reading program. (via the [...]

Review: Zebra Forest by Adina Rishe Gewirtz

Zebra Forest

Zebra Forest By Adina Rishe Gerwirtz Performed by Kate Reinders Candlewick on Brilliance Audio $22.99 Grades 5-8 In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Is anything less exciting than talking about fundamentals? Allow me to wave my rickety can in the air when I say that in just about anything worth doing, [...]

10 to Note: Summer Preview 2013

10 to Note Header Summer 13

I shoulda called this “Preview Week” or something. Yesterday was Groundwood books, today is … every American publisher. One season, ten books that look promising. Picture Books Count the Monkeys by Mac Barnett; illustrated by Kevin Cornell June 25, 2013 | Disney-Hyperion | Grades PreK-1 Mac Barnett always seems to be up to interesting things, and [...]

2013 Preview Interview: Groundwood Books

Groundwood Logo

Few publishers are as bold as Canada’s Groundwood Books. I got in touch with Groundwood publisher Shelia Barry to talk about the books they have coming out this spring and beyond. Travis: Thanks for taking my questions, Sheila! My passport expired, so I can’t visit Canada right now (I gotta get on that), what’s the [...]

100 Scope Notes Special Report: Page Count Conspiracy

Jacques Shelf

The following is a work of fiction. A 100 Scope Notes Investigation Ask anyone involved in children’s literature and they’ll tell you books for kids are getting longer. Are rising page counts due to changing tastes, a lack of editing – or something more sinister? Some believe it is a deliberate scheme to take up [...]

Review: Bean Dog and Nugget: The Ball by Charise Mericle Harper

Bean Dog

Bean Dog and Nugget: The Ball By Charise Mericle Harper Alfred A. Knopf (Random House) ISBN: 9780307977076 $4.99 Grades K-3 In stores May 14, 2013 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library “I am a former child, and I haven’t forgotten a thing.” -Ursula Nordstrom, Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom Getting into [...]

Notes on April 2013

Flying Eye Logo

In April… …we previewed a brand spanking new children’s publisher. In a Preview Interview, Flying Eye Books laid their 2013 books on the table. …Tim Tebow was my gateway to biography section frustration. After a record-setting fall in popularity, The Tebow Problem hints at larger biography section difficulties. …I made a pitch to host a [...]

#Holdshelf: April 2013

Shopping Cart

If I run into you at the supermarket, I’ll probably take a look at what you have in your cart. I can’t help it – I’m just curious about the things people choose when the choice is completely theirs. Same goes for the library hold shelf. Kids can pick whatever books they want, and I’m [...]

Review: Arnie the Doughnut: Bowling Alley Bandit by Laurie Keller

Bowling Alley Bandit

Bowling Alley Bandit (The Adventures of Arnie the Doughnut) By Laurie Keller Henry Holt ISBN: 9780805090765 $12.99 Grades 2-4 In Stores June 4, 2013 *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Oh, the hazards of bringing a picture book character to the chapter book format. For every success, there are a [...]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#5)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on GoodReads or Amazon? Really, let’s say goodnight to a whole bunch of inanimate objects! Wow, that was a lot of fun. It feels like the book was written by an accountant. Now lets move to the next object in the room and [...]

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 [...]