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2013 Mock Caldecott Results

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It started with two schools, 16 of the best picture books of the year, and around 200 eager second-grade students. And a RAV4 (for me to ship books between schools). Over the course of 5 weeks students read all of the candidates and voted on their favorites, based on a simplified version of the Caldecott [...]

Books on Film: An Illustrated Interview with Maurice Sendak

Sendak Interview Illustrated

In 2011 Illustrator Christoph Niemann (Subway, That’s How!) happened upon Terri Gross’s interview with Maurice Sendak. The children’s lit legend was in a rare mood, discussing his thoughts on life and death. It was a touching interview that had an affect on Niemann, who decided to illustrate the experience. (Thanks to the School Library Journal tumblr [...]

Nonfiction Monday: My First Day by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page

My FIrst Day

My First Day: What Animals Do on Day One By Steve Jenkins and Robin Page Illustrated by Steve Jenkins Houghton Mifflin ISBN: 9780547738512 $16.99 Grades K-2 In Stores Jan 8, 2013 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library The capabilities of newborn animals are, for the most part, a mystery. While you can’t walk [...]

And the Winner of the Top 20 Books of 2012 Is…

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Fellow school librarian John Schumacher and I decided to give away each and every one of our Top 20 Books of 2012. The entries came in, the deadline passed, and I fired up the True Random Number Generator to do the picking… Which means the winner is… @momski98 Look out, momski98 – 20 books coming [...]

Reviewing Notes: Debut YA Cover

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Happy holidays! The blog will be back up and running on January 7. Until then, let’s take a look back at some of my favorite posts from the 100 Scope Notes archives. Create Your Debut YA Cover Click here to view the Create Your Debut YA Cover gallery. Usually I don’t do YA, but… A [...]

Reviewing Notes: Caldecott Frankenstein

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Happy holidays! The blog will be back up and running on January 7. Until then, let’s take a look back at some of my favorite posts from the 100 Scope Notes archives. Creating the Caldecott Frankenstein Creating an exceptional work of children’s literature is as far from a scientific endeavor as you can get. If [...]

Reviewing Notes: Treasure Island

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Happy holidays! The blog will be back up and running on January 7. Until then, let’s take a look back at some of my favorite posts from the 100 Scope Notes archives. Unfortunate Covers (#11) Sometimes a cover doesn’t match the tone of the book it’s wrapped around. Such is the case of our most [...]

Reviewing Notes: Things Librarians Fancy

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Happy holidays! The blog will be back up and running on January 7. Until then, let’s take a look back at some of my favorite posts from the 100 Scope Notes archives.  Things Librarians Fancy Ever wanted to delve into the unexplored world of librarian culture? If you just said “no”, I can’t hear you. [...]

Reviewing Notes: ‘All Picture Books to be 80s Film Adaptations’

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Happy holidays! The blog will be back up and running on January 7. Until then, let’s take a look back at some of my favorite posts from the 100 Scope Notes archives. Children’s Lit Commish: ‘All Picture Books to be 80s Film Adaptations’ The following is a work of fiction. In a shocking move, the [...]

Reviewing Notes: Children’s Literature Movie Generator

Film Adaptation Generator

Happy holidays! The blog will be back up and running on January 7. Until then, let’s take a look back at some of my favorite posts from the 100 Scope Notes archives. Create Your Own Children’s Book Movie Headline! I’m no math whiz, but lately it seems children’s books are being adapted for the silver [...]

Merry Christmas!

Scaredy Squirrel

With the help of Scaredy Squirrel (via the fine folks at Kids Can Press and their Scaredy ginger bread house kit), I wish you and yours a merry Christmas and a happy new year!

Reviewing Notes: Books in the Year 3001

The Future

Happy holidays! The blog will be back up and running on January 7. Until then, let’s take a look back at some of my favorite posts from the 100 Scope Notes archives. Books in the Year 3001 What will the future hold for books? Let’s turn the clock forward, to the year 3001: The Newbery, [...]

2013 Caldecott Medal Predictions

Baby Bear Sees Blue

Last year, my Caldecott prediction batting average was .500. Given the unpredictability of this award, I should probably give up after that. Call it a prediction career. Hang up my keyboard. But it’s no fun to stand idly by when there are guesses to be thrown about. Here are my picks for 2013 Caldecott glory. [...]

Top 20 Children’s Books of 2012 (#5-1)

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#20-16 | #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1 5. Oh, No! by Candace Fleming; illustrated by Eric Rohmann [Schwartz & Wade | Grades PreK-2] Click here for additional resources from Watch. Connect. Read. Can a librarian tell you about an outstanding picture book by answering eight important questions? Oh, yes! Q1: Does it star a brave frog, a mean tiger, a helpful [...]

Top 20 Children’s Books of 2012 (#10-6)

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#20-16 | #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1 10. Step Gently Out by Helen Frost; photographs by Rick Leider [Candlewick Press | Grades PreK-2] Click here for additional resources from Watch. Connect. Read. It’s all deceptively simple. A spare, beautiful poem about noticing your surroundings, combined with remarkable images. While photography often strives for accuracy above all, Leider makes beauty his first [...]