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Review: Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan

Rules of Summer

Rules of Summer By Shaun Tan Arthur A. Levine (Scholastic) ISBN: 9780545639125 $18.99 Grades 3 and Up Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Usually, when I write a review, I have a sense of what I think about a book before I start. That’s the point, right? Reviewer 101. But given [...]

Morning Notes: Sit on a Book Edition

Hendrix Video

WHAT’S NEXT THIS SUMMER? Waking Brain Cells has a roundup of the Top 10 books on the Kids’ Next Summer ’14 list (and a link to see all the recommended titles). Click here to see them. TTYL MOON In “Hey, look at this” news…The Huffington Post with Here’s What Would Happen If Your Favorite Children’s [...]

Review: The Miniature World of Marvin and James by Elise Broach

Marvin and James

The Miniature World of Marvin and James (The Masterpiece Adventures, Book One) By Elise Broach Illustrated by Kelly Murphy Henry Holt (Macmillan) ISBN: 9780805091908 $15.99 Grades 1-3 Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Look out – sports reference. My two favorites are soccer and basketball. One time, a friend who played [...]

Predictions! 2014 NYT Best Illustrated Children’s Books

Rules of Summer

Ah, what the heck? Why not try to predict one of the most difficult to predict awards out there? Is the criteria for eligibility available? Not that I can find. Take this list with grains of salt accordingly. But I’ve never seen anyone try to guess these, so again I ask you: what the heck? [...]

Link Du Jour: 2014 Boston Globe/Horn Book Awards Announced!

Boxers

Hot off the presses! The 2014 Boston Globe/Horn Book Awards have been announced. Many thanks to Sam Bloom for the scoop. Fiction honors: Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein; Boxers+Saints by Gene Luen Yang Fiction winner: Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith I get the feeling this is just the first of many awards coming for [...]

Notes on May 2014

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In May… …I previewed the summer season. There’s a batch of good-looking books coming out in the next three months, folks. …we witnessed the birth of a ninja mini trend. Ninjas appear to be giving whales a run for their money in children’s lit trend department. …a pretzel rotisserie appeared in my staff lounge. This [...]

Putting Your Book in Your Book

Count

So last night I was reading Count on the Subway (illustrated by Dan Yaccarino) to my daughter. We turned the page and her eyes lit up. Here’s what she saw: Yep, that’s Doug from Doug Unplugged – a book my daughter and I have read a bunch of times. Doug appears on a poster in [...]

Link Du Jour: Number Five Bus Presents…

Number Five Bus

It’s time to get your children’s literature nerd on. The Caldecott-Medal-winning team of Philip and Erin Stead just started up a blog Number Five Bus Presents… where they converse with other folks in the business of making books for kids. The first episode (note to self: start calling my blog posts episodes) is up – [...]

Books on Film: John Green Drops Children’s Lit Knowledge

John Green List

John Green has a weekly series of videos for MentalFloss. This time out, he covers 47 charming facts about children’s books. Even if you fancy yourself an expert, you’ll likely learn something new here. This is my favorite video in a while.

Morning Notes: Oui Edition

Morning Notes Banner

A brief Morning Notes today… READ A #BOOKADAY For the sixth year going, Donalyn Miller encourages you to read a book a day over the summer. To a somewhat lesser extent, she also encourages you to take a nap a day. I support both. Click here to read. EXERCISE VS. READING? Why not bring your [...]

Nonfiction Monday: The Fly by Elise Gravel

The Fly

The Fly (Disgusting Critters series) By Elise Gravel Tundra Books ISBN: 9781770496361 $10.99 Grades K-3 Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library I am, if nothing else, on the lookout for books that will be engaging to kids. There’s plenty of nonfiction out there that does the job admirably – providing information [...]

Link Du Jour: Rush Revere and the Brave Link Roundup

Rush

It was pretty surprising news this week when Rush Limbaugh won the Children’s Choice Book Award for Author of the Year. Click here to watch the video. Reactions from the corner of the children’s literature world I tread can be categorized as nonplussed. Vicky Smith at Kirkus skewers reviews Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims. [...]

The Unexpecteds: 5 Sneakily Popular Books in My K-4 Library

TOON Treasury

While I was gathering data for my Top 10 Circulated Books of 2014 posts… #10-6 #5-1 …I noticed a few unexpected titles that weren’t quite at the very top of the checkout count, but were close. I’m calling them The Unexpecteds. Hollywood movie execs, call me if you’d like to use that as the title [...]

Top 10 Circulated Books of 2014: #5-1

Bowling Alley Bandit

Let’s keep this unvarnished look at popularity going, shall we? Click the link below to get caught up: Top 10 Circulated Books of 2014: #10-6 These books received more checkouts in my K-4 library than any others during the 2013-14 school year. 5. Bowling Alley Bandit (The Adventures of Arnie the Doughnut, Book 1) by [...]

Top 10 Circulated Books of 2014: #10-6

Soft Pretzel

Click here for #5-1 You see that? That’s a soft pretzel rotisserie. That was in my teacher lounge the other day. The appearance of this soft pretzel rotisserie tells me the end of the school year is coming. As we approacheth the end of the year, I like to take a look back at the [...]