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Endangered Series #11: Animal Ark

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Popularity comes, popularity goes. As librarians we’re always balancing between what will circulate like crazy and what we need to have in the collection. And we’re not the Library of Congress – we can’t (and shouldn’t) keep everything. An endangered series is one that appears to be waning in terms of popularity. But popularity isn’t everything. Should it […]

These Books Own Their Corner of the Market

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Sometimes a book comes to represent a certain genre or style so completely that every book published afterward that is even remotely similar will be compared to it. It owns its corner of the market. It is the symbol for that particular type of book. Here are the books I can think of that loom […]

Don’t Even Try to Tell Me This Isn’t a Perfect Book (#1): Bark, George

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Some say there’s no such thing as a perfect book. Bah! Some books are perfect. In this series, we’ll name them. Don’t even try to tell me Bark, George isn’t a perfect book. Were you about to start? Stop. Bark, George is perfect. It’s . . . . . .  efficient. Bark, George has a simple […]

On This Day (ish) in Scope Notes History . . .

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Part of the fun of blogging is the ephemeral nature of the medium – you write a post, put it up quickly, maybe some folks read it, and then it fades away in a hurry. On to the next post. But – PROBLEM – now I’m stuck with this stockpile of ridiculous stuff that never […]

Endangered Series #10: Little Bill

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Popularity comes, popularity goes. As librarians we’re always balancing between what will circulate like crazy and what we need to have in the collection. And we’re not the Library of Congress – we can’t (and shouldn’t) keep everything. An endangered series is one that appears to be waning in terms of popularity. But popularity isn’t everything. Should it […]

Morning Notes: Hidden Pigeon Edition

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THE END Library-themed comic Unshelved is ending?! Say it ain’t so. I’m especially going to miss their book reviews in comic form, like this recent example: (Click to view full size) I used these in my library as well – I wrote about it here. A QUESTION Anyone out there using Litsy? Click here to […]

Gallery: Scenes from Our Book Fair

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It’s book fair week at my school and we’re getting into the pirate theme (thanks to our wonderful library assistant Leslie and parent volunteers). A while back, I shared Three Tips for a Successful Book Fair – I still think all three are helpful. Let’s take a look around our fair this year . . .

ANNOUNCED: The 2016 National Book Award Finalists for Young People’s Literature

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Here they are. The winner will be announced on November 16th. Click here to read the announcement at The New Yorker.

The Most Experimental Caldecott Winners of All Time

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Whilst gazing upon the lovely Caldecott Medal poster in our library the other day, I got to thinking: Which Caldecott Medal winning books pushed the envelope the most? Which were the most, I don’t know, experimental? Since I’ve read all the Caldecott Medal winners, it seemed worth a try. These were the books that stood […]

Name that LEGO Book Cover!

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LEGOs and children’s literature have come together in the past with some pretty great results. Who can forget the LEGO Pigeon by Mark Anderson? Or these LEGO creations by Hilary Leung? I used this website to (virtually) create some LEGO book covers. See how many you can get. Answer Answer Answer Answer Answer Answer Answer How’d […]

Books on Film: Oliver Jeffers on The Late Late Show

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This is my solemn vow: If a maker of children’s books appears on television, I’ll be there. So when I spotted this Oliver Jeffers post on Instagram . . . . . . I got on the case of tracking down that video. I traveled all the way to Ireland¹ to get it. It’s great. And […]

Get Out the Children’s Lit Vote!

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The Ambassador of School Libraries at Scholastic asked me nicely if I’d write a guest post for their Reader Leader blog. Who am I to turn down an Ambassador?! I wrote more about setting up a children’s lit character election in your school or library (or school library) – a topic I hit on here […]

Endangered Series #9: Pony Pals

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Popularity comes, popularity goes. As librarians we’re always balancing between what will circulate like crazy and what we need to have in the collection. And we’re not the Library of Congress – we can’t (and shouldn’t) keep everything. An endangered series is one that appears to be waning in terms of popularity. But popularity isn’t everything. Should it […]

10 to Note: Fall Preview 2016

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Here’s how these previews work: I look at all the books. I pick 10 that jump out to me. I share them with you. Here we go – this batch will all arrive in September, October, and November. Picture Books A Well-Mannered Young Wolf by Jean Leroy, illustrated by Matthieu Maudet October 3, 2016 | Eerdmans […]

Just My Size: Favored Dimensions of Picture Book Makers

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I always notice bookmakers who favor a particular size for their books – not just for a series, but for their careers. How/why does this happen? I imagine the scene goes something like this: Bookmaker: (Walks in to the offices of a major publisher, finished picture book art under arm) I make books this big. […]