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Auto-Completed Children’s Books (#1) Goodnight Moon

Auto Completed

Okay, Google – you think you’re pretty smart? How about you try completing the text from famous children’s books. I’ll type the beginning of each line into a Google search (plain text below), and you try to finish the line (bold text below). (All credit to @botnikstudions for the inspiration) Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown  […]

Top 10 Posts of 2017: #1


The Top 10 Circulated Picture Books of 2017

Top 10 Posts of 2017: #2


Your 2018 Newbery/Caldecott “Hey, Keep an Eye Out” Lists

Top 10 Posts of 2017: #3


First Look: President Trump Releases Self-Published Children’s Biography

Top 10 Posts of 2017: #4

Unconventional 2017

The Most Astonishingly Unconventional Children’s Books of 2017

Top 10 Posts of 2017: #5


The Book That Predicted the Fidget Craze

Top 10 Posts of 2017: #6

Top 10 Chapter 2017

The Top 10 Circulated Chapter Books of 2017

Top 10 Posts of 2017: #7

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Here’s How You Make a Book Spine Poem with Your Students/Patrons

Top 10 Posts of 2017: #8


Gallery: These 2017 Picture Books Have Secrets

Top 10 Posts of 2017: #9

Morris Wants More

How Mad Will Donald Trump Be About the Books He’s Inspired?

Top 10 Posts of 2017: #10

Interior Design

I Am Clearly an Interior Design Visionary

2018 Caldecott Medal Predictions

Caldecott 2018

Without a doubt, last year was my best Caldecott predicting year ever. I will likely never repeat my 3 for 4 performance. But maybe I should keep trying just to see if I can? Here are my picks for 2018 Caldecott glory. Caldecott Medal Prediction After the Fall by Dan Santat Here’s the thing I […]

2018 Geisel Award Predictions

2018 Geisel

Here we are, here we are – it’s the end of the year and time to start making some predictions. Last year I hit on two of my four Geisel picks – allowing me to puff out my chest out with just enough foolish confidence to give it another go. And if you’re into the […]

The December Newsletter is Here!


On Friday I sent out the December installment of FROM THE DESK OF 100 SCOPE NOTES. It’s about messy (and tidy) desks, packing, and Robot Santa. You can see it here. Interested in having future newsletters sent directly to your inbox? Click here to sign up.

Top 20 Books of 2017: 5-1

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#20-16 | #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1 5. Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia, illustrated by Frank Morrison [Amistad | Grades 3-7] Because it contains 176 perfect pages. -John Click here for additional resources from Watch. Connect. Read. 4. All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson [Dial | Grades 4-7] Because even if your family re-enacts […]