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Be a Part of the 2014 Book Spine Poem Gallery

Kids Are Weird

Amateur (and professional) poets of the world, lend me your ears! April is National Poetry Month. And around this neck of the woods the poetry form of choice is the book spine cento. What’s a cento? Check out the 2014 Book Spine Poem Gallery to find out. Or take a look at the work of [...]

Instagramming an Author Visit: Arnie the Doughnut Creator Laurie Keller


This week author-illustrator Laurie Keller (she of Arnie the Doughnut fame) paid a visit to my school. I have the photos to prove it. Usually I put a visiting author’s name up on the marquee outside. But with knee-deep (nay, waist-deep) snow, that was a no-go. So, as a show of goodwill toward Ms. Keller, [...]

Coming Soon: National Poetry Month


National Poetry Month

Review: The Lion and the Bird by Marianne Dubuc

Lion and Bird

The Lion and the Bird By Marianne Dubuc Enchanted Lion Books ISBN: 9781592701513 $17.95 Grades PreK-1 In Stores May 13, 2014 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your LIbrary Pretty much by definition, quiet books tend to fly under the radar. Some rightfully so, as the wick is turned down so low it struggles to [...]

Bruce Springsteen: Rockstar Librarian

BS Rockstar

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Morning Notes: Avert Your Eyes Edition

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SO NEW I love checking out the annual Publishers Weekly Fall Sneak Peeks, a lengthy list of children’s books on the horizon. All kinds of exciting stuff coming. Click here to take a look. YOU CAN’T DO THAT IN AMERICA Sometimes, it takes a French children’s literature controversy to remind us just how different our [...]

“I Verse You”

Shark vs Train

Head-to-head competition in literature isn’t anything new, but the idea of pitting two characters/things against each other in the title of a book is a continuing trend in children’s literature (and perhaps literature in general). While it’s far from the first book to bring out the “vs.”, I think the book that really helped put [...]

#Headoverthere for #Holdshelf

What books are kids putting on hold in libraries around the country? The February #Holdshelf gallery at Watch. Connect. Read. has the  answers. Click here to have a look.

Nonfiction Monday: The Scraps Book by Lois Elhert

Scraps Book

The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life By Lois Ehlert Beach Lane Books (Simon & Schuster) ISBN: 9781442435711 $17.99 Grades K-5 In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library If you’re thinking of challenging an illustrator to an autobiography-off, just don’t. Oh, you already did it? Look, there’s no shame in bending [...]

Authors: Sorry I Butchered Your Song


I don’t have what you’d call a good singing voice. I don’t mind flexing the tin pipes in front of kids at all, but not all story time singing is created equal. As I see it, there are three different kinds of songs you will encounter in children’s books. Here they are, ranked by the [...]

Books on Film: John Green on Making Things

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While John Green writes books that are for an older audience than I typically cover, I’m fascinated by the guy like everyone else. I came across this video yesterday that only adds to my appreciation. Mr. Green gives a talk at his alma mater on making things that is entirely worth your time.

Review: Brimsby’s Hats by Andrew Prahin


Brimsby’s Hats By Andrew Prahin Simon & Schuster ISBN: 9781442481473 $15.99 Grades K-2 In Stores *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Oh the fine line books must walk. Or should I say lines. The line between contemplative and boring. The line between quirky and precious. The line between charming and [...]

#Holdshelf Thither

The monthly round-up of books on hold at libraries around the country is back. This time around Watch. Connect. Read. is hosting. You want in? Snap a photo or make a vine. Email it to mrschureads @ gmail dot com. Tweet a picture. Please include #HoldShelf and @MrSchuReads in your tweet. Please send your submission [...]

Recap: Anderson’s Children’s Literature Breakfast 2014


The wake up. There aren’t many things that will get me up this early, but the 12th annual Children’s Literature Breakfast put on by Anderson’s Bookshop is one of them. Click here for my 2013 recap Click here for my 2012 recap Click here for my 2011 recap The plan: wake up, get on the [...]

An Argument with Myself: An ALSC Graphic Novel Award


Here we go again, Travis. An ALSC graphic novel award? I hate to tell you this, but you’re beating a dead horse. Yeah, I know. A Fuse #8 Production had an excellent post talking about a graphic/illustrated novel award. Educating Alice had a great post (with a different perspective) too – but that was almost [...]