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This Librarian Finally Looked at His Copy of ‘In the Night Kitchen’. What He Discovered Shocked Him

Night Kitchen

(Someone’s been working on their Upworthy-esque headlines) Sometimes I don’t know if I should post certain things on this blog. Things that are sort of embarrassing fall into this category. Today I had one of those, but I’m posting it anyway. I was in the stacks when I passed by our Maurice Sendak section. I’ve [...]

Morning Notes: Green Sweater Edition


SOCIAL ME-DIA I had a good time writing and article for School Library Journal this month about social media. They sneakily went and added an illustration (by Tom Richmond) of me where I’m sporting my favorite green sweater. Click here to see the sweater (oh, and read the article). As a sidebar, I listed five people [...]

Review: Food Trucks! by Mark Todd

Food Trucks

Food Trucks! By Mark Todd Houghton Mifflin Harcourt ISBN: 9780544157842 $16.99 Grades K-3 Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Who thought up this whole food truck trend? ‘Cause it’s perfect fodder for a kid’s book. It combines food, which people seem to like, and trucks, which scores of kids love to [...]

Review: Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny by John Himmelman


Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny By John Himmelman Henry Holt (Macmillan) ISBN: 9780805099706 $13.99 Grades 1-4 Out October 28, 2014 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library In a children’s literature landscape where “lesson” has become a bad word, books that overtly seek to impart wisdom have become more the exception than the rule. Mention [...]

Notes on September 2014

Notes on September

In September… …I shared 10 books I’m excited about for fall. It’s always so difficult to narrow down. …we took a long hard look at the American Girl series. Should they stay or should they go? …we talked about cursive in picture books. Kids often can’t read it, but is that the only thing that [...]

#Holdshelf Gallery: September 2014


What are kids excited to read? Take a look at the hold shelves below to find out. Yes, yes, it is time for the monthly #holdshelf gallery I co-host with Watch. Connect. Read. founder John Schumacher. These are books that students are putting on hold in libraries around the country. Thank you to everyone who [...]

6 Theories on the Ending of Sam & Dave Dig a Hole

Sam and Dave

If you haven’t read Sam & Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen, you might not want to read this post yet. But definitely read Sam & Dave Dig a Hole (out October 14). It’s a great book. It has some excellent broad humor, as well as one heck of a challenging [...]

Link Du Jour: CYBILS Nominations Open for Business!


Nominations for the 2014 Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards (CYBILS) are now open! Did you like a book this year? Click here to visit the Cybils site and nominate it.

Preview: The Crusty Nibs

Crusty Nibs

We’ve all seen book previews based on publisher, but how about a preview based on location? The Crusty Nibs are a collective of author/illustrators based in the Chicago area including (but not limited to) Stacy Curtis, Larry Day, Chris Sheban, Eric Rohmann, Tom Lichtenheld, Jeff Newman, and Matthew Cordell Here are some of the Nibs, [...]

Review: Draw! by Raúl Colón


Draw! By Raúl Colón Simon & Schuster ISBN: 9781442494923 $17.99 Grades K-3 Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Bullish times for wordless picture books, eh? Whereas in the past it seemed there were illustrators who focused specifically on books without words (Barbara Lehman comes to mind), now more than ever it [...]

Wanted: Your #Holdshelf

#Holdshelf is a monthly round-up (hosted by Watch. Connect. Read. and yours truly) of the books kids are lining up to read in libraries around the country. So what does your #holdshelf hold? If you’re a librarian and you have a hold shelf, take a picture of that thing, email it to scopenotes at gmail [...]

Review: The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm

Fourteenth Goldfish

The Fourteenth Goldfish By Jennifer L. Holm Random House ISBN: 9780375870644 $16.99 Grades 4-7 Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library *Best New Book* In terms of stuff humans are fascinated with, the concept of a “Fountain of Youth” ranks right up there. With the The Fourteenth Goldfish, Jennifer L. Holm enters [...]

Morning Notes: Crisis Any Minute Now Edition

Robin Williams Library Riffs

UNGERER ON DEMAND Thanks to this tweet by picture book creator Greg Pizzoli: I found out that the Tomi Ungerer documentary I mentioned a while back is now available on Netflix. I started watching it tonight and had to tear myself away to write this. So far, so great. So if you have Netflix, get [...]

Exclusive Cover Reveal: Tommy Can’t Stop by Tim Federle and Mark Fearing


Did you know Better Nate Than Ever author Tim Federle has a picture book on the way? He does indeed. Tommy Can’t Stop! will arrive on April 14, 2015, illustrated by Mark Fearing. Here’s a first look at the cover… (click to enlarge) Here’s what Tim Federle has to say about Tommy Can’t Stop!: My [...]

‘What Does This Say?’ The Cursive Conundrum in Picture Books

Cursive Conundrum

I love cursive. The problem (aside from the fact I’m pretty bad at it)? In picture books, more often than not, kids can’t read it. That’s right, the text might as well be in Wingdings: A librarian friend and I have recently been noticing little instances of this. Sometimes it’s used for the title or [...]