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November 9 marks five years since I started this blog. I like to celebrate big occasions like any school librarian – by gathering and analyzing data! I put up a reader poll (a.k.a. “got this party started”) last week, tabulated the results (a.k.a. “turned on Ginuine’s My Pony”), and created an unintentionally creepy-looking amalgam of [...]

Covering the Newbery (#78): Holes

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Visit the Covering the Newbery gallery. 1999: Holes by Louis Sachar Original Cover: My Re-do: Side by Side: Up next week: Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

Link Du Jour: Publisher’s Weekly Best Books of 2012


Publisher’s Weekly is the first of the major journals to name their best books of the year. Click here for Children’s Picture Click here for Children’s Fiction Click here for Children’s Nonfiction

Gallery: New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2012

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Okay, I’m ready. It’s the second of November and I’m ready for every Best of 2012 list you got. First up… Thanks to the fine folks at The Horn Book I learned that one of my favorite lists of the year, the New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books, has been announced. I like. It [...]

#Holdshelf Gallery This Way

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The monthly showing of books on hold (including the shelf from one of my schools) is up for all to see at Watch. Connect. Read. Click here to see the books kids are lining up to read.

A November Endorsement: The Intersect Podcast


We all know and love the Brain Burps About Books podcast, right? The children’s lit focused brainchild of author/illustrator Katie Davis has been going strong for a couple years now. But what to do after you’ve already listened to the latest Brain Burps episode? I was recently alerted to Intersect, a brand new podcast that [...]

Morning Notes: Trick or Treat with Darth Vader Edition

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INTRODUCING THE RANDOM PENGUIN Two of the world’s largest publishers, Random House and Penguin, appear to be joining forces. I’m not the first to say it, but I’m disappointed they didn’t go with the name Random Penguin for the new venture. Really missed the boat on that one. Click here to read. MAKE A GOOD(READS) [...]

Happy Hole-oween 2012!

Happy Hole-oween

The 100 Scope Notes Poll is Open


Next week marks the fifth anniversary of when I started this blog, I’d like to finally find out who reads this thing. I’ve seen reader polls on other sites and they look like a good time. Not Battle of the Bookmarks good, but still pretty good. Therefore! If you’re up for a little pre-election polling [...]

Covering the Newbery (#77): Out of the Dust

Out of the Dust

Visit the Covering the Newbery gallery. 1998: Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse Original Cover: My Re-do: Side by Side: Up next week: (Oh, boy…) Holes by by Louis Sachar (Source image: “15-04-10 You Are So Magnetic, You Pick Up All The Pins” by Bethan

#Holdshelf Nears…

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The monthly look at what’s popular in the school library is back – this month, the #holdshelf gallery will be hosted by our nation’s foremost school librarian, John Schumacher, at Watch. Connect. Read. Here’s how it works: Before Friday, November 2, locate the hold shelf in your library. Take picture. Share it by either of these methods: Email [...]

Review: Make Magic! Do Good! by Dallas Clayton


Make Magic! Do Good! By Dallas Clayton Candlewick Press ISBN: 9780763657468 $17.99 Grades K-3 In Stores Nov. 13, 2012 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Sometimes, it’s nearly impossible to separate art from its creator. The work and the person who made it are so intertwined it’s difficult to tell where the personality [...]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#2)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on GoodReads or Amazon? I can’t understand how it won the John Newberry Medal. The witches were plastic and seemed to serve little purpose; the bad guy, a concept embodied in a shadow, had no motivation [...] and the father, who seems to [...]

Review: Unspoken by Henry Cole

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Unspoken: A Story from the Underground Railroad By Henry Cole Scholastic Press ISBN: 9780545399975 $16.99 Grades K-3 In Stores Nov. 1, 2012 *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Sometimes, when the stars align, an illustrator delivers a statement in the form of a book. Jerry Pinkney did it in 2009 [...]


Shelves Full

There are two things in life you will never regret having too much of: shelf space and, if you’re having an outdoor wedding, tent. Seriously, if you’re planning on doing your nuptials out-of-doors, get enough tent to cover, like, an acre and a half – you won’t regret it. It recently struck me as a [...]