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One Star Review Guess Who? (#1)

One Star Review Guess Who

New feature time! Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on GoodReads or Amazon? We’re starting off today with an easy one. The kid is a jerk and is sent to his room without supper. He proceeds to go to some magical place where these monsters live and he bosses [...]

2012 National Book Award Finalists Announced!


You know how this goes. Since my wheelhouse is squarely K-6, I greet the annual announcement of the National Book Award finalists for Young People’s Literature with a mixture of excitement and complete ignorance. Typically, there are a couple on the list that I’m familiar with, and a few that reside in the YA world, [...]

Review: Twelve Kinds of Ice by Ellen Bryan Obed

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Twelve Kinds of Ice By Ellen Bryan Obed Illustrated by Barbara McClintock Houghton Mifflin ISBN: 9780618891290 $16.99 Grades 3-6 In Stores *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library I’ve ice skated a lot in my life. Growing up in Northern Michigan, it’s bound to happen. I used to live around the [...]

Psychoanalyzing Jon Klassen

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hildren’s author and illustrator Jon Klassen made waves in 2011 with I Want My Hat Back, a striking, minimalist picture book that galvanized readers, inspired numerous tributes, and climbed to the top of the New York Times bestseller list. He’s already illustrated two well-received picture books in 2012 (Extra Yarn and House Held Up by [...]

Covering the Newbery (#75): The Midwife’s Apprentice

Midwife's Apprentice

Visit the Covering the Newbery gallery. 1996: The Midwife’s Apprentice by Karen Cushman Original Cover: My Re-do: Side by Side: Up next week: The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg (Source image: “Sometimes I feel like a painter” by hans s

Link Du Jour: Kidlitionary

Writing for Kids blog

Tara Lazar (she of the blog Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)) recently put together a post of heretofore unknown children’s literature terminology. I’m a pretty big fan of “Shel Shocked” myself. Fun read of the day, I say. Click here for the Kidlitonary

The Strange Case of the Missing READ Poster

Read Poster 1

You see this? This is the place where our brand new READ poster was hanging. The poster looked like this: It was freshly laminated and hanging on the wall. I don’t have a photo of it when it was up, but this crime scene simulation ought to give you the general idea: I was up [...]

Books on Film: Date Due Stamp Masterpiece

Date Due Stamp Video

Do you still use a rubber date due stamp in your library? I work in four elementary school libraries, and we still stamp the books in one of them. Being familiar with the date due, I found the following video incredible. This Berlin artist uses the rubber date stamp to create his works of art. [...]

Morning Notes: Coming to Fruition Edition

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DITCHING DEWEY DISCUSSION When I said a couple weeks ago that “ditching dewey” was a 2012 trend, I had no idea the topic would be the October School Library Journal cover story. So what I’m saying is…I might be able to predict the future now. Click here to read the SLJ cover story. While I [...]

Million Dollar Idea: Put a Nosferatu On It

monster nosferatu

I’m in the middle of ordering some high interest nonfiction for one of my school libraries. One of the heavily requested topics is vampires. I quickly realized I can go one of two ways – go for the illustrated vampire cover, which will circulate well… …or go for the one with Nosferatu on the cover, [...]

Books on Film: 2012 Newbery & Caldecott Speeches

Gantos Newbery Speech

While the Newbery and Caldecott awards are announced in winter (January, usually), the recipients don’t get their medals and deliver their acceptance speeches until the ALA Annual Convention in summer (June, typically). In the past, if you weren’t in the room for the speeches, there was no way to see them. Sure, you could read [...]

Covering the Newbery (#74): Walk Two Moons

Walk Two Moons

Visit the Covering the Newbery gallery 1995: Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech Original Cover: My Re-do: Side by Side: Up next week: The Midwife’s Apprentice by Karen Cushman (Source Image: “illustration in the market” by Corey Schmitz

Link Du Jour: Champion Your Favorite Book of 2012

Cybils 2012

If you enjoyed a children’s or young adult book this year, I say you nominate it for the seventh annual Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Awards (a.k.a., The Cybils). Nominations for the awards open at 12:00am on Monday, October 1. I’m reprising my role on the fiction picture book committee this year, so if you’ve [...]

Book Buzz: DiCamillo Down the Road


The Illuminated Adventures of Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo. On shelves September 2013. A quick horizon scan with my brass monocular (little known fact – I captain a pirate ship on weekends) reveals a new book from Newbery-winning author Kate DiCamillo. Here’s what we know: It is fully illustrated. It’s touted as “genre-breaking”. It [...]

#holdshelf: September 2012


Eighty percent of success is showing up. – Woody Allen, US movie actor, comedian, & director (1935 – ) Sometimes you make a grand entrance, and sometimes you just…enter. The first #holdshelf of of the year is in the latter category. We’ll save the fanfare for October – today, it’s just the nuts and bolts. [...]