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Reviewing Notes: ‘All Picture Books to be 80s Film Adaptations’

podium

Happy holidays! The blog will be back up and running on January 7. Until then, let’s take a look back at some of my favorite posts from the 100 Scope Notes archives. Children’s Lit Commish: ‘All Picture Books to be 80s Film Adaptations’ The following is a work of fiction. In a shocking move, the [...]

Reviewing Notes: Children’s Literature Movie Generator

Film Adaptation Generator

Happy holidays! The blog will be back up and running on January 7. Until then, let’s take a look back at some of my favorite posts from the 100 Scope Notes archives. Create Your Own Children’s Book Movie Headline! I’m no math whiz, but lately it seems children’s books are being adapted for the silver [...]

Merry Christmas!

Scaredy Squirrel

With the help of Scaredy Squirrel (via the fine folks at Kids Can Press and their Scaredy ginger bread house kit), I wish you and yours a merry Christmas and a happy new year!

Reviewing Notes: Books in the Year 3001

The Future

Happy holidays! The blog will be back up and running on January 7. Until then, let’s take a look back at some of my favorite posts from the 100 Scope Notes archives. Books in the Year 3001 What will the future hold for books? Let’s turn the clock forward, to the year 3001: The Newbery, [...]

2013 Caldecott Medal Predictions

Baby Bear Sees Blue

Last year, my Caldecott prediction batting average was .500. Given the unpredictability of this award, I should probably give up after that. Call it a prediction career. Hang up my keyboard. But it’s no fun to stand idly by when there are guesses to be thrown about. Here are my picks for 2013 Caldecott glory. [...]

Top 20 Children’s Books of 2012 (#5-1)

Top 20

#20-16 | #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1 5. Oh, No! by Candace Fleming; illustrated by Eric Rohmann [Schwartz & Wade | Grades PreK-2] Click here for additional resources from Watch. Connect. Read. Can a librarian tell you about an outstanding picture book by answering eight important questions? Oh, yes! Q1: Does it star a brave frog, a mean tiger, a helpful [...]

Top 20 Children’s Books of 2012 (#10-6)

Top 20

#20-16 | #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1 10. Step Gently Out by Helen Frost; photographs by Rick Leider [Candlewick Press | Grades PreK-2] Click here for additional resources from Watch. Connect. Read. It’s all deceptively simple. A spare, beautiful poem about noticing your surroundings, combined with remarkable images. While photography often strives for accuracy above all, Leider makes beauty his first [...]

Top 20 Children’s Books of 2012 (#15-11)

Top 20

  #20-16 | #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1 15. Island: A Story of the Galápagos by Jason Chin [Roaring Brook Press | Grades K-4] Click here for additional resources from Watch. Connect. Read. In an explain-off, my money’s on Jason Chin. In each of his three releases to date, Chin takes the complex and makes it engaging for young readers. Island [...]

Top 20 Children’s Books of 2012 (#20-16)

Top 20

For the past few weeks, fellow elementary school librarian John Schumacher (he of Watch. Connect. Read.) and I have been busy preparing our annual Top 20 Books time capsule. You should see the size of the hole we had to dig. Looking back on 2012, these are the books we love. The books we love [...]

Link Du Jour: E-book Chaos

Chaos

Brian Kenney writes about the current state of e-books and his hopes for the future in a recent piece for Publishers Weekly. But it isn’t what you might expect. What do I want to come in 2013? What I want is simple: more chaos. Click here to read.

Coming Monday…

Top 20 Books

A Humble Demand: More Nonfiction Book Trailers Please

Nonfiction Book Trailers

Book trailers are pretty great, right? We’re all on the same page here? When well done, they’re an excellent way to drum up business for books. But there’s a problem. It seems nonfiction gets almost completely overlooked in the book trailer department. This needs to change. The realization came to me when prepping for the [...]

2012 Librarian Lump of Coal Gift Guide

Tape

Time is running out to get gifts for the insufferable librarian in your life. With help from Etsy, the 2012 edition of the Librarian Lump of Coal Gift Guide has your back. Click here for the 2011 guide Click here for the 2010 guide Click here for the 2009 guide (Click the images below to [...]

2012 Children’s Lit: The Year in Miscellanea

Pirate Princess

It’s time to take a look back at the year that was in children’s lit miscellanea. Most Disgusting Moment in a Picture Book Puking off the crows nest in Pirate Princess by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen; illustrated by Jill McElmurry Throwing up on the captain of a pirate ship? That’s a walk-the-plank-able offense. *** Best Spine Logo [...]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#3)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on GoodReads or Amazon? Yes children. You should definitely let strangers in your house when you are home alone. Don’t worry, even if they start trashing your house they’ll clean it up before mom comes home. And she won’t even know anything was [...]