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Due to summer travels, Lake Michigan, and Spikeball™ 100 Scope Notes will be up on the shelf until Monday. See you back here then. (Top Image: ‘Diana’s sunset‘

Morning Notes: No Independence from Big Brother Edition

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DECORATING WITH THE BEST School Library Journal had a good idea – take A Fuse #8 Production’s Top 100 Picture Books and Children’s Novels polls and turn them into fancy PDFs for everyone to enjoy. You can sign up now and they will send them to your inbox when they are released. I haven’t seen [...]

Books on Film: The Best Book-Related Video of the Year

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There have been some great book-related videos this year, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find one to top Much Better Now, an animated stop-motion short from Portuguese film studio Salon Alpin. Looking at their website, it’s been getting some attention at international film festivals this year. I don’t have much to add, other than it’s [...]

Covering the Newbery (#61): A Visit to William Blake’s Inn

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Oooh boy. I’m up against the only book to have won the Newbery Medal and Caldecott Honor today. This is pretty silly – trying to redo the cover on a Caldecott Honor-winning book. The Provensens are unbeatable. But according to the contract I signed with myself at the beginning of this project (weird, I know) [...]

Link Du Jour: Favoriting The Caldecott and Newbery

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CAUTION: BROAD GENERALIZATION TIME Children’s authors and illustrators are typically a pretty diplomatic lot. They tend to have such respect for others in their field that asking them to put one book ahead of another might seem futile. Maybe this is why I like the recent Caldecott/Newbery Matching Game at the Horn Book website. They [...]

Morning Notes: Fooling Spies with Lemon Juice Edition

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THE STARS SO FAR RETURN For a few years, one of the best resources for finding out which books were getting critical acclaim was The Stars So Far list compiled at the blog Shelftalker. After ending the practice last year due to a bit of a moral tug-of-war, the list is back by popular demand. [...]

Books on Film: Reading Rainbow: The Complete Works

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Up for a little nostalgia? Want to hang with LeVar Burton from back in the good ol’ days? Click here for the complete Reading Rainbow series. YouTube does it again.

ALA Annual 2012: Photo Journal


I’m back in Michigan, and back to exclusively eating foods shaped like my home state… …but let’s take a look back at the weekend that was in ALA Annual 2012 what-have-yous. Preparing for the trip to Anaheim, a minor packing miracle occurred. I was able to get everything in one bag. So long as it [...]

Coming Soon: Dispatches from ALA Annual


Break out your cardigan t-shirts… …it’s time for the American Library Association Annual Conference!* *The cardigan t-shirt does not currently exist, but if it did, the maker would likely earn upwards of one million dollars. I’ll be sending digital dispatches from Anaheim all weekend long via… Twitter (@100scopenotes) Instagram (tjonks) I’ll also write a post [...]

Top 10 Circulated Books 2012: 3rd-4th Grade


The end of the school year is a crazy time, I tell you. All of a sudden, things that would never appear in a teacher’s lounge at any other time, things like this… …all of a sudden show up. But I’d like to focus on a non-slushie order of business today – popular books. I’ve [...]

What’s in the Inbox of Mystery?

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What’s in the inbox? Awww, yeah!!! Time to bust out the sunscreen, cause I’m heading to the American Library Association Annual Conference. Will you be there?

Covering the Newbery (#60): Jacob Have I Loved

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1981: Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson Original Cover: My Redo: Side by Side: Click here for the Covering the Newbery Gallery. Up next week: A Visit to William Blake’s Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers by Nancy Willard (Source image: “edadid 04”

Cover Curiosity: Visually Jarring


Is canning things other than delicious foods the hot new activity for youngsters? Looking at these five recent or upcoming book covers, you’d think so. Flowers, spiders, hummingbirds, kids – where are the strawberry preserves!? Many thanks to Cindy Dobrez of Bookends for the heads up on this trend. Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky Keeping Safe [...]

Books on Film: The Dr. Seuss Biography

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I was hoping to get outside on this nice sunny day in Michigan. Instead I’m watching Rhymes and Reasons, a 2003 A&E bio of Dr. Seuss on YouTube. This is a must-watch, folks. It’s split into nine parts, so click here to see them on YouTube

Morning Notes: Amphibians of Clay Edition

WILDER WONKA Gene Wilder had one unusual request before accepting the lead role in Willy Wonka in 1971′s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – he wanted a specific scene included in the movie. I have to say, it’s a brilliant request. Click here to read. (Thanks to Letters of Note for the link) FROG [...]