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The World’s Best Birthday Card

Waldo Card

On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being the best), how cool is this Where’s Waldo birthday card for my nephew? *Note* Acceptable answers are 10 or 11 (Special post credit to my wife, Allison, who found this card at Target.)

Bring Out Your #Holdshelf Pictures!

Illustrated Hold Shelf

It’s time once again for #Holdshelf, the monthly roundup hosted by 100 Scope Notes and Watch. Connect. Read. The concept is simple – share a picture of the books on hold at your library. It’s a visual representation of the books kids are lining up to read. Want to participate? There are a few options: […]

Morning Notes: In Other Towns and Cities Edition

Morning Notes Banner

AN AMERICAN IN THE U.K. The Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize was opened up to American authors in 2011. This year, we have our first Yankee winner – Rebecca Stead for Liar & Spy. Click here to read. AN AMERICAN IN CANADA Newbery Medal winner Polly Horvath (born in Kalamazoo, MI and living in British Colombia) […]

Review: Home Sweet Horror by James Preller

Scary Tales

Home Sweet Horror (Scary Tales #1) By James Preller Illustrated by Iacopo Bruno Feiwel & Friends ISBN: 9781250018878 $14.99 Grades 3-5 In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Let’s face it – you don’t get more high interest than horror. There’s a subtle defiance in reading a book full of dark and […]

Review: The Silver Six by AJ Lieberman

Silver Six

The Silver Six By AJ Lieberman Illustrated by Darren Rawlings Graphix (Scholastic) ISBN: 9780545370981 $10.99 Grades 4-7 In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Go ahead and take a look at your graphic novel collection. What do you see? Fantasy, definitely. Superheroes galore. Some adventure too. Question: Do you see any science […]

Hervé Tullet: The Illustrated Interview


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Saturday Night, Feelin’ Alright

Saturday Night Books

Whenever I hear the first couple seconds of 50 Cent’s In Da Club on a Saturday night, my first instinct is to get up and visit the bookstore to purchase children’s books. Above is my most recent haul – a mix of gap-fills, extra copies, and new high-interesty selections. Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life Last […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#13)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on GoodReads or Amazon? I found this book incredibly frightening for a child. It should only be read to 4th or 5th grade students due to its graphic content. The premise of playing a dangerous game because one is being forced to is […]

Morning Notes: Still Pooh Poohing Edition


*UPDATE* NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALISTS ANNOUNCED This morning, we go from the long list to the short list. DiCamillo, Graff, Johnson, Levithan, and Ursu are out. Click here (and scroll down) to see who made the cut in the Young People’s Literature category. WE ART Inspired to take action after the Boston Marathon bombing, Joe […]

Books on Film: Where the Wild Things Are

Sendak Interview

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the release of Where the Wild Things Are, one of the most beloved and influential picture books of all time. The ways in which Maurice Sendak’s book has permeated the culture are astounding. To celebrate, Phil Nel, Julie Danielson, Betsy Bird and I are all writing about WTWTA […]

Dear Eric Carle, Will You Be My Tattoo Artist?


For a joke, I decided to put a Very Hungry Caterpillar tattoo on my arm and tell my students it was real (just for a minute, then I came clean). Me (in front of a class of students): I probably shouldn’t be telling you this. But, uh, I got a tattoo. Class: Whoa!! (I didn’t […]

Books on Film: The Dominoes Continue to Fall

New Zeeland Dominoes

Boy, do I like my book dominoes. I like them small, I like them big, I like them created by book stores. And now I like them from New Zealand, where the latest bit of book domino creativity hails. Extra points for: Beginning the video with a book going into the return. The orchestral soundtrack. […]

Morning Notes: News About News Edition

Weird Al

THIS IS NOT MY FUSE NEWS Ok, stay with me here. The other day I noticed that I have a channel called Fuse and that they do a show called Fuse News. This may be funny (alright, mildly amusing) to librarians because the excellent blog A Fuse #8 Production does a weekly children’s lit link […]

Ye Olde Scope Notes: What’s With All the Exclamation Marks?!


(Waving a rickety old cane in the air) In my day, no one spoke in the library – they couldn’t! Libraries were sealed and the oxygen was pumped out, creating a vacuum! And now look what we’ve come to – every picture book seems to end in an exclamation mark. Librarians, all this merriment is […]

Kate DiCamillo Live!


Children’s lit living legend Kate DiCamillo kicked off the tour for her latest, Flora & Ulysses, with a long-form (and fascinating) interview in front of a live audience at the Fitzgerald Theater in downtown St. Paul. The fine folks at Minnesota Public Radio put it up for us all to hear. (If you don’t see […]