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Review: Andrew Drew and Drew by Barney Saltzberg

Andrew Cover

Andrew Drew and Drew By Barney Saltzberg Abrams Appleseed ISBN: 9781419703775 $15.95 Grades PreK-1 On Shelves Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library A solitary boy creating his world through drawings – sound familiar? With Andrew Drew and Drew, Barney Saltzberg pays homage to Harold and the Purple Crayon, but adds a creative [...]

Encyclopedia Britannica to Be Rebranded ‘Christmas Tree Britannica’

Book Tree

The following is a work of fiction. In a shocking move, Encyclopædia Britannica, a name synonomous with knowledge the world over, is getting out of the information business. They will soon be rebranded “Christmas Tree Britannica” and sell sets of books to be used solely for holiday decoration. “The information biz is rough these days”, [...]

The Caldecott Medal Infographic


You’ve seen infographics, right? Those visual representations of information that seem to be popping up everywhere on the internet? While I’ve seen some about books and reading, I’ve yet to see a children’s literature-specific infographic. So I decided to fire up and give it a shot. So here we have the world’s first Caldecott [...]

Nonfiction Monday: National Parks by Erin McHugh


National Parks: A Kid’s Guide to America’s Parks, Monuments, and Landmarks By Erin McHugh Art by Neal Aspinall, Doug Leen, and Brian Maebius Black Dog & Leventhal ISBN: 9781579128845 $19.95 Grades 3-6 In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library It’s easy to overlook guides. They can be unassuming, but if your library [...]

Covering the Newbery (#82): Crispin: The Cross of Lead

Crispin the Cross of Lead

Executive decision time. This is the final Covering the Newbery post. It just makes sense, people. I started this series in 2010 as a way to have fun with book covers that were no longer causing much of a stir among young readers. But then I did 81 of them and the outdated cover thing [...]

Link Du Jour: Ye Olde Electrical Man

Electric Ben

Leonard S. Marcus (a.k.a. our children’s lit historian) wrote an interesting piece for The Horn Book about picture book jackets, explaining how “covers have grown less representative of the books they trumpet.” Say hello to Ye Olde Electrical Man. Click here to read

Notes on November 2012

Read Poster GIF

In November… …a missing friend returned. Dismay turned to jubilation when a masked stranger solved our missing READ poster problem. This also led to the discovery of the Star Wars Crawl Creator, which is one of my favorite internet finds of 2012. …we looked ahead. It appears that there’s some nice looking books coming out [...]

Opening Remarks


Is this thing working? Well, here we are. Thanks for coming. After five years at and a self-hosted site, this blog is now here at School Library Journal. I was able to bring my old header with me, so It’s feeling like home already. I never wrote a proper opening post when I started [...]

Scope Notes and the Family Meeting

Changes Pie Chart

I’ve called you all into the living room to make an announcement. I’ll soon be packing up all my digital worldly possessions (except maybe my photos of the creepy library statues) and setting up shop in the virtual confines of the School Library Journal website. This blog is moving, folks. In a matter of days. What [...]

Covering the Newbery (#81): A Single Shard

A Single Shard

Eighty one down, ten to go. Visit the Covering the Newbery Gallery. 2002: A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park Original Cover: My Re-do: Side by Side: Up next week: Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi (Source image: “Blue and White” by charclam

Link Du Jour: The Best of 2012 with Kirkus

Kirkus 2012

Kirkus just released their 100 Best Children’s Books of 2012. While 100 might seem like a lot, it allows them to include some lesser-known titles among the books that will be on every other list. Click here to see the whole batch.

The Missing READ Poster Strikes Back!

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Previously: The Strange Case of the Missing READ Poster (If you don’t see the video above click here for the link) And now, for the unexpected conclusion to our story… Squeeeelll! Why is the UPS man peeling into my driveway? What is this? Wait, it can’t be. It is! To the mystery Jedi who came [...]

Mock Caldecott 2013: The Set-Up


I decided to conduct a Mock Caldecott among the nine second grade classes in my school district. Valuable learning experience for students, or elaborate sham for me to gather enough data to finally nail my annual Caldecott predictions? You be the judge. Step 1: Grade Level Who takes part? I knew going in we didn’t [...]

Nonfiction Monday: Castle: How It Works by David Macaulay


Castle: How It Works By David Macaulay with Sheila Keenan David Macaulay Studio (Macmillan) ISBN: 9781596437449 $15.99 Grades 1-4 In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library One of the more satisfying things about being an elementary school librarian (other than the resurgence of the cardigan sweater) is seeing gaps filled. The landscape [...]

Covering the Newbery (#80): A Year Down Yonder

Year Down Yonder

Visit the Covering the Newbery Gallery. 2001: A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck Original Cover: My Re-do: Side by Side: Up next week: A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park (Source image: “Nepal (10) – 26Sep10, Bardia (Nepal)” by philippe leroyer