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Cue Drumroll: The Great Summer Graphic Novel Giveaway Winners

Big Wet Balloon

Roll the drums… The winners of the Great Summer Graphic Novel Giveaway are: The Big Wet Balloon by Liniers goes to murphyj Bluffton: My Summer with Buster Keaton by Matt Phelan is awarded to Dana J. ChickenHare by Chris Grine is bestowed upon Lauralou92 Tommysaurus Rex by Doug Tennapel will soon be sent to slowah [...]

The Great Summer Graphic Novel Giveaway

Big Wet Balloon

It’s fire sale time here at the 100 Scope Notes Graphic Novel Barn – everything 100% off!! Fill out the form to win your choice of the books below. But you gotta enter by 11:59 p.m. EST tonight (that’s June 19) to be eligible. Winners will be announced tomorrow. Best of luck! The Big Wet [...]

Link Du Jour: 2014 Newbery Hopefuls (According to Goodreads)

Goodreads Newbery 2014

June is the time of year when the Mock Newbery favorites on Goodreads start taking shape. Let’s pull up the top five, and you can click here to see the entire list. While it’s far from a lock, the Goodreads list can be a good indicator of books that might end up in the Newbery discussion. [...]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#7)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on GoodReads or Amazon? I came to this book with a relatively open mind, but I must say, this book wastes ink–literally. The pages are all framed with black, and at the end of each chapter, there is a blank, black page. The [...]

Morning Notes: The Vapors Edition

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SAVE THE SCHOOL LIBRARY What to do when school library funding dries up? How about a fundraiser auction featuring original artwork from some of the best illustrators children’s literature has to offer? This is exactly what New York’s P.S. 363 (A.K.A. The Neighborhood School) is doing. Godspeed. Click here to check out the auction WHERE’S [...]

Review: The Big Wet Balloon by Liniers

Big Wet Balloon

The Big Wet Balloon By Liniers TOON Books ISBN: 9781935179320 $12.95 Grades 1-2 In Stores September 10, 2013 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Not every sibling relationship is fraught with resentment. Scanning the children’s literature landscape, however, you might forget this is the case. Lately, at least, the reluctant brother or sister [...]

Link Du Jour: BEA Buzz

BEA Buzz

“So children’s publishing, how’s your upcoming season?” “I’d say strong … to quite strong.”¹ Publishers (no apostrophe, please) Weekly tells tales of all the high-buzz books coming in this summer and fall. DiCamillo, Willems, Henkes – lots of familiar faces here. Click here to read. *UPDATE* PW also has an excellent gallery of all the [...]

The Wildest Book … Ever?

Hands Off Cover

When weeding, sometimes you come across a book that makes you think, “this would make a good blog post”. Occasionally, as is the case today, an entire tribute blog seems more appropriate. How about I’ll start with a post and see where this goes. For a moment, let’s bask in the glorious unusualness of Hands [...]

The Mystery of the 71 Year Old Velveteen Rabbit

Velveteen Cover

You know how you can see something, yet not really notice it? That’s what happened when I came upon this book during an end of the year weeding session in my K-2 school library: In the course of weeding, I’ve come across older books that have quietly stuck around – mostly because they’re classics and [...]

Top 10 Circulated Books of 2013: 5-6th Grade

Top 10 2013

Real kids, real books. That’s the gist of this look back at the most popular books in our school libraries this year. Today we round things out with the titles floating boats for 5th and 6th graders. Previously… Top 10 Circulated Books of 2013: K-2nd Grade Top 10 Circulated Books of 2013: 3rd-4th Grade 10. [...]

Link Du Jour: The 2013 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards Announced


The Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards stand apart because… …they don’t look at books published in the typical year (that is, January 1 to December 31), but run on a June 1 to May 31 schedule. …the books must be published in America, but the authors and illustrators can be of any nationality. And, hey, the [...]

Notes on May 2013

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In May… …I learned a six-second book review is pushing it. I attempted the world’s first book review using 6 second video service Vine. The result? I think I need more Vines.   …a heartthrob went missing in the library. Poor Taylor Lautner, the guy appears on a book cover, and it goes missing.   [...]

#Holdshelf: May 2013

May Holdshelf

It’s the last #holdshelf of the 2012-13 school year and this monthly roundup of books on hold always seems to go out with a whimper. You see, many schools have already closed up shop for the summer, so the participatory element is lacking this time out. But that’s not going to stop me from slapping [...]

Books on Film: 5 Year Old Reads 875 Books

875 Books

It’s feel-good time folks. As the T.S. Cooley school librarian says, “this is very unusual for a kindergartener”. (If the video below does not appear, click here to watch) WNEM TV 5

Morning Notes: Harry Potter à l’École des Sorciers Edition

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WHY THERE’S NO FRENCH HARRY POTTER Real headline alert! Is the French children’s literature scene … lacking? That’s what the author contends here. Seems like a case of broad brush painting to me, but interesting nonetheless. Click here to read.   TOP 20 BOOKS: SCHU EDITION Over the last week or so, I’ve been sharing [...]