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Review: El Deafo by Cece Bell

El Deafo

El Deafo By Cece Bell Amulet (AMBRAMS) ISBN: 9781419710209 $21.95 Grades 3-6 Out September 2, 2014 *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Part of what makes memoirs so appealing is their universality. There’s solace in the fact that no matter the individual, no matter the circumstances, we all experience moments [...]

Books on Film: Conversations in Creativity

Books On Film Banner

Short, snappy videos of illustrators in their studios – can we really have enough of these? I loved this one, featuring Hanoch Piven. Not ringing a bell, you say? I bet you’re familiar with his work: This video gives some insight into how he creates his distinct art. *Spoiler* Tons and tons of tchotchkes. Tons.

Morning Notes: Displeased Robot Edition

Banned Books Video

THE HEIGHT OF POPULARITY I love seeing the most popular books at other school libraries. Mr. Schu has his final checkout stats for the 2013-14 campaign at Watch. Connect. Read. Click here for Part 1. Click here for Part 2. ERIC HILL 1927-2014 Sad news. The creator of Spot the Dog has passed away. A.V. [...]

Endangered Series (#1)


Popularity comes, popularity goes. As librarians we’re always balancing between what will circulate like crazy and what we need to have in the collection. And we’re not the Library of Congress – we can’t (and shouldn’t) keep everything. An endangered series is one that appears to be waning in terms of popularity. But popularity isn’t [...]

#Bookaday-gate Resolved!


What happens when a popular hashtag founded by a respected educator is used by a publisher for their purposes? We have a Twitter controversy on our hands. The issue was #bookaday, the popular hashtag started by Donalyn Miller and used for years by children’s and YA folks to share and discuss their daily summer reading. [...]

Review: Leroy Ninker Saddles Up by Kate DiCamillo

Leroy Ninker

Leroy Ninker Saddles Up (Tales from Deckawoo Drive, Volume One) By Kate DiCamillo Illustrated by Chris Van Dusen Candlewick Press ISBN: 9780763663391 $12.99 Grades 2-4 Out August 26, 2014 *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Bringing the band back together can be a dicey proposition. While you may think you [...]

Review: Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan

Rules of Summer

Rules of Summer By Shaun Tan Arthur A. Levine (Scholastic) ISBN: 9780545639125 $18.99 Grades 3 and Up Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Usually, when I write a review, I have a sense of what I think about a book before I start. That’s the point, right? Reviewer 101. But given [...]

Morning Notes: Sit on a Book Edition

Hendrix Video

WHAT’S NEXT THIS SUMMER? Waking Brain Cells has a roundup of the Top 10 books on the Kids’ Next Summer ’14 list (and a link to see all the recommended titles). Click here to see them. TTYL MOON In “Hey, look at this” news…The Huffington Post with Here’s What Would Happen If Your Favorite Children’s [...]

Review: The Miniature World of Marvin and James by Elise Broach

Marvin and James

The Miniature World of Marvin and James (The Masterpiece Adventures, Book One) By Elise Broach Illustrated by Kelly Murphy Henry Holt (Macmillan) ISBN: 9780805091908 $15.99 Grades 1-3 Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Look out – sports reference. My two favorites are soccer and basketball. One time, a friend who played [...]

Predictions! 2014 NYT Best Illustrated Children’s Books

Rules of Summer

Ah, what the heck? Why not try to predict one of the most difficult to predict awards out there? Is the criteria for eligibility available? Not that I can find. Take this list with grains of salt accordingly. But I’ve never seen anyone try to guess these, so again I ask you: what the heck? [...]

Link Du Jour: 2014 Boston Globe/Horn Book Awards Announced!


Hot off the presses! The 2014 Boston Globe/Horn Book Awards have been announced. Many thanks to Sam Bloom for the scoop. Fiction honors: Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein; Boxers+Saints by Gene Luen Yang Fiction winner: Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith I get the feeling this is just the first of many awards coming for [...]

Notes on May 2014


In May… …I previewed the summer season. There’s a batch of good-looking books coming out in the next three months, folks. …we witnessed the birth of a ninja mini trend. Ninjas appear to be giving whales a run for their money in children’s lit trend department. …a pretzel rotisserie appeared in my staff lounge. This [...]

Putting Your Book in Your Book


So last night I was reading Count on the Subway (illustrated by Dan Yaccarino) to my daughter. We turned the page and her eyes lit up. Here’s what she saw: Yep, that’s Doug from Doug Unplugged – a book my daughter and I have read a bunch of times. Doug appears on a poster in [...]

Link Du Jour: Number Five Bus Presents…

Number Five Bus

It’s time to get your children’s literature nerd on. The Caldecott-Medal-winning team of Philip and Erin Stead just started up a blog Number Five Bus Presents… where they converse with other folks in the business of making books for kids. The first episode (note to self: start calling my blog posts episodes) is up – [...]

Books on Film: John Green Drops Children’s Lit Knowledge

John Green List

John Green has a weekly series of videos for MentalFloss. This time out, he covers 47 charming facts about children’s books. Even if you fancy yourself an expert, you’ll likely learn something new here. This is my favorite video in a while.