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Books on Film: Pete the Cat Comes to Amazon Prime

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The blue cat (no, not that one) continues his world domination plan¹. Pete will soon be available to stream to a small screen near you. Watch the trailer below. https://deadline.com/2018/08/pete-the-cat-trailer-premiere-date-for-amazon-toon-series-starring-jacob-tremblay-1202446011/

I’m Not Sure We’re in the Responsibility Business: Deep Thoughts by 100 Scope Notes

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The school year is about to begin again around here, and now is the time when I lounge on futons while wearing windbreakers and think deep thoughts. The thing on my mind right now is responsibility. Specifically, this: Is it part of our job as school librarians to try teach it? This is the sort of […]

Consider This My Public Service: A Fortnite Book Roundup

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Remember a couple years back when Pokémon Go! got popular over the summer? Remember how many students asked you for Pokémon books when school started that fall? That’s about to happen again for older students with Fortnite. Publishing to the rescue! Here are a batch of books to satisfy the masses. Something to keep in […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#72)

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Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? I can summarize this story with these questions and answers coming from the snot-nosed, little children in the novel: “Will we have a mother? […] Will she like me? Will she stay? Yes.” Boring. Thank God Glenn Close made the […]

Review: Why the Face? by Jean Jullien

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Why the Face? by Jean Jullien Phaidon ISBN: 9780714877198 $14.95 Ages 0-4 Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library *Best New Book* Board books don’t lend themselves to reviews, do they? Most fall into two camps: either simplistic to the point of abstraction (this isn’t a knock – just stating facts) or a […]

Morning Notes: The Book That Sells Itself Edition

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#NEW PODCAST Inspired by the kidlit women hashtag that took off on Twitter in March, Grace Lin has started a kidlit women podcast, featuring essays and interviews. Click here to listen. SLY! School Library Journal’s School Librarian of the Year has been announced, and I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling pretty inspired. Click here […]

Books on Film: The Ezra Jack Keats Video Goldmine

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Last week’s post had me looking for EJK videos and the internet archive, it turns out, is the place to go. They have a whole bunch of Keats stories. Click the images below to watch. Apt. 3 Goggles! A Letter to Amy Peter’s Chair The Trip The Snowy Day Whistle for Willie

Morning Notes: “Can I call you ‘Matil’?” Edition

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HOPE x CHANGE = … Remember this? you're gonna love this gif I just added: pic.twitter.com/S00FbPX4QW — Travis Jonker (@100scopenotes) March 1, 2018 That’s Jackie Woodson receiving her National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature medal. Her platform is Reading = Hope x Change (What’s Your Equation). Every Child a Reader have released activity kits to […]

Auto-Completed Children’s Books (#7) Madeline

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Okay, Google – you think you’re pretty smart? How about you try completing the text from famous children’s books. I’ll type the beginning of each line into a Google search (plain text below), and you try to finish the line (bold text below). (All credit to @botnikstudions for the inspiration) Previously . . . Auto-Completed Children’s […]

On This Day (ish) in Scope Notes History: It Ain’t Easy

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Part of the fun of blogging is the ephemeral nature of the medium – you write a post, put it up quickly, maybe some folks read it, and then it fades away in a hurry. On to the next post. But – PROBLEM – now I’m stuck with this stockpile of ridiculous stuff that never […]

Books on Film: Ezra Jack Keats + Mr. Rogers = Magic

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“Now with that music in the background, we’ll try to create some of our own color music.” In 1972 Ezra Jack Keats visited Mister Rogers. They made some art together, and it was lovely and peaceful. Credit to Ed Spicer/Nick Bruel on Facebook for the tip.

One Star Review Guess Who? (#71)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? [A] picture book for the arthouse cinema set […] [Author] does flex his artistic muscles by using four distinct illustration styles. Hence the Caldecott. But as an overall work? **Raspberries**. Click here for the answer. Why do I share these? […]

The Top 10 Most Unusual Bookmarks on Etsy

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My favorite bookmark is a wood one I received as a gift a while back. But when that one is in use, my go-to is usually whatever scrap of paper is lying around. Not bad (like these) but not all that exciting either. But what if you are not like me? What if you want to […]

On This Day (ish) in Scope Notes History: Book Title Toons

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Part of the fun of blogging is the ephemeral nature of the medium – you write a post, put it up quickly, maybe some folks read it, and then it fades away in a hurry. On to the next post. But – PROBLEM – now I’m stuck with this stockpile of ridiculous stuff that never […]

2018 Back to School Books’ First Day of School

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It’s been a bumper crop of back to school books this year. Wish them luck! (Click to enlarge)