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Nonfiction Monday: The Fly by Elise Gravel

The Fly

The Fly (Disgusting Critters series) By Elise Gravel Tundra Books ISBN: 9781770496361 $10.99 Grades K-3 Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library I am, if nothing else, on the lookout for books that will be engaging to kids. There’s plenty of nonfiction out there that does the job admirably – providing information [...]

Link Du Jour: Rush Revere and the Brave Link Roundup


It was pretty surprising news this week when Rush Limbaugh won the Children’s Choice Book Award for Author of the Year. Click here to watch the video. Reactions from the corner of the children’s literature world I tread can be categorized as nonplussed. Vicky Smith at Kirkus skewers reviews Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims. [...]

The Unexpecteds: 5 Sneakily Popular Books in My K-4 Library

TOON Treasury

While I was gathering data for my Top 10 Circulated Books of 2014 posts… #10-6 #5-1 …I noticed a few unexpected titles that weren’t quite at the very top of the checkout count, but were close. I’m calling them The Unexpecteds. Hollywood movie execs, call me if you’d like to use that as the title [...]

Top 10 Circulated Books of 2014: #5-1

Bowling Alley Bandit

Let’s keep this unvarnished look at popularity going, shall we? Click the link below to get caught up: Top 10 Circulated Books of 2014: #10-6 These books received more checkouts in my K-4 library than any others during the 2013-14 school year. 5. Bowling Alley Bandit (The Adventures of Arnie the Doughnut, Book 1) by [...]

Top 10 Circulated Books of 2014: #10-6

Soft Pretzel

Click here for #5-1 You see that? That’s a soft pretzel rotisserie. That was in my teacher lounge the other day. The appearance of this soft pretzel rotisserie tells me the end of the school year is coming. As we approacheth the end of the year, I like to take a look back at the [...]

Review: The 26-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths

26 Story

The 26-Story Treehouse By Andy Griffiths Illustrated by Terry Denton Feiwel & Friends (Macmillan) ISBN: 9781250026910 $13.99 Grades 2-6 Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library *Disclaimer* I’ve never started a review with a disclaimer before, but before getting into this review I should probably say that Andy Griffiths visited my school [...]

Books on Film: Watch the Trailer for Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Alexander Trailer

Let’s just say it isn’t a faithful adaptation. (Thanks to EarlyWord for the link)

10 to Note: Summer Preview 2014


You never know how these preview things are going to turn out. Sometimes there’s a bunch of lesser-known books that jump out, other times it’s stuff that’s already been building some buzz. Today is more latter than former. What follows are 10 books for the summer season that look promising. Picture Books Peanut Butter and [...]

2014 Mini Trend: Ninjas


I can’t say with certainty that books featuring ninjas are on the rise, but looking at the lay of the land in 2014, it sure seems that way. Seeing as how anything with a ninja flies off my school library shelves (including the sneakily super-popular Nighttime Ninja by Barbara DaCosta and Ed Young), I am [...]

Books on Film: In the Studio with Hilda Creator Luke Pearson

Luke Pearson Video

I’d like kids to be able to read it in bed, with a torch. That’s cool. For fans of children’s literature, a peek inside a creator’s studio is a treat. This video with Hilda graphic novelist Luke Pearson is just that. A joy to watch. Luke Pearson from Nobrow Ltd on Vimeo.

Review: Pigsticks and Harold and the Incredible Journey by Alex Milway


Pigsticks and Harold and the Incredible Journey By Alex Milway Candlewick Press ISBN: 9780763666156 $12.99 Grades K-4 In Stores May 27, 2014 *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library The word “charming” is used pretty often when talking about books, but what does it really mean? I suppose it’s a moving [...]

Notes on April 2014

Title Results

In April… …we learned what people call themselves. I did a improptu poll to see which title school librarian-type people prefer. …we looked at upcoming books for Caldecott Medal/Honor winners. It turns out there are a bunch of them. …we had a guest from Australia. It was author Andy Griffiths, and I documented the day [...]

H-H-H-Hashtag Holdshelf is Coming Soon

Books Small

I want to start this post with a YouTube clip, but the choices! Should I go for the heartstrings with Hold On by Wilson Philips? Should I go indie with Hold On by Alabama Shakes? Should I go Parental Advisory with Hold On by 50 Cent? Or Hold On, We’re Going Home by Drake? The [...]

Morning Notes: Hop on Pop Damages Edition

Lost and Found

STEVEN SPIELBERG MEETS ROALD DAHL If a children’s book is going to be turned into a movie, can you do any better than Steven Spielberg directing? Yes, in fact – you can have Melissa Mathison (the screenwriter responsible for E.T.) to handle the script. Click here for more details. DON’T HOP ON POP My friend [...]

A Conversation with Kate DiCamillo and Chris Van Dusen

Conversation with Kate and Chris

For author Kate DiCamillo and illustrator Chris Van Dusen, August 26th marks a triumphant return to the Mercy Watson Universe. That’s when Leroy Ninker Saddles Up, the first book in the Tales from Deckawoo Drive series is released. It’s also the first time since the Mercy Watson series wrapped up 2009 in that readers get [...]