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Toon Review: My Unwilling Witch Goes to Ballet School


My Unwilling Witch Goes to Ballet School (Rumblewick’s Diary #1) By Hiawyn Oram Illustrated by Sarah Warburton Little, Brown ISBN: 9780316034722 $9.99 Grades 2-4 In Stores May 1, 2009 *Recommended* Find this book at your local library with WorldCat. (Comics created using Bitstrips)

Video: President Obama Reads 'Wild Things'


First of all, let me just say that Where the Wild Things Are is having the best year ever. Sales continue to be strong, there’s a film version coming out in the fall, and if Wild Things doesn’t take the top spot in A Fuse #8 Production’s Top 100 Picture Books Poll, I will eat [...]

What's Sellin': IndieBound Bestsellers


If you need proof that seasons and holidays play a huge role in the type of books purchsed, look no further than the “children’s illustrated” category of this week’s IndieBound Bestsellers. A full half of the books are about rabbits or eggs. So unwrap your Reese’s egg and take a look at this Easter-influenced list: [...]

Three Tips for a Successful Book Fair


Working at four school libraries that serve students kindergarten through 6th grade, I’ve become very familiar with the Scholastic Book Fair. Scholastic sends you books, you sell ‘em, and you keep a portion of the profits. I work with wonderful media assistants who help turn these sales into something pretty cool – an event that [...]

2009 Eisner Award Nominations Announced!


Attention enjoyers of the panel and word bubble – the 2009 Eisner Award Nominations have just been released. What are the Eisner Awards? From the source: The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards are considered the “Oscars” of the comic book industry. They are handed out each year in a gala ceremony at Comic-Con International: San [...]

Book Review: The Curious Garden


The Curious Garden By Peter Brown Little, Brown ISBN: 9780316015479 $16.99 Grades K-3 In Stores *Recommended* Scope Notes: Introducing  today’s guest reviewer, Mr. Message! Hello! Yes, yes, my name is Mr. Message. You probably know me from my countless appearances in books, especially the “for children” variety. It’s my job to expose a universal truth [...]

Cover Controversy: CO IN CI DENCE


No doubt influenced by the JabbaWockeeZ meteoric rise to hip-hop dance crew fame (I’m kidding) (sort of), children’s and YA book covers are seeking to pop and lock their way into readers hands by taking long words, capitalizing the letters, maxing out the font size, and breaking them into chunks. Lovers of phonics everywhere are [...]

Book Review: Toby Alone


Toby Alone By Timothée de Fombelle Translated by Sarah Ardizzone Illustrated by François Place Candlewick Press ISBN: 9780763641818 $17.99 Grades 5-8 In Stores *Recommended* Tiny characters have a rich history in children’s lit. Stuart Little, The Borrowers, Despereaux, and The Littles have all been keeping it real for the diminutive for quite some time. Hey, [...]

Nonfiction Monday: Rocks! Rocks! Rocks!


Rocks! Rocks! Rocks! By Nancy Elizabeth Wallace Marshall Cavendish Children ISBN: 9780761455288 $17.99 Grades K-2 In Stores *Recommended* As a librarian, there’s nothing worse than admitting that you don’t have a wealth of materials available on a particular topic. It takes your carefully-cultivated library cred and puts it in doubt. A simple question like, “Do [...]

Video: Melvil Dewey Raps

Based on yesterday’s post, and riding on the coattails of “Stuff White People Like“, I am strongly considering starting a new blog called “Stuff that Doesn’t Mix with Libraries”. Each post will describe something that rarely interacts with the world of public and school libraries. I thought Hip Hop would be one such thing. I [...]

Link Du Jour: What's Sellin'


As a general rule, libraries and sports don’t mix. Well, sometimes putt-putt golf (like at Downers Grove Public Library): Because of this oil and water-type relationship, I will restrain myself from celebrating Michigan State’s Final Four victory here, and focus on the books. What follows are the bestsellers according to the venerable New York Times: [...]

Waldo World Record


Believe it or not, in the school library world, Where’s Waldo books can be pretty controversial. Many a dismissive comment has fell upon my ears regarding He Who Rocks the Red-and-White. It stems from the whole reading vs. not reading debate that will be raging for as long as kids are reading and not reading. [...]

Video: Time to Move the Library

This video brings three thoughts to my mind: 1. Dang, how many librarians did Yale have back in the day? 2. Lots of boxes and heavy lifting. Not much has changed on the moving books front in the 78 (!) years since this footage was shot. 3. As someone who will soon be moving an [...]

Book Review: Shape


Shape By David Goodman and Zoe Miller Tate Publishing (Abrams) ISBN: 9781854377791 $22.50 Grades PreK-1 In Stores *Best New Books* ABC books. Number books. Shape books. All played out. Hold on a sec. Similar to how a good singer can turn a corny song into a great one (have you checked the lyrics to Ignition [...]

100 Scope Notes Book Giveaway: March '09


Book giveaway? Nay. Everything must go book clearinghouse? That’s closer to what we’ve got going on. I’ve got a lot of books that need happy homes here, so if you are interested in any of them, send me an email at or contact me on Twitter (click here to view my profile). Be sure [...]