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Link Du Jour: Cover Redo-Palooza

Alternate Book Covers Group

Since I started my Covering the Newbery project, my spider-sense is particularly attuned to others who are redoing book covers. The other day (thanks to my favorite pop culture/slightly trashy website BuzzFeed) I came across the Alternate Book Covers Flickr group. From Roald Dahl to Harry Potter, there’s a lot of fun stuff to see […]

Poetry Friday: Look Who’s There!

Look Who's There Poem

Check out the Poetry Friday Roundup at GottaBook. National Poetry Month is nigh, and I’m posting a book spine poem every Friday until April. Want to try it? Maybe give it a shot with kids? Click here for some tips on creating your own. If you do give it a go, take a picture and […]

Covering the Newbery (#47): From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

From the Mixed Up Files

1968: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg Original Cover: My Redo: Side by Side: Verdict: Brown usually has a tough go of it in terms of shelf appeal, but I think this one turned out fun. Click here for the Covering the Newbery gallery Up next week: The […]

Review: Another Brother by Matthew Cordell

Another Brother

Another Brother By Matthew Cordell Feiwel and Friends ISBN: 9780312643249 $16.99 Grades K-2 In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library The arrival of a new sibling can be a stressful event. Sure, parents have their hands full, but big brother or big sister also have to cope with a lot of change. […]

Poetry Friday: Three of Them

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Check out the Poetry Friday round-up at Gathering Books. To get things warmed up for National Poetry Month, I’m posting a book spine poem every Friday until April. Want to get in on the act? Maybe give it a shot with kids? Click here for some tips on creating your own. If you do give […]

Review: Explorer: The Mystery Boxes by Kazu Kibuishi et al


Explorer: The Mystery Boxes Edited by Kazu Kibuishi Amulet (Abrams) ISBN: 9781419700101 $19.95 Grades 4-7 In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your library I was recently watching one of may favorite television shows, Iron Chef, when one of the judges made an interesting comment about a course comprised of four entirely separate mini […]

Books on Film: Beware Australian Librarians

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It’s kinda like the office (awkward humor alert). Except in a library. And it’s actually pretty funny. And it’s available on Hulu. And it’s Australian. The Librarians: (Thanks to LISNews for the link)

Scenes from World Read Aloud Day 2012

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Morning Notes: Goateed Dude Edition

WHAT’S THE BEST READ-ALOUD? I’m a pretty big supporter of the E.B. White Read-Aloud Award. While there are more Best of the Year lists than the mind can handle (yeah, yeah, I know I’m adding to this with the Top 20 Books list), the E.B. White informs the public of something specific – these books […]

Wanted: Book Spine Poems


Yeah, April! You used to be known almost exclusively as the month that brought showers. Seeing as how rain is the universal symbol for “downer”, I can’t imagine you were very pleased with that. But now you’re known for something else – April is National Poetry Month. And around this neck of the woods the […]

Covering the Newbery (#46): Up a Road Slowly

Up a Road Slowly

For a little perspective, here are some notes about 1966, when Up the Road Slowly was published: The president was Lyndon Johnson The Sound of Music won the Academy Award for Best Picture Medicare began The first Star Trek episode aired Perspective relayed, let’s move right along to the next item on the agenda… 1967: […]

Nonfiction Monday: Citizen Scientists by Loree Griffin Burns

Citizen Scientists

Thank you for visiting the Nonfiction Monday roundup. Scroll down for links to other Nonfiction Monday posts. If you would like to add yours, let me know in the comments (don’t forget the url). Citizen Scientists By Loree Griffin Burns Photographs by Ellen Harasimowicz Henry Holt ISBN: 9780805090628 $19.99 Grades 3-6 In Stores *Best New […]

Link Du Jour: Who’s Ready for Fall 2012 Sneak Previews?


Is it just me, or are we too well informed now? Here I am, still rocking SmartWools (AND slippers, for the record) and I can pull up an article from PW on exciting Fall 2012 children’s lit releases. A hex on you, PW, for creating this great preview of upcoming titles that I read very […]

Link Du Jour: The Glory of the All Caps Book Review

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Oh, man do I enjoy the blog Least Helpful. Probably more than I should, when I think about it. Is it okay to find humor in the irrational/illogical reviews people put on Amazon? What if they’re about The Giver? That decides it – it’s okay. Fair warning: a small amount of salty language ahoy. Second […]

Nonfiction Monday is Coming…Monday


Pay no attention to this Camera Obscura album cover – I want all the nonfiction you got. The traveling fact circus known as Nonfiction Monday will be pitching its tent (yeah, that’s right, I’m taking that expression back for everyday use) here this coming Monday (March 5, 2012). Looking forward to it.