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Epic Cybils Book Battle: Week I

Cybils 2010

*Disclaimer* The process described below is one method for informing Cybils evaluating. It is not, I repeat, not how the Cybils shortlists are created. I’m honored to be a panelist on the fiction picture book committee of the 2010 Cybils awards. Since “kid appeal” is part of the award criteria, I though it wise to […]

Covering the Newbery (#4): Tales from Silver Lands

Silver Lands

My goal? To re-do the cover of every Newbery-winning book, beginning way back in the halcyon days of 1922. My rules for this project? Click here. On to the next one… 1925: Tales from Silver Lands by Charles Finger Older cover: Redo: Side by side: Verdict: Some turn out better than others, and I’d put […]

Link Du Jour: Star Wars Seuss

Seuss Jabba

I just realized that Yoda missed his calling. It turns out that he really should have been a Dr. Seuss character. Cartoonist Adam Watson is working on a project that Seuss-ifies the Star Wars universe, and the results are fun to see. Click the image of “Seuss” Jabba the Hut below to check it out. […]

Cover Curiosity: Cut-Outs Continued Elsewhere

beautiful buttons

Let the trend continue! The blog she reads and reads saw my Cover Curiosity post on paper chain people and ran with it, coming up with all sorts of covers that match. Which is the best? I’ll vote with my stomach and go with the gingerbread cover for Beautiful Buttons. *Update* My stomach, as it […]

This ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ Thing is Getting Out of Hand

Wimpy Hold Shelf

…and I mean that in a good way. Here’s the hold shelf at the 5th and 6th grade school library where I work: Every color of the Wimpy rainbow (except blue).

Morning Notes: Chocolate Covered Edition

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PERUSE THIS: MOCK CALDECOTT LISTS Last week it was Newbery, this week it’s Caldecott. Next week I’m hoping the folks at ACPL conduct a mock chocolate-covered pretzel contest. I would also like in on such a contest. Anyway, ACPL has gone and posted their third list of Caldecott contenders. List #1 List #2 List #3 […]

Review: Toby and the Secrets of the Tree by Timothee de Fombelle

Toby and the Secrets of the Tree

Toby and the Secrets of the Tree By Timothée de Fombelle Performed by Peter Berkrot Brilliance Audio (Candlewick) ISBN: 9781441888761 8 Compact Discs / Approx. 9.5 hrs $24.99 Grades 5-8 In Stores Some stories keep it simple. You got your main characters, a straightforward plot, a manageable theme, and a couple surprises to keep you […]

On Hold @ the Library: November ’10

Hold Shelf November 2010

If every picture tells a story, then every picture of a hold shelf tells… (calculating) …well, let’s just say it tells a bunch of stories. Lots of stories. One story a hold shelf picture tells is What the Kids Are Readin’, and that is why I share my monthly snapshot. This one is from the […]

Covering the Newbery (#3): The Dark Frigate

The Dark Frigate

I will go to long lengths for kicks. Case in point: I’m redesigning the cover of every Newbery winning book, starting in 1922 and working my way up to today. I’ll post the results on Mondays. Click here to read my self-imposed rules for the project. Let’s see how things turn out today… 1924: The […]

Link Du Jour: Don Draper = Slytherin

Hogwarts Houses

With the recent release of part one of the final Harry Potter film, there has been a glut of HP-related whathaveyous on the internet, but few as amusing as this. Pop-culture figures sorted into the four Hogwarts houses. Can you guess where Big Bird ends up? Click the image below to read. (Thanks to BuzzFeed […]

Morning Notes: Narrowing Newbery Edition

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A MUST SEE: ALA YOUTH MEDIA AWARDS WEBCAST While I’m excited to say that I’ll see them in person this year, I couldn’t be more pleased that the American Library Association will again offer a live webcast of their annual Youth Media Awards. Well, I guess I would be more pleased if they somehow combined […]

13 is the Luckiest Number

13 Words

…at least for publishers, apparently. Is it just me, or does it seem like we’re seeing a lot of the number 13 these days? A sample of recent releases: 13 Words by Lemony Snicket 13 Treasures by Michelle Harrison The Blade of Shattered Hope (The 13th Reality, Book 3) by James Dashner Thirteen Plus One […]

Show Us Your Hold Shelf!


At the end of every month I snap a photo of the hold shelf in one of my school libraries… …slap it up online, and discuss the results. An example: To my mind, this is a good way to see which books kids are really digging. (Cue swelling orchestra) Now it’s your turn. My next […]

Covering the Newbery (#2): The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle

Doctor Dolittle

Have you been wondering what the covers of Newbery-winning books would look like if they were redesigned by a complete novice? You must do a lot of wondering. However, you’re also in the right place. Every Monday I’ll redesign the cover of a Newbery book, beginning at the beginning and working up to today. Click […]

Nonfiction Monday: Case Closed? by Susan Hughes

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Case Closed? Nine Mysteries Unlocked by Modern Science By Susan Hughes Illustrated by Michael Wandelmaier Kids Can Press ISBN: 9781554533626 $17.95 Grades 5-8 In Stores The nonfiction landscape is littered with books on unexplained phenomena. The Bermuda Triangle, the Loch Ness Monster, Big Foot – these sorts of real-life mysteries contain endless appeal for readers. […]