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Review: Tell Me the Day Backwards by Albert Lamb

Tell Me the Day Backwards

Tell Me the Day Backwards By Albert Lamb Illustrated by David McPhail Candlewick Press ISBN: 9780763650551 $15.99 Grades PreK-1 In Stores *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Q: How many children’s books revolve around hibernation? A: How many children’s books contain bears? Yes, the topic of hibernation is a children’ […]

Covering the Newbery (#33): …And Now Miguel

And Now Miguel

1954: …And Now Miguel by Joseph Krumgold Original Cover: My Redo: Side by Side: Verdict: Hmmm. A bit plain? Up next week: The Wheel on the School by Meindert DeJong Click here to read previous Covering the Newbery posts.

Link Du Jour: A Caldecott Short List or Two


If you’re interested in checking out some of the books that might be in the running for this year’s Caldecott race, get yourself over to the ACPL Mock Caldecott blog. They recently posted their second shortlist of titles to consider. Is the eventual winner on one of these lists? My Magic Library 8 Ballâ„¢ says […]

Books on Film: The Lorax Trailer

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Thanks to the always-up-on-things EarlyWord, I know that there’s a trailer for the upcoming Lorax animated film: A couple what have yous… I’m kinda digging the soundtrack – it’s a pretty unusual pick: Light and Day by the Polyphonic Spree. It seems to fit. Is it just me, or are the human characters here stretching […]

Gallery: The 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2011

New Year's Reunion Inside

Let the “Best of 2011″ listing commence! The New York Times just released their annual Best Illustrated Children’s Books list and I can’t help but give a small, discreet fist pump in reaction to some of their picks. First, let’s take a look at the books: A nice list. We have some you might have […]

Podcast Review: Blackout by John Rocco


This week at Katie Davis’ Brain Burps About Books podcasty cast, I review Blackout by John Rocco by invoking my most memorable movie-going experience (hint: Batman is involved). Katie also talks Picture Book Month with Diane de Las Casas, among other spry children’s lit folks. Click here to listen. Click here to subscribe via iTunes.

Review: The Chronicles of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg

Chronicles of Harris Burdick

The Chronicles of Harris Burdick By Chris Van Allsburg and various authors Houghton Mifflin ISBN: 9780547548104 $24.99 Grades 5 and Up In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Hype can be a bugger. Any time you get a slew of well-known authors together on a project, expectations are going to be high. […]

Morning Notes: AHHHH! Edition

IT’S PICTURE BOOK MONTH November is Picture Book Month. What’s that? You were unaware? No biggie – the idea is brand spanking new and conceived by a cast of children’s lit folks (including Diane de Las Casas and Katie Davis). Click here to visit the Picture Book Month website and show your support. BEWARE THE […]

Tic, Tock, Enter the 100 Scope Notes Post Contest


Submissions for the 100 Scope Notes Post Contest have been coming in – you’re not going to make it easy for me to choose, are you? You have until the clock strikes midnight on Friday, November 4 to email me your post idea (scopenotes (at) gmail (dot) com). The winner will have their words run […]

Neil Gaiman and the Disappearing Newbery Seal

Graveyard vs. Graveyard

An upcoming cover for The Graveyard Book (the edition aimed at the adult market), has no Newbery seal. Completely gone. Not even a mention. Publishers Weekly recently ran a interesting article about this decision. My first reaction? It’s like the Collecting Children’s Books April Fools post from a couple years ago came true. Here are […]

Nonfiction Monday: Drawing From Memory by Alan Say

Drawing from Memory

Drawing from Memory By Allen Say Scholastic Press ISBN: 9780545176866 $17.99 Grades 5 and Up In Stores *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Can anyone tell their life story like an illustrator? The ability to use artwork as well as words adds a storytelling facet and element of interest that […]

Covering the Newbery (#32): The Secret of the Andes

Secret of the Andes

Every Monday I take a crack at recoverifying a Newbery-winner. Today we look at a book that is more famous for the title it beat out for Newbery (a little story called Charlotte’s Web) than for winning itself… 1953: Secret of the Andes by Ann Nolan Clark Original Cover: My Redo: Side by Side: Verdict: […]

Link Du Jour: Attention School Librarians

School Libraries eBook

If you’re a school librarian, you’re gonna want to check out School Libraries: What’s Now, What’s Next, What’s Yet to Come. The brainchild of Buffy Hamilton and  Kristin Fontichiaro, this free, downloadable e-book is a crowdsourced collection of essays from folks in the library field. When I downloaded it I had to check my outfit […]

Review: Animals Home Alone by Loes Riphagen

animals home alone

Animals Home Alone By Loes Riphagen Seven Footer Kids ISBN: 9781934734551 $15.95 Grades PreK-2 In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library When you’re a kid, being left home alone is a big deal. It provides the first real taste of freedom. How to spend your time? Playing, reading, doing homework? Or maybe […]

Post of the Week: Visit an Un-Digital Book Store

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Is it just me, or does it seem like physical book stores are getting lost in the digital shuffle lately? As I was driving home the other day I thought about what a bummer it would be to lose some of my favorite book stores: Schuler Books and Pooh’s Corner in Grand Rapids, MI and […]