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Review: Birdy’s Smile Book by Laurie Keller


Birdy’s Smile Book By Laurie Keller Henry Holt (Macmillan) ISBN: 9780805088830 $16.99 Grades K-2 In Stores I used to be upset with electronic dance music. Too repetitive, too synthetic, too cheesy I thought. But I was ignoring a fact that explained it all – that this sort of music is created for one purpose: to […]

Morning Notes: Sold! Edition

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I’m in the midst of book fair madness at my schools – just a quick Morning Notes today. CHARLOTTE SOLD; EXCEEDS PREDICTIONS Original artwork from Charlotte’s web recently hit the auction block, and  sold for five times higher than expected. Click here to read the details. SEUSS MANUSCRIPT UNCOVERED Recently an unpublished Dr. Seuss manuscript […]

Photos: Whitewashed Covers Un-Whitewashed

Benedict Covers

I was cruising through my local Barnes & Noble the other day, fending off employees who seemed intent on getting me to buy a Nook, when I came upon this: “Wait a second”, I thought. I did a double take and turned on my zoom-in vision: Yes, indeed. It appears that the famously whitewashed Mysterious […]

Cover Curiosity: Framed!

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Sometimes a cover trend (see: socks) irritates me like loose glitter. Other times, I really don’t mind it. Today qualifies as the latter. I am enjoying the peculiar re-occurrence of picture frame walls. With a double high-five’s worth of appreciation to Boni Ashburn, who alerted me to this trend, let’s take a look at the […]

Toon Review: We Are in a Book! by Mo Willems

We Are in a Book

We Are in a Book! By Mo Willems Hyperion ISBN: 9781423133087 $8.99 Grades PreK-1 In Stores *Best New Books* Review copy purchased. Find this book at your local library with WorldCat.

Link Du Jour: Never Forget

Never Forget

The masterminds behind the library-themed cartoon strip Unshelved also pump out the occasional t-shirt to help clothe the bookish masses. There is always an Unshelved booth at the American Library Association conference and I’ve seen it get mobbed. We’re talking A.C. Slater selling Buddy Bands-type popularity. Unshelved recently debuted a shirt that is, to my […]

Harry Potter Lawsuit on NPR


Willy will have his day in court, as Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling will contest claims she plagiarized the 1987 book Willy the Wizard. Click here to visit the Willy the Wizard website, where some of the similarities are listed. I’m going to give this case a snowball’s chance in a goblet of fire of […]

Review: Art & Max by David Wiesner

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Art & Max By David Wiesner Clarion Books (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) ISBN: 9780618756636 $17.99 Grades K-4 In Stores His first book in four years, David Wiesner’s Art & Max brings to mind Chris Van Allsburg’s Bad Day at Riverbend in the way it deconstructs the concept of illustration. Like that book, it also manages to […]

Breaking News: National Book Award Finalists Announced


The National Book Foundation has just released their list of finalists for the 2010 National Book Award. Click here (or the image below) to visit the site for more details. The Big Question: Who’s your pick? Paolo Bacigalupi, “Ship Breaker” Kathryn Erskine, “Mockingbird” Laura McNeal, “Dark Water” Walter Dean Myers, “Lockdown” Rita Williams-Garcia, “One Crazy […]

Morning Notes: Wonka Chewing Gum Edition

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PICTURE BOOKS DEAD. ‘NO WE’RE NOT’ CLAIM PICTURE BOOKS A million thoughts pop into my head upon reading the controversial New York Times piece Picture Books No Longer a Staple for Children (click here to read). Here are a couple: 1.     When parents are doing the buying, yes, they are pushing kids to read chapter […]

Photos: Let’s Order Books Like it’s 1992


Let’s, for a moment, unlock the vault labeled “Recent History” (a.k.a. an old box my wife was recently unpacking), and see what we find… (click images to enlarge) Ahh, yes – a Scholastic Book Club flier from 18 years ago. Right around the time our current college freshmen were born. You know about these fliers, […]

Newbery/Caldecott 2011 on Goodreads: Vote for your Favorite

Newbery Top 5

Vegas really needs start taking bets for the Newbery and Caldecott award winners – if for no other reason than I’d like to boast to all the serious gamblers that “I just threw down mad loot on Flora’s Very Windy Day“. If you’re interested in handicapping the race thus far, you should check out the […]

Friends Three Times Over


Don’t ask me how this happened, but it appears that we can be friends in three different ways. If you’re interested in completing the rare tri-friend grand slam, keep on readin’. Way #1: Facebook. Click here to friend. On Facebook, you’ll discover that my interests include reading. Way #2: Twitter. Click here to follow. It’s […]

Review: Keeper by Kathi Appelt


Keeper By Kathi Appelt Illustrated by August Hall Atheneum (Simon & Schuster) ISBN: 9781416950608 $16.99 Grades 4-7 In Stores *Best New Books* Every time I set my mind to reviewing Keeper, the latest from Newbery-honor-winning author Kathi Appelt (The Underneath) my thoughts always seem to align in groups of three. I think I’ll keep it […]

Link Du Jour: Harry Potter Starts Here

Potter Outline

Forget the bestseller list, forget the billions, forget Oprah, when it comes down to it, J.K. Rowling is an author writing a book. Click the image below to see a Harry Potter outline. (Thanks to BuzzFeed for the link)