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Controversy Report: The Socks Don't Stop


I thought the socks cover art trend had met its demise in ’08, but I was wrong. We are firmly in 2009, and the socks don’t stop: Confetti Girl by Diana Lopez. Hitting shelves June 1, 2009. Let’s add it to the growing gallery of ’07 and ’08 titles: I vow to keep you updated [...]

Book Review: Stonewall Hinkleman and the Battle of Bull Run


Stonewall Hinkleman and the Battle of Bull Run by Michael Hemphill and Sam Riddleburger Dial Books for Young Readers ISBN: 9780803731790 $16.99 Grades 4-8 In Stores April 2, 2009   Who wouldn’t want to go back in time? Correct that stupid thing you said at soccer practice, right the wrongs or the world, re-enjoy that [...]

Nonfiction Monday Toon Review: Keep On!


Keep On! The Story of Matthew Henson, Co-Discoverer of the North Pole By Deborah Hopkinson Illustrated by Stephen Alcorn Peachtree Publishers ISBN: 9781561454730 $17.95 Grades 1-3 In Stores *Recommended* Check out the Nonfiction Monday roundup at Picture Book of the Day. Find this book at your local library with WorldCat. (Comics created using Bitstrips)

Sunday Link Du Jour: 50 Ways to Love Your Library


The 100 Scope Notes Research Department (see: haphazard guessing) tells me that if you’re reading this, it’s quite likely that you’ve got ties to some sort of library. Be it public, school, or just a really big and obsessively organized shelf at home, libraries of all shapes and sizes serve an important purpose. We know [...]

January '09 ARC Giveaway


Dracula Madness (A Sam & Friends Mystery: Book 1). ARC The Siege of Macindaw (Ranger’s Apprentice: Book 6). ARC

Video Clip: 2009 Newbery & Caldecott Winners on Today Show


The day-after Today Show interview has become a tradition for the winners of the Newbery and Caldecott medals. After last year’s debacle, I was wondering how this year would go. It turned out to be pretty good. I was happy to see that they’ve got Al Roker running the show this time around. The wonderful [...]

2009 ALA Media Awards Recap


The 2009 ALA Youth Media Awards were announced yesterday morning, and I was camped out in front of my computer watching the webcast. At the conclusion, I played the “how many of the award-winning books do we already have in our library?” game. Turns out we had 10 of the 14 Caldecott, Newbery, and Geisel [...]

Link Du Jour: Read Ranger's Apprentice for Free


The Ranger’s Apprentice series is a big hit at the 5th/6th grade library where I work. With book 5 currently in stores and the series still chugging along, Penguin is doing something special to draw some new fans. It’s free ebook time. Similar to what they did with Savvy back in the golden days of [...]

Children's Lit Commish: 'All Books Will Actually Just Be Videos By 2012'


The following is a work of fiction. The Children’s Literature Commissioner announced today that by the year 2012, all books released for children will be videos. Before a packed audience of assembled press, the Commissioner came across as a defeated man. Appearing 45 minutes late, and foregoing his usual suit and tie for sweatpants, he [...]

Audio Clip: Abe on NPR


100 Scope Notes, your source for all Abe Lincoln children’s lit-related news items just received the following telegram: Attention all children’s lit lovers [stop] Attention all Abraham Lincoln-o-philes [stop] These two subjects were combined in a book for children-folk [stop] Stand Tall, Abe Lincoln is written by Judith St. George and illustrated by Matt Faulkner [...]

Book Review: Diary of a Wimpy Kid – The Last Straw


Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw by Jeff Kinney Amulet Books ISBN: 9780810970687 $12.95 Grades 4-8 In Stores *Best New Books* For me, interrupting my to-be-read pile to peruse the latest Diary of a Wimpy Kid installment is like stopping off for a sausage McMuffin on my way to a Monkey Ball tournament [...]

Nonfiction Monday: Duke Ellington – His Life in Jazz with 21 Activities


Duke Ellington: His Life in Jazz with 21 Activities By Stephanie Stein Crease Chicago Review Press ISBN: 9781556527241 $16.95 Grades 5 and Up In Stores February 1st, 2009 Biographies can have a tough life. Their charms are often lost on young readers who are more focused on the latest hyped-up fiction or eye-catching nonfiction titles. [...]

Book Review: Knights of the Lunch Table – The Dodgeball Chronicles


Knights of the Lunch Table: The Dodgeball Chronicles By Frank Cammuso Graphix (Scholastic) ISBN: 9780439903226 $9.99 Grades 4-6 In Stores *Recommended* Pulling from King Arthur and Shakespeare, Knights of the Lunch Table is reference-heavy in title, plot, and dialog. The best part? Almost all of it simply serves to make a great story, no previous [...]

Bacon Bookmarks


If you work in a library, then you know that things get left behind in books. Used to mark the page, these items are routinely forgotten. My strangest experience with this phenomena happened way back in Aught 6, when a student unexpectedly came up to me with a photo they found. Of me: Student: Hey, [...]

Happy 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' Day!


So how will you be spending your day off? Wait, what’s that? Diary of a Wimpy Kid Day isn’t a national holiday? I see. Well, if you’re an elementary school librarian like me, you might feel that it should be. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw hits shelves today, and just about every [...]