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Morning Notes: Seuss Taxidermy Edition

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TWILIGHT HANDS SEEK SPOTLIGHT I’m gonna be completely honest here – if my hands were on the Twilight cover, I’d probably want people to know about it too. Although, I don’t think I’d carry around an apple for impromptu re-creations. Click here to read about the Twilight cover hand model. (Thanks to Buzzfeed for the […]

The 10 Most Valuable Picture Books of All Time


I spent a good portion of my formative years reading price guides. I collected comic books and sports cards and, aside from enjoying them, I was convinced they were going to make me rich. My highest hopes were riding on the following comics and cards: Hmm – not too impressive a collection these days. I […]

Nonfiction Monday: The Secret Cave by Emily Arnold McCully

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The Secret Cave: Discovering Lascaux By Emily Arnold McCully Farrar Straus Giroux ISBN: 9780374366940 $16.99 Grades 2-4 In Stores There is a little-known room in the famous cave of Lascaux. Never shown to the public, the secret chamber featured a painting so odd, the French government would never release photos. Until now: How these ancient […]

Books Given

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Two books up, two down. Thanks to everyone who emailed and Twittered in the September Book Giveaway. The following folks enjoyed the luck of the draw this time around: Shelly S. is now the proud owner of Ook and Gluk: Kung Fu Cavemen from the Future. Amy H. will soon be enjoying her copy of […]

Link Du Jour: Books vs. eBooks

Books vs eBooks

It’s time to duke it out! What with School Library Journal devoting this month’s issue to the topic of digital textbooks, it seemed fitting to provide the tale of the print vs. digital tape: (Click to enlarge) (Thanks to TechCrunch for the link)

Videos: J.K. Rowling on Oprah

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Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling was on Oprah yesterday, which may pass for a holiday among children’s lit fans. There were plenty of interesting moments. Let’s take a look at a few. Is there a possibility we will see more Potter books? Rowling talks about the bumpy path to getting published … How familiar are […]

Did You Like a Book This Year? Cybils Nominations Open!

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Did you enjoy a book published in 2010? The Cybils would like your input. Head on over to the Cybils Awards site and nominate your favorites of the year in a multitude of categories. You see, the Cybils take a “power to the people” approach to literary awards – books are nominated by the public. […]

On Hold @ the Library: September ’10


The first month of my 2010-11 school year is almost in the bag, so it’s time to exhume the monthly feature known as On Hold @ the Library. For first-timers, this is where I show you the books that are on hold at one of the schools where I work. What follows is a completely […]

Free Books Ahead! September ’10 Giveaway


When I get the itch to give books away, it’s usually a mixed bag of high quality and lesser quality titles. Not today, friends. What we have here are two books that you can be proud to (potentially) call your own. If you want either title, send me an email ( or a Twitter message […]

Toon Review: Countdown by Deborah Wiles


Countdown By Deborah Wiles Scholastic Press ISBN: 9780545106054 $17.99 Grades 5 and Up In Stores *Best New Books* (Click to enlarge) Review copy purchased. Watch the Countdown book trailer: Also reviewed by Bookends, A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy, Becky’s Book Reviews, Abby (the) Librarian, Literate Lives, A Fuse #8 Production, A Year […]

Morning Notes – Some Pig Edition

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FOR SALE! ‘CHARLOTTE’S WEB’ ORIGINAL ART You want to own a piece of children’s literature history? Time to cash in that change jar. Garth Williams’ original Charlotte’s Web sketches are on the auction block – to take a look, click here. 39 CLUES KEEPS ON KEEPIN’ ON It’s like a sequel lover’s dream. The popular […]

Link Du Jour: Take the Banned Book Quiz

Banned Book Quiz

Why was Little Red Riding Hood banned in 1989? It’s time to find out. The 2010 edition of Banned Books Week is upon us (September 25 – October 2), so it is only fitting to test one’s knowledge of the topic. Mental_floss put out a Banned Books Quiz a couple years back that will, if […]

An Unfortunate Cover Covered Elsewhere


Do you long for a good ol’ Unfortunate Covers post minus the tired pop-culture references I always try to awkwardly insert? Jim over at Teacherninja has an excellent piece on the The Cay, a book with multiple unfortunate incarnations. Great stuff. Click here to read.

Children’s Lit Commish: ‘All Picture Books to be 80s Film Adaptations’


The following is a work of fiction. In a shocking move, the eccentric children’s literature commissioner has declared that all future picture books must be based on films from the 1980s. Sliding into the press room to the strains of Bob Seger’s Old Time Rock ‘N Roll wearing a button down shirt, socks, and sunglasses, […]

Review: Bink & Gollie by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee


Bink & Gollie By Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee Illustrated by Tony Fucile Candlewick Press ISBN: 9780763632663 $15.99 Grades 1-2 In Stores *Best New Books* It’s about time. Henry and Mudge, Mr. Putter and Tabby, Frog and Toad – great pairs all, but young readers are due for a new duo. Here it is. Wholly […]