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Nonfiction Monday: Cool Robots by Sean Kenney


Cool Robots By Sean Kenney Christy Ottaviano Books (Henry Holt) ISBN: 978085087635 $12.99 Grades K-2 In Stores Sept. 28, 2010 Review copy from publisher. Click here to check out the Nonfiction Monday roundup at Rasco From RIF. Watch the Cool Robots book trailer: Find this book at your local library with WorldCat.

Link Du Jour: Top 10 Sports Books


I like sports. I watch ESPN at levels the American Library Association has deemed medically unsafe for any librarian. So this brings about a question. Why is it that I always seem to miss great sports books for kids? Thankfully, Booklist is willing to help me out with their recently-released Top 10 Sports Books for […]

Toon Review: Spork by Kyo Maclear


Spork By Kyo Maclear Illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault Kids Can Press ISBN: 9781553377368 $16.95 Grades K-2 In Stores *Best New Books* (Click to enlarge panels) Review copy from publisher. Find this book at your local library with WorldCat.

Video: The Giving Tree – Fo’ Real

Money Tree

While I don’t think it was necessarily intended, children’s book author Amy Krouse Rosenthal (Duck! Rabbit!, Little Hoot) makes Shel Silverstein’s beloved (polarizing?) book a reality – by tying dollar bills to the limbs of a small tree. When it comes down to it, there isn’t much children’s lit in this clip – but don’t […]

Morning Notes: Cardigan Venn Diagram Edition

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AS A CARDIGAN LOVER I DISLIKE THIS VENN DIAGRAM Say it with me: How dare they? (Thanks to BoingBoing for the link) THIS EXPLAINS ROALD DAHL’S CAREER Looking at some of the quotes pulled from Roald Dahl’s grade school report cards, I can totally see why he came to write stories that often featured dim-witted […]

Review: Knuffle Bunny Free by Mo Willems

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Knuffle Bunny Free By Mo Willems Balzer + Bray (HarperCollins) ISBN: 978006192957 $17.99 Grades PreK-2 In Stores Sept. 28, 2010 *Best New Books* Few picture books enjoy the sort of universal affection that Knuffle Bunny and sequel Knuffle Bunny Too command. This love has been earned. Aside from a storyline that both kids and adults […]

Link Du Jour: This Is How You Sell Books

Mr. Jonker Recommends

As a school librarian, I’m always trying to generate interest in books. Most often, I use one of the following approaches: 1. I slap a “Mr. Jonker Recommends” sign on a book I like. It looks like this: Or… 2. I display new or relevant books face out in different areas of the library. But […]

Morning Notes: Dubious Lessons Edition

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THE CYBILS ARE HERE The Children’s and YA Bloggers’ Literary Awards are gearing up and they’re looking for judges. I’ve taken part the last two years, and I believe I’m gonna toss my hat in the ring again this year. Click here to find out how to apply. NBA PLAYER TWEETS CHILDREN’S BOOK The idea […]

Nonfiction Monday: Ideas that Changed the World

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Ideas that Changed the World: Incredible inventions and the stories behind them DK ISBN: 9780756665319 $24.99 Grades 5-8 In Stores Sometimes, I claim to have ideas. Usually these ideas are either stolen (à la the t-shirt cardigan) or original and stupid (care to hear about my hot dog restaurant called Redonkulous Dogs?). But when honest […]

Cover Curiosity: Holding the Goose


There are plenty of cover elements that have become common. Socks. Staring into the distance. Faces. But girls holding geese? That’s rare. You tend to remember that. Such is the case in today’s cover curiosity. Let’s take a look at the first cover: Alchemy and Meggy Swann by Karen Cushman. And it’s twin… Fly by […]

Video Clip: Beverly Cleary Talks ‘Ramona’


CBS News talks to Beverly Cleary about her ability to connect with today’s kids. Not too shabby for someone who’s been retired for a decade.

Summer Scope Notes


Due to summer travels and, probably, ice cream, 100 Scope Notes will be up on the shelf until Thursday. See you back here then. (Top Image: ‘Free Rainbow Sprinkle Ice Cream Cone Creative+Commons‘

Review: Tower of Treasure by Scott Chantler

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Tower of Treasure (Three Thieves: Book One) By Scott Chantler Kids Can Press ISBN: 9781554534142 $17.95 Grades 3-6 In Stores Back in the halcyon days of my youth, I rated every grilled-cheese I ate on a 1 to 10 scale. I remember the good ones (the Walkway Cafe in Cheboygan, Michigan took first place) and, […]

Suckers Re-Illustrated


You want ’em re-illustrated? You got ’em re-illustrated! A couple weeks back, A Fuse #8 Production posted Re-Illustrate That Sucker!, a call to update the artwork of some excellent (and visually dated) older books. I decided to dust off the cover makeover rules I established in my “Cover Covers” posts and try my hand at […]

Million Dollar Idea: The Cardigan T-Shirt


Recently, as librarians are wont to do, I was engaged in an absorbing cardigan sweater conversation with Julie Jurgens (@himmissjulie) and Elizabeth Burns (@LizB) on Twitter. Suddenly, Julie (of the excellent blog Hi Miss Julie!) came up with a genius idea. The cardigan t-shirt. I repeat. The cardigan t-shirt. Inspired by the tuxedo shirt… …it […]