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Covering the Newbery (#38): The Witch of Blackbird Pond

Witch of Blackbird Pond

What with all the standard weekly commotion, I realized that I didn’t post my weekly attempt to update the cover of a Newbery-winning book. That’s not good – I got a lot of these things to go. Click here for the Covering the Newbery gallery. So, better late than never… 1959: The Witch of Blackbird […]

Books on Film: The Joy of Books

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The year is young, but I think this is going to be the video to beat in 2012. Called The Joy of Books, and created by the fine folks at Type bookstore in Toronto, it’s an awe-inspiring merger of stop-motion film-making and books. File it in the category labeled “great”. Wait, you don’t file away […]

January 2012 Book Giveaway

Flying Books

The mood, it strikes. It’s time to give away some books. If you are interested in either of the titles below, send me an email (scopenotes (at) gmail (dot) com) or a tweet (@100scopenotes) before 11:59 p.m. on Friday, January 13. Include the title of the book you have your eye on. Once all the […]

I Got an Ereader. Now What?

Kindle Close Up

I wrote an article about my first experience with an e-reader for the January edition of School Library Journal. But really, the main attraction is the illustration – an unexpected rendering of me that friends have called “very Count Olaf“. The highest of compliments in my book. Here’s a taste: Aww, yeah. Click here to […]

Nonfiction Monday: Here Come the Girl Scouts! by Shana Corey

Here Come the Girl Scouts

Here Come the Girl Scouts! By Shana Corey Illustrated by Hadley Hooper Scholastic Press ISBN: 9780545342780 $17.99 Grades 1-3 In Stores *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library And now for something a bit different. I’m tag-teaming today’s review with the host of this week’s Nonfiction Monday, Mary Ann of the […]

Link Du Jour: Successful Banning

Censored Books

Facing a book challenge? Just curious about books that have been successfully banned? recently brought the Censored Books database to my attention. Tune in if for no other reason than to be flabbergasted all over again that a school banned the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Click here to check it out.

Dear Illustrated Classics, You’re Awesome

Oregon Trail Illustrated Classic

I recently came across this Illustrated Classic Edition of The Oregon Trail and it brought me back. Did you read these? Published by Moby books, they were abridged versions of all the well-known works of literature for young readers. For a period of time (roughly around my 8th birthday) I was obsessed. My teacher had […]

Review: The Flying Beaver Brothers and the Evil Penguin Plan by Maxwell Eaton III

Flying Beaver Brothers

The Flying Beaver Brothers and the Evil Penguin Plan By Maxwell Eaton III Alfred A. Knopf (Random House) ISBN: 9780375864476 $6.99 Grades 2-4 On Shelves January 10, 2012 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library They were nowhere, they suddenly, they’re everywhere. The rise of graphic novels for younger readers is one of the […]

Newbery/Caldecott 2012: The Home Stretch


The time seems right (in my opinion, it’s never really wrong) to check back in on how the Newbery and Caldecott races are shaping up. I’ve already shared my 2012 Caldecott predictions, but this time out the scrutinization tools of choice are the 2012 Newbery and Caldecott lists on Goodreads. If you’re not familiar, Goodreads […]

Morning Notes: Cliffs of Pulp Edition

OUR NEW AMBASSADOR Allow me to be the 7th person to tell you that the new National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature is Walter Dean Myers. An excellent choice. The New York Times did a nice piece on Mr. Myers. Click here to read it. YE OLDE HIGH END BOOK SCULPTURE SHOP Have you reached […]

Books on Film: In the Studio with Kevin Henkes

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Want to see what author/illustrator Kevin Henkes was painting at 16? Want to see an early draft of his Caldecott-winner Kitten’s First Full Moon? These are the sorts of things you can find by watching the video below. Tune in if for no other reason than to see a master at work. Oh, and the […]

The 50/50 Challenge: Support Indie Booksellers


Spurred on by John Schumacher (of Watch. Connect. Read. fame) and his relationship with Anderson’s Bookshop and author/illustrator Matthew Cordell’s recent call to reawaken your love for the picture book, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how I support independent bookstores. As a school librarian working at four elementary schools, I’m in the position […]

Pictures from My Vacation

Bag of Books

Some Books I Bought: If you happen to find yourself in Petoskey, MI, be sure to stop in at McLean & Eakin. They know how selling books is done. My haul was sort of a hodgepodge of books that I missed picking up earlier in the year and some that I found on the spot. […]

Covering the Newbery (#37): Rifles for Watie

Rifles for Watie

We’re back on the Covering the Newbery wagon. Each week I attempt to redo the cover of a Newbery winner. Every Newbery winner. This is going to take a while. Click here for the Covering the Newbery gallery. 1958: Rifles for Watie by Harold Keith Original Cover: My Redo: Side by Side: Verdict: This one […]

Here’s to 2012