Search on ....
Subscribe to SLJ
100 Scope Notes
Inside 100 Scope Notes

Covering the Newbery (#22): Adam of the Road

Adam of the Road

In my quest to give every Newbery-winning book a new cover, I hit books that could really use an update (*cough* Invincible Louisa *cough*) and others that really have a good thing going. Today is the latter, with a nice cover illustration by Robert Lawson (he who illustrated Ferdinand the Bull, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, and […]

Video: ‘Hugo’ Trailer


The children’s lit world let out a collective “daaang” when word came out that Martin Scorsese was adapting Brian Selznicks Caldecott-winning The Invention of Hugo Cabret for the silver screen. Now the first trailer for the film has been released. While the mood (of this trailer at least) is a bit lighter than I expected, […]

Cover Curiosity: Creepy Forest

A Tale Dark and Grim

If (nay, when) they create a children’s literature Hall of Fame, Creepy Forest will be one of the first inductees in the category of Settings, right after Farm and before School. Before I get out of hand with this, let’s take a look at the latest pair of separated-at-birth covers. A big thank you to […]

Nonfiction Monday: Ask a Bug

Ask a Bug

Ask a Bug DK ISBN: 9780756672300 $9.99 Grades 2-4 In Stores If there’s one thing that kids have in spades (other than an undying love of Skittles) it’s questions. Even a parent in the midst of a seemingly endless “why?”-athon understands that this curiosity about the world is vital. The child is learning. Here’s the […]

Covering the Newbery (#21): The Matchlock Gun

Matchlock Gun

After a few weeks with nary a Newbery recoverification to be seen, it’s back to the design grindstone (designstone?) today with… 1942: The Matchlock Gun by Walter D. Edmonds Early Cover: My Redo: Side by Side: Verdict: My redo brings things up to date a bit, but as I know nothing about matchlock guns, I’m […]

Link Du Jour: Potter Illustrated

Harry Potter Comic

What with the final Harry Potter film arriving in theaters on July 15, HP internet activity is at an all-time high. This includes lots of things I don’t even understand, like the Harry Potter World Cup. But my favorite is the Potter parody comic from artist/author Lucy Knisley, who summarizes the entire series in illustrated […]

Video: James and the Giant…Cherry?

James on Today

A few of the things I learned while watching this Today Show video featuring Roald Dahl’s daughter Lucy: Which of Dahl’s books he himself fancied the most (any guesses?) How Dahl made use of a captive focus group. How Dahl made one of his books come to life for his kids (until he fell off […]

Oddest Children’s Book Mashup Ever?

Godard Go

Quick – what’s the strangest book mashup you can think of? I had never considered the question before I came across this unusual combination of P.D. Eastman’s classic Go, Dog. Go! and … new wave film director Jean-Luc Godard. Really, anything I could think of couldn’t top this odd pairing. The very appropriate title? Godard, […]

Video: 2 Days of ALA 2011

ALA Annual 2011

I’ve successfully made my way back from New Orleans and ALA Annual 2011 I have a camera’s worth (and brain’s worth) of sharable details. The plan is this: two days, two recaps. Today is for moving images, tomorrow come the words.

Review: Let’s Play Games! by Herve Tullet

Tullet Board Books

The Game of Mix and Match The Game of Let’s Go! The Game of Mix-Up Art The Game of Finger Worms The Game of Light The Game of Patterns By Hervé Tullet Phaidon $8.95 Ages 2-4 In Stores When you crack the cover of a book by Hervé Tullet, it is instantly apparent that this […]

Morning Notes: Simplified Time Travel Edition

JK ROWLING ANNOUNCES…SOMETHING The Harry Potter author has generated a lot of speculation with a new “Pottermore” website and YouTube countdown clock. Click here to read 7 theories on what it could be. 50 CENT TO PEN BOOK ON BULLYING – I’M NOT KIDDING I thought my celebrity author shock-o-meter was maxed out with Tyra […]

Review: Melvin and the Boy by Lauren Castillo


Melvin and the Boy By Lauren Castillo Henry Holt (Macmillan) ISBN: 9780805089295 $16.99 Grades PreK-2 In Stores July 5, 2011 *Best New Book* For many children, a first pet brings with it some of the earliest exposure to responsibility. While kids have minor obligations from an early age, the idea of caring for something that […]

Takin’ it (Big) Easy: ALA Annual 2011


Next weekend I’m heading to New Orleans for my 3rd American Library Association Annual Conference. I’m excited for the following reasons: My ALSC committee (Children & Technology) is putting on a program. And it’s all new fangled: Picture Books Go Digital. In case you’re interested, it’s from 8:00-10:00am on Sunday in room 285 of the […]

Morning Notes: Diaper Baby Stays Edition

BOSTON GLOBE – HORN BOOK AWARDS DISHED OUT You gotta like an award that highlights some books that didn’t get heavy spotlight this year. Click here to see all the winners. SUMMER IS A BUMMER The reviews for the Judy Moody movie are in. And a bit of a bummer. Click here to read. IS […]

Scope Notes in Glorious Mono

Brain Burps Podcast

Are you listening to the Brain Burps About Books podcast? Author/illustrator Katie Davis brings the children’s lit goods on a weekly basis with interviews, on-location reports, industry tips, and audio reviews from Jen Hubert Swan (of Reading Rants! fame) and Betsy Bird (of A Fuse #8 Production). Speaking of reviews, what with the aforementioned Bird […]