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Award Seal as Design Element: A Cover First?


Today I was checking out upcoming releases using Edelweiss (a great place to go for publisher catalogs y’all) when I came across a book that was released back in September – the paperback edition of Zorgamazoo by Robert Paul Weston. If you remember, the original cover made an impression on me. But this new design? […]

Morning Notes: 3 Things Edition

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A NEWBERY IN 90 SECONDS Still basking in Newbery Medal afterglow? Rather than idly gazing out the window with a goofy smile plastered on your face (as I do), why not channel your glow energy into something with a purpose? How about taking your favorite Newbery-winning story and turning it into a 90 second video? […]

Video: Kickin’ it Old School with Newbery and Caldecott

YMA Video 2001

Good ol’ CSPAN2. Having attended the Youth Media Awards for the first time this year, I encountered high levels of enjoyment when I came upon CSPAN2 footage of the YMA announcements from January 15, 2001, when the world of librarianship was just a twinkle in my eye. It’s pretty clear to see that the event […]

Covering the Newbery (#6): Smoky, the Cowhorse


After a holidays and ALA Midwinter induced hiatus, Covering the Newbery is back up and running. The basics? I’m redoing the cover of every Newbery Medal-winning book, beginning with The Story of Mankind and working up to today. Uh, this little project is going to take a while. My rules are these: The image I […]

Link Du Jour: Fox in Socks, Quickly

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I’ve never been a particularly fast reader. Sure I can make hay when I have to (see also: review deadline breathing heavily down my neck) but most of the time I find myself rereading sentences to make sure I caught everything, stopping to consider especially thought-provoking passages, pausing to address any uneaten English muffins lying […]

Video: Newbery/Caldecott Winners Announced!


Although I missed a train and had to do some sprinting, I made it to the San Diego convention center just in time to watch the 2011 ALA Youth Media Awards. I’m hoping we soon reach the point where we can all simply call them the YMAs, but until that point I am legally required […]

Postcards from ALA Midwinter: ARCs

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(Thanks to @MrSchuReads for the photo)

Postcards from ALA Midwinter: Greetings

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Trailer: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules

Rodrick Rules

Did I expect to see the trailer for Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules already? No. Am I excited? That’s a yes. In theaters March 25th.

Going Back to Cali: ALA Midwinter 2011


Actually, I’ve never been to California, but when a Notorious B.I.G. reference presents itself, truth will get stretched. This weekend I’m heading to San Diego for my first American Library Association Midwinter Meeting. I’m there mainly to meet with fellow members of ALSC’s Children & Technology committee of which I am a part. Along the […]

Famous Books, Better Titles

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Sometimes a website will hit on a simple idea that is pure comedic genius. Better Book Titles is just such a site. The premise is as straightforward as they come: giving well known books new and more appropriate titles. Or as the creator of the site puts it: This blog is for people who do […]

Morning Notes: John Newbery, Ladies’ Man Edition

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ONE CRAZY WINNER Sure, it made every best of the year list you can name (including our Top 20), but One Crazy Summer is due for some legitimate hardware. It came yesterday in the form of the prestigious Scott O’Dell Award, handed out to the best historical fiction of the year. Alright! Click here to […]

Update: Using ‘Unshelved’ in Your Library


It’s a new year – why not try a new reading promotion idea? Or, like me, you can lazily take an old idea and “update it” for 2011 (I believe I’m supposed to mention something about the insanity of “re-inventing the wheel” here). Back in the glory days of 2009, I wrote about how I […]

Covering the Newbery (#5): Shen of the Sea

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If there’s anything I know to be true, it’s the old adage “A year of good fortune begins with a reimagined Newbery-winning book cover”. Or something like that. Today I continue my mission of re-jacketing every Newbery winner. 1926: Shen of the Sea: Chinese Stories for Children by Arthur Bowie Chrisman, illustrated by Else Hasselriis […]

Winter Scope Notes


Due to napping, Christmas cookie consuming, and life-risking holiday travels, 100 Scope Notes will be out of commission until January 3rd. See you back here then.