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Link Du Jour: Sellbesters


Tired of having to go all the way to the New York Times website to get your weekly bestseller info? Sick of having to click on “Children’s Books” to get the information you need? I’ll share the top 5 picture and chapter book bestsellers here, but if you want to see the entire lists, you’ll [...]

The Scoop: 'Lunch Lady' Moves to the Silver Screen, Amy Poehler to Star


Man, folks really don’t waste much time these days making silver-screen moves on children’s lit. From Universal has picked up “Lunch Lady,” a children’s graphic novel series written and illustrated by Jarrett Krosoczka, with Amy Poehler attached to star. Poehler will executive produce along with the Gotham Group’s Ellen Goldsmith-Vein set to produce. Click [...]

Book Review: Dinotrux by Chris Gall


Dinotrux By Chris Gall Little, Brown ISBN: 9780316027779 $16.99 Grades PreK-2 In Stores *Recommended* The Scene: A packed courtroom. Judge: We will now hear closing arguments in the case of Young Readers vs. Dinotrux. Mr. Scope Notes, representing Young Readers, will be first. Scope Notes: Thank you your Honor. Members of the jury, I trust [...]

Audio Clip: The Return of Frog and Toad


The Frogs and Toads All Sang © 2009 by the Estate of Arnold Lobel I first heard the story of the Adrianne Lobel’s The Frogs and Toads All Sang on A Fuse #8 Production. What’s the fuss? Well, this new book is created from Arnold Lobel’s recently rediscovered, hand-made Frog and Toad illustrated poems. Now [...]

Toon Review: The Dunderheads by Paul Fleischman


The Dunderheads By Paul Fleischman Illustrated by David Roberts Candlewick Press ISBN: 9780763624989 $16.99 Grades 1-3 In Stores *Best New Books* Also reviewed by books4yourkids. Find this book at your local library with WorldCat. (Comics created using Bitstrips)

30 Days to ALA Annual: Let the Countdown Begin


The clock is ticking. 30 days separate me and my first American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference (July 9-15). As I blow the thick layer of dust off my “talking to author skills”, and lock in which cardigan sweater I shall wear on which day (Wed: Gray, Thurs: Dark Gray…) I’ll be putting up some [...]

Book Review: Doc Wilde and the Frogs of Doom by Tim Byrd


Doc Wilde and the Frogs of Doom By Tim Byrd G. P. Putnam’s Sons (Penguin) ISBN: 9780399247835 $15.99 Grades 4-6 In Stores *Recommended* Chapter 1 Travis sits down to review the new middle grade adventure Doc Wilde and the Frogs of Doom. He decides to incorporate the book’s cliffhanger-heavy style into the review when there [...]

Unfortunate Covers (#10)


To review: Unfortunate Cover = Good Book + Cover Which is Doing No Favors for Shelf Appeal of Said Good Book. Some Unfortunate Covers picks have been downright tough to call out. Especially #3 and #9: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9. This one? This is really like shooting fish in a [...]

Book Review: Trouble Magnet (Calvin Coconut #1) by Graham Salisbury


Trouble Magnet (Calvin Coconut #1) by Graham Salisbury Illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers Wendy Lamb Books (Random House) ISBN: 9780385737012 $12.99 Grades 3-5 In Stores *Recommended* It seems like every other book that’s published these days has a #1 slapped on the spine. I can understand why. Series books allow readers to get comfortable with characters [...]

On Hold @ the Library: May '09


Time for another edition of On Hold @ the Library. Let’s just take a look at our holds shelf and see what we’ve got. Oh. Yeah. That’s right. Since the end of the school year is nigh, holds are no longer being taken. To make a (not very long) story short, I got nothin’. (Thinking) [...]

Your Final Warning: Time Running Out on May '09 Book Giveaway


A friendly, urgent, subtle, dire warning: You have until 11:59 p.m. tonight (Monday) to get you entry in for the May ’09 100 Scope Notes Book Giveaway. The Potato Chip Puzzles and Toby Alone are up for grabs. Click here to view the books and find out how to enter.

Book Review: When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead


When You Reach Me By Rebecca Stead Wendy Lamb Books (Random House) ISBN: 978385747425 $15.99 Grades 6-8 In Stores July 14, 2009 *Best New Books* Do you enjoy getting chills? Are you a fan of thoughtful, engrossing, surprising storytelling? How do you feel about books that stick with you long after you’ve finished reading? I’m [...]

100 Scope Notes Book Giveaway: May '09


No two book giveaways a created the same. This one? This is a good one. Indeed, a first. Not one, but two *Recommended* books are up for the procuring. How can you get your hot, peanut butter M&Ms-smudged hands on one? Send an email to or “hit me up” on Twitter (I’m working hard [...]

Sunday Link Du Jour: Bought Books


I began this post with a humble question: Which books are being bought? Below, courtesy of Reading Radar (who pulls from the New York Times Best Seller list), are my findings. Let’s start with picture books. (Click anywhere on the image to view the entire top ten) Listen to the Wind has been residin’ in [...]

Cover Controversy: Doin' Work


There’s something about big machines that captures the imagination of kids. I can identify. When I was a youngster, my county fair held a monster truck show and parked all of the massively-tired vehicles in the church parking lot across from my house. I almost lost it. I mean Bigfoot? Come on. Two recent titles [...]