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10 to Note: Spring Preview 2014


Book hope springs eternal. It’s time to take a look at ten titles that I’m excited about for spring. Picture Books Help! We Need a Title! by Hervé Tullet May 13, 2014 | Candlewick Press | Grades PreK-1 I’m a sucker for inventive picture books and Hervé Tullet is the master of this realm. This […]

10 to Note: Summer Preview 2011

Summer Preview

With all the summer catalogs properly pored over, now is the time for the quarterly season preview I call 10 to Note. The following is a highly subjective list of books set to arrive in June, July, and August that are intriguing to my eyes and ears. Fiction Missing on Superstition Mountain by Elise Broach; […]

Top 20 Children’s Books of 2010 (#10-6)

Top 20 Books

#20-16 | #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1 10. The Chicken Thief by Beatrice Rodriguez [Enchanted Lion] Published in France in 2005 as Le Voleur de Poule, this wordless picture book takes readers on an adventure through a forest, up and down a mountain, across an ocean, and into Fox’s lair. Why? Because Bear, Rabbit, and […]

10 to Note: Winter Preview 2010-11

10 to Note Winter

One season. 10 books. This was difficult. After scouring the children’s lit landscape, what follows are the 10 titles set to release in December, January, and February that most caught my eye as a K-6 school librarian. It’s a subjective list, to be sure, and not a collection of surefire winners – just some promising […]

Review: Keeper by Kathi Appelt


Keeper By Kathi Appelt Illustrated by August Hall Atheneum (Simon & Schuster) ISBN: 9781416950608 $16.99 Grades 4-7 In Stores *Best New Books* Every time I set my mind to reviewing Keeper, the latest from Newbery-honor-winning author Kathi Appelt (The Underneath) my thoughts always seem to align in groups of three. I think I’ll keep it […]