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Review: I Didn’t Do My Homework Because… by Davide Cali

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I Didn’t Do My Homework Because… By Davide Cali Illustrated by Benjamin Chaud Chronicle Books ISBN: 9781452125510 $12.99 Grades 1-3 In Stores March 4, 2014 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Kids will go to great lengths to avoid homework. I Didn’t Do My Homework Because… is a little book that celebrates this [...]

Review: The Bear’s Song by Benjamin Chaud

Bear's Song

The Bear’s Song By Benjamin Chaud Chronicle Books ISBN: 9781452114248 $17.99 Grades PreK-1 In Stores September 17, 2013 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library *Best New Book* Ah, the element of surprise – of all the weapons at an author’s disposal, surprise is one of the most potent. Originally published in France, The [...]

Review: Sorted Books by Nina Katchadourian

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Sorted Books By Nina Katchadourian Introduction by Brian Dillon Chronicle Books ISBN: 9781452113296 $22.95 In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library It began with some random internet meandering. In 2009 I came across Nina Katchadourian’s website utterly by chance. Her work, arranging books so their spines can be read as an organized [...]

Review: Open This Little Book by Jesse Klausmeier

Open This Little Book

Open This Little Book By Jesse Klausmeier Illustrated by Suzy Lee Chronicle Books ISBN: 9780811867832 $16.99 Grades PreK-2 In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Some books, you just have to see. When a title like the inventive Open This Little Book arrives, a description alone doesn’t do it much justice. But [...]

10 to Note: Winter Preview 2012-13

Winter Preview 2013

Sometimes you see a book and go… What follows are the books coming out in December, January, and February that made me do that. Picture Books Doug Unplugged by Dan Yaccarino February 12 | Knopf | Grades K-3 Is ditching technology for real life an emerging children’s lit trend? 2012 standout hello! hello! nicely builds [...]

Nonfiction Monday: How Many Jelly Beans? by Andrea Menotti

How Many Jelly Beans

How Many Jelly Beans? A Giant Book of Giant Numbers By Andrea Menotti Illustrated by Yancey Labat Chronicle ISBN: 9781452102061 $18.99 Grades K-4 In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library You gotta like books with guts. Books that are willing to throw caution to the wind in terms of format or content [...]

10 Fiction Picture Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2012

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2012 may go down as the year of the picture book sequel. Aside from the Mo Willems offering I mention below, expect sequels to The Dunderheads, I Must Have Bobo, LMNO Peas, Say Hello to Zorro, Oh No!, Dinotrux, A Pet for Petunia and a whole bunch more. Borrowing heavily (see: stealing) from A Fuse [...]

Top 20 Children’s Books of 2011 (#5-1)

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Fellow school librarian John Schumacher and I are counting down our top 20 books of 2011. Head on over to Watch. Connect. Read. for additional resources for each book.   #20-16 | #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1 5. Ice by Arthur Geisert [Enchanted Lion | Grades K-3] Click here for additional resources from Watch. Connect. [...]

Review: A Dog is a Dog

A Dog is a Dog

A Dog is a Dog By Stephen Shaskan Chronicle Books ISBN: 9780811878968 $14.99 Grades Prek-2 In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library *Note* If you’re reading this in an RSS reader, click here to see the review. Watch the A Dog is a Dog book trailer: Read an interview with Stephen Shaskan [...]

Nonfiction Monday: How Things Work in the Yard by Lisa Campbell Ernst

How Things Work

How Things Work in the Yard By Lisa Campbell Ernst Blue Apple Books (Chronicle) ISBN: 9781609050092 $14.99 Grades 1-3 In Stores Some nonfiction thinks big, covering iconic figures from history, complex concepts, and the world’s greatest, best, and most amazing. With her picture book How Things Work in the Yard, Lisa Campbell Ernst (Round Like [...]

Review: Press Here by Herve Tullet

Press Here

Press Here By Herve Tullet Chronicle Books ISBN: 9780811879545 $14.99 Ages 2-4 In Stores *Best New Book* Since I started this blog in the golden days of aught seven, I’ve prattled on and on about the elements that make for quality kids’ books. Memorable characters, beautiful artwork, compelling plot, and so on and so forth. [...]

10 to Note: Spring Preview 2011

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Hang-wringing complete. It’s time for the quarterly look at upcoming releases I’m calling 10 to Note. What follows are the 10 titles set to hit shelves in March, April, and May that had me most saying “Yeah, boiiiii!” (or something along those lines). Not a guarantee of quality, but a subjective list of books that [...]

Review: Chicken Big by Keith Graves

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Chicken Big By Keith Graves Chronicle Books ISBN: 9780811872379 $16.99 Grades K-2 A offbeat take on the well-known Chicken Little, Chicken Big goes in a different direction, displaying the sort of lighthearted goofiness that goes over well with a crowd. A humongous egg leads to a humongous chick. When Chicken Big arrives, the other fowl [...]