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Top 20 Books of 2014: 15-11

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#20-16 | #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1 15. Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton [Candlewick Press | Grades PreK-1] Click here for additional resources from Watch. Connect. Read. With its combination of suspense and broad humor, Shh! We Have a Plan plays like the best Chuck Jones Merrie Melodies cartoon that never happened. You can practically [...]

Review: Baby Bear by Kadir Nelson

Baby Bear

Baby Bear By Kadir Nelson Balzer + Bray (HarperCollins) ISBN: 9780062241726 $17.99 Grades PreK-1 In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Man, are there a lot of bedtime books out there. With reading to children being such a pre-sleep ritual, however, this proliferation of books dedicated to sawing logs makes sense. In [...]

Toon Review: The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes

Billy Miller

The Year of Billy Miller By Kevin Henkes Greenwillow Books (HarperCollins) ISBN: 9780062268150 $16.99 Grades 2-4 In Stores September 17, 2013 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library *Best New Book* (click on comics to enlarge) Digital review copy from Edelweiss. Also reviewed by For Those About to Mock, A Fuse #8 Production, Waking Brain [...]

10 to Note: Spring Preview 2013

10 to Note Spring 2013

It’s time to once again to look at the season before us and say “that looks good”. What follows are books coming out in March, April, and May that appear to have promise. Picture Book Giant Dance Party by Betsy Bird; illustrated by Brandon Dorman April 23 | Greenwillow | Grades K-2 Ever heard of [...]

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 [...]

Review: Summer of the Gypsy Moths by Sara Pennypacker

Gypsy Moths

Summer of the Gypsy Moths By Sara Pennypacker Balzer + Bray (HarperCollins) ISBN: 9780061964206 $15.99 Grades 4-6 In Stores *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library In my need to draw pop culture comparisons whenever possible, I’m tempted to call Summer of the Gypsy Moths “Weekend at Bernie’s as a coming-of-age [...]

Review: Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It by Gail Carson Levine

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Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It: False Apology Poems By Gail Carson Levine Illustrated by Matthew Cordell Harper (HarperCollins) ISBN: 9780061787256 $15.99 Grades 2-5 In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Check out these excellent reviews of Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It: A Fuse #8 Production, A Year of [...]

Review: The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

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The One and Only Ivan By Katherine Applegate HarperCollins ISBN: 9780061992254 $16.99 Grades 4-6 In Stores *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library For a children’s book, inhabiting the world of animals can be a dicey proposition. While the appeal is broad, it seems like the rate of true success is [...]

Review: The Easter Bunny’s Assistant by Jan Thomas

Easter Bunnys Assistant

The Easter Bunny’s Assistant By Jan Thomas Harper (HarperCollins) ISBN: 9780061692864 $12.99 Grades PreK-2 In Stores *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library In terms of consistency, few picture book creators in the world are operating at the level of Jan Thomas right now. Since her debut in 2007, What Will [...]

Review: Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen

Extra Yarn

Extra Yarn By Mac Barnett Illustrated by Jon Klassen Balzer + Bray (HarperCollins) ISBN: 9780061953385 $16.99 Grades K-2 In Stores *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library I’ve never knitted anything in my life (or is it just “knit”?). Not a thing. The extent of my self-crafted wardrobe is limited to [...]

Top 20 Children’s Books of 2011 (#10-6)

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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 10. Marty McGuire by Kate Messner [Scholastic | Grades 3-5] Click here for additional resources from Watch. Connect. Read. [...]

Top 20 Children’s Books of 2011 (#20-16)

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Let the singing of praises commence. Over four days, fellow school librarian John Schumacher and I will count down our top 20 books of the past year. It’s a K-6, anything goes sort of list, with picture books, chapter books, nonfiction, and graphic novels all tossed into one big pot. This year Watch. Connect. Read. [...]

10 to Note: Fall Preview 2011

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Catalogs pored over, eyes sufficiently sapped of all moisture – it must be time to look at the 10 books that come out in September, October, and November that have me going around saying “aww, yeah!” to strangers. Or maybe just thinking it. While I search for the Visene®, take a look at the list. [...]

Review: A Pet for Petunia by Paul Schmid

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A Pet for Petunia By Paul Schmid Harper (HarperCollins) ISBN: 9780061963315 $12.99 Grades K-2 In Stores *Best New Books* Playing opposites is a common occurrence in children’s literature. Little Pea, Bedtime for Mommy, and Children Make Terrible Pets are but a few recent examples of a concept with a long history. The act of reversing [...]

Review: Cat Secrets by Jef Czekaj

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Cat Secrets By Jef Czekaj Balzer + Bray (HarperCollins) ISBN: 9780061920882 $16.99 Grades K-2 In Stores On a purely technical level every book engages the reader, right? The act of reading or listening demands at least a small amount of participation. Then you run into a book like Cat Secrets, which shows the heights to [...]