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10 to Note: Spring Preview 2014

Spring

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 [...]

Nonfiction Monday: My First Day by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page

My FIrst Day

My First Day: What Animals Do on Day One By Steve Jenkins and Robin Page Illustrated by Steve Jenkins Houghton Mifflin ISBN: 9780547738512 $16.99 Grades K-2 In Stores Jan 8, 2013 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library The capabilities of newborn animals are, for the most part, a mystery. While you can’t walk [...]

Review: Twelve Kinds of Ice by Ellen Bryan Obed

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Twelve Kinds of Ice By Ellen Bryan Obed Illustrated by Barbara McClintock Houghton Mifflin ISBN: 9780618891290 $16.99 Grades 3-6 In Stores *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library I’ve ice skated a lot in my life. Growing up in Northern Michigan, it’s bound to happen. I used to live around the [...]

10 to Note: Summer Preview 2012

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It’s back to the future with this roundup of 10 summer releases that threaten to pull me away from my other favorite warm weather activity – consuming Oreo blizzards. Not a simple feat. June, July, and August – let’s see what you’ve got… Fiction Bink and Gollie, Two for One by Kate DiCamillo, Alison McGhee, [...]

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. [...]

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: Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt

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Okay for Now By Gary D. Schmidt Clarion Books (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) ISBN: 9780547152608 $16.99 Grades 6-8 In Stores *Best New Book* Here are the stats from this book: Memorable voices: one. The book is told from the perspective of eighth grader and devoted Joe Pepitone fan Doug Sweiteck, who moves with his family to [...]

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: Art & Max by David Wiesner

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Art & Max By David Wiesner Clarion Books (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) ISBN: 9780618756636 $17.99 Grades K-4 In Stores His first book in four years, David Wiesner’s Art & Max brings to mind Chris Van Allsburg’s Bad Day at Riverbend in the way it deconstructs the concept of illustration. Like that book, it also manages to [...]

Nonfiction Monday: How to Clean a Hippopotamus by Steve Jenkins & Robin Page

Hippo

How to Clean a Hippopotamus: A Look at Unusual Animal Partnerships By Steve Jenkins & Robin Page Houghton Mifflin ISBN: 9780547245157 $16.00 Grades K-3 In Stores *Best New Books* If you’re like me (and you should hope you’re not – my chocolate milk habit is out of hand), you sometimes become oblivious to greatness. Certain [...]

Review: Palazzo Inverso by D.B. Johnson

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Palazzo Inverso By D.B. Johnson Houghton Mifflin ISBN: 9780547239996 $17.00 Grades K-3 In  Stores I first encountered the work of M.C. Escher in a bookstore. I had seen optical illusions before that point, but never to the precise heights on display in works like Relativity and Waterfall, which were hung around my local shop. With [...]