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Top 20 Books of 2014: 20-16

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Around this time of the year, John Schumacher and I get all reflective. While it would be cool if we shined brightly when you pointed a flashlight at us, I don’t mean that kind of reflective. I mean we looked back on the year in children’s literature. We reflected with a purpose: over the next [...]

Sara Varon Has Been Busy: An Exclusive First Look at Her New Projects

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Sara Varon is the creator of the first book I ever reviewed on this blog – Robot Dreams. I’ve been enjoying her work ever since, including Chicken and Cat Clean Up in 2009 and Odd Duck last year. Today I’m happy to announce that Sara has a batch of new projects in the works. Let’s hear [...]

Review: Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny by John Himmelman

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Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny By John Himmelman Henry Holt (Macmillan) ISBN: 9780805099706 $13.99 Grades 1-4 Out October 28, 2014 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library In a children’s literature landscape where “lesson” has become a bad word, books that overtly seek to impart wisdom have become more the exception than the rule. Mention [...]

Review: The Zoo Box by Ariel Cohn

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The Zoo Box By Ariel Cohn Illustrated by Aron Nels Steinke First Second (Macmillan) ISBN: 9781626720527 $17.99 Grades K-3 Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Of all the mash-ups going on in children’s literature these days – think Hugo Cabret, Wimpy Kid, Flora & Ulysses – is any combination more natural [...]

Review: The Miniature World of Marvin and James by Elise Broach

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The Miniature World of Marvin and James (The Masterpiece Adventures, Book One) By Elise Broach Illustrated by Kelly Murphy Henry Holt (Macmillan) ISBN: 9780805091908 $15.99 Grades 1-3 Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Look out – sports reference. My two favorites are soccer and basketball. One time, a friend who played [...]

Review: The 26-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths

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The 26-Story Treehouse By Andy Griffiths Illustrated by Terry Denton Feiwel & Friends (Macmillan) ISBN: 9781250026910 $13.99 Grades 2-6 Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library *Disclaimer* I’ve never started a review with a disclaimer before, but before getting into this review I should probably say that Andy Griffiths visited my school [...]

Review: The Riverman by Aaron Starmer

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The Riverman (The Riverman Trilogy, Volume 1) By Aaron Starmer Farrar, Straus and Giroux ISBN: 9780374363093 $15.99 Grades 6-9 In Stores *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler books | Your Library Interestingness is underrated (it also barely feels like a real word, but let’s not let that get in the way here). Sometimes, in [...]

Nonfiction Monday: Gravity by Jason Chin

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Gravity By Jason Chin Roaring Brook Pres (Macmillan) ISBN: 9781596437173 $16.99 Grades K-3 In Stores April 29, 2014 *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Pet peeve time. Often when people talk about low-level nonfiction, they don’t mean really low. Sorry K-1 crowd. Although the field is getting better all the [...]

10 to Note: Spring Preview 2014

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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 [...]

Review: Home Sweet Horror by James Preller

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Home Sweet Horror (Scary Tales #1) By James Preller Illustrated by Iacopo Bruno Feiwel & Friends ISBN: 9781250018878 $14.99 Grades 3-5 In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Let’s face it – you don’t get more high interest than horror. There’s a subtle defiance in reading a book full of dark and [...]

Vine Review: Primates by Jim Ottaviani and Maris Wicks

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Has anyone done a book review via Vine yet? Let’s give this a shot… Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas By Jim Ottaviani Illustrated by Maris Wicks First Second ISBN: 9781596438651 $19.99 Grades 5 and Up In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library (If you are [...]

Review: Arnie the Doughnut: Bowling Alley Bandit by Laurie Keller

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Bowling Alley Bandit (The Adventures of Arnie the Doughnut) By Laurie Keller Henry Holt ISBN: 9780805090765 $12.99 Grades 2-4 In Stores June 4, 2013 *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Oh, the hazards of bringing a picture book character to the chapter book format. For every success, there are a [...]

2013 Preview Interview: First Second Books

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When graphic novel publisher First Second contacted me to see if I was up for chatting about their 2013 wares, it struck me as a good idea. After all, I’ve already reviewed (and loved) their upcoming Odd Duck. I’m not sure if the Preview Interview will become a regular feature (I mean, A Fuse #8 [...]

Review: Odd Duck by Cecil Castellucci

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Odd Duck By Cecil Castellucci Illustrated by Sara Varon First Second Books ISBN: 9781596435575 $15.99 Grades 2-5 In Stores May 14, 2013 *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library I have this friend with whom I have almost nothing in common. Name a belief system – political, religious – we are [...]

Nonfiction Monday: Castle: How It Works by David Macaulay

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Castle: How It Works By David Macaulay with Sheila Keenan David Macaulay Studio (Macmillan) ISBN: 9781596437449 $15.99 Grades 1-4 In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library One of the more satisfying things about being an elementary school librarian (other than the resurgence of the cardigan sweater) is seeing gaps filled. The landscape [...]