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Review: Oh, No! by Candace Fleming

Oh, No! By Candace Fleming Illustrated by Eric Rohmann Schwartz & Wade (Random House) ISBN: 9780375842719 $17.99 Grades K-2 In Stores *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library It makes sense, doesn’t it? Pair a great author with a great illustrator and you get…something great? Indeed, Oh, No! is well crafted […]

Review: Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead

Liar & Spy By Rebecca Stead Wendy Lamb Books (Random House) ISBN: 9780385737432 $15.99 Grades 5-7 In Stores August 7, 2012 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Some authors can write a career’s worth of books and never quite nail the intangible element of mood. Not so with Newbery-winning author Rebecca Stead. Her […]

10 to Note: Summer Preview 2012

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, […]

Review: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Wonder By R.J. Palacio Knopf (Random House) ISBN: 9780375869020 $15.99 Grades 4-7 In Stores *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library It’s a beautiful thing, when a book truly grabs you. It doesn’t happen all that often, and it’s impossible to know when it’s coming. Even with all the advance warning […]

Review: Kali’s Song by Jeanette Winter

Kali’s Song By Jeanette Winter Schwartz & Wade (Random House) ISBN: 9780375870224 $16.99 Grades PreK-2 In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Gentle gets a bad rap. Books that scream and shout get a lot of attention, but often it is a classic case of sound and fury signifying nothing. Jeanette Winter […]

Nonfiction Monday: A Boy Called Dickens by Deborah Hopkinson

A Boy Called Dickens By Deborah Hopkinson Illustrated by John Hendrix Schwartz & Wade (Random House) ISBN: 9780375867323 $17.99 Grades 2-5 In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library It seems like most picture books on famous subjects go one of two ways – a cradle-to-grave overview, or a sliver of life that […]

Review: The Flying Beaver Brothers and the Evil Penguin Plan by Maxwell Eaton III

The Flying Beaver Brothers and the Evil Penguin Plan By Maxwell Eaton III Alfred A. Knopf (Random House) ISBN: 9780375864476 $6.99 Grades 2-4 On Shelves January 10, 2012 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library They were nowhere, they suddenly, they’re everywhere. The rise of graphic novels for younger readers is one of the […]

10 to Note: Winter Preview 2011-12

Interested in learning about some of the most intriguing children’s books coming out this winter but would like to keep the amount of titles to a number easily divisible by 5 and 2? This, friend, is the post for you. What follows are 10 books that had me pretending to stroke my whiskers, raise one […]

Review: Neville by Norton Juster

Neville By Norton Juster Illustrated by G. Brian Karas Schwartz & Wade ISBN: 9780375867651 $17.99 Grades K-2 In Stores *Best New Books* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library You’re the new kid. Ugh. Doesn’t that sentence bum you out? We are such social creatures that arriving in an unfamilar place, surrounded by unfamiliar […]

Review: Bigger than a Bread Box by Laurel Snyder

Bigger than a Bread Box By Laurel Snyder Random House ISBN: 9780375869167 $16.99 Grades 5-7 In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | WorldCat Wishing isn’t just for kids, it’s part of human nature. When you think about it, it’s amazing how often wishes come up in everyday life. Blowing out birthday candles, throwing a […]

Review: Three by the Sea by Mini Grey

Three by the Sea By Mini Grey Knopf (Random House) ISBN: 9780224083621 $17.99 Grades K-2 In Stores The meddler. We all know one. Leave it to Mini Grey (Traction Man is Here!) and her formidable talents to pull off a picture book that explores this subject with unexpected nuance. Sure the meddler can be bad, […]

10 to Note: Spring Preview 2011

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 […]

10 to Note: Winter Preview 2010-11

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: Clever Jack Takes the Cake by Candace Fleming

@MrSchuReads and I bring you (probably) the world’s first children’s book review using Twitter…