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Review: Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot by Dav Pilkey

Ricky Ricotta

Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot By Dav Pilkey Illustrated by Dan Santat Scholastic ISBN: 9780545631068 $15.99 Grades 1-4 In Stores April 29, 2014 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library We are living in the age of the re-boot. What once was sacrilege – messing with a beloved piece of art – is now accepted. [...]

Review: Superworm by Julia Donaldson

Superworm

Superworm By Julia Donaldson Illustrated by Axel Scheffler Arthur A. Levine (Scholastic) ISBN: 9780545591768 $16.99 Grades PreK-2 In stores January 28, 2014 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library There’s a rhyme battle going on in children’s literature. It’s a battle between fans of non-rhyming Sendak and MC Seuss. You can like both, of [...]

Review: The Silver Six by AJ Lieberman

Silver Six

The Silver Six By AJ Lieberman Illustrated by Darren Rawlings Graphix (Scholastic) ISBN: 9780545370981 $10.99 Grades 4-7 In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Go ahead and take a look at your graphic novel collection. What do you see? Fantasy, definitely. Superheroes galore. Some adventure too. Question: Do you see any science [...]

Review: Star Wars: Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown

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Star Wars: Jedi Academy By Jeffrey Brown Scholastic ISBN: 9780545505178 $12.99 Grades 3-6 In Stores September, 2013 Find it at: Schuler Books Books with ties to popular television or movie franchises are a dime a dozen. Well, maybe five dollars for 12, but you get the idea. They’re usually pretty straightforward affairs and more often [...]

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: Unspoken by Henry Cole

Unspoken Inside

Unspoken: A Story from the Underground Railroad By Henry Cole Scholastic Press ISBN: 9780545399975 $16.99 Grades K-3 In Stores Nov. 1, 2012 *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Sometimes, when the stars align, an illustrator delivers a statement in the form of a book. Jerry Pinkney did it in 2009 [...]

Review: Marty McGuire Digs Worms by Kate Messner

Marty McGuire Digs Worms

Marty McGuire Digs Worms! By Kate Messner Illustrated by Brian Floca Scholastic Press ISBN: 9780545142458 $17.99 Grades 2-4 In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library While I have a hard time remembering, well, a lot of things (truth be told, this blog = my external book memory), I do remember the contest [...]

10 to Note: Summer Preview 2012

Summer Preview 2012 Final

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: Bird & Squirrel: On the Run! by James Burks

Bird and Squirrel

Bird & Squirrel: On the Run! By James Burks Graphix (Scholastic) ISBN: 9780545312837 $8.99 Grades 2-4 In Stores August, 2012 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library When the cover of a book looks like the graphic novel equivalent of Angry Birds (an astute observation I can’t take credit for – that was Cindy [...]

Nonfiction Monday: Those Rebels, John & Tom by Barbara Kerley

Those Rebels

Those Rebels, John & Tom By Barbara Kerley Illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham Scholastic Press ISBN: 9780545222686 $17.99 Grades 2-4 In Stores *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library The message is important, sure, but the messenger is key. While the drama surrounding the creation of The Declaration of Independence is something [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]

Review: Marty McGuire by Kate Messner

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Marty McGuire By Kate Messner Illustrated by Brian Floca Scholastic Press ISBN: 9780545142441 $16.99 Grades 2-4 In Stores *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | WorldCat Listen to the first chapter of Marty McGuire: [audio:http://100scopenotes.com/files/2011/10/Marty-McGuire-Chapter-1.mp3|titles=Marty McGuire Chapter 1] It isn’t easy to get third grade right. With Marty McGuire, Kate Messner brings this [...]

Podcast Review: Bad Island by Doug TenNapel

Bad Island

This week at Katie Davis’ Brain Burps About Books podcast, I review Bad Island by Doug TenNapel. Katie also interviews Tom Angleberger, author of The Strange Case of Origami Yoda and the recent Darth Paper Strikes Back, among other titles. Click here to listen.