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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


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: It isn’t easy to get third grade right. With Marty McGuire, Kate Messner brings this age – all too […]

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.

Nonfiction Monday: Big Wig by Kathleen Krull

Big Wig

100 Scope Notes is honored to host Nonfiction Monday this week. Add a comment with your review URL and I’ll include it in the bottom of this post. Big Wig: A Little History of Hair By Kathleen Krull Illustrated by Peter Malone Arthur A. Levine Books (Scholastic) ISBN: 9780439676403 $18.99 Grades 2-4 In Stores I […]

Review: Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick


Wonderstruck By Brian Selznick Scholastic Press ISBN: 9780545027892 $29.99 Grades 4-7 In Stores Sept. 13, 2011 *Best New Book*   When The Invention of Hugo Cabret came out in 2007, it felt like more than a simple blurring of genres, it felt like an innovation. Beautifully crafted and well-received, its deserved victory lap was impressive […]

Review: Sidekicks by Dan Santat


Sidekicks By Dan Santat Arthur A. Levine Books ISBN: 9780439298117 $24.99 hardcover; $12.99 paperback Grades 3-6 In Stores July 1, 2011 Let us be honest, folks – at this point, you could slap a cape on a coat rack, toss in a few one-liners and our current superhero-crazed culture would eat it up. Give Dan […]

Review: Where’s Walrus? by Stephen Savage

Where's Walrus

Where’s Walrus? By Stephen Savage Scholastic Press ISBN: 9780439700498 $16.99 Grades PreK-1 In Stores *Best New Books* Simple gets a bum rap. Simple is difficult. Simple is complicated. Take picture books. When a story is boiled down to 32 pages and even fewer illustrations, there is no room for error. And if the text is […]

Top 20 Children’s Books of 2010 (#5-1)

Top 20 Books

#20-16 | #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1 5. Beaver is Lost by Elisha Cooper [Schwartz & Wade] What a year for Elisha Cooper. While his very deserving Farm has received more attention (including some from this list, where it landed at #15), he has created another book, Beaver is Lost, that quietly reaches even greater […]

Top 20 Children’s Books of 2010 (#10-6)

Top 20 Books

#20-16 | #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1 10. The Chicken Thief by Beatrice Rodriguez [Enchanted Lion] Published in France in 2005 as Le Voleur de Poule, this wordless picture book takes readers on an adventure through a forest, up and down a mountain, across an ocean, and into Fox’s lair. Why? Because Bear, Rabbit, and […]

10 to Note: Winter Preview 2010-11

10 to Note Winter

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 […]

Toon Review: Countdown by Deborah Wiles


Countdown By Deborah Wiles Scholastic Press ISBN: 9780545106054 $17.99 Grades 5 and Up In Stores *Best New Books* (Click to enlarge) Review copy purchased. Watch the Countdown book trailer: Also reviewed by Bookends, A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy, Becky’s Book Reviews, Abby (the) Librarian, Literate Lives, A Fuse #8 Production, A Year […]