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Notes on July 2019

In July . . . . . . we looked at the most creative picture book barcodes of the year. My faith in art and design is restored. . . . we covered some controversies. On book covers and bad reviews. . . . I challenged you to name the book based on its LEGO-fied […]

Auto-Completed Children’s Books (#10) Supertruck

Okay, Google – you think you’re pretty smart? How about you try completing the text from famous children’s books. I’ll type the beginning of each line into a Google search (plain text below), and you try to finish the line (bold text below). (All credit to @botnikstudions for the inspiration) Previously . . . Auto-Completed […]

How Do Illustrators Draw the Sun?

I’m always curious how illustrators choose to depict the sun. How can they solve the problem of making something so common look beautiful and unique? I decided to start collecting suns on Instagram using the hashtag #illustratorsun. Click here to see what I have so far. Oh, and it turns out, I’m not alone with […]

Gallery: The Art of the Picture Book Barcode 2019

The barcode – oh clawmark of capitalism! Oh mandatory stain of consumerism! Oh ruiner of book jackets! But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks? Books with creative barcode placements, restoring my faith in art and design! Previously . . . Gallery: The Art of the Picture Book Barcode Gallery: The Art of the Picture […]

5 Books I’m Bringing Out West

Before we left to go West, I had a tough decision to make – which books do I bring? Here are the books that are coming along for the ride: The author of the wonderful First Rule of Punk has a new one coming out and I’m looking forward to it. I enjoyed Miller’s last […]

100 Scope Notes Goes West

I’m traveling West with my family until the end of the month. I have all my posts here set to run, but I won’t be minding the blog day to day until we return. If you’d like to see what I’m up to, I’ll be over on Instagram.

Cover Controversy: The Poet X

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo has had an incredible year. It’s been a New York Times bestseller. It’s won all the awards. Now the cover of the book is causing a stir. It appears that the cover image was plagiarized. Appears? Make that WAS: This is so disappointing/maddening/illegal. Now it’s in the hands of […]

Controversy Report: Hello, Here’s Your Negative Review

Over on Twitter, The Hate U Give author Angie Thomas talked (as a number of authors have) about the practice of readers tagging authors when they post a negative review of the author’s book. If you’re unfamiliar with this situation, you might be surprised to learn that this simple, reasonable request made some readers mad. […]

Instagramming ALA 2019: Part III

After Part I and Part II, today is the dramatic conclusion to my 2019 ALA Annual Conference experience. Sunday began with the Coretta Scott King breakfast. It’s when all the CSK winners accept their awards. There was a lot of love in that room, and the speeches were as moving as they come. An ALA […]

Instagramming ALA 2019: Part II

After experiencing an early victory (click here to read Part I), everything else is gravy. What follows are details about that gravy. Here I am at The Yarn HQ. My first full day of conferencing was pretty Yarn-centric. As you saw in the last post, the day began with Dave Eggers. Following Dave was: Yep, […]

Instagramming ALA 2019: Part I

I had one goal for the 2019 American Library Association Annual Conference in Washington D.C. My goal was to experience, for the first time, the landmark dedicated to my favorite president, Abraham Lincoln. You know the landmark I speak of: Sure, I was also there to interview some children’s book makers for The Yarn podcast […]

ALA Annual: Some Things I’m Excited About

The other day the editors at SLJ put together a great roundup of things they’re excited about at the upcoming American Library Association Annual Conference in Washington D.C. They gave me all sorts of good ideas. Here are a few additional things I’m looking forward to this weekend. Interviews for The Yarn Podcast ALA is […]

‘This Book’ Books

Over the last few years, I’ve noticed an uptick in books that reference themselves. You could call them meta, you could call them descendants of a classic, or you could call them ‘This Book’ books. Here are all the recent (2019 or 2020) examples. *NOTE* This Book is Literally Just Pictures of Cute Animals . […]

More Mythical Beasts of the School Library

The school year has ended around here and books that haven’t been on the shelves since September have returned. So forgive me for thinking I’m seeing things. Hold on – is that a dragon? Wait, no – it’s just the rarely spotted shelf full of Dork Diaries. SHHH! I think I see a Griffin. No! […]

100 Scope Notes, Elsewhere

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