100 Scope Notes
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Notable 2021 Children’s Book Follow-Ups, Sequels, and Companion Books

Some familiar faces return in 2021.

Remembering Floyd Cooper

I met Floyd Cooper one time, in 2015. We were seated next to each other at a dinner hosted by Lee & Low books during the American Library Association annual conference. Floyd’s book Ira’s Shakespeare Dream had just come out and he was talking about the book with the various librarians in attendance. I talked […]

Little Free Libraries: Overrated or Underrated?

Are they as good as they seem?

The Most Astonishingly Unconventional Books of 2021

Here’s to keeping it interesting. Pushing the envelope. Pushing boundaries. Pushing buttons. Here’s to children’s books that expand our assumptions of what a children’s book can be.

Gallery: The Art of the Picture Book Barcode 2021

A gallery of the most creative picture book barcodes of 2021.

Notes on June 2021

A look back at my favorite posts of the past month.

Ye Olde Scope Notes: Why is Willy Wonka Selling Boring Logistical Software?

Why is Willy Wonka selling digital workflows???

‘This Book’ Books 2021

A roundup of ‘This Book’ books.

A 2021 Undies Awards Update

Send us your nominations for the best case covers of the year!

5 Books I’m Bringing Out East

Five books I’ll be bringing along for a trip out East.

Children’s Books in the Amazon Top 100

Sometimes I wonder: How many children’s books are among the top 100 bestsellers on Amazon? And which books are they?

Hugo Cabret (and Friends) Tried the Voila AI Artist App

Hugo Cabret (and his well-known book friends) tried out the app that’s sweeping the nation.

Exclusive Excerpt: APPLE OF MY PIE by Mika Song

An exclusive excerpt from the graphic novel APPLE OF MY PIE, by Mika Song

Notes on May 2021

Three of my favorite posts from the past month.

A Spring 2022 Newbery/Caldecott Check In

A quick look at the 2022 Mock Newbery and Caldecott lists on Goodreads.