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One Star Review, Guess Who? (#100)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? There was no depth…just a stupid kid who gets on a train with a stranger. Click here for the answer. Why do I share these? Click here. Previously . . . One Star Review Guess Who (#1) One Star […]

Endangered Series #14: Marvin Redpost by Louis Sachar

Should it stay, or should it go? Or think of it this way – if you were starting a library today, would this series make the cut? Let’s discuss.

Review: Saturday by Oge Mora

SaturdayBy Oge Mora Little, Brown ISBN: 9780316431279$18.99Grades PreK-2Out Oct. 22, 2019 *Best New Book* Find it at:Schuler Books | Your Library Disappointment looms large in the world of the child. Kids, as we know, are YOLO personified. And when pretty much anything is possible at any moment, the opportunities for disappointment are many. But even […]

One Star Review, Guess Who? (#99)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? I didn’t like this book because it’s mostly about track and I don’t like track and this book doesn’t interest me that much Click here for the answer. Why do I share these? Click here. Previously . . . […]

Gallery: The 2019 National Book Award Long List (Young People’s Literature)

In case you missed it! The National Book Award long lists are out. Which books made the cut in the Young People’s Literature category? The long list will be pared down to the finalists on October 8th, and the winner will be announced on November 20th.

Review: Who Wet My Pants? by Bob Shea and Zachariah O’Hora

Who Wet My Pants?By Bob SheaIllustrated by Zachariah O’Hora Little, Brown ISBN: 9780316525213$17.99Grades K-2Out September 17, 2019 *Best New Book* Find it at:Schuler Books | Your Library When I was in first grade I peed my pants at school. It happened near the end of the day, and I managed to sneak out of school […]

Review: Guts by Raina Telgemeier

Guts doesn’t need a review to let people know they should read it – fans of her past work are chomping at the bit. But when it’s this good, I can’t help myself.

One Star Review, Guess Who? (#98)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? I was very disappointed in the language of this book: “Cats go meow,” and “George went meow.” I am fighting against this ungrammatical usage of the words, “go” and “went” constantly. I can’t believe the editor let this slip, […]

Review: Stargazing by Jen Wang

StargazingBy Jen WangColor by Lark Pien FirstSecond (Macmillan) ISBN: 9781250183880$12.99 (PBK)Out September 10, 2019 *Best New Book* Find it at:Schuler Books | Your Library Sometimes friendships don’t make sense from the outside. Think about your friends from when you were a kid. Sure there are the pals who were a lot like you, but I’m […]

Your 2019 Labor Day ‘Do Not Read’ List

It’s Labor day. So whatever you do, DO NOT read these books.

My Quest for the Best Read Aloud Chair

I don’t ask for much. A library with some good books. A Rav4 with a working engine. A bowl of oatmeal every morning. I don’t think I’m a picky person. But then I went shopping for a new read aloud chair. I wanted something comfortable and quiet. No problem. That’s what I thought. I live […]

Review: Another by Christian Robinson

Another By Christian Robinson Atheneum (Simon & Schuster) ISBN: 9781534421677 $17.99 Grades PreK-2 Out Now *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library You know, it’s funny. After seeing an artist’s work over the course of a few years, you think you have a pretty good sense of that artist, right? But […]

A Good Idea for Your Library: Kids + Books + Instax

The school year is nigh and our annual open house is Wednesday. I’m always wracking my brain before open house to come up with a fun way to interact with families about books. A couple years back I set up a photo booth with my laptop and kids and teachers could take a picture with […]

One Star Review, Guess Who? (#97)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? There’s nothing cute or funny about a child who uses bad grammar, decides to hate people, thinks she knows better than adults, and hollers like a toddler whenever she wants something. Click here for the answer. Why do I […]

Review: Small in the City by Sydney Smith

Small in the City By Sydney Smith Neal Porter Books/Holiday House ISBN: 9780823442614 $18.99 Grades K-2 Out September 3, 2019 *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library When it comes to picture book making, one of the holy grails is re-readability. Concocting a story that readers care to hear once and […]