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10 to Note: Winter Preview 2012-13

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: Make Magic! Do Good! by Dallas Clayton

Make Magic! Do Good! By Dallas Clayton Candlewick Press ISBN: 9780763657468 $17.99 Grades K-3 In Stores Nov. 13, 2012 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Sometimes, it’s nearly impossible to separate art from its creator. The work and the person who made it are so intertwined it’s difficult to tell where the personality […]

Review: Olive and the Big Secret by Tor Freeman

Olive and the Big Secret By Tor Freeman Templar Books (Candlewick Press) ISBN: 9780763661496 $15.99 Grade K-2 In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Secrets. Little bits of information that can carry a ton of emotional weight. When we tell secrets, we are vulnerable – not a state humans tend to enjoy. […]

Review: Bink and Gollie: Two for One by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee

Bink & Gollie: Two for One By Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee Illustrated by Tony Fucile Candlewick Press ISBN: 9780763632663 $15.99 Grades K-2 In Stores *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library The cycle of book buzz is such that sequels often get the short end of the stick. There’s a […]

Nonfiction Monday: Step Gently Out by Helen Frost

Step Gently Out By Helen Frost Photographs by Rick Lieder Candlewick Press ISBN: 9780763656010 $15.99 Grades K-2 In Stores *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Poetry is oh-so-tricky. Go too concrete and rhyme-y, and you end up with stale platitudes. Go too abstract, and you can lose kids in a […]

10 to Note: Summer Preview 2012

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: The Shark King by R. Kikuo Johnson

The Shark King By R. Kikuo Johnson TOON Books (Candlewick Press) ISBN: 9781935179160 $12.95 Grades 1-3 In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library I feel like the 21st century has not been kind to myths and legends. There’s so much “meta”-this and “fractured”-that going on that these classic stories either get lost […]

Nonfiction Monday: Outside Your Window by Nicola Davies

Outside Your Window: A First Book of Nature By Nicola Davies Illustrated by Mark Hearld Candlewick Press ISBN: 9780763655495 $19.99 Grades PreK-2 In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library There’s a lot of cookie-cutter children’s lit out there. But there’s also hope. One of my favorite elementary education trends of the 21st […]

Nonfiction Monday: Zig and Wikki in The Cow by Nadja Spiegelman

Zig and Wikki in The Cow By Nadja Spiegelman Illustrated by Trade Loeffler TOON Books (Candlewick) ISBN: 9781935179153 $12.95 Grades 1-3 In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library If I were to stumble upon a time machine and bring Zig and Wikki in The Cow to the me of 10 years ago, […]

10 Fiction Picture Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2012

2012 may go down as the year of the picture book sequel. Aside from the Mo Willems offering I mention below, expect sequels to The Dunderheads, I Must Have Bobo, LMNO Peas, Say Hello to Zorro, Oh No!, Dinotrux, A Pet for Petunia and a whole bunch more. Borrowing heavily (see: stealing) from A Fuse […]

Top 20 Children’s Books of 2011 (#5-1)

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 (#20-16)

Let the singing of praises commence. Over four days, fellow school librarian John Schumacher and I will count down our top 20 books of the past year. It’s a K-6, anything goes sort of list, with picture books, chapter books, nonfiction, and graphic novels all tossed into one big pot. This year Watch. Connect. Read. […]

Review: I Spy with My Little Eye by Edward Gibbs

I Spy with My Little Eye By Edward Gibbs Templar Books (Candlewick Press) ISBN: 9780763652845 $14.99 Grades PreK-1 In Stores *Best New Book* *2011 Cybils Nominee* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library When form meets function, it’s a beautiful thing. This can be tricky with books that feature die cuts. We’ve all seen […]

Review: Tell Me the Day Backwards by Albert Lamb

Tell Me the Day Backwards By Albert Lamb Illustrated by David McPhail Candlewick Press ISBN: 9780763650551 $15.99 Grades PreK-1 In Stores *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Q: How many children’s books revolve around hibernation? A: How many children’s books contain bears? Yes, the topic of hibernation is a children’ […]

10 to Note: Fall Preview 2011

Catalogs pored over, eyes sufficiently sapped of all moisture – it must be time to look at the 10 books that come out in September, October, and November that have me going around saying “aww, yeah!” to strangers. Or maybe just thinking it. While I search for the Visene®, take a look at the list. […]