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Top 20 Books of 2014: 20-16

Around this time of the year, John Schumacher and I get all reflective. While it would be cool if we shined brightly when you pointed a flashlight at us, I don’t mean that kind of reflective. I mean we looked back on the year in children’s literature. We reflected with a purpose: over the next […]

Review: Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny by John Himmelman

Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny By John Himmelman Henry Holt (Macmillan) ISBN: 9780805099706 $13.99 Grades 1-4 Out October 28, 2014 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library In a children’s literature landscape where “lesson” has become a bad word, books that overtly seek to impart wisdom have become more the exception than the rule. Mention […]

Review: The Miniature World of Marvin and James by Elise Broach

The Miniature World of Marvin and James (The Masterpiece Adventures, Book One) By Elise Broach Illustrated by Kelly Murphy Henry Holt (Macmillan) ISBN: 9780805091908 $15.99 Grades 1-3 Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Look out – sports reference. My two favorites are soccer and basketball. One time, a friend who played […]

Review: Arnie the Doughnut: Bowling Alley Bandit by Laurie Keller

Bowling Alley Bandit (The Adventures of Arnie the Doughnut) By Laurie Keller Henry Holt ISBN: 9780805090765 $12.99 Grades 2-4 In Stores June 4, 2013 *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Oh, the hazards of bringing a picture book character to the chapter book format. For every success, there are a […]

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. […]

10 to Note: Winter Preview 2011-12

Interested in learning about some of the most intriguing children’s books coming out this winter but would like to keep the amount of titles to a number easily divisible by 5 and 2? This, friend, is the post for you. What follows are 10 books that had me pretending to stroke my whiskers, raise one […]

Review: Melvin and the Boy by Lauren Castillo

Melvin and the Boy By Lauren Castillo Henry Holt (Macmillan) ISBN: 9780805089295 $16.99 Grades PreK-2 In Stores July 5, 2011 *Best New Book* For many children, a first pet brings with it some of the earliest exposure to responsibility. While kids have minor obligations from an early age, the idea of caring for something that […]

10 to Note: Summer Preview 2011

With all the summer catalogs properly pored over, now is the time for the quarterly season preview I call 10 to Note. The following is a highly subjective list of books set to arrive in June, July, and August that are intriguing to my eyes and ears. Fiction Missing on Superstition Mountain by Elise Broach; […]

Nonfiction Monday: Celebritrees by Margi Preus

Celebritrees: Historic and Famous Tree of the World By Margi Preus Illustrated by Rebecca Gibbon Henry Holt (Macmillan) ISBN: 9780805078299 $16.99 Grades 2-4 In Stores Not to get all “hippie” on you, but do you ever think about trees? Here are these massive plants, unmatched by anything on earth, and we walk around barely paying […]

Review: Cloudette by Tom Lichtenheld

Cloudette By Tom Lichtenheld Henry Holt (Macmillan) ISBN: 9780805087765 $16.99 Grades K-2 In Stores March 1, 2011 The concept of a small protagonist making a mark on the big world is a children’s lit mainstay. It makes sense – there are few situations children can better relate to than being surrounded by those that are […]

Review: Birdy’s Smile Book by Laurie Keller

Birdy’s Smile Book By Laurie Keller Henry Holt (Macmillan) ISBN: 9780805088830 $16.99 Grades K-2 In Stores I used to be upset with electronic dance music. Too repetitive, too synthetic, too cheesy I thought. But I was ignoring a fact that explained it all – that this sort of music is created for one purpose: to […]

Review: The Village Garage by G. Brian Karas

The Village Garage By G. Brian Karas Henry Holt ISBN: 9780805087161 $16.99 Grades K-2 In Stores Quick test: Name a picture book about city workers. Having trouble? Me too. The men and women who keep our towns running smoothly are indeed a rarely represented subject in the children’s lit world. The Village Garage is notable […]