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Review: Do Not Lick This Book by Idan Ben-Barak

Do Not Lick This Book By Idan Ben-Barak Illustrated by Julian Frost Photos by Linnea Rundgren Roaring Brook Press (Macmillan) ISBN: 9781250175366 $16.99 Grades K-3 Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library The phrase “mind-blowing” seems to have lost all meaning in these hyperbolic times we live in, but it’s appropriate to […]

Review: Supertruck by Stephen Savage

Supertruck By Stephen Savage Roaring Brook Press (Macmillan) ISBN: 9781596438217 $12.99 Grades PreK-1 Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library The 21st century is when superhero culture exploded. Have Batman, Spider-Man, Superman (and many more) ever been more mainstream than they are today? Supertruck by Stephen Savage (Where’s Walrus?) enters this climate […]

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 […]

Nonfiction Monday: Gravity by Jason Chin

Gravity By Jason Chin Roaring Brook Pres (Macmillan) ISBN: 9781596437173 $16.99 Grades K-3 In Stores April 29, 2014 *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Pet peeve time. Often when people talk about low-level nonfiction, they don’t mean really low. Sorry K-1 crowd. Although the field is getting better all the […]

10 to Note: Spring Preview 2014

Book hope springs eternal. It’s time to take a look at ten titles that I’m excited about for spring. Picture Books Help! We Need a Title! by Hervé Tullet May 13, 2014 | Candlewick Press | Grades PreK-1 I’m a sucker for inventive picture books and Hervé Tullet is the master of this realm. This […]

Nonfiction Monday: Castle: How It Works by David Macaulay

Castle: How It Works By David Macaulay with Sheila Keenan David Macaulay Studio (Macmillan) ISBN: 9781596437449 $15.99 Grades 1-4 In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library One of the more satisfying things about being an elementary school librarian (other than the resurgence of the cardigan sweater) is seeing gaps filled. The landscape […]

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 […]

The Wildest Children’s Books of 2012

If you are in fear of children’s literature becoming too tame, too P.C., too middle-of-the-road – fear not! There are still plenty of odd, unusual, and just plain wild books for kids. Let’s take a look at five of the most “What the – ?!” inducing books of 2012. I enjoyed each and every one. […]

Review: Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Green By Laura Vaccaro Seeger Roaring Brook Press (Macmillan) ISBN: 9781596433977 $16.99 Grades PreK-1 In Stores *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library The page turn – the way in which a picture book transitions from one page to the next – is something that lots of books ignore. Not the […]

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: And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano

And Then It’s Spring By Julie Fogliano Illustrated by Erin E. Stead Roaring Brook Press (Macmillan) ISBN: 9781596436244 $16.99 Grades PreK-2 In Stores Feb. 14, 2012 *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library The funny thing about follow-ups is that they usually start as just the next project. Then a big […]

Jerry Pinkney and Erin E. Stead: A Caldecott Conversation

How better to understand the Caldecott than by chatting with an artist who has won the prestigious award? Today we’re lucky enough to have two. Jerry Pinkney and Erin E. Stead (the 2010 and 2011 winner, respectively) agreed to do just that. One a living legend, the other a newcomer with a bright future; both […]

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 […]

Bone Dog by Eric Rohmann

Bone Dog By Eric Rohmann Roaring Brook Press (Macmillan) ISBN: 9781596431508 $16.99 Grades K-2 In Stores *Best New Book* Holiday books hold a unique place in the world of children’s literature. They are likely to get a bump in popularity due to the holiday tie-in (at least for a certain part of the year), but […]

Review: Grandpa Green by Lane Smith

Grandpa Green By Lane Smith Roaring Brook Press ISBN: 9781596436077 $16.99 Grades K-4 In Stores I realized after reading, rereading, and reflecting on Lane Smith’s latest book, Grandpa Green, that I’ve spent more time considering (and, at times, being confounded by) Smith’s last two releases than the last two books from pretty much any author. […]