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Review: Allergic by Megan Wagner Lloyd

A review of the excellent new graphic novel, ALLERGIC.

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.


Question: What is one of the most effective ways to improve a kid’s desire and ability to read? Answer: Access to books. Cue up Can it Be All So Simple by Wu Tang Clan Research tells us this, but how do we make it happen? Nerdy Book Club co-founders Donalyn Miller and Colby Sharp have […]

Review: Mr. Wolf’s Class by Aron Nels Steinke

Mr. Wolf’s Class By Aron Nels Steinke Graphix (Scholastic) ISBN: 9781338047684 $18.99 Grades 2-4 Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Teaching (and school librarianship) is one of the lucky rare professions where every year there is a sense of renewal. New year, fresh start. There is no fresher start than being […]

Top 20 Books of 2014: 15-11

#20-16 | #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1 15. Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton [Candlewick Press | Grades PreK-1] Click here for additional resources from Watch. Connect. Read. With its combination of suspense and broad humor, Shh! We Have a Plan plays like the best Chuck Jones Merrie Melodies cartoon that never happened. You can practically […]

Review: Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan

Rules of Summer By Shaun Tan Arthur A. Levine (Scholastic) ISBN: 9780545639125 $18.99 Grades 3 and Up Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Usually, when I write a review, I have a sense of what I think about a book before I start. That’s the point, right? Reviewer 101. But given […]

Review: Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot by Dav Pilkey

Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot By Dav Pilkey Illustrated by Dan Santat Scholastic ISBN: 9780545631068 $15.99 Grades 1-4 In Stores April 29, 2014 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library We are living in the age of the re-boot. What once was sacrilege – messing with a beloved piece of art – is now accepted. […]

Review: Superworm by Julia Donaldson

Superworm By Julia Donaldson Illustrated by Axel Scheffler Arthur A. Levine (Scholastic) ISBN: 9780545591768 $16.99 Grades PreK-2 In stores January 28, 2014 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library There’s a rhyme battle going on in children’s literature. It’s a battle between fans of non-rhyming Sendak and MC Seuss. You can like both, of […]

Review: The Silver Six by AJ Lieberman

The Silver Six By AJ Lieberman Illustrated by Darren Rawlings Graphix (Scholastic) ISBN: 9780545370981 $10.99 Grades 4-7 In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Go ahead and take a look at your graphic novel collection. What do you see? Fantasy, definitely. Superheroes galore. Some adventure too. Question: Do you see any science […]

Review: Star Wars: Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown

Star Wars: Jedi Academy By Jeffrey Brown Scholastic ISBN: 9780545505178 $12.99 Grades 3-6 In Stores September, 2013 Find it at: Schuler Books Books with ties to popular television or movie franchises are a dime a dozen. Well, maybe five dollars for 12, but you get the idea. They’re usually pretty straightforward affairs and more often […]

10 to Note: Spring Preview 2013

It’s time to once again to look at the season before us and say “that looks good”. What follows are books coming out in March, April, and May that appear to have promise. Picture Book Giant Dance Party by Betsy Bird; illustrated by Brandon Dorman April 23 | Greenwillow | Grades K-2 Ever heard of […]

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: Unspoken by Henry Cole

Unspoken: A Story from the Underground Railroad By Henry Cole Scholastic Press ISBN: 9780545399975 $16.99 Grades K-3 In Stores Nov. 1, 2012 *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Sometimes, when the stars align, an illustrator delivers a statement in the form of a book. Jerry Pinkney did it in 2009 […]

Review: Marty McGuire Digs Worms by Kate Messner

Marty McGuire Digs Worms! By Kate Messner Illustrated by Brian Floca Scholastic Press ISBN: 9780545142458 $17.99 Grades 2-4 In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library While I have a hard time remembering, well, a lot of things (truth be told, this blog = my external book memory), I do remember the contest […]

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, […]