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ALA Most Frequently Challenged Books 2013

ALA Most Freqently Challenged Books 2013

It was Bookshelves of Doom who alerted me to the just-released list of the most challenged books of 2013. Here are the top five: 1. Captain Underpants (series) by Dav Pilkey Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence 2. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, [...]

Nonfiction Monday: Gravity by Jason Chin

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 [...]

Books on Film: Claymation Wild Things

Books on Film: Claymation Wild Things

Have you ever searched “Where the Wild Things Are” on YouTube? All kinds of unusual stuff. This one stuck with me – a claymation version of the children’s classic. Be sure to stick around for the wild rumpus.

One Star Review Guess Who? (#18)

One Star Review Guess Who? (#18)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? When I saw young women in my age reading [title], there was one thing I felt. The culture is lost, the folk tale is lost. The meaning of folk tales is lost. The generation who is in my age [...]

2014 Books from Caldecott Winners

2014 Books from Caldecott Winners

As evidenced by David Wiesner picking up his third Caldecott Honor in January (joining his three Caldecott Medals), previous winners often pop up and win again. With that in mind, here are the 2014 releases from illustrators who have won Caldecott Medals or Honors.

Morning Notes: Loose Glitter Edition

Morning Notes: Loose Glitter Edition

LIKE NAILS ON A BOOK COVER At my wizened age, I’m coming to realize I’m a process nerd. I love it when something goes from “cool” to “AMAZING!” when you find out how it was made. And that, my friends, is exactly what happened when I saw these new Puffin Chalks over at Caustic Cover [...]

What Are You? The Results

What Are You? The Results

Yesterday, out of curiosity, I polled readers who work in school libraries about their job title. It’s results time, folks. School librarian came out on top, teacher librarian second, and library media specialist third.

What Are You?

What Are You?

Because I’m curious. If this poll applies to you, please select one. POLL IS CLOSED – CLICK HERE FOR THE RESULTS

2014 Book Spine Poem Gallery

2014 Book Spine Poem Gallery

Thank you to each and every brave soul who sent in a book spine poem to help celebrate National Poetry Month during April. This year we had students, teachers, librarians, publishers, and authors give it a shot. If you want in, there’s still time. Make a poem, take a picture, and sent it my way [...]

#Holdshelf: March 2013

#Holdshelf: March 2013

A glimpse at the hold shelf is a glimpse into the minds of young readers. – Guy I. Madeup It’s time to take a look at the books kids are lining up to read. Thank you to everyone who sent in their shelves. First up, John Schu’s school library: Here’s my hold shelf: Amy M: [...]

Poetry Friday: I’m Mad?

Poetry Friday: I’m Mad?

Every Friday in March I’m posting a new book spine poem to gear up for National Poetry Month in April. Get in on the act! On Tuesday, April 1, I’m putting up a gallery of your submissions – click here for details on how to submit your poem (and you can check out last year’s gallery to see what [...]

Morning Notes: Anybody! Edition

Morning Notes: Anybody! Edition

WHAT SOLD IN 2013? Publisher’s Weekly puts numbers to names, listing the best selling children’s books of last year. You can guess #1? Can you guess the first picture book on the list? Click here to read. CHILDREN’S LIT ON THE AIRWAVES On a recent episode of On Point, Tom Ashbrook talks to LeVar Burton, [...]

Link Du Jour: Harriet the Spy is 50

Link Du Jour: Harriet the Spy is 50

If you’re not familiar with the Sharp Schu Book Club, tonight (Tuesday, March 25) might be a good time to get acquainted. At 8:00 pm ET teacher Colby Sharp (click here for his Twitter) and teacher-librarian John Schu (click here for his Twitter) will be leading a discussion about Harriet the Spy, which is celebrating [...]

#Holdshelf: 7 Days Away

#Holdshelf: 7 Days Away

#Holdshelf is a monthly round-up of books on hold at libraries around the country hosted by this blog and Watch. Connect. Read. Click here to see last month’s gallery. You want in? Snap a photo, make a Vine, heck – draw a picture of your hold shelf and email it to scopenotes @ gmail dot [...]

Nonfiction Monday: Shackleton’s Journey by William Grill

Nonfiction Monday: Shackleton’s Journey by William Grill

Shackleton’s Journey By William Grill Flying Eye Books (Nobrow) ISBN: 9781909263109 $24.00 Grades 3 and Up In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Some works of nonfiction come off a bit like assignments. The author dutifully studies a topic and relates the subject matter for young readers. Other nonfiction books, like Shackleton’s [...]

tumblr: why?!?!

tumblr: why?!?!

I was having a conversation with some librarian friends the other week when we got on the topic of tumblr. I made my usual comment, which is something along the lines of “I don’t understand.” The conversation reminded me that I started a tumblr a while back, and that maybe I should try to understand. So [...]

Poetry Friday: I Feel the Same Way

Poetry Friday: I Feel the Same Way

Every Friday in March I’m posting a new book spine poem to gear up for National Poetry Month in April. Get in on the act! On Tuesday, April 1, I’m putting up a gallery of your submissions – click here for details on how to submit your poem (and you can check out last year’s [...]

The 33%: 2014 Books from Newbery Winners

The 33%: 2014 Books from Newbery Winners

A while back I ran the numbers and, aside from fooling people into thinking I liked math, was fairly surprised to find that about 33% of Newbery authors win more than once. Since that post, what happened? Kate DiCamillo took home her second gold seal. With that in mind, let’s take a look at 2014 [...]

Nonfiction Monday: He Has Shot the President! by Don Brown

Nonfiction Monday: He Has Shot the President! by Don Brown

He Has Shot the President! April 14, 1865: The Day John Wilkes Booth Killed President Lincoln By Don Brown Roaring Brook Press (Macmillan) ISBN: 9781596432246 $17.99 Grades 4-6 In stores April 1, 2014 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library I know you’ve noticed, but we are in the midst of a Lincoln revival. [...]

Link Du Jour: The Who, What, and Where of Buying Books

Link Du Jour: The Who, What, and Where of Buying Books

I ask you: what percentage of books are purchased at independent book stores? Today, we have our answer.