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Notes on September 2014

Notes on September 2014

In September… …I shared 10 books I’m excited about for fall. It’s always so difficult to narrow down. …we took a long hard look at the American Girl series. Should they stay or should they go? …we talked about cursive in picture books. Kids often can’t read it, but is that the only thing that [...]

#Holdshelf Gallery: September 2014

#Holdshelf Gallery: September 2014

What are kids excited to read? Take a look at the hold shelves below to find out. Yes, yes, it is time for the monthly #holdshelf gallery I co-host with Watch. Connect. Read. founder John Schumacher. These are books that students are putting on hold in libraries around the country. Thank you to everyone who [...]

6 Theories on the Ending of Sam & Dave Dig a Hole

6 Theories on the Ending of Sam & Dave Dig a Hole

If you haven’t read Sam & Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen, you might not want to read this post yet. But definitely read Sam & Dave Dig a Hole (out October 14). It’s a great book. It has some excellent broad humor, as well as one heck of a challenging [...]

Link Du Jour: CYBILS Nominations Open for Business!

Link Du Jour: CYBILS Nominations Open for Business!

Nominations for the 2014 Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards (CYBILS) are now open! Did you like a book this year? Click here to visit the Cybils site and nominate it.

Preview: The Crusty Nibs

Preview: The Crusty Nibs

We’ve all seen book previews based on publisher, but how about a preview based on location? The Crusty Nibs are a collective of author/illustrators based in the Chicago area including (but not limited to) Stacy Curtis, Larry Day, Chris Sheban, Eric Rohmann, Tom Lichtenheld, Jeff Newman, and Matthew Cordell Here are some of the Nibs, [...]

Review: Draw! by Raúl Colón

Review: Draw! by Raúl Colón

Draw! By Raúl Colón Simon & Schuster ISBN: 9781442494923 $17.99 Grades K-3 Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Bullish times for wordless picture books, eh? Whereas in the past it seemed there were illustrators who focused specifically on books without words (Barbara Lehman comes to mind), now more than ever it [...]

Wanted: Your #Holdshelf

Wanted: Your #Holdshelf

#Holdshelf is a monthly round-up (hosted by Watch. Connect. Read. and yours truly) of the books kids are lining up to read in libraries around the country. So what does your #holdshelf hold? If you’re a librarian and you have a hold shelf, take a picture of that thing, email it to scopenotes at gmail [...]

Review: The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm

Review: The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm

The Fourteenth Goldfish By Jennifer L. Holm Random House ISBN: 9780375870644 $16.99 Grades 4-7 Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library *Best New Book* In terms of stuff humans are fascinated with, the concept of a “Fountain of Youth” ranks right up there. With the The Fourteenth Goldfish, Jennifer L. Holm enters [...]

Morning Notes: Crisis Any Minute Now Edition

Morning Notes: Crisis Any Minute Now Edition

UNGERER ON DEMAND Thanks to this tweet by picture book creator Greg Pizzoli: I found out that the Tomi Ungerer documentary I mentioned a while back is now available on Netflix. I started watching it tonight and had to tear myself away to write this. So far, so great. So if you have Netflix, get [...]

Exclusive Cover Reveal: Tommy Can’t Stop by Tim Federle and Mark Fearing

Exclusive Cover Reveal: Tommy Can’t Stop by Tim Federle and Mark Fearing

Did you know Better Nate Than Ever author Tim Federle has a picture book on the way? He does indeed. Tommy Can’t Stop! will arrive in April of 2015, illustrated by Mark Fearing. Here’s a first look at the cover… (click to enlarge) Here’s what Tim Federle has to say about Tommy Can’t Stop!: My [...]

‘What Does This Say?’ The Cursive Conundrum in Picture Books

‘What Does This Say?’ The Cursive Conundrum in Picture Books

I love cursive. The problem (aside from the fact I’m pretty bad at it)? In picture books, more often than not, kids can’t read it. That’s right, the text might as well be in Wingdings: A librarian friend and I have recently been noticing little instances of this. Sometimes it’s used for the title or [...]

Books on Film: Mac Barnett TED Talk

Books on Film: Mac Barnett TED Talk

I love this. The Wes Anderson of children’s literature, a.k.a. Mac Barnett recently took to the TED stage to explain Why a Good Book is a Secret Door.

Endangered Series #3: American Girl

Endangered Series #3: American Girl

Popularity comes, popularity goes. As librarians we’re always balancing between what will circulate like crazy and what we need to have in the collection. And we’re not the Library of Congress – we can’t (and shouldn’t) keep everything. An endangered series is one that appears to be waning in terms of popularity. But popularity isn’t [...]

Morning Notes: Walk Two Goodnight Moons Edition

Morning Notes: Walk Two Goodnight Moons Edition

THE LIST BEFORE THE LIST The long lists for The National Book Award have been announced, including the category we care about – Young People’s Literature. Hmm, let’s see here – some middle grade, YA, a bit of nonfiction, fantasy, historical fiction – yep, just about everything. On October 15 the group will be pared down [...]

Cover Curiosity: Under the Sea

Cover Curiosity: Under the Sea

Sometimes, in an odd aligning of stars, two book covers end up kinda resembling one another. Click here for all the Cover Curiosity posts. I noticed a pair the other day. First up: Under the Ocean by Anouck Boisrobert; illustrated by Louis Rigaud Second up: The Bear’s Sea Escape by Benjamin Chaud Side by side: A [...]

Review: The Jacket

Review: The Jacket

The Jacket By Kirsten Hall Illustrated by Dasha Tolstikova Enchanted Lion Books ISBN: 9781592701681 $17.95 Grades Pre-K-2 Out October 28, 2014 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library The element of surprise – when used correctly, there are few literary weapons as potent. One of the wonderful things about picture books is that every [...]

10 to Note: Fall Preview 2014

10 to Note: Fall Preview 2014

Every four months I like to take a look at the books to be released in the upcoming season. Some make me say “I gotta see that”. Here are the ten books arriving in September, October, and November that perked my ears up. Maybe you’ll agree? Nonfiction: Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of [...]

Exclusive Cover Reveal: The Skunk by Mac Barnett and Patrick McDonnell

Exclusive Cover Reveal: The Skunk by Mac Barnett and Patrick McDonnell

Trying something new around here – revealing a book cover. Patrick McDonnell won a Caldecott Honor for Me…Jane, Mac Barnett is the author of Caldecott Honor Extra Yarn. You know these guys. Talented guys. Now they’re teaming up for The Skunk, which arrives on May 5, 2015. Here’s a first look at the cover… (click [...]

‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#2)

‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#2)

Sure you may know your children’s authors and illustrators, but can you name them from reading their Twitter bios? Test your skills below. All credit for this post idea goes to Laura Given (@LibLaura5) – she gave it to me (thanks, Laura!). Scoring If you can name the author or illustrator after reading the bio only – [...]

Biography Section Hall of Shame

Biography Section Hall of Shame

I don’t know when it hit me exactly, but at a certain point I realized that our biography section was filled with athletes who have been through either a legal or personal scandal. Each time a new athlete is shamed, I think about their book in our collection. In every case I can think of, [...]