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Parenting 101 | SLJ Spotlight

beyondintelligence

Three great titles on the diverse aspects of parenting.

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 [...]

Move Over, Waldo | SLJ Spotlight

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Two foldout picture books rejuvenate the “seek and find” style for young readers.

Rock On! | SLJ Spotlight

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Three illustrated biographies give insight into rock ‘n’ roll legends.

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 [...]

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, [...]

The Well-Traveled Reader | SLJ Spotlight

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Readers can take a trip without moving an inch in these novels with vibrant, far away settings.

Ben Hatke on Gnomes and Fairies

It’s rare that I hand off the reigns of the trusty steed 100 Scope Notes, but how can I pass up the chance to spread the word about a book that I think is wonderful? Ben Hatke’s Julia’s House for Lost Creatures arrives today, and he’s visiting some blogs to talk about the creatures that inhabit the [...]

The Rationale: Some New Books and Why I Bought Them

The Rationale: Some New Books and Why I Bought Them

I bought some books for my school library recently – let’s talk about them. Minecraft: Combat Handbook There is nothing, I repeat NOTHING hotter than Minecraft in my school library. We would get daily requests for Minecraft books until this series came to save the day. This is the third book in the series and [...]

Playing With the Narrative | SLJ Spotlight

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These teen fiction titles stretch the limits with twists on the traditional narrative.

A Birthday Book Giveaway: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

A Birthday Book Giveaway: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Chances are, you know about Watch. Connect. Read.-er and Picasso of Twitter John Schumacher. Chances are, you’re better off for knowing him. I know I am. Well, today is his birthday and it seems to me the best way to celebrate is by giving away a book. As luck would have it, John shares his date [...]

Summer Scope Notes

Summer Scope Notes

Due to summer travels, I’ll be largely M.I.A. this week. I have a few posts scheduled to run, including reviews of two books I’m very excited about. Catch you next week.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Was Just the Beginning…

The following is a work of fiction. While the online debate rages about the cover for the upcoming Penguin UK Classics edition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (pictured above), I’m excited to announce that I’ve been granted access to the covers of upcoming Penguin UK Classics. It appears Charlie was just the tip of the iceberg. [...]

It’s a Wild, Wild, Wild, Wild Giveaway

It’s a Wild, Wild, Wild, Wild Giveaway

You know that book I was talking about yesterday? The one with the crazy/unexpected/forgotten/fascinating stories of children’s literature days past? Would you like to win a copy? Today is your day:

Alphabet Books Galore, All About Parrots, and Inside a Roller Derby Race | Nonfiction Preschool to Grade 4

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This month, we bring you a host of fun and creative alphabet books (from pirates to animal tracks and more!), everything you ever wanted to know about parrots, and the truth behind the fast-paced world of roller derby.

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Children’s Lit Questions From Beyond the Grave: A Wild Things! Interview with Jules Danielson and Betsy Bird

Children’s Lit Questions From Beyond the Grave: A Wild Things! Interview with Jules Danielson and Betsy Bird

Today (August 5, 2014) marks the release of Wild Things! Acts of Mischief in Children’s Literature by Betsy “Fuse #8” Bird, Julie “Seven Imp” Danielson, and the late, great Peter D. “Collecting Children’s Books” Sieruta. Full of historical perspective and behind-the-scenes dirt, the book is a joy to read. Go get yourself a copy. Go. [...]

The State of Photography Illustration in 2014

The State of Photography Illustration in 2014

What is the summer if not a time for short blog posts about random things? Today we have a classic case of “Am I just noticing it more, or is it happening more?” The topic? Photography as picture book illustration. While commonly used in works of nonfiction, it’s pretty rare in the fiction picture book [...]

Notes on July 2014

Notes on July 2014

In July… …I set a 192 page limit for middle grade novels. It was fun to play What If, and hear what you had to say in the comments. …we got wild. The Wildest Children’s Books of 2014 brought the odd and unusual. …we remembered the American Library Association annual conference. Newbery, Caldecott, doughnuts and [...]

An Endorsement: Comic Collections

An Endorsement: Comic Collections

Growing up, comic strip collections were as important to me as any single book. I’ve talked about Roald Dahl’s influence (in this Nerdy Book Club post), but I could just as easily talk about The Far Side and Fox Trot collections that piled up next to my bed during that same time period. It wasn’t [...]