May 28, 2017

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Top 10 Circulated Picture Books of 2017

The school year is ending soon – a good time to take a look at the most popular books in our K-4 school library. Today – picture books. I did something with this list – I excluded all series books (there is one sequel on here, though). Why? Because if I didn’t, the thing would be […]

Exclusive Cover Reveal: THE WORD COLLECTOR by Peter H. Reynolds

Peter H. Reynolds always manages to walk a delicate line with his books – make that a couple lines: weighty but not weighed down. Universal yet kid-centric. No easy feat. I was happy to share the cover for Peter’s upcoming book, The Word Collector, but first – I wanted to talk to him about it. […]

Exclusive Cover Reveal: THE WORD COLLECTOR by Peter H. Reynolds

Peter H. Reynolds always manages to walk a delicate line with his books – make that a couple lines: weighty but not weighed down. Universal yet kid-centric. No easy feat. I was happy to share the cover for Peter’s upcoming book, The Word Collector, but first – I wanted to talk to him about it. […]

100 Scope Notes Original: The Plant Who Wanted to Play the Guitar

Trying something new here – an original story. Well, not exactly original. It’s inspired by the above short film Leaf From Orange Tree Learns Guitar by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, which I first learned about while reading this. If you would like a PDF of this story, you can download it here.

The Unexpecteds: 5 Sneakily Popular Books in Our K-4 School Library This Year

Pull up a chair and enjoy a close-to-the-end-of-the-school-year staff lounge snack: Go ahead and finish off those cinnamon ones. Let’s talk about the books that got a lot of checkouts this year in my K-4 school library that you might not expect. Love, Aubrey by Suzanne LaFleur This book just keeps on circulating quietly, as […]

Dude, I Fixed Ur Red Riding Hood Display

I thought I was all smart with my Little Red and Triangle placement in the library the other day. But I’m no match for the creative genius Hilary Leung. He commented on my Instagram post with an even better idea. Flip Triangle and see what happens. So I flipped it. The result? Little Red now […]

A Conversation with Shel Silverstein

Hey, Shel! I know you’re busy brooding and now might not be the best time to talk, but I have something I want to tell you. Come on, Shel! Have a seat on the deck and let’s chat. You love the deck! Thanks, Shel. Feel free to grab a chair, by the way. Let’s talk. Now, […]

The Children’s Book That Predicted the Fidget Craze

I appears we have a children’s lit Rasputin on our hands, folks, and her name? Charise Mericle Harper (CMH) If you work in a school (or have recently been within shouting distance of a child) you know that “fidgets” are a hot fad. They are the slap bracelet of the twenty teens. Maybe you’ve seen […]

I’m Not Even Joking: A FUNNY GIRL Giveaway

A few years back fellow blogger and book-themed silent film partner Betsy Bird had a vision for a book. It shall be funny. It shall be female. Mission accomplished on both fronts (notice my tiny comment): It is funny. It is female (boasting a formidable list of talented contributors). It is on the receiving end […]

I’m Not Even Joking: A FUNNY GIRL Giveaway

A few years back fellow blogger and book-themed silent film partner Betsy Bird had a vision for a book. It shall be funny. It shall be female. Mission accomplished on both fronts (notice my tiny comment): It is funny. It is female (boasting a formidable list of talented contributors). It is on the receiving end […]

#Holdshelf: May 2017

Been a little while since I shared the books on hold at my K-4 school library. How about we have a look and discuss? #holdshelf pic.twitter.com/GpbKD7ezyC — Travis Jonker (@100scopenotes) May 3, 2017 Some notes about a couple of the books: Who Was Harry Houdini? Kids at my school really like the Who Was? series, […]

Hugo Cabret Tries FaceApp

Oh, great – Hugo got a hold of my iPhone and went to town on FaceApp. He tried all the filters . . . Old: Young: Smiling: and Female: HUGO!!!!!!!!!

Notes on April 2017

In April . . . . . . I learned I can see the future of interior design.  And maybe you can too? I have the pictures to prove it. . . . I tried to trick you. Good ol’ April Fools. . . . we checked out new books from past award winners. there […]

Happy Poem in Your Pocket Day!

Today, April 27th, 2017 is Poem in Your Pocket Day. Here’s my poem (from the book Presidential Misadventures by Bob Raczka, illustrated by Dan E. Burr) For further celebration, the song Poem in Your Pocket by Emily Arrow is a must-listen:

The State of Photographic Illustration in 2017

Does photographic illustration get its due? Not from Caldecott. Well, it gets it from me! I am always fascinated to see how the medium is used in works of fiction. Here are all the 2017 examples I could find of photography in fiction picture books. If you have another one, let’s hear it in the […]

ANSWERED: Burning Question of the Day (#1)

Last week I asked an important question. Today, we have the results: Whew, glad that’s been settled forever. Thank you to everyone who voted.

ANSWERED: Burning Question of the Day (#1)

Last week I asked an important question. Today, we have the results: Whew, glad that’s been settled forever. Thank you to everyone who voted.

2017 Books from Sibert Winners

Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve looked at 2017 books from winners of the . . . Caldecott Newbery Geisel Pura Belpre Coretta Scott King Printz Today I conclude the series with books from past Robert F. Sibert award winners and honorees. I stuck with books by past winners that might be eligible for […]

I Am Clearly An Interior Design Visionary

The other day, my wife showed me this picture from The Magnolia Journal, a magazine “containing inspiration for life and home”: Huh, looks like having huge piles of books on your stairs is cool now. That’s funny – BECAUSE I BASICALLY INVENTED THIS IDEA. You might remember this from my post The Top 10 Piles of […]

2017 Books from Printz Winners

I’m feeling magnanimous today – why not throw a bone to the YA crowd? Since we’ve covered Newbery, Caldecott, Geisel, Coretta Scott King, and Pura Belpre, it seems like the Printz should be next. Below are all the books coming out in 2017 by past Michael L. Printz winner and honor recipients. This one was a […]