January 16, 2017

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Name That LEGO Book Cover! (#2)

I used this website to (virtually) create 3 LEGO book covers. They’re listed from least challenging to most challenging – see how many you can name. Answer Answer Answer

Our 2017 Mock Caldecott (In 3 Steps)

I work at a K-4 elementary school. Here’s how were’re running our 2017 Mock Caldecott. Step 0: (Bonus Step, Y’all) The Prep. Before we get into the books that might win this year, we talk about what the Caldecott Medal is and read a past winner. I keep this pretty basic – explain how it’s […]

Exclusive Cover Reveal: Big Machines: The Story of Virgina Lee Burton

I dig the work of Virginia Lee Burton (or, as I prefer, The Notorious VLB). I especially love The Little House (subtly one of the most experimental Caldecott winners of all time, in my opinion), but I celebrate her entire catalog. Now Sherri Dusky Rinker (Goodnight Construction Site) and John Rocco (Blackout!) have teamed up […]

Will You Help Me Build the Newbery/Caldecott Hadron Collider?

Happy New Year! I’ve had this thing I’ve wanted to do for a couple of years now, but it keeps getting put on the back burner. Why not share it in the first post of 2017? I don’t really know how the Large Hadron Collider works (although I did just read this, which helped), but […]

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Coming Soon: The Top 10 Posts of 2016

Starting Monday and continuing over the holidays, I’ll be counting down my most popular posts from the past year, from number ten to number one. See you then.

2017 Caldecott Medal Predictions

Maybe if I look up the official definition of the word “predict”, it will unlock something inside of me that will allow me to pick every Caldecott book this year. Let’s try it. Hm. Observation, experience, OR science? Can’t say I’m getting an unlock-y feeling. I’ve been trying to predict the Caldecott annually since I […]

Our Ambassador Supports Computer Science Education Week

For National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang, computer science is a topic near and dear. So much so that he created a series of graphic novels (Secret Coders – a series I quite like) to help introduce computer coding to kids. As a school librarian, one of my favorite weeks of the […]

The 2016 Bookish Charitable Giving Guide

I’m saying it up front: I completely adapted this idea from boing boing, who put together a great Charitable Giving Guide you should visit. Interested in giving to a good cause? Are you a fan of literacy? This is the guide for you. Here are some of the literacy-focused organizations doing good work. Pitch in […]

The 2016 Bookish Charitable Giving Guide

I’m saying it up front: I completely adapted this idea from boing boing, who put together a great Charitable Giving Guide you should visit. Interested in giving to a good cause? Are you a fan of literacy? This is the guide for you. Here are some of the literacy-focused organizations doing good work. Pitch in […]

Under Construction: Top 20 Books of 2016

Beginning Monday, John Schumacher (you know, the Watch. Connect. Read. guy) and I will be counting down our Top 20 Books of 2016. The list is a kindergarten through 6th grade free-for-all, where picture books, nonfiction, and middle grade all rub elbows. 100 Scope Notes will have our blurbs for each book. Watch. Connect. Read. […]

2017 Geisel Award Predictions

The Theodor Seuss Geisel award is hard to predict. I think the reason is because you think of the award as going to early readers (Fly Guy, Elephant & Piggie, Henry and Mudge, etc.) – and it does – but the committee often throws a curveball and gives an award to a picture book (the […]