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I like special days where the method of celebration is clearly described in the title. Take today’s special day, for example – World Read Aloud Day. Grab a book and read it out loud – to your class, your child, yourself. Click here for details.
Every Thing On It by Shel Silverstein. On shelves September 2011.
Chances are you’ve already seen this one, as it’s been making the rounds pretty swiftly this week. Clear space on the shelf.
Based on the massive hype surrounding every step The Hunger Games takes towards theaters, I’m predicting a modest to larger-than-predicted hit for this adaptation of the Suzanne Collins novel. Click the image above for the inside word on casting.
Super Diaper Baby 2: The Invasion of the Potty Snatchers. On shelves June 28, 2011
Looks like we have a good ol’ blockbuster in the wings. Fun activity: put this on the shelf and see how long it is before you see it again.
Watch. Connect. Read. Has a great roundup of resources related to this and other books by Dav Pilkey. There’s even a video of Pilkey himself, which marks the first time I’ve ever laid eyes on the guy. Click here to check it out.
It would take a lot for me to give up the Dewey Decimal system for classifying books. It’s just…so…organized. But there are those shooting for a more bookstore feel. Click the image above to read.
Google’s getting in on the ebook game in a big way, partnering with thousands of publishers and booksellers (including Schuler Books, the independent bookstore I always link to). TechCrunch has all the details on this service, which is bound to have a big impact on the book world. Click here to read.
AUTHOR JANE YOLEN TALKS GRAPHIC NOVELS ON NPR
What do you do when you’ve published 300 books? Write a graphic novel. NPR talks with Jane Yolen about doing just that. Click here to listen.
THE FUTURE OF BOOKS PREDICTED BY CRAPPY SCI-FI COVER
Yeah! The Christian Science Monitor recently profiled middle school librarian, Bookends blogger, and friend Cindy Dobrez. A nice peek into the world of a librarian you should know. Click the image above to read.
@anitasilvey leads the way to a short and sweet best of the year list from the Boston Globe.
In lieu of other news, we have…
*T-SHIRT OF THE WEEK*
Finally, a shirt that fans of both Harry Potter and David Bowie can enjoy.
Still basking in Newbery Medal afterglow? Rather than idly gazing out the window with a goofy smile plastered on your face (as I do), why not channel your glow energy into something with a purpose? How about taking your favorite Newbery-winning story and turning it into a 90 second video? Author James Kennedy and A Fuse #8 Production mastermind Elizabeth Bird are teaming up with the New York Public Library for the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival. This, friends, will be fun. Click here for all the details.
This is your collection speaking. If you haven’t checked out ALSC’s recently-released 2011 Notable Children’s Books list, you better get a move on. Click here to get said move on.
ROLL YOUR QUARTERS; ‘STEWART LITTLE’ AND ‘LITTLE HOUSE’ ILLUSTRATIONS UP FOR AUCTION
First it was Charlotte’s Web, now it’s Stewart Little and Little House. Garth Williams original artwork from both classics will soon hit the auction block. Click here to view the illustrations up for grabs.
Abby (the) Librarian and @MrSchuReads alerted me to this one, and I’m glad they did. The team that brought Babymouse into the world is set to unleash a new graphic novel series for young readers. Consider my hopes high.
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The titles set to trade literary blows in the annual School Library Journal Battle of the Kids Books have been released, and Educating Alice has them. Click here to read.
NEWBERY HONOR AUTHOR A HIT ON JAPANESE TV
Sound the real headline alarm! The Newbery and Caldecott may not be getting love from American television networks (see: Today Show snub), but Japanese TV is keepin’ it real, covering Heart of a Samurai author Margi Preus. Click here to read.
I’ve been reading (and purchasing books for my libraries based on) librarian Tasha Saecker’s reviews for years at her blog Kids Lit. She recently switched blog monikers (to Waking Brain Cells) and moved locations – be sure to make the move with her. Click here to visit her new site and subscribe.
Over at Bookends, Lynn and Cindy share a genius reading promotion tool – the Good Books Bin. Steal this idea accordingly. Click the image above to read.
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There are always going to be people (see: fools) who are going to reject honesty in books. Such was the case this week with a controversy surrounding Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak. An associate professor of management at Missouri State University made some unbelievable comments regarding the Printz honor book, and the response has been swift and strong. None better, in my humble opinion, than Philip Nel’s articulate smackdown. Click here to read.
JUDGIN’ AIN’T EASY
The Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Book Awards (Cybils) have been letting loose with the names of judges and panelists for the 2010 committees. I’m mighty pleased to be bringin’ the machismo as the lone male on the Fiction Picture Book crew:
Like any self-respecting bad cover enjoyer, I have my ugly cover sources. Namely, Awful Library Books and Good Show Sir. The latter recently highlighted a cover so awesomely bad that it deserves to be shared:
Usually the bestseller lists are like the brown bag lunch I bring to work every day – never changing. But last week we saw some fresh faces and this week there’s more of the same, with first-timers making up a full 40% of the picture book bestsellers and 20% of the chapter book list. Let’s see who’s new.
The Splat the Cat series continues in this Halloween-themed outing. While I’m not a huge fan of Splat, the early elementary kids I work with will be very pleased this new book.
I may end up reviewing this one. The current meta-madness continues in this excellent addition to the Elephant & Piggie series.
Book trailers – they’re the movie trailers of books (or something along those lines). School Library Journal is sponsoring the Trailees – a book trailer contest to find the best in a mutitude of categories, including student created. Excellent stuff. Click here (or the image above) to watch and vote.
A million thoughts pop into my head upon reading the controversial New York Times piece Picture Books No Longer a Staple for Children (click here to read). Here are a couple:
1. When parents are doing the buying, yes, they are pushing kids to read chapter books earlier. This, I get the impression, is what they feel “involved” parents do.
2. Schools are partly responsible, as reading level measures (such as Lexile) are becoming more prevalent. Schools are in the business of locating students’ reading levels (often through a test). If Freddie 1st Grader reads at a 700 Lexile level, Freddie’s parents want him to read a book written at a 700 Lexile level (see: most likely a chapter book).
3. If kids had free reign, they’d be reading just as many picture books as always, which makes this whole situation kind of scary as the reader isn’t the one in control.
COFFEE SHOP LOOKS LIKE LIBRARY … ONLY SIDEWAYS
I’m not sure why the D’Espresso coffee shop decided to turn a library on its side for their interior design, but I like it. Click here to check it out.
(Thanks to BoingBoing for the link)
WILLY WONKA CHEWING GUM COULD BECOME REALITY
Real headline alert! Thank you microscopic capsules! This is the best news I’ve heard all day. Click here to read.
(Thanks to Telegraph for the link)
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Hidden Gallery by Maryrose Wood. On shelves March 2011.
The original snagged four starred reviews and won over plenty of fans, including Bookends and Literate Lives. The sequel should come as a welcome sight.
Recently an unpublished Dr. Seuss manuscript came to light, and it makes for an interesting perusal. The rough outline for All Sorts of Sports gives a glimpse into a master’s process. Click here to read.
Knuffle Bunny Free by Mo Willems. Currently #1 on the New York Times and Indiebound bestseller lists.
I frequently check both the New York Times and Indiebound bestseller lists and you be surprised at how rarely the same book tops both lists. This week, the final installment in the Knuffle Trilogy accomplishes the feat.
Not children’s lit-related, but certainly school-related. If you’re interested in discovering the latest and greatest on the web, Best of the Web 2010 is a must read. Online tools chosen specifically for those i
Author/illustrator Sergio Ruzzier (Hey, Rabbit!) has a great idea – ask book-related folks for their top 10 picture books and share the results, list by list. I even get in on the action. Click here to read.
Anita Silvey is doing something cool. She started a blog and will post a book recommendation every day. At the end of the year, the whole thing gets published. There’s some serious knowledge to gain here folks. Click here to check it out.
When you pick up a kids book illustrated with photographs, do you consider it a Caldecott contender? A Fuse #8 Production has an interesting post on why photography doesn’t get much Caldecott love. Click here to read.
THE NEWBERY LIST IS GETTING SHORTER
Over at Heavy Medal they reveal their shortlist for mock Newbery consideration. Dark Emperor, eh? I need to get my hands on that one. Click here to see it.
Are you considering dipping your toes into the eReader lending waters? This post from the Unquiet Librarian guides you through all the ins, outs, and what have yous of the process. Things are gonna get really interesting on this front. Click here to read.
Last week it was Newbery, this week it’s Caldecott. Next week I’m hoping the folks at ACPL conduct a mock chocolate-covered pretzel contest. I would also like in on such a contest. Anyway, ACPL has gone and posted their third list of Caldecott contenders. List #1List #2List #3
HOW A COVER IS BORN
I sometimes tinker with covers. The results? Not so hot. If you want a taste of how the pros do it, you’ll enjoy the cover evolution series at ABRAMS Art Director (and former 100 Scope Notes interviewee) Chad W. Beckerman’s blog Mishaps and Adventures. To see the entire cover art process, from initial sketches to finished product and all the stops in between for Sweet Treats & Secret Crushes by Lisa Greenwald, click here.
FAMILY GREED SEPARATES CHARLOTTE FROM WILBUR
This is a real headline alert, folks. Remember the recent auction of original Charlotte’s Web artwork? Well there is more to the story, as Rocco Staino explains in this Huffington Post piece. There’s even a video of the auction. Click here to read.
Of Thee I Sing by Barack Obama. Currently #1 on the New York Times and Indie Bound picture book bestseller lists.
The first week of sales for President Obama’s picture book was, to paraphrase Joe Biden, “a big deal”. Of Thee I Sing topped both the New York Times and Indie Bound bestseller lists.
You have to love a list with some quirk. Guardian makes some less traditional picks for their 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books. Click the image above to read.
‘CALVIN AND HOBBES’ CREATOR SPEAKS; RECLUSIVE WATTERSON GIVES RARE INTERVIEW
You have to give Bill Watterson credit for creating something great, ending on a high note, and never looking back. Click here to read the interview. Click here to find out how the interview happened.
DICTIONARY BANNED, UNBANNED
If you get your permission slip signed, you may use the dictionary at Oak Meadows Elementary School in Riverside County, CA. This is nuts.
100 SCOPE NOTES MOVING
…to a sharp-looking self-hosted site. More information to come soon.
The Newbery and Caldecott awards don’t just help the medal winners. This week, the honors also join the bestseller party (click here to see the entire list). My only question? Where is The Almost True Adventures of Homer P. Figg?
All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon. #2 in Picture Books.
Red Sings From Treetops by Joyce Sidman. #9 in Picture Books.
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Li. #7 in Chapter Books.
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly. #10 in Chapter Books.
Troubling news out of Washington.
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Sound the real headline siren! I’m already working on a personality flaw that will act as my downfall if I find a ticket. I’m thinking an over-reliance on prepackaged peanut butter crackers should suffice. Pop Candy has the lowdown.
JOHN GRISHAM TO WRITE KID’S BOOKS; CHILDREN’S TOLERANCE OF COURTROOM DRAMA TESTED
There’s a deleted scene in Pulp Fiction where Mia Wallace (Uma Thurman) asks Vincent Vega (John Travolta) if he’s a Beatles man or an Elvis man. She explains that you’re either one or the other – nobody likes both equally. Well, the same is true of Superman and Batman, two superheroes that have been setting record prices at the auction house recently. As a Batman fan, I’m glad to see this article from the LA Ti
I would like to pass along some facts. The Battle of the Kids’ Books came to an end this week, with Marching for Freedom by Elizabeth Partridge taking top honors. Click here to read Katherine Paterson’s deciding vote. Click here to read all about it at School Library Journal. Facts successfully passed along.
WORST BOOK COVER EVER DISCOVERED ON TROPICAL ISLAND
The blog Awful Library Books is as advertised – they highlight some of the clunkiest clunkers that have ever clunked. This week they featured a book with a cover so bad it deserves special notice:
Un. Believable. Click here to read the laugh-out-loud comments at Awful Library Books.
MY MORNING JACKET HONORS SHEL SILVERSTEIN
Real headline alert! Those familiar with Where the Sidewalk Ends author Shel Silverstein know that he had a music career as well. Spin has the details of a forthcoming Silverstein covers album. Click here to read.
I sat down in front of my screen this week for the Scholastic Fall 2010 Preview. I had a good time, seeing some of the books Fall has up its sleeve. Now you can too. Click the image above to watch. Thanks to Abby (the) Librarian and educating alice for the link.
If you’re interested in book covers, it helps to know your spot varnish from your thermaography. Jacket Knack explains 10 common design terms. Click here (or the image above) to expand your vocab.
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The premise is simple – 30 days in April, 30 original poems to celebrate. GottaBook is the mastermind.
IT’S BOOKMOBILE DAY
We’re in the midst of National Library Week. Thanks to School Library Journal I know that today is the first ever National Bookmobile Day. Click here to read.
OVER-ANALYZERS REJOICE! TOP 100 CHILDREN’S NOVELS DATA EXAMINED
How does the famous quote go? “An under scrutinized best-of list is not worth its salt. Furthermore, a bar graph in the hand is worth two in the bush”. I’m pretty sure that’s how it goes. Eric Carpenter guides us through the minutia of The Top 100 Children’s Novels. Click here to read.
Miss Brooks Loves Books (And I Don’t) by Barbara Bottner. Illustrated by Ed Emberly. (Currently #10 on the NYT Bestseller List)
Picture Book Report is a site where illustrations inspired by books are put on display. Or, from the site:
Picture Book Report is an extended love-song to books. Fifteen illustrators will reach out to their favorite books and create wonderful pieces of art in response to the text that has moved them, shaped them, or excited them.
It’s always cool to see how artists approach well known books. Like Lucy Knisley’s (French Milk) take on The Giver:
The blog ShelfTalker has just updated their list of children’s books that have received starred reviews. For your humble elementary school librarian, a list of this sort has an almost unnatural appeal. Click here to read.
AMELIA BEDELIA ON TWITTER
The Greenwillow blog imagined what would happen if some of their characters had Twitter feeds. Hilarity ensues.
KMOV in St. Louis ran a story about the recent outbreak in children’s/YA book cover whitewashing. The usual suspects are all mentioned or shown: Liar, Magic Under Glass, and The Mysterious Benedict Society. They did a pretty nice job on this story, hitting the local indie bookstore and talking to employees and kids.
VOTE EARLY AND OFTEN
The polls are closing for the annual Children’s Choice Book Awards. Tell the youngsters to head here and cast their votes.
SET YOUR IPODS TO ‘SUBSCRIBE’
When I find a children’s lit podcast, I hold on to it. Author Katie Davis just started an internet radio show and it looks (and by “looks”, I mean sounds) great. Authors are interviewed, children’s lit discussed, and A Fuse #8 Production even lends a book review at the end of each episode. Click here to check it out.
No setup required for this title. I’ll just let the cover do the talking:
Knuffle Bunny Free by Mo Willems. On shelves Septeber 8, 2010
The lead singer of the band The Decemberists went and got himself a book deal. A three book middle grade deal. If you’re familiar with this band, then you know the man can tell a story. Here’s guessing this turns out well. Click here to read.
Fans of food-based literary puns, take notice! The Seattle Edible Book Festival recently wrapped up, and Kidsmomo had it covered. Click here to read.
Star Wars: A Scanimation Book by Rufus Butler Seder. On shelves May 12, 2010.
The first time I saw Gallop! A Scanimation Book by Seder, I was won over. Are the optical illusion moving images a gimmick? Sure. But an immensely pleasing one. Now, the man is taking on Star Wars. This book should have been called My Reservation on the New York Times Bestseller List for the Next 3 Years. Although, I’m glad they went with something simpler.
(I’m breaking the “week” rule, but don’t worry about it). If you’re a school librarian, this post at the Blue Skunk blog is must-read material. Doug Johnson hits close to home with a list of statements that don’t do our profession any favors. Dang.
Wait, there’s going to be a Judy Moody movie? @mrschu81 (a school librarian with one of the best Twitter feeds going) brings the news.
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TECHNOLOGY OVERUSE WARNING; YOUR FINGERPRINT FOR A BOOK?
Sometimes things go a bit far. That new device that will send out tweets for your cat? Too far. This appears to be another such time. Do we really need fingerprint scanners for checkout in school libraries? A school in Manchester thinks so. Click here to read.
GRAVEYARD BOOK MOVIE BACK FROM THE…NO, TOO EASY
The film adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Newbery winner has just added a couple producers (1492 Pictures and CJ Entertainment), securing (for now) the future of the project. Also, 1492 and CJ are producing a film adaptation of Greg Taylor’s middle grade/YA title Killer Pizza. Didn’t know that. Click here to read.
If you look forward to your daily A Fuse #8 Production (as I do), you should know that the outstanding children’s lit blog is now transmitting from a new location. Click here to read and subscribe. (Thanks to Kids Lit for the link)
Ladybug Girl at the Beach by David Soman and Jacky Davis. (Currently #2 on the NYT picture book bestseller list).
These things start slowly. One day a picture book is released to positive press. Fans appear. A sequel comes out. More love. Soon enough, a popular series has been created. That appears to be the case with Ladybug Girl, as the latest installment hits a high mark on the charts. Click here to check out the entire bestseller list.
Bookends discusses the growing trend of growing books for teens. What’s your theory for the increase in page counts? Be sure to check out the comments.
I’m late to the party on this, but the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards were recently doled out. You’ve got your When You Reach Mes, you Lions and the Mouses (Mice?), but less expected was the picture book winner I Know Here by Laural Croza. Gotta get my hands on that one. Click here to see all the winners.
FANCY NANCY COMES TO…THE NINTENDO DS?
Can we put together a list of picture books that have become video games? Where the Wild Things Are (but only after the movie), The Cat in the Hat (but only after the movie), and … hmm. Not a huge club. Add Fancy Nancy to the list. Click here to read.
Shark vs. Train by Chris Barton, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld. Currently #8 on the the New York Times picture book bestseller list.
Yeah, yeah, the usual titles up on the bestseller list again. Hold on! We’ve got some new blood this week, and I like what I see. Shark vs. Train is a crowd-pleaser, but I didn’t expect it to crack the bestseller list. Cool to see. Click here to read the entire list.
There’s some serious knowledge here, folks (and great visuals). BoingBoing details the amazing work of the Library of Congress. Click the image above to read.
Oft-challenged author Lauren Myracle (TTYL) appears on ABC News Radio and talks about her oft-challenges and latest book.
The American Library Association Annual Conference is this weekend and I’m attempting to cram as much into one day as possible: presenting in the morning with Pam Coughlin (MotherReader) and Liz Burns (A Chair, a Fireplace & a Tea Cozy), hitting other sessions and the exhibit floor, and ending the things at the Newbery/Caldecott Banquet. I’m bringing various life-capturing devices (camera and videocamera) so you’ll likely see some recap action here in the near future. Click here for all the conference info from ALA.
Beezus and Ramona (movie tie-in edition) by Beverly Cleary. Currently #4 on the NYT Children’s Paperback Bestseller List.
Say what you will about turning children’s books into movies – the jump to the silver screen almost always sparks renewed interest in the book. Such is the case with the soon-to-hit-theaters Beezus and Ramona. Click here to check out all the bestsellers.
The blog Good Comics for Kids has you covered for summer reading. They’ve got a nice list of selections up for wasting away the dog days. Click the image above to see ‘em.
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Both A Fuse #8 Production and Educating Alice recently wrote about what is becoming an increasingly gaping hole – the lack of ALA recognition for graphic novels and other illustrations-added books for young readers. An interesting debate, to be sure. Click here to read the Fuse #8 Production post. Click here to read Educating Alice post.
TELEGRAPH AWAITS THANK YOU AFTER DIVULGING STEPS TO BEST SELLER
Authors can let out a resounding “Oh, good” – Telegraph has provided the steps to writing a children’s best seller. Cipher, cipher, cipher, folks! Click here to read.
BATTLE OF THE GIANT LIBRARIES
I’m guessing you can name the biggest library in America, but how about the second largest? How about the third – okay, I’ll stop there. Stephen’s Lighthouse has a rundown of the libraries that are the most huge. Click here to read.
Ooh La La! It’s Beauty Day by Jane O’Connor, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser. Currently #1 on the New York Times Picture Book Bestseller list.
You know the drill. A new Fancy Nancy hits shelves, it goes to the top of the bestseller list. This latest addition is no different, taking the top slot right out of the gate. Click here to view the entire list.
Looking to start a rock-solid graphic novel collection in your library? Already have one going, but interested in filling in the gaps? You can do no better than to check out