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1. Morning Notes: eBook Millionaire Edition

TODAY, THE WORLD READS

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.

DOCTOR SEUSS, MORE DIRECTLY

What was Seuss really saying with his classic books? Click here for the answer.

(Thanks to Bookshelves of Doom for the link)

NOW HEAR THIS (PODCAST)

Have you subscribed to author/illustrator Katie Davis’s podcast yet? It would do ye some good, as Davis consistently interviews children’s lit luminaries and provides reviews from the likes of Jennifer Hubert Swan (Reading Rants) and Betsy Bird (A Fuse #8 Production). This week, she interviews Terry Doherty (of Reading Tub fame) and even kindly shouts out my Covering the Newbery project.  Click here to download.

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.

(Thanks to Omnivoracious for the link)

The interesting tale of an eBook success story. Click the tweet above to read.

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2. Morning Notes: Odd Duck Edition

INDIES CHOICE/E.B. WHITE READ-ALOUD NOMINEES ANNOUNCED

I’m especially curious to see who wins the Middle Reader category, as it is loaded with talent. Click here to read.

GO FLY YOUR GOLDEN KITE

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators recently dished out their Golden Kite and Sid Fleishman awards. Some great choices to be seen. Click here to check out the winners.

(Thanks to A Fuse #8 Production for the link)

FEEL FREE TO SLEEP ON THIS BOOK

Photographer Yusuke Suzuki gives new meaning to the term “bedtime book”:

(Thanks to NOTCOT.ORG for the link)

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.

Over the weekend, I p

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3. Morning Notes: Let a Book Be Your Roof Edition

BRIAN JACQUES 1939-2011

Sad news. Brian Jacques, author of the iconic Redwall series – pivotal reading for scores of youngsters – passed away on Monday. Click here to read School Library Journal’s article.

MICHIGAN CHILDREN’S LIT – UNITE!

A Fuse #8 Production has put out an all call for children’s lit related folks with ties to the mitten state. Click here to read and add your two cents.

JUDY MOODY ABOUT TO BECOME MORE MOODY

You thought she was moody before, just wait until she appears on the silver screen. Yes, a film adaptation of the popular series by Megan McDonald is coming to theaters. Click here for details, including cast photos. Click here to read about the film in the LA Times blog.

(Thanks to Kidsmomo for the link)

HUMANKIND MAY HAVE CREATED THE WORLD’S COOLEST READING LAMP

Take a look, do you disagree?

Click here to buy.

(Thanks to Gizmodo for the link)

KIDS LIT IS MOVING

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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4. Morning Notes: The Best Bad Books Edition

BOOKS SET TO BATTLE

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.

(Thanks to Publishers Weekly for the link)

CLOTHING FOR LOVERS OF THE WRITTEN WORD

This may be one of those signs that they’ve thought of everything.

The loose leaf paper shirt.

(Thanks to BuzzFeed for the link)

The Newbery/Caldecott bump is real, folks. Let’s take a look at where the recent award winners rank on the New York Times Bestseller lists:

Click here for the entire lists.

Children’s Picture Books:

#2: A Sick Day for Amos McGee (Caldecott winner)

Oh so close to the top, but President Obama’s book stands in the way to #1.

#3: Interrupting Chicken (Caldecott honor)

#5: Dark Emperor (Newbery honor)

#6: Dave the Potter (Caldecott H

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5. Morning Notes: Seuss Taxidermy Edition

TWILIGHT HANDS SEEK SPOTLIGHT

I’m gonna be completely honest here – if my hands were on the Twilight cover, I’d probably want people to know about it too. Although, I don’t think I’d carry around an apple for impromptu re-creations. Click here to read about the Twilight cover hand model.

(Thanks to Buzzfeed for the link)

WIMPY KID TOWERS OVER BULLIES: BECOMES A MACY’S BALLOON

There are certain benchmarks that let you know you’ve arrived. Like, say, when your book is turned into a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon. Awesome. Click here to head over to Mishaps and Adventures and take a look. Click here for the press release.

A TUFTED GUSTARD FOR YOUR WALL: SEUSS TAXIDERMY

Who wouldn’t want a handsome Seuss creature mounted above the fireplace. Oh, it costs $1,000,000? Well, at least we can look. Click here to do so.

(Thanks to BoingBoing for the link)

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.

(Thanks to Kids Lit for the link)

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6. Morning Notes: Wonka Chewing Gum Edition

PICTURE BOOKS DEAD. ‘NO WE’RE NOT’ CLAIM PICTURE BOOKS

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.

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By: Scope Notes, on 10/19/2010
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I’m in the midst of book fair madness at my schools – just a quick Morning Notes today.

CHARLOTTE SOLD; EXCEEDS PREDICTIONS

Original artwork from Charlotte’s web recently hit the auction block, and  sold for five times higher than expected. Click here to read the details.

SEUSS MANUSCRIPT UNCOVERED

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.

(Thanks to Omnivoracious for the link)

LIBRARIES SAY ‘IPAD AND KINDLE ARE NO FRIENDS OF MINE!’

I have yet to purchase an e-reader. The fact that you can’t borrow ebooks from the library on the two most popular devices ain’t helping. Click here to read.

(Thanks to Stephen’s Lighthouse for the link)

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

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8. Morning Notes: Green Eggs & Shirt Edition
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By: Scope Notes, on 10/26/2010
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EVERYBODY HAS A LIST

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.

THE LORAX LOOKS LIKE WILFORD BRIMLEY?

Based on this still from the upcoming Lorax film, yes.

(Thanks to Bookshelves of Doom for the link)

365 Days of Books

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.

(Thanks to Get to the Point for the link)

GREEN EGGS & HAM: THE T-SHIRT

There’s nothing wrong with this image of Green Eggs & Ham broken down into symbols. Thankfully, it is available as a t-shirt:

(Thanks to BuzzFeed for the link)

Four of the top five bestselling chapter books are brand new to the New York Times bestseller list. Let’s name names:

While there is a serious strain of Bieber Fever running through the schools where I work, I have to say I’m happy to see Riordan beat out the Canadian pop star for the #1 spot.

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9. Morning Notes: World’s Most Expensive Book Edition
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By: Scope Notes, on 11/2/2010
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TOON REVIEWS – ONLY BETTER

I occasionally attempt to review books in cartoon form, but Lisa Brown puts me to shame. On her site she gives the cartoon treatment to classics and recent titles – plus they’re funny. Click here to head over to Educating Alice for the link.

CALDECOTT DOESN’T LOVE PHOTOS

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.

WORLDS MOST EXPENSIVE BOOK UP FOR SALE

Real headline alert! An extremely rare copy of Audubon’s Birds of America is about to hit the auction block. We’re talking millions here, folks. Click here to read the story. Click here for a photo of the book.

Llama Llama Holiday Drama by Anna Dewdney. Currently #1 on the New York Times Picture Book bestseller list.

First week out, and straight to #1 for the latest in this well-loved picture book series. Click here to read the entire list.

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.

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10. Morning Notes: Chocolate Covered Edition
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By: Scope Notes, on 11/30/2010
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PERUSE THIS: MOCK CALDECOTT LISTS

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 #1 List #2 List #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.

(Thanks to @PWKidsBookshelf for the link)

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11. Morning Notes: Books on Floppy Disc Edition
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By: Scope Notes, on 12/7/2010
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AUTHORS THOROUGHLY INTERVIEWED

The Winter Blog Blast Tour (see also: interviews with some of the best and brightest in the children’s/YA worlds) is in full swing and is a sight to see. Visit Chasing Ray for the full schedule.

THE CREEP CONTINUES: GOOGLE UNVEILS EBOOK STORE

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

They weren’t too far off here.

(Thanks to Good Show Sir for the link)

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.

(Thanks to Boing Boing for the link)

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12. Morning Notes: 3 Things Edition
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By: Scope Notes, on 1/18/2011
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A NEWBERY IN 90 SECONDS

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.

NOTABLES ANNOUNCED

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.

(Thanks to @MrSchuReads for the link)

THINGS TO HANG ON YOUR WALL

Thing 1, Thing 2 … Thing 3? Are you able to deny this clever merger of Dr. Seuss and the Fantastic 4? You’re much stronger than I.

Buy the print at Society6

(Thanks to Popped Culture for the link)

Squish #1: Super Amoeba by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm. On shelves May 10, 2011.

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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13. Morning Notes: Banned Dictionary Edition
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BOOK FIGHT! AMAZON AND MACMILLAN DUKE IT OUT OVER EBOOK PRICES

I have many mixed emotions about this – most of them not good. Click here to get the facts from EarlyWord.

‘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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14. Morning Notes: I’ve Got a Golden Ticket Edition
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WONKA CANDY LAUNCHES REAL-LIFE ‘GOLDEN TICKET’ CONTEST

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

So maybe there aren’t any closing arguments involved. Wait, no, it looks like there will be. The New York Times has the information. (Thanks to Kids Lit for the link)

BATTLE OF THE KIDS’ BOOKS BRACKET CONTEST OPEN FOR BUSINESS

I’ve submitted mine. The ever-industrious Eric Carpenter (he of the Fuse #8 Top 100 Novels charts and graphs) has put together a bracket contest coinciding with School Library Journal’s Battle of the Kids’ Books. Click here to get in on the action.

Countdown by Deborah Wiles. In stores May 1st, 2010.

Ed Spicer first notified me of this innovative work of historical fiction last month (click here to read his glowing review). Educating alice also highlighted it this week. It looks groundbreaking, and it looks good.

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

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15. Morning Notes: Rainy Paradise Edition
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THE BATTLE IS WON; ‘FREEDOM’ MARCHES ON

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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16. Morning Notes: National Library Week Edition
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BUY A BOOK ALREADY; OPERATION TEEN BOOK DROP IN FULL SWING

Are you busy today? Yes? Well, don’t worry about that. Purchase a book or two for teens in need. Guys Lit Wire has the details.

I’VE GOT 30 PROBLEMS; A POEM AIN’T ONE

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)

After reading the reviews on Bookends and Kids Lit, I was pleased to see this little title among the bestselling. Earlyword is happy too.

An interesting take on how authors should use the capabilities of the iPad for their next books. A quote:

“There are literary techniques, there will be iPad techniques”

(Click the image above to read)

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17. Morning Notes: Horsehair Bookbinding Edition
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I PREFER MY ARTWORK INSPIRED BY KID’S BOOKS

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:

Click here to visit Picture Book Report. Click here to read about Picture Book Report on Pop Candy.

SEE THE STARS

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.

Click here to read. (Thanks to ABA Omnibus for the link)

WORLD’S ODDEST BATCH OF LIBRARY SIGNS DISCOVERED

Some things kinda defy description. I believe this is one of those things. Click here (or the image below) to view.

(Thanks to BuzzFeed for the link)

Spaceheadz, Book #1 by Jon Scieszka and Francesco Sedita. On shelves June 22, 2010.

It’s a new series by the former National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. It sounds crazy. I’d say that’s worth mentioning.

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18. Morning Notes: Whitewash TV Edition
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COVER WHITEWASHING HITS THE EVENING NEWS

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

Warning! Pot-stirring ahead

(Thanks to @PWKidsBookshelf for the link)

Working in a school library, where the amount of books in and out is relatively low, this video of the new mechanical book sorter at the New York Public Library was kinda fascinating.

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19. Morning Notes: Dangerous Edition
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DECEMBERIST WRITES

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.

(Thanks to The Book Case for the link)

EAT IT, DON’T READ IT; EDIBLE BOOKS

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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20. Morning Notes: Big Books Edition
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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.

FUSE MOVED

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.

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21. Morning Notes: Wizarding World Edition
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HARRY POTTER THEME PARK REVIEWED

The New York Times visited The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (open June 18) to see what all the fuss is about. Their verdict? Fairly fuss-worthy. Click here to read.

(Thanks to BookMoot for the link)

AWARDS DISPENSED

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.

(Thanks to

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22. Morning Notes: ALA Edition
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D.C. INUNDATED BY LIBRARIANS; ALA 2010 ARRIVES

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.

KIDLITCON 2010 ANNOUNCED

I’ve never gone, but this year, I go. If you write about children’s books, you should too. Click here for all the details.

ROALD DAHL BOOK OR HORROR MOVIE PLOT?

The website mental_floss is on a children’s lit roll. After quizzing readers on their Judy Blume and Berenstain Bears knowledge, they pull out all the stops, challenging you to determine if the plot synopses presented describe horror movies or Roald Dahl books. My score? 11 out of 12 (I love my Dahl)! Click here to visit Bookshelves of Doom and take the quiz.

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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23. Morning Notes: Suess Shoes Edition
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GRAPHIC NOVELS ASK ‘CAN WE GET SOME AWARDS HERE?’

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.

SEUSS SHOES

You like Seuss? You like Converse sneakers? You’re in luck. Click here for Seuss Cons.

(Thanks to Huffington Post for the link)

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

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SPEAK SPEAKS

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:

Panel Organizer: Pam Coughlan, MotherReader

Panelists (Round I Judges):

Emily Beeson, Homespun Light
Pam Coughlan (see category organizer)
Me, 100 Scope Notes
Natasha Maw, Maw Books
Dawn Mooney, 5 Minutes for Books
Kiera Parrott, Library Voice
Jennifer Wharton, Jean Little Library

Judges (Round II):

Becky Bilby, In the Pages
Katie Davis, Brain Burps About Books
Tess Goldwasser, Kid’s Book Blog
Melanie Hope Greenberg, Mermaids on Parade
Danielle Smith, There’s a Book

Can’t wait to get started. Click here to visit the Cybils site.

NOW THIS? THIS IS A BAD COVER

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:

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FOR SALE! ‘CHARLOTTE’S WEB’ ORIGINAL ART

You want to own a piece of children’s literature history? Time to cash in that change jar. Garth Williams’ original Charlotte’s Web sketches are on the auction block – to take a look, click here.

39 CLUES KEEPS ON KEEPIN’ ON

It’s like a sequel lover’s dream. The popular 39 Clues series has spawned a sequel series coming in April. As the saying goes – ride that horse till it drops. Click here for the details.

J.K. ROWLING TO APPEAR ON OPRAH

Note to children’s authors: If you can get your books to sell almost as well as the bible, you too can have a shot at landing on Oprah’s couch. I’ll be tuning in for this. Click here to read.

(Thanks to School Library Journal for the link)

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.

Picture Books

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.

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