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1. WEEKLY GRAB BAG



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As Promo Queen,
I Officially Dub this

GAP WEEK!
(Guardian Angel Publishing)

GAP is my publisher of record - PB and Young Teen.
(that is when I’m not self publishing ) 



Many awesome happenings there this week.

( April Issue )

FREE fun and learning for your kids.



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#2
 
Guardian Angel Publishing
March 2014 Book Releases

ANCIENT SYMBOLS, ARTWORK, CARVINGS
AND ALPHABETS
- Book #2 
Book Two—Join Professor Hoot as he explores more ancient arts and artifacts. The art, tools, and text represent various cultures and development from ancient eras, including fossils, too.
Lana Tries Yoga
Author & Illustrator Roey Ebert Hardcover
http://www.guardianangelpublishing.com/lana-yoga.htm
Follow Lana as she tries to capture the sunlight when it journeys to the 4 corners of the earth. The story centered yoga routine is simple for children to remember and fun for children to reenact.
 
Lily and the Return to Htrae
Author Lindsay Bonilla; Illustrator Alexander Morris
//www.guardianangelpublishing.com/return-to-htrae.htm
Lily returns to the darkness of Htrae to take the King’s message from the City of Light. Even though she doesn’t think she can fulfill this mission, with the help of Ruah she embarks on the difficult task of inviting others to the great forgotten city.
Real Mysterious Easter Eggs
Author: Patricia Karwatowicz, Illustrator: Kathleen Bullock
http://www.guardianangelpublishing.com/mysterious-eggs.htm
Noah and Isabela take a journey in Great Grandmother’s kitchen to discover the Easter story by coloring eggs Grandmother’s “old-timey-way.” Color meanings help them learn more about who Jesus is and who they are.
Rip the Night Engine: The Rolling Along Train Series - Book #1 Author Melanie Lutes, Illustrator Eugene Ruble
http://www.guardianangelpublishing.com/rip.htm
Rip, the night engine, constantly worries about his passenger’s comfort on overnight train rides. He knows bench seating is not comfortable for sleeping. His cars are redesigned as Pullman Palace cars equipped with sleeping compartments. He finally lives up to his name that means Rest In Pillows.
There's a Lion in the House
Author Mary Esparza-Vela, Illustrator Jack Foster
http://www.guardianangelpublishing.com/lion-house.htm
A young rabbit loves to tease his older brothers. He goes off into the woods by himself and boasts that he’s not afraid of anything. One night, he hears a lion roar in the house.  He tells his brothers, but they ignore him. 




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 Leaving the best 'till last. . .  


There's our
ASIA Connection



Guardian Angel's indomitable, talented, and far-seeing CEO,
Lynda Burch, told us authors the following:
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"I am about to sign contracts for foreign rights is Asia.
The first step will be getting our English content into
Asia as is - both ebook and print.
China has recently mandated that every child should learn to
speak English as a second language. This is great news
for us at this time. Additionally 90% of children’s
literature in China is imported from
foreign publishers!"


NOTE: That noise you hear is GAP authors and illustrators
dancing on the ceiling.
 

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TAIL ENDERS . . . .

Hope to share the first illo for Dreamtime Man” with
you in my next GRAB BAG posting.


Here's an early taste of what's planned for my rhyming story about aboriginal
tribes, and how badly they were treated after the white man colonized Australia.






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Books for Kids - Skype Author visits
http://www.margotfinke.com
 

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2. Ebooks v. Apps


Goodreads Book Giveaway

Start Your Novel by Darcy Pattison

Start Your Novel

by Darcy Pattison

Giveaway ends October 01, 2013.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Here’s an interesting infographic from Kite Ebook Readers, which specializes in making children’s ebooks and apps.

This infographic is from kitereaders.com.

Children

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3. Link Du Jour: Top 10 Graphic Novels

Booklist recently announced their list of the Top 10 Graphic Novels for youth, and you have to give them points for originality. While there’s a couple titles on the list you might know (The Unsinkable Walker Bean, Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty), I’m willing to bet my cardigan (well, maybe an item of equal value) that there are a few you weren’t aware of. And really, isn’t that what makes a like this worth it? I’m off to find a copy of Return of the Dapper Men. Click here (or the image below) to read.



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4. Link Du Jour: Watch/Cringe As Celebrities Make Children’s Books

As you may have heard, there was a memorable meeting of pop culture and children’s lit this week on NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice. The contestants were tasked with creating a children’s book and boy did it entertain – often for completely unintentional reasons. Click below to watch.



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5. A Visit to Chronicle Books

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Desert Baths by Darcy Pattison

Desert Baths

by Darcy Pattison

Giveaway ends November 10, 2012.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

Enter to win

I was in San Francisco last weekend and went by Chronicle Books to visit with an editor. Here’s a peek at the tour of their offices.

Mocha at Ironsides Cafe, which is right beside Chronicle Books.

Entering Chronicle Books, San Francisco, CA.

Social space, gallery space, party space: top floor of Chronicle Books.

Format Archive. This shelf holds copies of every print format Chronicle Books has published. It is used as reference when considering the formatting of a project.

The competition shelf. Major publisher exchange books, so each can see what the competition is doing. When considering a project, editors often visit this competition shelf to compare the project under consideration to "today's crowded market."

One editor's desk at Chronicle Books. In the four story building, one floor is the art floor with all the designers; another floor is editorial; one floor is business personnel.

The Cover Wall. These are covers of current Chronicle books.




Part of the Kid's covers on the Cover Wall.

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6. Lack of Diversity in Kids’ Books and How to Fix It

The lack of diversity in children’s literature is a problem that affects all children, especially children from low-income families, who rarely see themselves, their families or their communities in the stories they read.

Lack of diversity in kids' booksThe problem is real. In a study last year, the Cooperative Children’s Book Center reviewed thousands of kids’ books, and found that:

  • only 3.3 percent were about African-Americans
  • only 2.1 percent were about Asian-Pacific Americans
  • only 1.5 percent were about Latinos
  • a mere 0.6 percent were about American Indians.

The teachers, librarians, mentors and program leaders we work with tell us time and again that one of the biggest challenges they face in helping kids become strong readers is the lack of stories featuring heroes and experiences they can relate to.

First Book's Commitment to ActionToday, at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America) meeting, hosted by President Bill Clinton, I announced First Book’s commitment to create a sustainable solution to this problem by dramatically expanding the market for diversity in children’s literature through The Stories for All Project.

First Book aggregates the voices — and purchasing power — of thousands of educators and program leaders who serve families at the bottom of the economic pyramid. Through The Stories for All Project, we’re showing the publishing industry that there is a strong, viable and vibrant market out there for books like these.

One more important thing: This isn’t just about kids from African-American or Hispanic families being able to read stories about characters who look like them. All kids should have access to stories featuring diverse characters, to see the world in all its true rich variety.  We’re creating this market in order to make diverse content available to kids from low-income families, but once that content exists, it’s available for everyone.

First Book is truly eager to collaborate with everyone interested in  really changing this landscape for all kids.

Add your name to First Book’s email list to recieve occasional updates about The Stories for All Project and other ways to get new books into the hands of kids in need.

The post Lack of Diversity in Kids’ Books and How to Fix It appeared first on First Book Blog.

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7. Review: Cat Secrets by Jef Czekaj

Cat Secrets
By Jef Czekaj
Balzer + Bray (HarperCollins)
ISBN: 9780061920882
$16.99
Grades K-2
In Stores

On a purely technical level every book engages the reader, right? The act of reading or listening demands at least a small amount of participation. Then you run into a book like Cat Secrets, which shows the heights to which engaging can go, as it pulls kids into its participatory tractor beam. Confidently stepping into territory Mo Willems has been dominating in recent years, Cat Secrets takes a wrecking ball to the fourth wall and speaks directly to its audience. An audience that will be quite delighted.

Can you prove you’re a cat? Because that’s what you’ll have to do if you want to read Cat Secrets. Non-felines are not allowed. A trio of suspicious cats guard the book, and aren’t going to let just anyone crack the cover. They administer a couple tests to determine if the reader is a cat. Meowing and purring ensue, but the third and final test (napping) proves to be the cats undoing, as they can’t help but take a snooze themselves, leaving their book of secrets up for grabs.

The simplistic cartoon illustrations are an excellent match for the comedic text, creating a unified mood that screams funny. Bold colors coat every surface, with minimal backgrounds to focus attention (as if it were needed) on our main characters.

The conclusion is more calm then expected and no actual secrets are revealed – aspects that, while lending contrast and continuing the mystery, make the ending seem slightly abrupt.

Well-suited for read aloud settings, Cat Secrets will find plenty of kids eager to join in he fun.

Review copy from library.

Watch the book trailer for Cat Secrets:

Also reviewed by Bigfoot Reads, Muse Reviews, Outside of a Dog.

Find this book at your local library with WorldCat.



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8. 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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9. Let the Countdown to National Poetry Month Commence!

April is National Poetry Month, or as I call it ’round these parts, National (Book Spine) Poetry Month. I actually do the air parentheses and everything. Last year, inspired by the amazing work of Nina Katchadourian, I tried my hand at creating a book spine cento. Here were the results:

I also encouraged all comers to give it a shot as well, and was amazed by what I saw.

Click here to view the book spine poetry gallery

Let’s kick off National Poetry Month in style. Create your own book spine poem, snap a picture, and send it my way (scopenotes (at) gmail (dot) com) or post it to your blog and let me know. Starting tomorrow, I’ll post one of my book spine centos every Friday for the month of March. On Friday, April 1st, I’ll post a gallery with all of the entries I receive from you.

Here are my tips for creating a book spine cento

  1. Check out last year’s book spine poem gallery for inspiration.
  2. Get to  a place with plenty of books. A library works nicely. Or a large home collection.
  3. Start looking at titles, and see what strikes you. Arrange and rearrange in your head. The best part of this type of poetry is the fact that you don’t know where you’ll end up.
  4. Have a pencil and paper with you to write down titles that stand out – you can refer back to them later.
  5. Don’t be afraid to use the library catalog to look up titles with specific words or phrases that fit.

Do you want to try book spine poetry with your students during April? I’ll post a second gallery on April 1st exclusively for student poems, and add to it for the entire month.

Click here to view last year’s awesome student book spine poetry gallery

So create your own, send it my way, and see your work in these here pages on April 1st.

I can’t wait to see what you come up with.



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10. Poetry Friday: The Genius

On April 1st, I want to kick off National Poetry Month with the bang it deserves.

But I’m gonna need your help.

I’ll post a new book spine cento here every Friday in March. On Friday, April 1st I’ll put up a gallery with your submissions. Click here for more information on creating your own book spine poem.

Give it a try, snap a photo, and send it my way (scopenotes (at) gmail (dot) com) or post it to your blog and let me know.

Here’s my first March poem:

Be sure to check out the Poetry Friday roundup at The Small Nouns.



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11. 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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12. Poetry Friday: Odd Smell

April 1st is a mere two weeks away, bringing with it the glory that is National Poetry Month. On that day I’ll be hosting a gallery of book spine poems (or centos) submitted by you. Interested in getting in on the action? If you give it a try, take a picture and email it to me (scopenotes at gmail dot com) or post it to your blog and let me know.

For those who want to try it with kids, I’ll also put up a students-only gallery on April 1 and add to it for the entire month.

How do you create a book spine poem? Click here to read my tips.

I’m posting a new cento of my own every Friday until April 1, and today is no exception. Here goes:

Be sure to check out the Poetry Friday roundup at Liz in Ink.



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13. Cover Curiosity: Bag It

Is your cover in need of something to make it stand out? Bag it.

Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt

How to Die of Embarrassment Every Day by Ann Hodgman

Zitface by Emily Howse

Any to add?



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14. Poetry Friday: The Mix-Up

On the first day of National Poetry Month (April 1st), I’m hosting a gallery of book spine poems (or centos, if you want to get technical) submitted by you. If you give it the ol’ college try, take a picture and post it to your blog, or send it my way via email (scopenotes (at) gmail (dot) com). Click here for some tips on creating your own. If you try it with kids, send those in too – I’m also putting up a gallery of student work on April 1st, which I’ll add to for the entire month.

In preparation for the big day, I’m posting a new book spine cento every Friday in March. I used books from my daughter’s library for today’s entry, and it’s one of my favorites. Best read by two voices – one voice for the first three lines, another for the last two:

Be sure to check out the Poetry Friday roundup at a wrung sponge.



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15. Covering the Newbery (#9): Hitty, Her First Hundred Years

In the grand tradition of “oh, why not” I am attempting to recover every Newbery-winning book from 1922 to the present. Today, we begin the 1930s…

1930: Hitty, Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field

Original Cover:

My Redo:

Side by Side:

Verdict: I’m not sure about the kid appeal level of my redo. Too retro?

Read Previous Covering the Newbery Posts:

1929: The Trumpeter of Krakow

1928: Gay-Neck: The Story of a Pigeon

1927: Smoky, the Cowhorse by Will James

1926: Shen of the Sea by Arthur Bowie Chrisman

1925: Tales from Silver Lands by Charles J. Finger

1924: The Dark Frigate by Charles Boardman Hawes

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16. The Story of First Book

A collection of our favorite authors and illustrators sat down to help us tell the story of First Book:

The Story of First Book from First Book on Vimeo.

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17. 10 to Note: Spring Preview 2011

Hang-wringing complete. It’s time for the quarterly look at upcoming releases I’m calling 10 to Note.

What follows are the 10 titles set to hit shelves in March, April, and May that had me most saying “Yeah, boiiiii!” (or something along those lines). Not a guarantee of quality, but a subjective list of books that struck my fancy as a K-6th grade elementary school librarian.

Middle Grade Fiction

The Trouble with Chickens by Doreen Cronin; illustrated by Kevin Cornell

Mar. 1, 2011 | Balzer + Bray | Grades 2-5

Diary of a Worm and Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type have made Doreen Cronin a well known figure in children’s lit. With The Trouble with Chickens, Cronin tries something she has never done – a middle grade novel. A mystery about a search-and-rescue dog (J.J. Tully) pulled out of retirement to crack a case of missing chicks, laughs are likely. And the “A J.J. Tully Mystery” tag on the front ensures more adventures to come. I’m anxious to see how this one turns out.

Invisible Inkling by Emily Jenkins; illustrated by Harry Bliss

Apr. 26, 2011 | Balzer + Bray | Grades 2-4

And hey, speaking of Diary of a Worm, the illustrator of that book, Harry Bliss, is handling the artwork for Invisible Inkling, written by Emily Jenkins. I love the premise of a boy with an invisible (I repeat: invisible – not imaginary) friend. When I hear the phrase “in the vein of Clementine”, my ears perk up, and that what the publisher is touting this middle grade title as.

Tales for Very Picky Eaters by Josh Schneider

May 2, 2011 | Clarion | Grades 2-4

No matter how many funny books come out, there will always be a clamoring mass of young readers ready for one more. This story about the lengths a father goes to to get his son to try new foods looks promising on the comedy front. A book that may speak to the scores of, ahem, selective eaters out there.

Nonfiction Picture Books

Nurse, Soldier, Spy: The Story of Sarah Edmonds, Civil War Hero by Marissa Moss; illustrated by John Hendrix

Mar. 1, 2011 | Abrams | Grades 2-4

Have you heard of Sarah Edmonds? This woman who disguised herself as a man to fight in the civil war isn’t a household name, especially with kids. This picture book biography by Marissa Moss and John Hendrix should help bring Edmonds’ story to younger readers. Is it okay for me to have favorites? I’m not sure how that works since I review books and all. Alright, I’m just gonna say it – I’m a big John Hendrix fan. Big. Fan. If you know his work from When Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek or the more recent 0 Comments on 10 to Note: Spring Preview 2011 as of 1/1/1900

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18. 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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19. 2010 Cybils Winners Announced!

An impressive list.

The Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards (a.k.a. the Cybils) were just announced and demand a look-see. Having served on the Fiction Picture Book panel, I’m thrilled to see David Ezra Stein’s Interrupting Chicken take top honors in that category. Click here to see all the winners.



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20. Review: Look! A Book! by Bob Staake

Look! A Book!
By Bob Staake
Little, Brown
ISBN: 9780316118620
$16.99
Grades K-2
In Stores

*Best New Book*

If you throw an I Spy, a Where’s Waldo, and a fiction picture book into your children’s lit blend-o-matic and hit puree, what you get is Look! A Book! – pure entertainment in printed form. I can’t wait to start circulating this.

A boy and a girl pick up a book – the same book the reader is holding in their hands:

HERE’S a CRAZY

SEEK & FIND

With images of every kind!

So many objects,

big and small.

Let’s see if you

Can find them

ALL….

From here on out, the spreads alternate between rhyming text set against bold colors and incredible seek and find illustrations. The conclusion of the book lists many more objects to go back and locate, ensuring hours of happy hunting.

Staake’s bright, abstract style has never been more detailed, with wildly creative results. Robots serving orange juice, dolphins wearing football helmets, clowns in shopping carts, seals operating machinery – the wackiness is seemingly endless. Kids will be pleased.

More than just an I Spy read-alike, the amount of care and consideration that went into Look! A Book! is impressive. Circular die cuts reveal objects that become part of the text. Staake smartly names only one object for the reader to locate on each seek and find spread, a decision that keeps the proceedings moving along during the first reading.

The verdict on this book is short and sweet. Get it. For your children’s collection, your kids, your neighbor’s kids – basically anyone that is or even vaguely resembles a youngster. It will receive a warm welcome everywhere.

Review copy from publisher

Watch the Look! A Book! trailer:

Also reviewed by Boing Boing, Mundie Kids, books4yourkids.

Find this book at your local library with WorldCat.


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21. Cover Curiosity: It’s a Hit
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An agreeable side effect of featuring cover lookalikes is that I occasionally find a suggestion in my inbox. Today’s Cover Curiosity is a perfect example. With credit and thanks to Cindy Dobrez, school librarian and Bookends blogger (a site you should be reading if you aren’t already), I bring you a possible trend in the making (and one that I quite fancy):

Cover #1:

Countdown by Deborah Wiles

And cover #2

I Think I Love You by Allison Pearson

Side by Side:

The similarities here are pretty clear – and you’ll get no complaints from me.

Did I miss any that fit in this group?

On a related note, how do you feel about UK cover for I Think I Love You?



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22. Library Slang Dictionary: Shelf Candy
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Shelf Candy

-noun

1. A book that has an eye-catching cover, but is poorly written.

Ooh – that looks like a good book.

Don’t bother dude – it’s total shelf candy. Worst book I’ve ever read.



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23. Video: Organizing the Bookcase
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Stop motion has always been my animation of choice. It routinely beats out CGI in the character department. This pleasingly lo-tech method is used below to create one of the best book videos I’ve seen in a while. Many thanks to author Debbie Diesen for the link.



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24. A Children’s Literature Breakfast
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Last weekend I traveled to Chicago to attend Anderson’s Bookshops 9th Annual Children’s Literature Breakfast.

Here’s how the morning went down:

Actually, I should start with the night before…

11:00pm – Motown Night at Chicago’s Empty Bottle. Loud and great. And loud.

Okay, now the day…

5:30am – Riiiiiiing! What’s that you say? I can’t hear you over my ringing ears. I question my decision to hang out in front of the huge speakers the night before. This may be a problem.

6:45 – MapQuested directions in hand, I head out to Naperville, IL.

7:30 – Dang, the Chicago suburbs are spread out. I arrive at the banquet hall expecting to see a pretty big group of people. I see a huge group of people. Lesson learned – never underestimate the draw of Weird Al.

7:35 – I meet up with fellow school librarian and Chicagoland local John Schumacher (he of the must-follow Twitter account @MrSchuReads and excellent blog Watch. Connect. Read.). He is also, thankfully, good at saving seats. The inevitable Anderson’s Bookshop swag (filled with all manner of poster, bookmark, button, and sticker):

7:45 – What do you know? It turns out I’m sitting at a whole table of Twitter folks. Here we are, not tweeting:

@100scopenotes @mindi_r @akgal68 @mentortexts @mrschureads

(Thanks to Teach Mentor Texts for the photo)

7:55 – I realize that author Tim Green is sitting at our table – my students love his books. I ask him if any other former NFL players have ever approached him about getting into the writing biz. He says “no”. Indeed the path from sports star to author is not a common one.

8:10 – I realize that Order of the Odd Fish author James Kennedy is scheduled to talk about his 90 Second Newbery project at the end of the event – nice!

8:20 – Words in the Dust author Trent Reedy is the first of five keynote speakers. He talks about the military service in Afghanistan and the true events that led to him writing his debut novel. A moving account.

8:45 – Anderson’s emplyees Jan Dundon and Kathleen March share a few of their favorite recent books, including Cat Secrets, A Pet for Petunia, Young Fredle, and Small Persons with Wings. I am instantly inspired to buy a bunch of books.

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25. What Do You Do When an eBook Won’t Die?
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HarperCollins recently made news for proposing a 26 checkout limit on their ebooks from public libraries.

Click here to read the article in Library Journal.

GalleyCat also covered the story.

This is crazy, right?

The blog Librarian in Black thinks so.

Same goes for BoingBoing.

Check out #hcod on Twitter for more reactions.

One one hand, basic ownership rights seem to apply. When a library buys a book, they own it, right? It isn’t the fault of libraries that ebooks never die. I like the idea that if we purchase a Beezus and Ramona ebook for my library, we own it forever. Well, ebooks are a bit different, as you don’t actually “own” an ebook – just the license for one.

But I can see where HarperCollins is coming from in terms of wanting to maintain the status quo.

I recently re-purchased almost every Ramona title for two of my school libraries. They were getting on in years, grungy, and were in need of a cover refresh. This sort of thing goes on at every library around the country. It isn’t a scam – the books break down over time or start to look dated and new copies are needed.

Now imagine if every Ramona book, at every library, never needed to be purchased again. No matter your opinion on ebooks, that’s a huge change.

But this 26 checkout business reminds me a little of Kurt Vonnegut’s short story Harrison Bergeron – it feels like an artificial handicap that can’t last.

Where do you stand?

(Top Image: ‘eBook Readers Galore‘ http://www.flickr.com/photos/43017881@N00/5052936803)



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