Sunday, July 31, 2011

Amulet Book Four: The Last Council

A special thanks to Elizabeth Bird for posting this trailer. I now know which trailer will be shown to every third, fourth, and fifth grader during the first week of school.

I wrote about the Amulet series on January 24, 2011.

The Last Council will be published on September 1, 2011.

Friday, July 29, 2011

The Chicken Thief

My teaching partner Shannon Miller and I are brainstorming ways to use Songify with our students. I created an example using The Chicken Thief.

Borrow The Chicken Thief from your school or public library. Whenever possible, please support independent bookshops.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Mr. Schu's Reading Road Trip

I took the ultimate reading road trip. I drove over 6,000 miles and managed to read at almost every stop. I read in bookshops, libraries, and in front of America's wackiest attractions.

Books Featured in the Video

Little Chicken's Big Day by Katie and Jerry Davis

Marty McGuire by Kate Messner

Sea Monster's First Day

Sea Monster's First Day by Kate Messner

Chicken Butt's Back by Erica Perl

Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes

Penny Dreadful by Laurel Snyder

Sidekicks by Dan Santat

Squish: Super Amoeba by Jennifer and Matthew Holm

Press Here by Herve Tullet

Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt

A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip Stead, illustrated by Erin Stead

Argus by Michelle Knudsen, illustrated by Andrea Wesson

Blackout by John Rocco

Me...Jane by Patrick McDonnell

Henry Knox: Bookseller, Soldier, Patriot by Anita Silvey, illustrated by Wendell Minor

Warp Speed by Lisa Yee

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Frankie Pickle and the Mathematical Menace Giveaway

W00t! W00t! Today's the official release date for Eric Wight's Frankie Pickle and the Mathematical Menace. I'm sending a virtual birthday cake to everyone who buys a copy. If the money tree in my backyard ever grows, I promise to mail a real cake. :)

A friend and I started the best tradition: SUMMER ROAD TRIPS! Our students vote for a character they think deserves a vacation. The character with the most votes goes on the trip of a lifetime. Frankie Pickle won this year's election. Take a look at his journey...

WJohn Found the REAL VERSION of Frankie Pickle and the Mathematical Menace

I am giving away three copies of Frankie Pickle and the Mathematical Menace.

Rules for the Giveaway

* The contest runs from July 26 to 11:59 PM on June 29.

You can fill out the entry form or retweet the link. Please include @MrSchuReads in the tweet.

* If you win Frankie Pickle and the Mathematical Menace, I will send you an email or a direct message.

* You must be at least 13 to participate.

* Pay it forward. :)

Monday, July 25, 2011

Becky Anderson Interviews Marc Brown

Arthur Read has been in third grade for thirty-five years. Does this mean Arthur is 43 in "real life?"

Becky Anderson chatted with author and illustrator Marc Brown about the newest book in the Arthur series, Arthur Turns Green.

Browse inside Arthur Turns Green.

Marc Brown reads an excerpt from Arthur Turns Green.

You can draw Arthur, too.

Marc Brown hides his children's names in his illustrations.

"I never imagined Arthur being more than one book; and I never imagined this whole process – this great adventure that Arthur has taken me on, lasting for almost thirty years now; and all the stories that would emege from Arthur; and, because of the transition to television, how intimate his world would become, and how complex." -Marc Brown.

Can you help Arthur turn green?

Download Arthur Turns Green activity sheets.

Borrow Arthur Turns Green from your school or public library. Whenever possible, please support independent bookshops.

The Storyteller

Melissa Manlove recommended I visit The Storyteller, a bookshop specializing in children’s literature. The Storyteller has a top-notch collection and offers a variety of book-related programs. Frankie Pickle toured the bookshop, and I posed with some of my favorite books

Storyteller in Lafayette, CA

Welcome to The Storyteller!

Where Mr. Schu Read This Summer: The Storyteller Book Store

Me...Jane by Patrick McDonnell

The Storyteller in Lafayette, CA

The Curious Garden by Peter Brown

Frankie PIckle and Frankie Pickle

Where Mr. Schu Read This Summer: Storyteller Book, Lafayette, CA

The Storyteller in Lafayette, CA

"If you like Wimpy Kid..."

Where Mr. Schu Read This Summer: Storyteller Book, Lafayette, CA

Blackout by John Rocco

Storyteller Books, Lafayette, CA

Countdown by Deborah Wiles

Argyle enjoys Storyteller Bookstore in Lafayette, CA

Monkey Truck by Michael Slack



Sunday, July 24, 2011

The Genius Files: Never Say Genius by Dan Gutman

Dan Gutman visited my school library during his The Genius Files: Mission Unstoppable tour. My kids are wild over this book. I cannot wait to tell them that The Genius Files: Never Say Genius will be released on January 24, 2012. (Thanks to Sarah for the link.)

The King's English Bookshop

I weaved in and out of The King's English Bookshop's adorable rooms. Its children's section contained one of the best collections I encountered during Adventure Out West '11. I could not resist posing with four of my favorite books.



Perfect Square by Michael Hall

Little Chicken and an Awesome Bookseller

Little Chicken's Big Day by Jerry Davis and Katie Davis


Borrow these titles from your public or school library. Whenever possible, please support independent bookshops.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Mrs. Nelson's Toys and Books

Mrs. Nelson’s Toys and Books is an independent bookshop in La Verne, California, specializing in children’s books. As my friend Donna and I perused the store, it was obvious it was loved (and used) by children. While we browsed the shelves searching for the perfect books to give as gifts, children could be heard happily chatting. It was storytime at Mrs. Nelson’s. After storytime, one little girl came to the craft section and started up a conversation as she lovingly looked at all the books and craft projects on the shelf. It was obvious we were on her turf–we were in an environment she loved and she was eager to share it with us. She pointed out a fairy doll art kit and shared she wanted it one day. She obviously knew it was not an option but seemed to add it to her mental wish list. She browsed the shelves, asked questions about what she saw, lovingly picked up items that fell and carefully replaced them on the shelves, all the while looking as though she was in a magical place created just for her.

I chatted with Lauren about one of her favorite books.

Take a Peek Inside Mrs. Nelson's

Mrs. Nelson's has the Nicest Booksellers

Two of the nicest booksellers posed with Frankie Pickle and Argyle.

Mr. Schu Reads Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Children's Book

I spotted Anita Silvey's Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Children's Books.


Are you looking for a back-to-school read aloud? Check out Sea Monster's First Day.


Marty McGuire reminds me of Ramona Quimby and Judy Moody.

I Love Seeing My Favorite Authors Together

I love seeing my favorite books on the same shelf. :)


Frankie Pickle gave Mrs. Nelson's an A+.


Lauren posed with Frankie Pickle and Argyle.


I am a Bibliovore.