Thursday, October 31, 2013

2013 Best Books Lists

Welcome to the time of year when Best Books lists start popping up left and right. In order to have all the lists in one place, I will update this blog entry with Best Books lists from October 31 until late January 2014. 

We kick off the BEST OF season with The New Times Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2013

My Brother's Book by Maurice Sendak

Ballad by Blexbolex

Jemmy Button by Jennifer Uman and Valerio Vidali

The Dark by Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen.

Holland by Charlotte Dematons

Journey by Aaron Becker

Fog Island by Tomi Ungerer 

Jane, the Fox, and Me by Franny Britt

Locomotive by Brian Floca 

Nelson Mandela by Kadir Nelson 


image credit: Peter Ardito




The nominated titles for the Clip Carnegie and Kate Grenaway Medals were announced on November 5. The shortlist will be announced on March 18, 2014. 

It is hard for me to post links to Amazon (I only buy books from independent booksellers), but...

*Middle grade



Click here to read about the Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12. 












(Updated on 1/2/14) 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Meet Ivan and Ruby

(This conversation took place in my library yesterday.)

Me: Good afternoon, 5th grade!

5th Grade: Good afternoon, Mr. Schu!

Me: How are you today? 

5th Grade: Well! How are you? 

Me: I am excellent! 

Me: May I please share some very nerdy and exciting news with you? I'll simply burst if I don't talk about it. 

5th Grade: OK. 

Me: What are the library's printers named?

5th Grade: Cubs and Sox. 

Me: I've never been a fan of those names. They were named before I was the librarian. We received two new printers today. As soon as I saw them, the perfect names popped into my head. I'll give you a clue: the names can be found in my all-time favorite book. 

5th Grade: (SHOUTING) The One and Only Ivan

A 5th Grader in the front row: I know! You named the printers Ivan and Ruby. 

Me: BINGO! Isn't that the best news of the day?   

5th Grade: Yes! 

Me: I love brave Ivan. I love little Ruby. I love Katherine Applegate's The One and Only Ivan. Thanks for letting me share this news with you. Now, let's start today's lesson. 

Meet Ivan and Ruby 

I added images. :)

Monday, October 28, 2013

Video of the Week: Battle Bunny's Book Trailer

I never book talk a stack of books without playing at least one book trailer. Some trailers receive a lukewarm response. The trailer you're about to watch received the opposite of a lukewarm response. Kids laughed, smiled, cheered, and begged to check out Battle Bunny. See for yourself! 

"Battle Bunny looks hilarious. I want to read it right now." -4th Grader

"Can we watch it again?" -5th Grader

"I'm the 38th person to place Battle Bunny on hold. Do you have an advanced reader copy? Please." -5th Grader 

"Awesome!" -4th Grader

"I think that's my favorite book trailer." -4th Grader

Visit to make your own BUNNY book. 

Borrow Battle Bunny from your school or public library. Whenever possible, please support independent bookshops. 

Sunday, October 27, 2013

The November #SharpSchu Book Club Meeting

Mr. Colby Sharp and I are very excited to announce the books that we will discuss during the November Sharp-Schu Book Club meeting. 

Enter the Giveaway

I am giving away a copy of The Story of Fish and Snail and a copy of Bird and Squirrel: On the Run

1. It will run from 10/27 to 11:59 P.M. (CDT) on 10/29. 

2. You must be at least 13. 

3. Please pay it forward. 

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Chronicle Books Celebrates 25 Years of Children's Publishing

Happy birthday, Chronicle Children's Books! Here's to 25 more wonderful years of publishing top-notch children's books! 

Diggers Go by Steve Light

Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld

Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Jen Corace

Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee by Chris Van Dusen

The Templeton Twins Have an Idea by Ellis Weiner

Friday, October 25, 2013

Show Us Your #HoldShelf

Librarian extraordinare Travis Jonker is hosting this month's #HoldShelf feature. 

It is easy to participate. 

*Take a photo or video and email it scopenotes (at) gmail (dot)com. 

*Tweet a picture. Please include #HoldShelf and @100scopenotes in your tweet. 

*Send Travis your submission by 10:00 P.M (EDT) on October 31. He will post the gallery on Friday, November 1. 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

The #SharpSchu Book Club Met Last Night

Thank you to all the wonderful and enthusiastic people who participated in last night's #SharpSchu Book Club Meeting. I did my best to archive the chat, but the spammers were too aggressive and annoying during the last ten minutes of the chat. Sorry! 

Please click here if you cannot view the transcript. 

Peter Brown talks about Creepy Carrots! 

Peter Brown loves eggplant. 

Peter Brown thanks the 2013 Caldecott Committee. 

Check out Peter Brown's online studio

Peter Brown read Creepy Carrots! at the 2012 National Book Festival. 

Weston Woods published an animated version of Creepy Carrots! 

Peter Brown introduces Mr. Tiger Goes Wild.

I love the book trailer for Z is for Moose.

Take a look inside Paul O. Zelinsky's studio. 

Scholastic Book Fairs created this book trailer for Z is for Moose

Wouldn't he look great in your library? 

Mr. Paul O. Zelinsky talks about Dust Devil

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Video of the Week: The first 100 Days of Mei Lun and Mei Huan

This video evoked the following response from me: awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! One more time: awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! 

I think my students will be inspired to read these books after learning about Mei Lun and Mei Huan. 

Mrs. Harkness and the Panda by Alicia Potter and Melissa Sweet

Pandas by Ann Schreiber

Panda Kindergarten by Joanne Ryder

If You Were a Panda Bear by Florence Minor and Wendell Minor 

How Many Baby Pandas? by Sandra Markle 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Will We "See" You Tomorrow?

Mr. Colby Sharp and I hope you'll join us tomorrow at 7:00 P.M. (CDT).  Please press play to get the scoop. 

We will virtually see you tomorrow, right? 

Sunday, October 20, 2013

"Today's #Kidlit Sticker" (2013-2014 School Year Gallery)

I always plan what #kidlit sticker I'll wear for the day when I'm driving to school. Once the sticker is attached to me, I usually share it on Twitter, but wouldn't it be nice if I had a place to keep all the stickers? I debated creating a #Kidlit Sticker Tumblr, but I don't want to manage one more "place" right now.  So, here's my plan...

I'll update this blog post whenever I create a new sticker. OK? Great! 

Sticker #1

I present to you the first #kidlit sticker of the 2013-2014 school year.

The Story of  Fish and Snail by Deborah Freedman

Sticker #2

The ABCs of Children's Literature 

Sticker #3

Happy Birthday, Babymouse by Jennifer and Matthew Holm 

Sticker #4

Mr. Wuffles! by David Wiesner 

Sticker #5 

Soar With Reading 

Sticker #6 

The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos by Deborah Heiligman and LeUyen Pham

Sticker #7

Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows and Sophie Blackall 

Sticker #8

Journey by Aaron Becker 

Sticker #9

The Story of Fish and Snail by Deborah Freedman

Sticker #10

Seven Stories Up is Laurel Snyder's forthcoming book. 
Sticker #11

Sharon Creech's DOT

Sticker #12

I interviewed Louise Borden on January 8.  

Sticker #13

Sticker #14

Happy Roald Dahl Day! Happy International Dot Day!

Sticker #15

"I'm celebrating Dot Day all year long." -Peter Reynolds

Sticker #16

Mr. Wuffles! by David Wiesner

Sticker #17

Judy Moody and Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt by Megan McDonald and Peter Reynolds

Sticker #18

Mr. Wuffles! appears on a lot of stickers.

Sticker #19

Lunch Lady and the Schoolwide Scuffle by Jarrett J. Krosoczka  

Sticker #20

Explorer: The Lost Islands (edited by Kazu Kibuishi) 

Sticker #21

Mr. Wuffles! and Art and Max by David Wiesner 

Sticker #22

Free Fall and Sector 7 by David Wiesner

Sticker #23

Harry Bliss's poster for Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life.

Sticker #24

Sticker #25

Henry Cole's poster for Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life.

Sticker #26

Jeff Kinney's poster for Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life.
Sticker #27

Mr. Wuffles! by David Wiesner

Sticker #28 

Happy David Wiesner Day!

Sticker #29

Yuyi Morales' poster for Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life.

Sticker #30

Frindle by Andrew Clements

Sticker #31

Kadir Nelson's poster for Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life.

Sticker #32

Tea Party Rules by Ame Dyckman and K.G. Campbell

Sticker #33 (10/21/13)

 Dav Pilkey's poster for Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life.

Sticker #34 (10/22/13)

Sticker #35 (10/22/13) handed out this bookmark at the National Book Festival. 

Sticker #36 (10/24/13)

Blue Chicken by Deborah Freedman 

Sticker #37 (10/28/13) 

Marty McGuire Has Too Many Pets will be released on 1/28/14. 

Sticker #38 (10/29/13) 

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

Sticker #39 (10/30/13) 

I cut the Lunch Lady Read poster and bookmark out of the ALA Graphics catalog. You can order a poster and a pack of bookmarks here

Sticker #40 (10/31/13) 

Just Say Boo! by Susan Hood and Jed Henry 

Sticker #41 (11/1/13) 

Happy Picture Book Month

Sticker #42 (11/4/13) 

Kel Gilligan's Daredevil Stunt Show  by Michael Buckley and Dan Santat 

Sticker #43 (11/5/13) 

Happy Picture Book Month

Sticker #44 (11/6/13) 

"Ah, the page turn – the oh-so-wonderful page turn." - Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Sticker #45 (11/7/13) 

"I propose that Picture Books can be great art and great art makes for a great people and a great society. Perhaps this is not necessarily true, but would this attitude be so damaging? I think not." - Tomi dePaola

Sticker #46 (11/8/13) 

Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt 

Sticker #47 (11/12/13) 

"Picture books are, I believe, a noble endeavor for any artist or writer who wishes to share their wonderful talents and observations with the next generation." - Wendell Minor

Sticker #48 (11/13/13) 

"Picture books are so important because they can play with the rules of traditional reading and change the role of the reader." -Jesse Klausmeier

Sticker #49 (11/14/13)

"Great picture books do educate the heart, as well as the mind. They offer children insight into the world around them and provide reassurance and coping strategies for life’s challenges. " - Emma Walton Hamilton 

Sticker #50  (11/15/13)

"Picture books are fantastic. They are a gateway to reading when kids are really small, and they are reassuring and reaffirming when kids are older. I feel so lucky to be able to participate in a world that is so important to kids and their development." - Julianne Moore

Sticker #51  (11/18/13)

"The act of reading a picture book to a child transcends the book itself, and creates a bond between the grown-up — usually a parent, but not always — and the child he or she is reading with." - Sue Fliess

Sticker #52  (11/19/13)

A Birthday for Bear by Bonny Becker and Kady MacDonald Denton

Sticker #53  (11/20/13)

"The beauty of a picture book is that it quite quickly delivers its essence within a few minutes. Sometime with a few words sprinkled below big images -and sometimes wordlessly." Peter H. Reynolds

Sticker #54 (11/20/13)

"Picture books give the reader a chance to be a part of the story, controlling the pace by deciding when to turn the page, when to linger over a special word or sentence, when to leap ahead or jump back in the story, and when a book is really good, to turn back to page one and start reading all over again. " - Daniel Kirk

Sticker #55 (11/21/13) 

"I  feel that picture books are the connective tissue between a parent and a child. Reading a picture book with a child is a sacred and special time." - John Rocco 

Sticker #56 (11/25/13) 

"A picture book is a delicious form. There’s just enough time for a journey, a concept, a bit of push and pull of language." -April Pulley Sayre

Sticker #57 (11/26/13) 

"The first time I remember really loving books was in my next-door-neighbor Hannah Gubbler’s fallout shelter. The Cold War was going on strong, we were both five and Fox in Sox had just been published." -Lee Harper

Sticker #58 (12/2/13) 

The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm

Sticker #59 (12/3/13) 

Henny by Elizabeth Rose Stanton 

Sticker #60 (12/4/13) 

High Time for Heroes by Mary Pope Osborne 

Sticker #61 (12/5/13) 

Sticker #62 (12/6/13)

Nelson Mandela by Kadir Nelson

Sticker #63 (12/9/13) 

Squish: Fear the Amoeba by Jennifer and Matthew Holm (Release date: July 8, 2014) 

Sticker #64 (12/10/13)

Alex Scheffler's Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life. poster.

Sticker #65 (12/12/13)

Joe and Sparky Go to School by Jamie Michalak and Frank Remkiewicz 

Sticker #66 (12/13/13) 

My New Friend Is So Fun! by Mo Willems 

Sticker #67 (12/16/13)

The 26-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths 

Sticker #68 (12/17/13) 

Sticker #69 (12/18/13) 

Invasion of the Ufonuts (Adventures of Arnie the Doughnut Series #2) by Laurie Keller

Sticker #70 (12/19/13)

Andy Griffiths is visiting my school library on April 21. 

Sticker #71 (12/20/13) 

Sticker #72 (1/8/14) 

Sticker #73 (1/9/14) 

Comics Squad: Recess! (Publication date: 7/9/14)

Sticker #74 (1/10/14) 

Sticker #75 (1/ 13/14)

Sticker #76 (1/ 14/14)

What's Your Favorite Animal? by Eric Carle and Friends
Sticker #78 (1/ 15/14)

Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina 

Sticker #79 (1/ 16/14) 

The 26-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths 

Sticker (Pin) #80 (1/29/14) 

Congratulations to Kate DiCamillo, Holly Black, Kevin Henkes, Amy Timberlake, and Vince Vawter! 

Sticker (Pin) #81 (1/30/14) 

Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo 

Sticker #82 (1/31/14) 

Goldi Rocks & the Three Bears by Corey Rosen Schwartz and Beth Coulton; illustratred by Nate Wragg 

Sticker #83 (2/3)14 

Sticker #84 (2/4/14) 

A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd 

Sticker #85 (2/5/14) 

March 5 is World Read Aloud Day 

Sticker #86 (2/6/14) 

Laurel Snyder is a friend of World Read Aloud Day. 

Sticker #87 (2/7/14) 

Sticker #88 (2/10/14) 

Sticker #89 (2/11/14) 

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo 

Sticker #90 (2/12/14) 

A. Lincoln and Me by Louise Borden; illustrated by Ted Lewin 

Sticker #91 (2/13/14) 

Sticker #92 (2/14/14) 

Wonder by R.J. Palacio 

Sticker #93 (2/18/14) 

Dr. Seuss's Birthday Club 

Sticker #94 (2/19/14)

Tea Party Rules and Rain

Sticker #95 (2/20/14) 

Timmy Failure: Now Look What You've Done by Stephan Pastis 

Sticker #96 (2/21/14) 

Lunch Lady 

Sticker #97 (2/24/14) 

Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo; illustrated by K.G. Campbell 
Sticker #98 (2/25/14) 

March 2 is Dr. Seuss's birthday

Sticker #99 (2/26/14) 

Flora Belle Buckman 

Sticker #100 (2/27/14) 

This scene from Flora and Ulysses melts my heart. 

Sticker #101 (3/4/14) 

Happy belated birthday, Dr. Seuss! 

Sticker #102 (3/5/14) 

Happy World Read Aloud Day! 

Sticker #103 (3/6/14) 

"For many children, I think this cozy critter is an introduction to the curious, natural world in their own backyards." -Angela DiTerlizzi 

Sticker #104 (3/7/14) 

 A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd

Sticker #105 (3/10/14) 

Mercy Watson 

Sticker #106 (3/11/14) 

 Ambassador Kate DiCamillo, Mercy, and Flora

Sticker #107 (3/12/14) 

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo 

Sticker #108 (3/13/14) 

Flora and Ulysses 

Sticker #109 (3/14/14) 

The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo 

Sticker #110 (3/17/14) 

Thursday is Kate DiCamillo Day!

Sticker #111 (3/18/14)

How many have you read?

Sticker #112 (3/19/14) 

The Tale of Despereaux and Because of Winn-Dixie 

Sticker #113 (3/24/14

Happy Kate DiCamillo Day! 

Sticker #114 (3/25/14) 

Children's Book Week starts in 51 days. 

Sticker #115 (3/24/14)

4/15 is Andy Griffiths Day! 

Sticker #116 (3/25/14) 

Happy 50th birthday, Kate! 

Sticker #117 (3/26/14) 

Sparky! by Jenny Offill and Chris Appelhans

Sticker #118 (3/27/14) 

I had to celebrate Sparky! two days in a row. :) 

Sticker #119 (4/7/14) 

Sticker #120 (4/8/14) 

Happy book birthday to Jarrett J. Krosoczka's Peanut Butter and Jellyfish

Sticker #121 (4/9/14)

  Sticker #122 (4/14/14) 

Three cheers for Andy G! 

Sticker #123 (4/15/14) 

Happy Andy G. Day! 

Sticker #124 (4/16/14) 

Sticker #125 (4/17/14) 

Celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day! 

Sticker #126 (4/21/14) 

Look for Happy Birthday, Babymouse tomorrow! 

Sticker #127 (4/22/14) 

Happy book birthday to Happy Birthday, Babymouse! 

Sticker #128 (4/23/14) 

Tomorrow is Poem in Your Pocket Day! 

Sticker #129 (4/24/14) 

Sticker #130 (4/25/14) 

Ivy and Bean 

Sticker #131 (4/28/14) 

Judy Moody and Stink: The Big Bad Blackout by Megan McDonald; illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds 

Sticker #132 (4/29/14) 

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney 

Sticker #133 (4/30/14) 

Friday is School Lunch Hero Day

Sticker #134 (5/1/14) 

The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson 

Sticker #135 (5/2/14) 

Happy School Lunch Hero Day! You can purchase the poster on my sticker here

Sticker #136 (5/6/14) 


Sticker #137 (5/7/14) 

Number One Sam by Greg Pizzoli

Sticker #138 (5/8/14)

Pete the Cat 

Sticker #139 (5/9/14) 

Look for Squish: Fear the Amoeba by Jennifer and Matthew Holm on July 8, 2014. 

Sticker #140 (5/12/14) 

Happy Children's Book Week! 

Sticker #141 (5/13/14) 

Download the Children's Book Week bookmark. 

Sticker #142 (5/14/14) 

Happy Children's Book Week! 

Sticker #143 (5/15/14) 

Louise Loves Art by Louise Light (Look for it on 9/9/14!) 

Sticker #144 (5/16/14) 

Look for Oliver and His Egg on July 1. 

Sticker #145 (5/19/14) 


Sticker #146 (5/20/14) 

Happy book birthday to Jonathan Auxier's The Night Gardener

Sticker #147 (5/21/14) 

Little Elliot, Big City by Mike Curato | Publication date: August 26, 2014

Sticker #148 (5/22/14) 

Look for The Troublemaker on June 3, 2014. 

Sticker #149 (5/23/14) 

Circa Now by Amber McRee Turner

Sticker #150 (5/27/14) 

Happy book birthday to Revolution

Sticker #151 (5/28/14) 

How to Outrun a Crocodile When Your Shoes Are Untied by Jess Keating (Look for it next Tuesday!) 

Sticker #152 (5/29/14) 

Ares: Bringer of War by George O'Connor (Pub. date: January 27, 2015) 

Sticker #153 (5/30/14) 

Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald 

Sticker #154 (6/2/14) 

Ninja! by Arree Chung

Sticker #155 (6/3/14)

Hooray for Hat! by Brian Won

Sticker #156 (6/4/14) 

Goatilocks and the Three Bears by Erica Perl; illustrated by Arthur Howard 

Sticker #157 (6/5/14) 

The Nuts: Bedtime at the Nut House by Eric Litwin and Scott Magoon