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Review of the Day: Bird Talk by Lita Judge

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Bird Talk: What Birds Are Saying and Why By Lita Judge Roaring Brook Press (an imprint of Macmillan) $17.99 ISBN: 978-1-59643-646-6 Ages 6-10 On shelves now The older you get the more facts seem to change. For example, when I was a kid I remember that some facts were as of yet unprovable but were [...]

The Number Ones on the Polls . . . Coming Soon!

There are works in the works.  Works in the works in the works.  I can say no more except to mention that the #1s are nigh and will be posted soon.  Stay patient, pretties, and enjoy my first review in a long long time instead.

Review of the Day: Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin

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Starry River of the Sky By Grace Lin Little, Brown and Company $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-316-12595-6 Ages 9-12 On shelves October 2, 2012 I remember when Grace Lin first started writing chapter books for kids. She’d been doing picture books (mostly for others) for years and when at last she started creating small semi-fictionalized memoirs based [...]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #2: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

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#2 A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (1962) 307 points The only book I’ve ever finished, turned over, and immediately started reading again. – Lauren Martino Magical. Thrilling. As a kid, I loved that it stretched my brain. Other dimensions! Time travel! Oh how I loved the “Aunt Beast” creatures — how in a [...]

Top 100 Picture Books #2: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

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#2 The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (1979) 258 points One of the very few pictures books that is just perfect – language appropriate, interactive, a great story, a counting exercise and a science lesson all rolled together. – Pat Vasilik Carle is a genius, pure and simple. Is there a 5 year old [...]

Newbery/Caldecott Banquet Tips and Tricks: ALA Annual Conference 2012

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In which our hero ostensibly writes about the Newbery/Caldecott Banquet but, in truth, just wants to talk to you about Shrinky-Dinks.  Full credit to Rocco Staino at SLJ for the image to the left here. Day Three of ALA and I can say with certainty that lots of interesting things to do abounded.  Collection specialist [...]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #3: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

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#3 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (1997) 287 points Oh, our family got hours and hours and hours of enjoyment out of these books. We read all of the first five out loud as a family, with no reading ahead. (Or as little reading ahead as we could stand.) Her imaginative [...]

Top 100 Picture Books #3: Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems

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#3 Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems (2003) 198 points Proof that temper tantrums are an art form of their own. – DaNae Leu Top three betraying my love for fourth-wall-breaking. – Robin Parry Remember when picture books never broke the 4th wall? When I read this book to students after [...]

A Taste of the Floor (ew!): ALA Annual Conference 2012 (Day Two)

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Full credit to the good people of Sterling for keeping a handy coffin on hand! So Friday actually was a bigger kick-off of than I initially led you to believe, and on the conference floor it was all anyone could talk about.  I alluded to it briefly but hadn’t expected the conversations about it to [...]

Just Call Me Guy Incognito: ALA Annual Conference 2012 (Day One)

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Check this out: That would be my press pass for this year’s 2012 ALA Conference held in beautiful (though strangely stormy and cold as of Thursday) Anaheim, California.  Having hopped a plane from my native New York I now find myself on the opposite coast, a full country-sized swath away from my young.  Fortunately there [...]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #4: The Giver by Lois Lowry

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#4 The Giver by Lois Lowry (1993) 260 points The original dystopian. – Jennifer Padgett My 7th grade teacher, Mrs. Morgan, read this aloud to us. My best friend and I checked a copy out of the library and finished it on a sleepover, sharing a single copy until we finished it because we could [...]

Top 100 Picture Books #4: Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Clement Hurd

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#4 Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Clement Hurd (1947) 167 points Well, it’s a classic for a reason. – Joanne Rousseau This one I can still recite even though I last read at least 10 or more years ago. Again a classic that will endure and delight for a long time to [...]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #5: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

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#5 The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis (1950) 204 points The book that made me a reader, by a writer whose pure enthusiasm for life and story carries you on a lion’s back through the best of adventures. – Susan Van Metre I remember at my vast old age in 7th [...]

Top 100 Picture Books #5: The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

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#5 The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats (1962) 166 points The first book I would run to on my trips to the library. Just wonderful. – Hotspur Closser What is it like to be a small child in the snow? Ezra Jack Keats gave us the answer with this timeless story of Peter’s gentle [...]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #6: Holes by Louis Sachar

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#6 Holes by Louis Sachar (1998) 200 points This book is possibly the most brilliant book ever written. I have tried to read it in hope of learning some tricks about plotting, but instead I just despair that crafting something so brilliant could never, ever be done. It’s just PERFECT. – Amy M. Weir I [...]