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Kid Lit Bloggers

100 Scope Notes

Since 100 Scope Notes is moving to a new self hosted home ( click here to check it out), and I'm planning on spending the evening eating oatmeal raisin cookies, I thought it appropriate to take a look at the 10 most popular (and 10 least popular) posts in 100 Scope Notes history.

Banana Peelin': Ups and Downs of Becoming a Children's Writer

It caused me to reflect back on these last few months and when I thought about it, I realized I did have time. Little snippets here and there. The catch was though (are you ready for it?), I didn't have the time to make my posts PERFECT.

A Fuse #8 Production - @fuseeight A School Library Journal Blog

Elizabeth Bird is currently New York Public Library's Youth Materials Collections Specialist. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person.

bookshelves of doom

New hardbacks: The Falconer: Book 1, by Elizabeth May: But she revels in fighting the fae, full stop. She can be covered in blood, half of it her own, and rather than bemoaning her fate, she'll grin in delight.

Collecting Children's Books

Welcome to Sunday Brunch where, among other topics, we're celebrating Mother's Day and the legacy of Maurice Sendak. The children's book world is still reeling from the death of Maurice Sendak earlier this week. There have been some wonderful tributes online, such as these illustrations from noted artists in today's New York Times.

Mishaps and Adventures

Rube Goldberg ! We're thrilled with the result, and we're sure you'll love it, too. Check out exclusive images, videos, cover details + more great features from the book on our blog #TheArtofRube #rubegoldberg

Editorial Anonymous

If you have questions, email them to editorialanonymous (at) and I'll try to answer them. But seriously, don't try to query me or submit to me. I'm anonymous. If you submit to me or query me at this email address, I will use your letter/submission on the blog. Be warned.

educating alice

There has been a lot of attention recently being paid to the issue of diversity in children's and young adult books. Here are links to some of the many posts and articles responding to this: It is testing time. In my private school and the public schools around us, children are taking annual tests.

Picture Book Month

The picture book is often a child's first experience of looking at and reading art. Children learn to read pictures before they learn to sound out words or read full sentences, and for the very young, the partnership between pictures and text helps them take in and find pleasure in a narrative.


PICTURE BOOK BLACK RABBIT by Philippa Leathers (Candlewick) A little rabbit feels accosted by the sudden presence of an oversized, looming black nemesis who seems to follow him wherever he goes. Is it friend or foe?


Higgins Bond is a trailblazer. She has been a freelance illustrator and fine artist for almost forty years. She has received many awards, including a medal of honor from Governor Bill Clinton, the Ashley Bryan Award for outstanding contributions to children's literature.

The Reading Zone

Posted on by thereadingzone In recent weeks, there has been a lot talk about the lack of diversity in children's literature. Then the recent BEA BookCon nonsense in which an all-white male panel of "luminaries" in children's literature was announced and the outrage was evident very quickly.

World of Julie

Here it is, my annual holiday gift round-up. As usual, no pictures - don't want the kids peeking anything from across the room. This list isn't quite complete. I'm a little bit using it to figure out what else I need. Though we are being real hammers this year about not getting too much.

WriteForKids - The Official Home of the Children's Book Revolution - Become a published children's author via books, ...

The Official Home of the Children's Book Revolution. Change the World, Write for Kids!

Chasing Ray

I have just reread Joan Didion's Where I Was From - giving it a "deep" read this time. It is a collection of related essays about Didion's personal history and the history of California, where she grew up. Reading it has made me realize how confusing my own answer would be to the question, if asked, of "Where are you from?"

the family that reads together

Spring is in the air (almost) and it's National Poetry Month. What will you do to celebrate April as National Poetry Month? When my son was in the seventh grade his Language Arts teacher transformed their classroom into a poetry café. Parents were invited to the gala.