100 Scope Notes
December 15, 2021 by Betsy Bird
We're almost halfway through our 31 Days, 31 Lists series, and today things are getting weird! Prepare to enjoy some books that upset your expectations in all the best ways.
December 17, 2020 by Betsy Bird
For those of you keen on trying something a little different, this is the list for you. These are the books that gives you faith in publishing. Because if someone thinks that these can sell in American, things can't be all that bad.
December 25, 2019 by Betsy Bird
How dull the world would be if all the children’s books fulfilled the same, rote expectations. If books never surprised or shocked then we’d find the world filled with dull books creating dull brains in dull children. Blah. Happily, we know this is not the case. There were a host of books out this year […]
December 16, 2018 by Betsy Bird
What one person might consider "odd" could easily be another's cup of tea. It's important, then, to clarify that I don't see "odd" as a bad thing at all. It's healthy for a kid to see a book written for their age level that's outside the norm and dares to get a little bit freaky.Here then, are the 2018 titles that dared to be strange in some way. May they inspire others in the future!
December 16, 2017 by Betsy Bird
Keep Children’s Literature Weird. There. There’s your rallying cry for the day. Now Travis Jonker has been nice and consistent on this front, producing his lists of The Most Astonishingly Unconventional Children’s Books every year since 2012. You’re bound to see some overlap with this list, but I’ve a couple of my own particular favorites […]
December 16, 2016 by Betsy Bird
Back in August of this year Travis Jonker wrote a great post on 100 Scope Notes called The Most Astonishingly Unconventional Children’s Books of 2016. It was an excellent post, really getting into the nitty gritty of what it is that makes a book “unconventional”. My list is a little different from Travis’s, though there’s […]
December 13, 2013 by Betsy Bird
In the past I’ve done posts about Weirdo Picture Books and others on Out-of-Print Crimes Against Humanity. Today’s featured book could have fallen into both categories, were it not for the fact that there is justice in the universe. Previously out of print, 1997’s A Small Miracle by Peter Collington is back by popular demand and […]
July 24, 2013 by Betsy Bird
New Blog Alert: There’s a CCBC blog. Did you know that? I didn’t know that. I am, of course, perfectly aware that only a good 15% of my readers instantly can call to mind what CCBC even stands for. It’s the Cooperative Children’s Book Center and for years I’ve followed ccbc-net, their listserv. I must […]
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