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Book Video - Family Huddle

It's definitely fall and we're all spending a lot of time in the Scholastic offices thinking about what teachers need and want this time of year. Meanwhile, all I'm thinking about is football. So excuse me as I indulge my two favorite things: football and picture books in this great video:

I love those Manning boys. They do make my Sundays. And this Family Huddle book looks adorable.

It's a Secret: Caldecott Contender?

It's a Secret It's a Secret!
Written & illustrated by John Burningham
Ages 3-9

This latest offering by John Burningham finds Malcolm the cat sleeping by day and venturing out to secret adventures at night. Inquisitive Marie Elaine is not content to let sleeping cats lie and manages to accompany Malcolm to a party after being chased by a gang of dogs.

Mr. Burningham's ability to infuse his illustrations with a wry sense of humor (case in point, the introduction of the dog gang) and his simple but engaging story make for one heck of a read.  He has truly created some magic here and I would think we'll be seeing this book on the Caldecott short list.

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Author Events: Kazu Kibuishi & Frank Cammuso

0439846838_lg Kazu Kibuishi, author of Amulet II: The Stonekeeper's Curse will be making an appearance at:

Nucleus Gallery in Alhambra, CA
Sept. 12, 2009 at 1p.m. PT
Get details.

0439903238_lg Frank Cammuso, author of Knights of the Lunch Table #2: Dragon Players will be making an appearance at:

Barnes & Noble in Dewitt, NY
Oct. 2, 2009 at 7p.m. ET
Call for details: 315-449-2948

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