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There are a number of excellent picks among the 2011 Eisner Award nominees (a.k.a. the Oscars of Comics), including a few reviewed in these pages. Click here to check them out.

(Thanks to Oz and Ends for the link)


We’re in the midst of National Library Week and I’ve be celebrating by rocking my cardigan with absolute abandon. Click here for more details (on National Library Week, not me rocking my cardigan with abandon).


You have to applaud the efforts of Puffin, the Roald Dahl estate, and UK supermarket chain Asda. They came up with the idea of putting excerpts of Dahl’s books on the back of cereal boxes. Click here to read more.


The Huffington Post recently linked to What Your Favorite Kids Book Then Says About You Now. Mine isn’t exactly spot on. What does your favorite say? Click here to read.

(Thanks to @HuffPostBooks for the link)


I love the site 20×200. Unique works of art sold for prices appropriate to those earning a humble librarian’s salary. And there will likely be some librarians interested in the most recent piece featured at 20×200:

(Click the image to visit the 20×200 website)

Wonder Struck by Brian Selznick. On shelves September 13, 2011.

What do you do after creating the most unique Caldecott winning book in history? Follow up with another sprawling marvel of text and illustration. The fact that it also sounds awesome has my excitement level hovering around eleven. Click here to read about it.

(Thanks to Collecting Children’s Books for the heads up)

In the school library world, few topics are more controversial than paraprofessionals in professional library roles. As school districts continue to cut back, this tension will only get more pronounced. The topic recently came up on the LM_NET listserv, and The Blue Skunk Blog was there to cover it all. Click here (or the image above) to read.

(Thanks to @PWKidsBookshelf for the link)

CBS News recently covered the role book covers play in publishing. While the main focus is on adult books, much of the content applies to books for children as well.

(Thanks to e is for book for the link)

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. Regarding “Eat your Roald Dahl-ios” – I’m pretty sure we won’t see this excerpt on a box: “Oh, my sainted aunt! Don’t mention that disgusting stuff in front of me! Do you know what breakfast cereal is made of? It’s made of all those little curly wooden shavings you find in pencil sharpeners!” -Willy Wonka

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