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The Best, Worst, and Oddest Coming Next Week

Next week, I wage my annual war on sleep to bring a children’s lit horn of plenty. What’s on the agenda?

Top 20 Children’s Books of 2011


Rockstar (also, school librarian) John Schumacher (aka @MrSchuReads) and I will bring you our favorite books of the year in countdown fashion. Anything in the K-6th grade range is game, so you’ll see picture books, graphic novels, nonfiction, and middle grade all stepping on each others toes.

Children’s Lit 2011: The Year in Miscellanea


The place to be for a year’s worth of attempted jokes and weird stuff. Tune in for categories such as “Worst Depiction of FDR in a Children’s Book” and “Most Unintentionally Frightening Cover of the Year”. It’s a peek into my mind, and it’s an odd place.

2011 Librarian Lump of Coal Gift Guide


For all the librarians who have wronged you, now is your chance to return the favor. An assortment of gifts that should silence the insufferable librarian in your life.

2012 Caldecott Medal Predictions


Last year I was a paltry 1 for 4, but hope springs eternal in the Caldecott predictifying game.

All this activity will be directly followed by a long winter’s nap until the new year. See you next week.

(Top Image: ‘nakano snow flakes‘ http://www.flickr.com/photos/37996589754@N01/4024756)

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.