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Morning Notes: Margaret Wise Brown or Jim Morrison? Edition

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I figured I’d start with probably my favorite item from the week – Lev Grossman’s Hating Ms. Maisy: The Joy, Sorrow and Neurotic Rage of Reading to Your Children. But don’t be fooled by the title, this is mostly a salute to the masters of children’s lit. How can you not love a comparison between The Color of Kittens and a Doors song? Click here to read.


For Those About to Mock looks at 14 of the most notable missteps in the history of the Newbery Medal. Can you guess which 3 from the 2000s make the cut? Click here to read.


Or you might think it is, based on a recent article from Publishers Weekly. For a look at the books hitting shelves next year, check out the PW Spring 2013 Sneak Previews.

(Thanks to @MrSchuReads for the link)

DONALD SOBOL: 1924-2012

Encyclopedia Brown creator Donald Sobol passed away recently and NPR’s All Things Considered paid fine tribute to his most famous series. Click here to listen.


More sad news. Little Bear author Else Holmelund Minarik recently passed as well. The New York Times had a nice write-up. Click here to read.


Whenever I visit a Tumblr site, I feel like I’m entering into a totally unfamiliar world. Am I alone in this? Anyway, I enjoyed checking out Underground New York Public Library, showing what folks are reading on the subway, even though it isn’t children’s lit-centric. Click here to read.

(Thanks to Swiss Miss for the link)


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Lifehacker has instructions for making a “DIY ereader boom”. Click here to find out how.


I love the simplicity of Author Birthdays. It provides a list of the authors who were born and died for each day. Click here to see it.

(Thanks to Waking Brain Cells for the link)

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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, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. PragmaticMom says:

    Elsa too? So close on the heels of Maurice Sendak. What a wonderful combo for early readers!

  2. Thanks for the shout-out! That’s now our most-read post ever :)

  3. Tanya says:

    Awesome post. Still reading through everything. I don’t “get” tumblr either, at least not in the passionate, all-consuming way that my teenager does, but I completely enjoyed the link to the subway reading. I always try to see what people are reading in public, even if I have to turn my head upside down to catch the title, which these guys clearly did many times… Fun stuff. Thanks!

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