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Cover Curiosity: Me

Now, please don’t be alarmed when you see this goofy-looking guy on your September issue of School Library Journal:

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How did we get here?

I wrote a series of posts about the e-reader lending program we started at my 5th and 6th grade school last year. It was a small start, but things went pretty well, so I wanted to share. The folks at SLJ (whom I work with writing reviews and the occasional feature) asked if they could publish the series. I reworked and added to the individual posts to make a unified, complete article. Then SLJ decided to make it the September cover story. Then they decided to put my mug on the front.

They sent me to a place that looked like this:

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And a photographer took a bunch of pictures:

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The powers that be settled on the cover shot to go along with a “Travis’s Excellent Adventure” theme. Do you remember the movie Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure? It’s sort of like that, minus Keanu Reeves and a telephone booth. Bonus: no jamz in sight!

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The interior was a lot of fun because I was asked to contribute some illustrations to go along with the article. Art director Mark Tuchman whipped up the concept for an e-reader comic strip and I supplied the drawings (using the Paper iPad app).

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I’m waiting for my print issue to arrive, but the article is online now. Click here to read.

And speaking of School Library Journal, I have more news on that front coming soon…

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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. Lisa Yee says:


  2. Miss K says:

    Laughing at Lisa Yee’s comment. Congratulations!

  3. Abby Johnson says:

    Huzzah for Travis! Well done, sir!

  4. Katie Davis says:

    WOW! Now you and Mr. Schu are cover buddies! This is SO cool!

    Can I come on the adventure with you?

  5. Wowsa – awesome!! :) e

  6. Todd Erickson says:

    The article is very helpful, Travis.

  7. Sam Bloom says:

    That is awesome! Love the comic too. And as a Bill&Ted fan from back in the day, I must say it is an inspired choice to pay homage to San Dimas’s finest. Not bad! (spoken in a Bill & Ted voice)

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