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This Blog is Five: You Are…

November 9 marks five years since I started this blog. I like to celebrate big occasions like any school librarian – by gathering and analyzing data! I put up a reader poll (a.k.a. “got this party started”) last week, tabulated the results (a.k.a. “turned on Ginuine’s My Pony”), and created an unintentionally creepy-looking amalgam of the results. If you’re reading this, you are most likely to be…

A. Female. This one wasn’t even close.

B. A public librarian. With school librarian a close second.

C. Born in the 80s. Signified by a Walkman. I was born in 1981, so this lets me know I can drop way more 80s references – look out!

D. A fan of middle grade fiction. This was a pretty close race, with picture books coming in a close second.

E. Would like to meet Mo Willems. This one surprised me – I was expecting Rowling or Van Allsburg to take the top spot.

F. Prefer Seuss to Sendak. This one was, admittedly, unfair. Fun, but unfair.


Thank you to everyone who’s taken a look at this site over the past five years. Here’s to five more.

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. TEAM SENDAK! (And happy blog birthday!)

  2. Congrats on five years! And thanks for sharing the stats. Be still my geeky, book-loving heart….

  3. Congrats on five years! And here’s to five more.

  4. Your dedication to librarianship, your wry humor and insights coupled with your knowledge make coming to this blog a pleasure. Happy Blog Birthday, Travis! Thanks for sharing your stats. In my mind I am hearing Arte Johnson from Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In saying, “Verrry interesting.”

  5. Happy Birthday! And very cool stats. I’m an author/illustrator, which puts me in the minority (and I wasn’t born in the 80’s – not telling), but I still enjoy the heck out of your blog! :) e

  6. Travis, Congratulations on five years of creative blogging, providing good information and smiles all the way. I love the book and candles drawing!

  7. Freya Hooper says:

    I found you during your Battle of the Bookmarks and have been a fan ever since! Congratulations.

  8. the stats are fun. congratulations on 5 years! best wishes toward many more.

  9. Congratulations!

  10. Hi-fives for the big 5! Many happy returns–which, for me, there will be :) !!

  11. Congrats on your wonderful blog’s bday!