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Morning Notes: Bookface Battle Edition


The Best of 2012-ing continues, this time with Amazon naming their top books. They always have a more populist view, with a few bestsellers that aren’t likely to crack other lists.

Click here for picture books

Click here for middle grade


Man-on-a-children’s-literature-roll Mac Barnett doesn’t agree with Chris Van Allsburg’s take on absurd and nonsense books in a recent New York Times review, so he took to Tumblr for his thoughtful response. It also includes dynamite. Click here to read it.


Yesterday was a big day in Canadian children’s lit – the Governor General’s Literary Awards were announced, including categories for children’s text and children’s illustration. And there were a couple familiar faces. In dual language fashion, there are awards for books in both English and French. The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larson won for English text, which was just fine by my favorite Canadian children’s lit blog George’s Favorite Tooth. Click here for the nominees and winners.


Look out – A Fuse #8 Production is back to her seasonal librarian previews. And this first one of 2013 has a lot to mull over (see also: make mouth water). Click here to read.


In recent years, I’ve come across a few variations of using book covers to interact with the real world. Heck, I even do it in my Twitter profile picture. But is was the geniuses at Titan Library that turned it into a contest for teen patrons. Click here to see it.

(Thanks to @scsdmedia for the link)


There are few things with the approval rating of comic Calvin & Hobbes. Getting your hands on original art from the iconic strip is like tracking down the golden goose. A Sunday strip is about to go on the auction block and is sure to be a hot commodity. Click here to read.

(Thanks to Boing Boing 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. Wow! I just saw that our library was featured here. Thank you!