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Morning Notes: Robert McCloskey Chicken Coop Edition

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You may have heard, but they’re naming a New York City public school after Maurice Sendak. This seems a fine idea to me. Click here to read.



Publisher’s Weekly just announced this morning that September will bring new covers for the paperback edition of the Harry Potter series. The artist? Amulet graphic novelist Kazu Kibuishi. And I have to say – lookin’ good. Click here to see the first cover and read more.

(Thanks to @PWKidsBookshelf for the link)



As part of the Caldecott 75th Anniversary, the ALSC went and made an online scrapbook full of rarely seen Caldecotty stuff. I’ve had a great time checking it out. Worth the price of admission is reading the original transcript of Robert McCloskey’s 1942 acceptance, where he writes (among other things) that he’s still for hire to whittle. Click here to see it.



To all the librarians out there tryin’ to make a name for yourselves, one librarian says “top this, bros and bro-dettes”. I hope this is on his letterhead. Click here to discover the world’s best librarian resume booster.



Good to see our recent award winners getting love on the bestseller lists.

Picture Books

Chapter Books



I’ve been on Instagram for a while now and you never know what will pop up. Author/illustrator Hilary Leung is doing something fun – recreating iconic children’s literature characters with legos. For the month of February he’s putting up a LEGO creation a day to honor his top 28 picture books. The effect is like playing classic Nintendo (best game side note: RC Pro AM). Look for his favorite picture book runners up every day in March.

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Click here to see them all.



Have a lot of snow sitting around? Book Patrol has an idea: snow books. Click here to read.

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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:

    I love that there will be a Maurice Sendak school somewhere in NYC! I want one in MA too!

  2. Adrienne says:

    I never thought about being a DDC editor–or even that there might be a DDC editor–but now I kind of want to be one.

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