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Morning Notes: The Leader of the Kids Edition


Kate DiCamillo is the new National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature. She’s a perfect pick. SLJ gave me the honor of interviewing Ms. DiCamillo for the February issue and they included an excerpt in their Ambassador announcement. Click here to read.


… a book for kids. Among all books published last year, a children’s book took the top spot. That’s cool. Can you guess what it is? Difficulty Level: Low. Click here to find out.


Real headline alert! Talk about filling a niche. Click here to read.


Sturdy for Common Things Blogger Rebecca has started a Tumblr of things found in library books. Full of promise, this idea is. She’s taking submissions, so I’m planning to send these:


In the past I’ve talked about the excellent display potential of Unshelved Book Club comics. The hits just keep on coming, people. The latest book talk in comic form is a perfect fit. Click here to read.


The finalists for the Cybils awards are up. Click here to take a gander.


The people’s choice format Nerdy Book Club Awards have also been announced. Click here and scroll through for all the winners.

The Qwikpick Papers: Poop Fountain! by Tom Angleberger. On shelves May 20, 2014

Very smart, Amulet/ABRAMS. Here we have a repackaged version of Tom Angleberger’s first book The Qwikpick Adventure Society (which I reviewed way back on aught eight). That book (originally published by Dial) was picked up by Amulet, received a facelift (see: new cover), and will be the jumping off point for a new Qwikpick Papers series. A great idea.

Here’s to kicking off 2014 by keeping focused on the important things.

As @colbysharp reminds us, the big awards are right around the corner.

And now for the cool thing of the day. A lift the flap book meets a Choose Your Own Adventure book, creating something entirely wonderful.


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. Thank you for the Found in a Library Book mention! Looking forward to adding your findings to the collection!! :)

    The les adventures d’un village book is wonderfully clever. Speaking of “Books on Film”, have you seen the video for this Kickstarter project?

    They reached their funding goal, but I thought you might like to see the book synopsis regardless. The trailer for the app from which the book came about is pretty awesome:

    Thanks again and stay warm!

  2. I’m so happy about the Qwikpick reissue!

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