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Books on Film: John Green Drops Children’s Lit Knowledge

John Green has a weekly series of videos for MentalFloss. This time out, he covers 47 charming facts about children’s books. Even if you fancy yourself an expert, you’ll likely learn something new here. This is my favorite video in a while.

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. Hmm? No, “We need diverse books” here.

  2. Hmm? Posted this before and it is not here now:

    No “We Need Diverse Books” in this video?!

    This is not a criticism of the books he chose to discuss, just an observation concerning what he did NOT post. I wish that he discussed, say, Walter Dean Myers first book, which was rejected many times. When Walter received the rejected manuscript back, he ironed it on an ironing board and sent it out again. There are many more stories that could have found about books. He missed an opportunity to embrace a bigger world, one that I know–KNOW–that John believes in and works to achieve.

    • Travis Jonker says:

      I love that Myers story, Ed – that need to be in part two of John’s video.