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Notes on May 2014

In May…

…I previewed the summer season.

There’s a batch of good-looking books coming out in the next three months, folks.

…we witnessed the birth of a ninja mini trend.

Ninjas appear to be giving whales a run for their money in children’s lit trend department.

…a pretzel rotisserie appeared in my staff lounge.

This means the end of the school year is close. Here are the most popular books in my library during the 2013-14. campaign.

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. I’m going to run off to write my “Ninjas vs. Whales” book now.