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Notes on May 2014

In May…

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…I previewed the summer season.

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

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…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.

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…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.

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

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