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Waking Brain Cells has a roundup of the Top 10 books on the Kids’ Next Summer ’14 list (and a link to see all the recommended titles). Click here to see them.


In “Hey, look at this” news…The Huffington Post with Here’s What Would Happen If Your Favorite Children’s Books Were Written Today.


Judy Blume talked with the Telegraph this week about the role parents play in reading. Side note: From my experience, parents are more interested in what their kids are reading not to guard them from content, but to try to encourage reading growth – but either way you look at it, Blume’s probably right. Click here to check it out.


I think I’m going to create a separate blog just so that I can link to Number Five Bus Presents twice as much. The site is the brainchild of Erin and Philip Stead and features in-depth interviews with children’s book people of all sorts. The most recent interview was with Cece Bell, and it’s completely terrific. Click here to read and don’t forget to subscribe/check back every Monday for new interviews.


My old pals keep on bringing the Common Core goodies. Great Kid Books covers Life in Colonial America. The Nonfiction Detectives are talking Colonies and the American Revolution. The Show Me Librarian reviews Colonial America Books to Read Aloud.


One summer in my town they had pig sculptures everywhere decorated by different local artists. I like this idea more. London will be sporting a slew of book-themed benches. Click here to read.

(Thanks to LISNews for the link)


The 2014 Astrid Lindgren Prize (the world’s largest prize for children’s lit) goes to Barbro Lindgren. Click here to read.


It’s been covered quite a bit this week, but I have to mention the brand new Kirkus Prize. It’s a big one – $50,000 to one winner in each of three categories, including books for young readers. For a book to be eligible, it must have a starred review from Kirkus. Takes the starred review thing to a whole ‘nother level, right? Six finalists in each category will be announced September 30, and the winner will be announced October 23. Click here for the announcement.

Special Delivery by Philip C. Stead; illustrated by Matthew Cordell. Out March 3, 2015

A little girl goes on a long journey to delivery an elephant to her great aunt

Yep, that’s right, going waaay out today and featuring a book that doesn’t arrive until next spring. But when Matthew Cordell and Philip Stead team up for a book, it deserves plenty of advance notice. The cover is no doubt an nod to Inverted Jenny, one of the most highly collectible stamps of all time. I can’t wait to read it.

Pink Me has been recapping the sights and sounds of BEA. So far she has the first three days, and there are more coming. Great posts.

And don’t miss the best photo taken during the event (on Day 2).

Book Expo 2014 – DAY ONE: Day of Listening

Book Expo 2014 – DAY TWO: Day of Shoptalk

Book Expo 2014 – DAY THREE: Day of Random Connections Made In Line

BEA just wrapped up and, as always, I wish I coulda been there. Why? Because of pictures like this one from @LizPichon, featuring a who’s who of children’s lit folks.

In Late to the Party news, this great video about illustrator John Hendrix completely flew under my radar when it came out. It’s well done.

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.