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I haven’t started thinking about back to school books, but I like knowing that someone out there is. The folks at the ALSC blog share some books to start the year on the right foot. Click here to read.


El Deafo Eisner

El Deafo, The Zoo Box, and Raina Telgemeier all got an Eisner. I am a happy man. Click here for all the winners.


School lockers painted as book spines. This is great. Click here to read.

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Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier. Out Fall 2016.

Go out and buy a calendar for next year, buy the fattest red marker allowed by law:

Red Sharpie

and put a big, squeaky “X” on the entire season of fall 2016. That’s when Raina Telgemeier (who currently holds the 1st, 2nd, and 4th place on the New York Times Bestseller List for paperback graphic novels) releases her next book.

Other announcement options include making a t-shirt and wearing it every day until fall 2016.

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Like the polar ice caps, picture book text is receding (wow, that got depressing quick). Why is this happening? Is it a bad thing? Side note: someone should let the Berenstain Bears, kings of the first page run-on sentence, in on this trend. Shelf talker investigates in one of my favorite posts in a while. Click here to read.

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Which books inspired the 2015 Newbery and Caldecott winners? Let’s hear from them in their own words. The Picasso of Twitter has a post including videos from Kwame Alexander, Dan Santat, Jacqueline Woodson, Lauren Castillo, and more.

Say it with me:


Image Credit: The Joke Book by Roy McKie

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Art imitates life.

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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 scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. Cece Bell deserves the Eisner. El Deafo is a great, great book.

    Picture book readers deserve a longer word count. 500 words is absurd. (Don’t get me started on this one…Grrrrrr.)