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Morning Notes: Rejuvenation Edition

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Publishers Weekly released their annual rundown of best selling books based on Neilsen Bookscan data. Lots of stuff you might expect. My favorite section is the hardcover backlist section, where classics mingle with newer popular books. Click here to read.


No?? Well, maybe you know who it should be? SLJ is on the lookout for the next School Librarian of the Year. Click here to nominate.


In 2016 there are just two books that have received five starred reviews so far. I know this because Shelftalker recently led the way to a spreadsheet of all the 2016 starred reviews. It’s color-coded so you can easily see what’s what. Click here to read.

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Baby Lincoln

Where Are You Going, Baby Lincoln? by Kate DiCamillo. Out August 2nd, 2016

DiCamillo continues her Mercy Watson spin-off Tales from Deckawoo Drive series with this book.

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You know what I love? Blog rejuvenation. There’s one happening right now over at Sharpread, where my friend Colby Sharp has been getting pretty busy with the clickity-clack.

For example, if you’re in need of a story to warm the cockles of your heart (and to show the positive power of social media) look no further than the following post, where a tweet by a visiting author helped make a girl’s life a bit better.

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Here’s the follow-up to this story:

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Remember the bees last year? Things went better for the president this Easter.

Where the Wild Things Are is his go-to, which I appreciate. But what’s that woman holding off to the left? The Rainbow Fish?

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Tim Federle is a man of many talents, including – who knew – man-on-the-street reporting. The Better Nate Than Ever author is now lending his writing skills to the Broadway musical Tuck Everlasting, based on the book by Natalie Babbbitt. Here he is on the street posing an important question.

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. Gah! That lurking RAINBOW FISH is utterly terrifying. Why is it there? WHY, GOD, WHY?