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As someone who will be interviewing Kate DiCamillo in front of an ALA audience in a couple months (I told you about this, right?) I’ve found myself checking out the recent Raymie Nightingale fanfare with added interest.

Today I have not one, but a pair of Kate DiCamillo things to offer. First, this interview on NPR. They get down to the nitty gritty pretty quick in this 7 minute chat.

For the long-form connoisseurs, check this interview on All The Wonders. The podcast formerly known as Let’s Get Busy had a name change, added a new theme song, and now hosts our former Ambassador in the latest interview.


The E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards were recently announced. I like the idea of a read aloud award – keep it up, E.B. Whites. When the award is for the read-aloudability of a book, you tend to get some happy surprise kind of winners. Like Mother Bruce in the picture book category. Click here to read more.


Better Book Titles did a good job with their new title for Where the Wild Things Are.


The Eisner Awards – a.k.a. the biggest awards in comics – just released their 2016 Nominees and I DON’T KNOW WHO TO ROOT FOR BECAUSE THERE ARE MANY EXCELLENT BOOKS. Check them out (especially Best Publication for Early Readers and Best Publication for Kids) while I mull things over more.

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Jazz Day

Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph by Roxane Orgill, illustrated by Francis Vallejo

Usually I reserve this space for books that haven’t come out yet. But since April is National Poetry Month, and since this is the first book to earn six (!) starred reviews in 2016, I’m going to bend the rules a little bit and feature this book of poetry that came out last month/publicly kick myself that I haven’t read it yet.

(if you’re wondering what photograph the book is referring to, by the way, it’s this one)

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I shared this on Twitter, but it is so double share worthy. If you’ve ever been interested in how a book cover is made, check out The Cover Evolution of The Haters over at Mishaps and Adventures. I am always amazed at how many ideas get tossed around before the final cover is selected and refined.


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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.