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There’s a new blog dedicated to the Geisel Award? This is great! It has an alliterative title! They have a list of “keep your eyes on” titles at SLJ! I am so in on this.


Over at SLJ, they’ve invited three interested parties to weigh in on the whole “Should book award discussions remain forever secret” debate. KT Horning, Caldecott Medal winner Dan Santat, and former Caldecott committee member (and my favorite first grade teacher) Ed Spicer all speak their mind.

I Could Tell You About the Newbery and Caldecott Committees. But I Can’t by KT Horning

Why You Don’t Want to Know More About the Newbery and Caldecott by Dan Santat

Let Book Awards Committee Members Blab by Ed Spicer


Picture book art fans would do well to read How The Goodnight Moon Author and Collaborator Revolutionized Kids Books. It’s all about Margaret Wise Brown and her collaborations with Caldecott medal winner Leonard Weisgard. Click here to do that.


Boston radio interviewed Bob Staake about two things he makes: New Yorker covers and children’s books. Click here to listen.

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It’s that time of year – flowers in bloom, weather turning warm – ’tis the season for Frog and Toad thinkpieces. At least, that’s how it would seem, after Arnold Lobel’s series got the in-depth treatment from both The Atlantic and The New Yorker.

Frog and Toad: An Amphibious Celebration of Same-Sex Love

Frog and Toad and the Self


Donalyn Miller (a.k.a. The Book Whisperer) began the #bookaday challenge in 2009. The idea is simple – read a book a day during the summer. It’s grown every year since. You want in? Click here for more info.

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The Amazing Crafty Cat by Charise Mericle Harper. Out April 11, 2017.

Children look at the recent DIY craze among adults and scoff – kids are the DIY OGs. And not only do they like to do crafts, but they also like to read about them. Therefore I am excited to see this book on the (distant) horizon. It’s a comic about a cat who solves problems via her crafting secret identity.

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Book Expo America was in my neck of the woods this year (the Midwest). I’d never been, and the vibe was different from, say ALA Annual. Why would I recap when Paula at unadulterated.us has the recap you need to read.

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Non-children’s book art from children’s book illustrators never fails to fascinate me. @MrSchuReads has the scoop on a collage exhibit by Caldecott Medalist Kevin Henkes.

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. Aw, ya sweetie. Thanks for the shout – it was great seeing you in Chicago!

  2. Travis,

    When can we have coffee? I am buying! I have some stories for you.

  3. Mugshots? JP’s? Anytime after 9. 9:30 or 10? Text me when you leave and where you will be.