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Gallery: The Art of the Picture Book Barcode 2016

Last year (wholly inspired by an idea from Matthew Cordell) we had a good time checking out all the inventive ways the boring ol’ barcode has been incorporated into the design and illustration of a picture book. It was a greatest hits gallery with some really amazing stuff. Have a look:

Gallery: The Art of the Picture Book Barcode

So what does this year have to offer? I’ve compiled a gallery of any 2016 picture book barcode that in some way interacted with the art or design of the book. What did I miss? Tweet me with an image @100scopenotes or email an image to scopenotes (at) gmail (dot) com.

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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. These are fantastic. I just read Explorers of the Wild and never noticed the awesome little art around the barcode!

  2. mmmm… bar code-y. :) Another great year in bar code!

  3. Tracey Elrod says:

    Just found one scanning titles for Goodreads….will tag you on Instagram….

  4. So fun! I love the Phil Pickle barcode and the sleeping koala from There’s a Giraffe in My Soup. The Pickle one is so zany and fits the mood of the cover perfectly, while I couldn’t resist aww-ing at the koala. I love how the design of a picture book can be savored alongside the actual book.

  5. Article was actually fascinating, especially as a result of I was searching for thoughts on this topic last