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Kirkus takes a “more is more” approach to year end lists. I’m not complaining – their sprawling Best Picture Books of 2016 list has plenty of favorites, but also a lot of room for surprises (Everyone is Yawning? Never seen it!). Click here to see the whole list.


Real headline alert! The Los Angeles Times payed a visit to Jon Klassen to talk about his latest book We Found a Hat (and film a reading of the book by the author). Click here to read.


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Let me join the chorus in being pleased that we will have two more books by the Newbery and Caldecott winning team behind Last Stop on Market Street.

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Over at Heavy Medal, they’ve selected nine Newbery contenders to discuss in depth. Let’s see, there’s a picture book, an illustrated chapter book, a nonfiction book, and some middle grade – a good mix. Speaking of illustrated chapter book, I especially like seeing Juana & Lucas on this list.

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It’s been a busy couple of months for the children’s literature classic The Snowy Day. First a tribute in the form of A Poem for Peter by Andrea Davis Pinkney, and now the book is being turned into a holiday special over at Amazon Prime, along with a holiday version of Laura Numeroff’s and Felicia Bond’s If You Give a . . . series: If You Give a Mouse a Christmas Cookie.


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.