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The Battle of the Kids’ Books is raging over at School Library Journal. March: Book 3 seems to be the clear-cut favorite (deservedly so – that series is excellent), but I wouldn’t count out Some Writer! Click here for the latest.


Seems like every week lately I’m sharing a new Mo Willems interview. The more the merrier, I say. Willems was recently on the New Yorker Radio Hour Podcast. Click here to listen.

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Just for kicks, why don’t we have a look at the bestselling books at independent bookstores last week?

Children’s Illustrated and Fiction Series

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Indie Bestsellers


Middle Grade and Young Adult

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Indie MG YA

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Over at the Horn Book, KT Horning talks about the CCBC’s diversity statistics.


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Raise your hand if you like cover outtakes.

Then this Greg Pizzoli tweet is for you.

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Question: Did you know The Story of Ferdinand was going to be an animated film? I heard this a while back, but you never quite believe these things until you see proof. Today (thanks to EarlyWord) we have proof – a trailer. I’ve always wondered what it would be like if Ferdinand tried to drive a car.


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.