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Burning Question

I have questions, you have the answers. Let’s solve some of children’s literature most vexing questions with the 100 Scope Notes Burning Question of the Day.

Today is a big one. I’ve asked this question in the past, but this time, it counts. Search your feelings, then please answer the question below.

Previously . . .
Burning Question of the Day #1

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. Benji Martin says:

    This could be an unpopular opinion, but there are days when I would put William Steig over both of them.

    • Eric Carpenter says:

      Benji, your in good company. I’d pick Steig over anyone else every single day. #SteigforWilderAward

    • Joanne Rubenstein says:

      Chicken Soup with Rice is an elegant little book for the ages.

  2. Um, I’m not seeing the question. All I’m seeing is “Previously…” (and the link to BQofDay #1)

    Apparently, I’m missing something.

    • Turns out, what I’m missing is something within Google Chrome that allows me to see the “Who’s Best” link. Very strange.

  3. Brandi says:

    Seuss for very young children, Sendak for the rest of your life. Wild Things is STILL a favorite and I’m 38.

  4. Melanie says:

    I absolutely love William Stein, as well! Sylvester and the Magic Pebble actually made me ache with wanting more story when I was a child. He’s poignant and emotive and lovely. This is a tough one, though, as I never enjoy reading picture books aloud to children more than I do when reading Dr. Seuss. Do we have to choose?