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A Photographic Tour of My Blogging Cave

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Here’s where I do most of the work for this blog and The Yarn. Let’s have a look around.

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1. This is a memento from my year on the Caldecott committee: A drawing by Brian Floca of one of the characters from Locomotive.

2. A Little Golden Book birdhouse that a co-worker gifted me.

3. Recording equipment for The Yarn including microphones and cables and stuff.

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4. This is directly below the last photo. Records for the record player.

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5. This shelf is where I mostly put newer books. There are a lot of 2017 titles on here.

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6. There’s something about this hat that amuses me.

7. Sometimes I am fortunate enough to acquire the occasional art print. Now my lazy bones needs to give these wonderful images proper frames and places on the wall.

8. Elvis impersonator glasses once worn by Jon Scieszka. I’m not kidding.

9. A Brian Floca print (another Caldecott committee momento) I talked about it in this post.

10. Forgot these were up here – they are test drawings for my contribution to The Creativity Project (these were charcoal and I didn’t want them to smudge)

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11. A paper castle I made with my kids.

Now a look at the desk area:

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12. Sunday Sketching by Christoph Niemann. I love this book.

13. A code for the Nintendo game Punch-Out! In case you need it for later, it’s 267-853-7538. I think it will take you to the Sandman level.

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14. *Cough* *Cough* Dusty record player.

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15. Not a taser. This is one of the recorders we use for The Yarn.

16. Frog and Toad Are Friends 45 record.

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17. This circle collage thing.

18. A sticker that goes along with the book Let Me Finish! by Minh Lê and Isabel Roxas.

19. A print (in serious need of a frame) from the book Daniel Finds a Poem by Micha Archer.

20. Rabbit artwork by my daughter.

21. I think I picked up this Goodnight Already! swag at an ALA conference. It’s a sign with a little handle.

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22. Iceberg picture I made with construction paper.

23. Lovely Lucy Cummins drawing from the book A Hungry Lion.

24. Okay, long story on this blue guy (created by Aaron Zenz). He’s part of this post that was in response to the LBB Barnes & Noble mystery (that was eventually solved).

25. The Beekle-inspired program from the 2015 Newbery Caldecott Awards Banquet.

26. Door hanger for The Creativity Project.

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27. Moomin!

28. Artwork by Stephanie Graegin from Little Fox in the Forest (which was recently shouted-out in A Fuse #8 Production’s Newbery/Caldecott predictions).

29. My typewriter notepad from here.

30. Various paper/drawing thingamajigs

To the right of the desk is our shelf with books we want to keep.

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A bunch of professional/books about children’s lit.

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A lot of Ungerer on this shelf.

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A weird assortment.

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One more for the cause.

Thanks for taking the tour.

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, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. I could easily spend several happy days in your cave reading books and listening to LPs.

    (Not so sure I’d get much writing done, though)

    — Tom