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5 Books I’m Bringing on Vacation and Why

We’re heading north for a bit. I’m bringing these five books with me:

Summer Books

summer-book

The Book: The Summer Book by Tove Jansson

Why? I am a Moomin fan and this book by Moomin creator Tove Jansson just keeps popping up during my internet wanderings as one worth checking out. It’s about a girl spending a summer living at her grandmother’s island house. Very important – I like the season and my reading material to be in agreement whenever possible.

Dam Keeper

The Book: The Dam Keeper by Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi

Why? I’m a sucker for a good cinematic graphic novel. And this one has actual ties to cinema – it’s based on the Oscar-nominated short film of the same name. Just got a starred review at PW too.

Two Piano Tuners

The Book: Two Piano Tuners by M.B. Goffstein

Why? I’m a Goffstein fan (an appreciation that began with her Caldecott honor Fish for Supper) and I haven’t read this one yet.

Unrelated, But It Doesn’t Hurt: the book has a cool case cover:

Tuners Case Cover

Solo

The Book: Solo by Kwame Alexander with Mary Rand Hess

Why? I usually stick to a strict Only One YA Book a Year regimen (and I already read the fantastic The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas). But when it’s a Newbery winner who’s work I dig, I’m willing to bump up to a Okay, Two YA Books a Year regimen.

Beatrice Zinker

The Book: Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker by Shelley Johannes

Why? Because if I have a wheelhouse (other than picture books) it’s funny illustrated chapter books.

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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.