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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


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


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.

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.