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A good test: see if you can get through the next two links without getting misty-eyed. If you can, then unfriend me. Link #1: Matt De La Peña wrote a great piece about the importance of darkness in children’s book for TIME. In it, he mentioned a question he’d like to ask Kate DiCamillo. So she responded (that’s Link #2). The world needs more of this sort of thing.


Yes, that’s right. Selznick has created new covers for each book in the Harry Potter series, coming on the 20th (!) anniversary in July. Click here to read.

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Good Rosie! by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Harry Bliss. September 4, 2018.

Kate DiCamillo and Harry Bliss are teaming up once again for a picture book. Watch. Connect. Read has the scoop and an interview with the creators.

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A Fuse #8 Production lays out her final Newbery/Caldecott predictions. She and I overlap on a few, but she does me one better by including Crown, which I dumbly left off my predictions list.

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I ask you: How many children’s book makers have ever appeared on late night television? Vashti Harrison, creator of Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History, is now one of them. She was on The Daily Show recently talking about how her book sprung from a personal drawing challenge.


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. Dana Frank says:

    Brian Selznick doing Harry Potter! Looks like I will be getting my third complete set and at least sixth copy of the first book.