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Things are getting interesting in the Indiana U.S. senate race between Todd Rokita and Luke Messer. Forget an attack ad, Rokita put out an attack children’s book. It’s a Dr. Seuss parody titled Oh the Places You’ll Forget You can read it here, while you can – I would imagine the Seuss estate might come calling. . .


Remember a while back when I shared the results of this survey about the check out rules/procedures at other libraries? Well, if that was interesting to you, then I bet you’ll like this: my local public library (and I’m sure they’re not the first) is having kids pay off their fines in a way I haven’t seen before: by reading. Click here to read.


I’m always excited to see the winners of this award. Click here to see the middle grade and picture book winners.

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The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell (Out June 5, 2018)

This is probably the graphic novel I’m most looking forward to reading right now. With five starred reviews and counting, it’s buzzing pretty hard.

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A double feature today . . .

This might be the most librarian thing of the week. Tales from an Elementary School Librarian has started sorting children’s book characters into Hogwarts houses. First up, Pete the Cat. Click here to read.

After I unleashed my fury at this Taco Bell commercial, A Fuse #8 Production took things, as she so skillfully does, to the next level, writing about fake children’s books in movies and television shows. Click here to read it.

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I have some students who are going to be very excited about this:

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Author/illustrator Jake Parker posted this video a few months back and I missed it, but he talks about illustrating The Twelve Sleighs of Christmas and it makes for a fascinating video. My favorite section might be when he does a cover design deep-dive, even going so far as to show notes he received from his art director and what changes he made as a result. If you’re interested in the process of illustration, this is worth watching.

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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.