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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.

Books on Film: How to Spot a First Edition of The Cat in the Hat

Cat in the Hat First Edition

My book collection is as haphazard as they come. Maybe because of this, I’ve always admired folks who collect books with a purpose – 1st editions, signed copies, all the winners of a specific award – that kind of thing. I recently came across this video, where a rare book expert breaks down all the elements […]

It’s a Summer #Bookaday Tweetstorm!

MIM MEME

Ah, summer – the days get longer, the LaCroix starts flowing like water, the #bookaday reading begins. You know, #bookaday, the summer reading challenge started by Book Whisperer Donalyn Miller. Here are a few of the books I read and liked over the summer. #bookaday pic.twitter.com/yZXslunBw2 — Travis Jonker (@100scopenotes) August 6, 2016 #bookaday A […]

Morning Notes: Thrifty and Commonsensical Edition

Children's Reading

THE ITALIAN GOVERNMENT IS GIVING TEENS €500 ON THEIR 18TH BIRTHDAY TO SPEND ON BOOKS Real Headline Alert! This is pretty cool. (Thanks to Minh Lê for the link) UNSHELVED GOES TO THE MOVIES Unshelved has added to their movie poster parody collection: DOWNRIGHT ROCOCO I’ve always been fascinated by the Berenstain Bear treehouse. How […]

The Most Astonishingly Unconventional Children’s Books of 2016

Unconventional

Pushing the envelope. Pushing boundaries. Pushing buttons. Here’s to children’s books that expand our assumptions of what a children’s book can be. Previously . . . The Wildest Children’s Books of 2015 The Wildest Children’s Books of 2014 The Wildest Children’s Books of 2013 The Wildest Children’s Books of 2012 Look Up! by Jung Jin-Ho Holiday […]

One Star Review Guess Who (#48)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? i could never read [Title] as a child because i always wanted to punch by the third page. WHY ARE YOU HANGING UP THE LIGHTBULBS WHAT IS YOUR PROBLEM Click here for the answer. One Star Review Guess Who […]

Cover Curiosity: Face to Face

Hannah and Sugar

Some book covers, I think, are designed to like other book covers on purpose. Like this, for example. Others happen to share a general composition. Here’s one such pair. Today we have a case of the latter, a compositionally congruent duo. First up . . . Hannah and Sugar by Kate Berube Second up . […]

Exclusive Cover Reveal: Princess Cora and the Crocodile by Laura Amy Schlitz and Brian Floca

Good Masters

How To Make a Book I Am Looking Forward to Reading (In 5 Steps): Step 1: Take the author of Newbery Medal winning book Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Step 2: Take the author/illustrator of Caldecott Medal winning book Locomotive. Step 3: Combine talents. Step 4: Wait until March 28th, 2017 (sorry, these things take time). […]

‘Fan Art’ to Finished Product: Monsters Go Night-Night by Aaron Zenz

Monsters Go Night Night

Kids: in addition to being the beneficiary of children’s literature, they help to inspire their fair share of it too. Take, for instance, Monsters Go Night-Night, the utterly fun, funny and (dare I say?) adorable new bedtime book by Aaron Zenz. All the monsters in the book were inspired by drawings Zenz’s young son made. […]

On This Day (ish) in Scope Notes History . . .

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Part of the fun of blogging is the ephemeral nature of the medium – you write a post, put it up quickly, maybe some folks read it, and then it fades away in a hurry. On to the next post. But, PROBLEM, now I’m stuck with this stockpile of ridiculous stuff that never sees the […]

Snapchatting with Hugo Cabret

Snap 1

I’m no technology expert, but it seems like this summer is when Snapchat really hit the mainstream. Similar to my first experience with Twitter, I set up an account (scopenotes100) but have no idea what to do now. So, while I wait to figure out what to use it for, I’ll grab the nearest copy […]

Notes on July 2016

Notes on July2016

A bit late here on the monthly greatest hits recap – I hope you don’t mind. In July . . . I went to Nerd Camp. And I have the photos to prove it. Day 1 | Day 2 we dug into the mysteries of Cardboard Schu. It gets stranger and stranger. I talked about […]

Morning Notes: The Little Engine That Didn’t Make It Edition

Newbery Influences

 HILDA AND THE SUBSCRIPTION STEAMING SERVICE Hilda (of Luke Person’s Hilda comics) is being adapted as an animated series for Netflix. I’m usually very cynical about these sorts of things, but I have a sneaking suspicion this is going to be awesome. Click here for the details. I WOULD EAT THEM IN A BOAT If […]

Books on Film: Drawing a Story with Jeff Kinney

Books On Film Banner

A while back, Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney appeared on Sprout TV to draw a story. It’s Halloween-themed – something to keep in your back pocket until fall.

Let’s ‘Planet of the Apes’ These Picture Books

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When I first saw the original Planet of the Apes it left a big impression on me, due in large part to the twist ending. For those that haven’t seen it – spoiler alert (wait, this film came out in 1968 – spoiler alert retracted) – the main character (astronaut Taylor, played by Charlton Heston) realizes […]

Death Becomes Children’s Lit: More 2016 Books on Loss

The Dead Bird

Waaay back in January, The Trend Whisperer spotted an uptick in children’s books about death and bereavement. Boy was she right. She mentioned these books in her piece: The Dead Bird by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Christian Robinson (this is a re-illustrated version of a story originally illustrated by Remy Charlip and published in 1965) Always Remember by Cece […]