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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.

Kidlit TV: The Author/Illustrator Video Jackpot

The other day I decided to visit Kidlit TV. It had been a little while since I’d last been there and I wanted to see what the site has been up to. A lot, it turns out. The site is full of great videos with children’s book creators. I find these sorts of things perfect […]

Endangered Series: Little Critter

Should it stay or should it go?

Exclusive Cover Reveal: It Is (Not) Perfect by Anna Kang and Christopher Weyant

We are here today to reveal the cover of It Is (Not) Perfect by the Geisel Award-winning team Anna Kang and Christopher Weyant. But first, I had a few questions for them . . . Travis: This new book is about the meaning of “perfect”. Are you perfectionists? How did this story come about? Anna: […]

School Librarian Saturday: My Storymaker

In School Librarian Saturday, I’m going to share the websites, databases, apps, and other stuff I use with students in my K-3 teacher-librarian role, under the cover of internet darkness (see: the weekend). Today we have a website that allows students to create a story, called My Storymaker. What It Is: A site created by […]

One Star Review, Guess Who? (#100)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? There was no depth…just a stupid kid who gets on a train with a stranger. Click here for the answer. Why do I share these? Click here. Previously . . . One Star Review Guess Who (#1) One Star […]

Name That LEGO Book Cover! (#16)

Once again, it’s the game that’s sweeping the country. I used this website to (virtually) create 3 LEGO book covers. They’re listed from least challenging to most challenging – see how many you can name. #1: Answer #2: Answer #3: Answer How’d you do? Previously . . . Name That LEGO Book Cover! (#1) Name That […]

10 to Note: Winter Preview 2019-20

I’ve been doing these seasonal previews for a while now, but today is something new: a 10 to Note that is 100% graphic novels. As I browsed through 1,289 titles (I’m counting), upcoming comics kept catching my eye. So sorry picture books, chapter books, middle grade and everything else, this one is for the GN […]

School Librarian Saturday: Code.org

In School Librarian Saturday, I’m going to share the websites, databases, apps, and other stuff I use with students in my K-3 teacher-librarian role, under the cover of internet darkness (see: the weekend). Today we have a website that teaches computer coding, called Code.org. What It Is: Code.org is a “nonprofit dedicated to expanding access […]

100 Scope Notes Turns 12

Twelve years ago this week, I started 100 Scope Notes. In 2007 there was a growing online children’s literature community and I wanted to join in the fun. Since then I’ve published almost 3000 posts, going from a WordPress.com blog, to a self-hosted blog, to our current location – hosted by School Library Journal. Writing […]

Update: The National Book Award/Newbery Overlap

How many National Book Award finalists (Young People’s Literature) go on to win Newbery Medals or Honors? It’s less than you might expect.

What Are the Chances You’ll Win Another Caldecott?

A while back, I learned that a surprisingly high number of Newbery Medal/Honor winners win multiple times during their career. But what about Caldecott? Last year around this time, I wondered if we would ever have another repeat Caldecott Medal winner. That question was answered pretty quickly.  So I dug through the data (and might […]

Gallery: NYT Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2019

This year I went 2 for 10 in my New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books predictions. Same as last year. Same as the year before that! Looks like I’m a 2 for 10 guy when it comes to this list. But you know what? I’m going to call it 2.5 this year, because I […]

How’s the Weather Up Here?

Nice. Veerrrrrrrrry nice. Previously: I Have Arrived. Aaaand I Left Again.

Notes on October 2019

My favorite posts from this past month.

‘Let’s Play Two!’ Newbery Winner Sequels

The recent announcement of The One and Only Bob has me thinking – how many Newbery Medal winners have sequels (and/or prequels)?