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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.

Exclusive Cover Reveal: WILL BEAR SHARE? WILL SHEEP SLEEP?

Snowy Day LEGO by Hilary Leung

Of all the people out there, people who make picture books and also share fun things online rank pretty high on my list. Hilary Leung has been making picture books . . . . . . and sharing fun things online for a bit now. When he asked me to share the covers for his […]

Exclusive Book Trailer Premiere: COME WITH ME by Holly McGhee and Pascal Lemaitre

Come with Me

A few days back I wrote a post about a batch of books that are a product of our politically divided country. While Come With Me by by Holly McGhee and Pascal Lemaitre doesn’t exactly fit on that list, I’d say it’s definitely a close relative. It’s a book about the small moments of humanity that […]

10 to Note: Fall Preview 2017

Fall Preview 2017

It’s about that time. Time to look at the children’s book offerings of the upcoming season and point out 10 that have me especially excited. Picture Books Hilda and the Runaway Baby by Daisy Hirst September 12 | Candlewick Press | PreK-1 Babies: comedy gold. Daisy Hirst has been making a bunch of great picture […]

Books on Film: Dav Pilkey on CBS SUNDAY MORNING

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Travis here with some Grade A Show-This-to-Your-Students material. Dav Pilkey on the CBS Sunday Morning Show. And while you’re at it, here are a few more good ones. Mo Willems 1 Mo Willems 2 Jeff Kinney Kadir Nelson

Books on Film: The Tonight Show Talks Children’s Books

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Just a couple celebs, talking’ books (wait for the Mo Willems reference).

How Mad Will Donald Trump Be About The Books He’s Inspired?

We Say No

I don’t like talking politics on this blog much. A) Because those sorts of discussions lead to endless debate, and I like my debate to have an end, and B) Because I worry about you if you’re expecting cogent political commentary from the guy who thinks about applying the twist ending of Planet of the […]

Exclusive Book Trailer Premiere: Tumble & Blue by Cassie Beasley

Tumble & Blue

I like that book Circus Mirandus – you know it? It was written by Cassie Beasley. Well, now she has another book out – it’s called Tumble & Blue – and I’m here to share a first look at the trailer. But first, I had a couple important questions (okay one important question and two […]

The 2017 National Book Awards Longlist: Young People’s Literature

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The list was just announced – here they are:

5 Books I Like to Read with Students Before We Check Out Books

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The school year is rolling now, folks. Students at my K-4 school library are checking out books this week, so we’re talking about book selection and care. Here are the titles we’re reading before sending students off to the stacks. With kindergarten students I like to read . . . When rhyming text works, it’s […]

The Newsletter is Alive!

FROM THE DESK OF

I sent out the first monthly installment of From the Desk of 100 Scope Notes on Friday. I tried my best to keep it interesting – you can click here to see it (the giveaway copy of Violet is already spoken for, though). If you like the looks of it, click here to subscribe and never miss the […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#59)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? Before reading it, I thought I would keep it in the house for grandkids to read, but I’m now I’m going to toss it – probably high in the sky. Maybe the cloudmen will catch it an have a […]

Books on Film: In the Studio with Chris Haughton

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Any time Chris Haughton has a new book out, I take notice. He’s done some good ones: I therefore loved this video created by TATE Kids where two young interviewers pay a visit to Haughton’s studio. He gives some insight into his process and even makes a little art. This would be a good one […]

Have a Record-Breaking School Year

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Today is the beginning of the school year around here. Maybe it is where you are too. For inspiration, watch the glorious sight of 10,200 Guinness World Record books toppling to set a world record. (Still bummed that Seattle lost the title, though.)

The Top 10 Most Banned Books on Labor Day

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You might think Labor Day is a nice national holiday. But it’s also a day marked by acts of attempted censorship. Just take a look at the books people have tried to have banned on this day: 10) Guys, guys – take it easy. 9) Don’t even think about it today. 8) It doesn’t work […]

Morning Notes: Why You Wanna Give Me the Runaround? Edition

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PEPE WILL NOT BE IN THIS PICTURE BOOK Pepe the Frog – internet meme turned hate symbol, will not be the star of a new picture book. Click here to read. A VILLAGE OF AUTHORS While I ruminate on the idea of an actual village of authors (so . . . many . . . cafés). […]