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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.

One Star Review, Guess Who? (#97)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? There’s nothing cute or funny about a child who uses bad grammar, decides to hate people, thinks she knows better than adults, and hollers like a toddler whenever she wants something. Click here for the answer. Why do I […]

H.G.T.V. (Home and Garden, Travis Version): Painting a Room in the Style of a Well-Known Children’s Book

My strategy for painting a room is pretty simple. Two words in fact. Gray Horse. But what if I actually had the guts to choose a color? A real color? A color that connects with something I love: picture books? Well, if I was that person, I’d get myself over to this website, enter the […]

Review: Small in the City by Sydney Smith

Small in the City By Sydney Smith Neal Porter Books/Holiday House ISBN: 9780823442614 $18.99 Grades K-2 Out September 3, 2019 *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library When it comes to picture book making, one of the holy grails is re-readability. Concocting a story that readers care to hear once and […]

Strange Birds, Baseball, and Snacks: A Q&A with Celia C. Pérez

In 2017, I talked with librarian, author, and zine aficionado Celia C. Pérez about her debut novel, The First Rule of Punk. That book went on to make some people happy. In 2018, Celia participated in a panel of Pura Belpré award winners I moderated for a live episode of The Yarn podcast. And now […]

One Star Review, Guess Who? (#96)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? [T]his was just a pig and an elephant talking to the reader with a joke about a banana. I just don’t see the appeal. Click here for the answer. Why do I share these? Click here. Previously . . […]

On This Day(ish) In Scope Notes History: Goodnight, Soon

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 […]

What Do Todd Parr, Meg Medina, Adam Gidwitz, and Dan Santat Have in Common?

Answer: They have all been on The Yarn podcast in the last couple months. It’s been a great stretch of episodes, so here they are, in case you’re interested in checking them out.

Review: Kondo & Kezumi Visit Giant Island by David Goodner

Kondo & Kezumi Visit Giant Island By David Goodner Illustrated by Andrea Tsurumi Disney-Hyperion ISBN: 9781368025775 $14.99 Grades 1-3 Out September 17, 2019 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your library People talk quite a bit about the rise of graphic novels in the 21st century, but you know what people don’t talk about enough? […]

Books on Film: Dav Pilkey on Today

Dav Pilkey was featured on a recent episode of the Today show and I never get tired of hearing his story (which always includes themes of book access and choice). If you work in a school, keep this one in your back pocket to show kids when the school year begins.

My Favorite Piece of Book Swag in the History of Book Swag

I’m not here today to blow your mind with some list of outrageous list of promotional items that sometimes arrive with books. A Fuse #8 Production has that corner well covered. Very well covered. I am here today to say that for all the pomp and circumstance that surrounds the release of some books, the […]

Notes on July 2019

In July . . . . . . we looked at the most creative picture book barcodes of the year. My faith in art and design is restored. . . . we covered some controversies. On book covers and bad reviews. . . . I challenged you to name the book based on its LEGO-fied […]

Auto-Completed Children’s Books (#10) Supertruck

Okay, Google – you think you’re pretty smart? How about you try completing the text from famous children’s books. I’ll type the beginning of each line into a Google search (plain text below), and you try to finish the line (bold text below). (All credit to @botnikstudions for the inspiration) Previously . . . Auto-Completed […]

One Star Review, Guess Who? (#95)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? A fool does a foolish thing because he is a fool, and it’s funny. Sort of sorcerer’s apprentice, maybe, but with pasta and a handyman. Click here for the answer. Why do I share these? Click here. Previously . […]

On This Day(ish) In Scope Notes History: Enthusiasm at the Edges

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 […]

Video Rarity: In the Studio with Donald Crews

Through secret methods, I have unearthed this rarely seen video of Donald Crews giving a tour of his studio. Does he bust out the airbrush? He does. I like it.