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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, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.

The Ultimate Children’s Literature Illustrator Gift Guide 2015


What are you going to give, a hoverboard? Drone? Come on. Give art. Recently updated for the 2015 gift-giving season, here is my collection of children’s literature illustrator shops on the internets. This isn’t a comprehensive list – let me hear about what I missed in the comments. (Many thanks to Debbie Ridpath Ohi (who has also […]

Notes on November 2015


In November… …we enjoyed some Calde-Snacks. Members of the 2015 Caldecott class shared their favorite snack choices. I enjoyed it. …we talked Mock Caldecott. I shared the process we use at my school library, and the 9 books we will be discussing. …we solved a mystery. Who/what is that blue character on the walls of […]

PDT: Public Display of Thankfulness

Thank You

I’m thankful to be a part of this children’s literature community. Thank you for for being a part of it too. Thank you for caring. Thank you for challenging the status quo. Thank you for working to make the world better through books for kids. Also, thank you gravy.

10 to Note: Winter Preview 2016

Winter Preview

I’ve gathered you here to talk about some books. Ten books. And these ten books have something in common: all will be published in the next three months. This brings me to the other commonality – I’m excited about them all. So excited, in fact, I added one bonus book. Eleven in all. So I […]

Morning Notes: Double Best Edition

A Monster Calls

KIRKUS BEST The thing about large best of the year lists is that they’re likely to include stuff that doesn’t get a lot of press. Case in point: Kirkus released their Best Picture Books of 2015 and there are a bunch of surprises on there. And nice to see Tea Party in the Woods included, […]

Sendak for Sale: The Most Unique Items Available at Sotheby’s

Wild Thing Cow

47 pieces of original art by Maurice Sendak are currently up for sale at Sotheby’s in New York. According to the AP, “prices range from $3,000 to $950,000″. So gather up your pennies, folks – the sale runs until December 18. Below are three of my favorite items, but you can click here to see the […]

*Breaking News of Great Importance* Barnes & Noble L.B.B. Mystery Solved!

Cordell Facebook Post

Back in April, author/illustrator Matthew Cordell re-ignited a mystery that had perplexed the children’s literature community for years: Surrounded by popular characters in the children’s section, this little dog (/cat/wolf/???) stood out. Some of the best minds pondered, speculated, and researched. Some of the best illustrators created alternate stories for the character who had come […]

Morning Notes: Where’s the Squirrel? Edition

Seuss Graph

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD AWARDED First there were 10: Then five: Now one: Our National Book Award winner in the young people’s literature category is Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman. THE STATISTICAL DOMINANCE OF DR. SEUSS Real headline alert! Priceonomics looks at the authors who have sold the most children’s books. While they’re using numbers from […]

Review: Is Mommy? by Victoria Chang

Is Mommy

Is Mommy? By Victoria Chang Illustrated by Marla Frazee Beach Lane Books (Simon & Schuster) ISBN: 9781481402927 $15.99 Grades PreK-1 *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Rarely do I read something and think, “Wait. You can do that in a picture book?” But that was exactly my experience reading Is […]

We Publish Caldecott Winners

Caldecott by Publisher

I wanted to know which publisher has put out the most Caldecott-winning books over the last 20 years, so I looked at the data. But take these numbers with a grain of salt. The totals were a bit difficult to compile, mostly due to the numerous acquisitions that have taken place in publishing over the […]

MAME 2015


Hello MAME conference-goers! Click here for a list of the books we discussed in our session today.

Mock Caldecott 2016

Mock Caldecott 2016

I love this time of year. The Mock Caldecott has become an annual K-4 tradition at my school. We’ve tried it a number of different ways, as you can see in these posts: Mock Caldecott 2015 Mock Caldecott 2014 Mock Caldecott 2013 Here’s how we’re running things this year. Week 1: I introduce/remind students about the Caldecott – […]

Cover Reveal: BOOKED by Kwame Alexander


The question always comes. After the flood of excitement and gratitude, a Newbery winner must face the inevitable blank page. Kwame Alexander, author of Newbery Medal-winning The Crossover, faced the blank page and lived to tell about it. His new book, called Booked, arrives on April 5, 2016. Today we have a first look at […]



If there is one thing we can all agree on, it’s food. Food is good. While entire meals are great (fantastic, even), there’s another category of food that is just as near and dear to my heart. The snack. I’ve always imagined that snacks are very important to children’s book creators. For one thing, they […]

8 Years of 100 Scope Notes


In 2007 I started this blog with a review of the book Robot Dreams. Eight years later, here we are. Thank you for reading and sharing. To celebrate, here are eight posts I like – one from each year this blog has been around. 2007: Review: Robot Dreams by Sara Varon (my first post) 2008: Children’s […]