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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.

Watch the Newbery and Caldecott Announcement Live!

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In a matter of days the biggest awards in children’s literature will be dished out in Chicago. The Newbery and Caldecott medals are just the tip of the iceberg at the ALA Youth Media Awards. I’ll be in attendance and am excited as all get out. But those in faraway locales can take part too. [...]

The Circs So Far: The 10 Most Popular Books in Our K-4 School Library

Circs So Far

Now that we’re back into the swing of things after winter break, I thought I’d fire up the computer and look at which books have been checked out the most in my school library, count them down 10-1, and draw a couple conclusions. (Thanks to ShelfTalker for the title inspiration) 10. Become a Pokemon Trainer [...]

2015 Preview Interview: Groundwood Books

Groundwood Preview

If you’re interested in diverse children’s books that take chances, take a look at what Canadian publisher Groundwood puts out. I shot the email breeze with Groundwood publisher Sheila Berry about their upcoming books. (click images to enlarge) Travis Jonker: Alright. 2014: surprises? Good News? Things you were especially happy about at Groundwood? We were [...]

Mock Caldecott 2015

2015 Mock Caldecott

Our K-4 Mock Caldecott programs are like snowflakes – no two years are alike. Last year I was on the Caldecott committee and wanted to read a lot of books to gauge how they worked with kids. It was good for students (lots of great books) and good for me (the experience was invaluable in [...]

What’s Inside the Enigmatic Inbox of Secrecy?

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What’s this? I better open this up. Yeah! In a week or so I’ll be swinging around Lake Michigan to attend the American Library Association Midwinter meeting (and catch the Youth Media Awards live on Monday, February 2). Want to say hi? You can send me an email at scopenotes (at) gmail (dot) com. I [...]

Morning Notes: 90 Second Edition

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NEWBERY IN 90 SECONDS Well, the Newbery announcement is coming in a week and a half, but The 90 Second Newbery Festival is also just around the corner. This is the fourth year of Young filmmakers retelling Newbery winners if often wonderful ways. A Fuse #8 Production covered it a couple years back and it looks [...]

2015 Preview Interview: Owlkids Books

Owlkids 2015

Owlkids is a Canadian publisher that more folks in the U.S. should know about. I tracked down Owlkids publisher Karen Boersma to reminisce on 2014 and look ahead to 2015. (click images to enlarge) Travis: Any surprises from last year? Things you were especially happy about at Owlkids? Karen Boersma: Probably the biggest surprise was The Flat [...]

Review: Wild About Shapes by Jeremie Fischer

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Wild About Shapes By Jérémie Fischer Flying Eye Books (Nobrow) ISBN: 9781909263383 $16.99 Grades PreK and Up Out March 17, 2015 Find it at: Powell’s Books | Your Library The element of surprise is powerful indeed. Often when a reader opens a book, they have a general sense of what to expect. But once in [...]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#27)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? I really don’t understand this book. Even as a little child I couldn’t help but think, “Why does he want him to eat it so bad?!” and “JUST GET SOME REGULAR FOOD!” Click here for the answer. One Star [...]

Review: Supertruck by Stephen Savage

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Supertruck By Stephen Savage Roaring Brook Press (Macmillan) ISBN: 9781596438217 $12.99 Grades PreK-1 Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library The 21st century is when superhero culture exploded. Have Batman, Spider-Man, Superman (and many more) ever been more mainstream than they are today? Supertruck by Stephen Savage (Where’s Walrus?) enters this climate [...]

Books on Film: The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss

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Today I have for you a video that I don’t think many people have seen. Call me 100 Scoop Notes (I just came up with that). Hats Off to Dr. Seuss is an exhibition that’s been making stops at museums around the country. Newsmakers talked to the curator of the exhibition about Geisel life, career, and lesser known [...]

Million Dollar Idea: All Books Available in ‘Really Big’ Size

Really Big Size

Many books are available in hardcover and paperback, but today I would like to propose a third option: Really Big Size I think I was talking with my colleague Niki (Daydream Reader) a while back when we hit upon this idea. It sprang from the fact that kids are drawn to big books. If you [...]

Endangered Series #4: The Baby-Sitter’s Club

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Popularity comes, popularity goes. As librarians we’re always balancing between what will circulate like crazy and what we need to have in the collection. And we’re not the Library of Congress – we can’t (and shouldn’t) keep everything. An endangered series is one that appears to be waning in terms of popularity. But popularity isn’t [...]

Morning Notes: Secret Town Edition

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FURTHER THEORIES… Let the conjecture continue! In the fall I tried to figure out what happens at the end of Sam & Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen. Over at Bookie Woogie, Aaron Zenz and his nine-year-old son talk about what they think happened, and I love every moment of it. Click [...]

Enter to Win a Print Copy of What You’re Reading Right Now

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Over the holidays I was at a bookstore and saw Rookie Yearbook Three. Rookie is a popular online magazine that covers the tween and teen experience for girls. Each year they put out a book that compiles some of the best stuff from the site¹ This might sound silly, but it made me want to [...]