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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.

Visual Dispatches from Nerdcamp (Day 2)

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Check back here throughout the day to see the sights from the first day of Nerdcamp 2015. What is Nerdcamp?                

Visual Dispatches from Nerdcamp (Day 1)

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Check back here throughout the day to see the sights from the first day of Nerdcamp 2015. What is Nerdcamp?                                      

Books on Film: Unfortunate Events on Netflix

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Somewhere rattling around in the dark recesses of my skull was the knowledge that A Series of Unfortunate Events was being adapted as a series for Netflix. That piece of information would have been lost forever had I not come across this video today – a teaser trailer for the series, complete with ominous Olaf […]

Crying Emoji: ALA Annual Recap (Part III)

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Previously… Camera Tricks: ALA Annual 2015 Recap (Part I) Raising a Lone Eyebrow: ALA Annual 2015 Recap (Part II) SUNDAY My first stop was at the Park something or other Hotel to see some of the upcoming books from Scholastic. They had authors do some reader’s theater. It was a lot of fun. Here we […]

Notes on June 2015

Notes on June 2015

In June… …we learned which 2015 picture books have secrets. The art of the case cover is alive and well. …we got an update on the state of photography illustration. Who needs brushes? These books don’t – all use photography to get the story across. …you found out where you fell on the book critic/champion […]

Raising a Lone Eyebrow: ALA Annual Recap (Part II)

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Previously… Camera Tricks: ALA Annual Recap (Part I) SATURDAY I had a few minute at the beginning of the day, so I stopped in the exhibits: Here are a few books I saw: Departure much? Melanie Watt’s latest is a 96 page picture book about… the five stages of grief (conceived of before Scaredy Squirrel […]

Camera Tricks: ALA Annual 2015 Recap (Part I)

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Also… Raising a Lone Eyebrow: ALA Annual 2015 Recap (Part II) I just returned from the American Library Association Annual Conference and boy are my arms… No. Can’t do it. There shall be no corny jokes here, my friends¹. The conference was too wonderful. Too meaningful. Let’s start at the start… ¹Rule applies to the […]

Off to ALA Annual 2015

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Today I’m making my way to San Fransisco for the American Library Association Annual Conference. I’m planning to post a recap when I get back, but until then, I’ll be sharing the trip via Instagram and Twitter.

Morning Notes: 10 Minute Edition

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TRUTH WINS The Kate Greenaway and Carnegie Medals, the UK equivalent to the Caldecott and Newbery, were recently announced. Shackleton’s Journey by William Grill won Greenaway, and Buffalo Soldier by Tanya Landman took the Carnegie – both true stories. I managed to review the Greenaway winner. Sometimes it pays to be a Shack-o-phile. Click here for […]

Review: Dory and the Real True Friend by Abby Hanlon

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Dory and the Real True Friend By Abby Hanlon Dial (Penguin) ISBN: 9780525428664 $14.99 Grades 1-3 Out July 7, 2015 *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Why review a particular book? I was asked this recently and my answer was pretty simple: I like to review books I’m excited about. […]

Gallery: These 2015 Picture Book Have Secrets

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A picture book with a creative case cover is like a person who wears bold socks (note: my sock drawer is filled to the brim with a single color: dark gray. I am the Steve Jobs of socks), it’s a rarely seen detail, but delightful when discovered. Previously… Gallery: These 2013 Picture Books Have Secrets […]

Morning Notes: Baba O’Snoopy Edition

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SO FAR, THE STARS In 2015, only three books have earned six starred reviews. Shelftalker has the latest update of The Stars So Far – the place to look for the most critically acclaimed books of the year. Click here to read. COMING SOON TO THE SMALL SCREEN Looks like I’m going to have to […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#32)

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Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? The message of this book: You can’t escape your mom, so don’t even try. Click here for the answer. One Star Review Guess Who (#1) One Star Review Guess Who (#2) One Star Review Guess Who (#3) One Star […]

Where Do You Fall On The Book Critic/Book Champion Continuum?

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A complete navel-gazer today… A pure book critic focuses on evaluation. A pure book champion focuses on promotion. Both are important for different reasons. I love that both exist. Here’s where I’d put myself: I write reviews (critic), but not for books I don’t care for. I like sharing books I’m enjoying on social media […]

The Children’s Lit/Sesame Street Connection

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Sesame Street. One of the most beloved children’s television programs of all time has children’s literature ties. Here’s a sampling of children’s book illustrators who have done some work beside the big yellow bird. Mo Willems Christian Robinson Bob Boyle William Wegman Maurice Sendak Etienne Delessert Christopher Cerf