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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.

Everybody Plays the Cat (Sometimes)

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There’s no exception to the rule. Every librarian will one day be The Cat in the Hat. Today is my day. Have a happy Halloween everyone!

Gallery: The New York Times 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2014

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Let the season of “Best” begin. The 2014 edition of the New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books has been announced, and it’s a great group. I went three for ten in my predictions from earlier in the year. Let’s have a look at the winners: DRAW! Written and illustrated by Raúl Colón | A Paula Wiseman [...]

Giving Up the Newbery Ghost?

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Librarians are the original hoarders (but, you know, in a positive way). But I always maintain that we’re not the Library of Congress here. We can’t hang on to every book, no matter how much we’d like to. A while back I noticed our copy of 1955 Newbery Medal winner The Wheel on the School sitting, [...]

Morning Notes: Books in Disguise Edition

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KLASSEN IN DEMAND The Globe and Mail has a great piece about Jon Klassen’s career and current place as one of the most sought-after illustrators around. Click here to read. YOU ATE MY BOOK Halloween book return, anyone? Spotted at an Omaha public library branch. (Thanks to LISNews for the link) YOU CAN SUPPORT DIVERSE BOOKS [...]

Review: Neighborhood Sharks by Katherine Roy

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Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of California’s Farallon Islands By Katherine Roy David Macaulay Studio – Roaring Brook Press (Macmillan) ISBN: 9781596438743 $17.99 Grades 3-5 Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Kids are swimming in a sea of generic shark books. While a topic in constant demand, titles that [...]

Too Big for Their Britches: Books That Can’t Keep Their Covers On

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If you’re around books a lot, you know there are certain titles that just have a hard time keeping it together. I’ve found that the worst offenders have: High page counts Glossy pages Large trim sizes Which kinds of books have all of these? Your Guinness, your Ripley’s, your LEGO. Add in frequent circulation and [...]

#Holdshelf at Schu’s

It’s that time again – time to share the books on your hold shelf. This month, the #holdshelf gallery will be over at John Schumacher’s blog Watch. Connect. Read. Your can email your photo (or video) to mrschureads (at) gmail (dot) com, or tweet it with the hashtag #holdshelf. Submit your hold shelf pictures by Wednesday, [...]

Books on Film: Fuse #8 TV

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Do you find yourself wishing A Fuse #8 Production was a TV show? Well, how about this, Travis: Stop joking around, man. A real show. All joking aside, yes. Good! You got your wish. Great! Let’s see it. Here it is – Fuse #8 TV. I even make a cameo in the intro:

Link Du Jour: Author vs. Online Critic

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The latest outrage in the book world comes from Kathleen Hale and her article for The Guardian ‘Am I being catfished?” An author confronts her number one critic. Aside from making the author look terrible, it brings up all kinds of questions about the current state of online book reviewing. (Warning: the article contains occasional [...]

I Feel Smart: On Wordless Picture Books and Perception

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Just thinking out loud here… It’s another great year for wordless picture books. What draws us to stories told exclusively through illustration? A good story is paramount, of course, but I think there’s something about our brains that respond to visuals first. It’s how we take in the world. I keep coming back to the [...]

Books on Film: Morning Blend with Klassen and Barnett

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Hot off the presses! Jon Klassen and Mac Barnett made an appearance on the Milwaukee area Morning Blend show.

Books on Film: Illustrators Illustrate Before Your Eyes

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The Guardian children’s books blog busted out a bit of a treasure trove this week. They captured ten top UK illustrators doing their thing via Vine (the six-second video service). Here’s Axel Scheffler (The Gruffalo) drawing a character from his latest book with Julia Donaldson, The Scarecrow’s Wedding: The rest are just as cool (I [...]

Challenge Accepted: The Blogger’s Desk

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Over at Bookends, Cindy and Lynn are doing something fun. In honor of one of their favorite out-of-print gems, The Writer’s Desk by Jill Krementz, they’ve shared where they do their blogging. While no one can outdo Cindy’s Tiki bar, they’re encouraging others to share where they get their work done. Here’s my annotated downstairs [...]

Review: Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton

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Shh! We Have a Plan By Chris Haughton Candlewick Press ISBN: 9780763672935 $15.99 Grades PreK-2 Out Now *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Admission: I’ve edited books on the fly. In a school library setting, the clock is king, and I’ve had to trim a sentence or paragraph when running [...]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#25)

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Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? I don’t understand why this book is a classic or well-liked. It’s actually about a horrible boy, who therefore has a horrible day. He’s a brat. I don’t think its a good book for kids to read and I [...]