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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.

#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

Fuse 8 TV

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

Catfish

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

Book With No

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

Klassen & Barnett Morning Show

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

Books On Film Banner

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

Desk

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

Shh We Have a Plan

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)

One Star Review Guess Who

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 [...]

This Librarian Finally Looked at His Copy of ‘In the Night Kitchen’. What He Discovered Shocked Him

Night Kitchen

(Someone’s been working on their Upworthy-esque headlines) Sometimes I don’t know if I should post certain things on this blog. Things that are sort of embarrassing fall into this category. Today I had one of those, but I’m posting it anyway. I was in the stacks when I passed by our Maurice Sendak section. I’ve [...]

Morning Notes: Green Sweater Edition

TJTwitter

SOCIAL ME-DIA I had a good time writing and article for School Library Journal this month about social media. They sneakily went and added an illustration (by Tom Richmond) of me where I’m sporting my favorite green sweater. Click here to see the sweater (oh, and read the article). As a sidebar, I listed five people [...]

Review: Food Trucks! by Mark Todd

Food Trucks

Food Trucks! By Mark Todd Houghton Mifflin Harcourt ISBN: 9780544157842 $16.99 Grades K-3 Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Who thought up this whole food truck trend? ‘Cause it’s perfect fodder for a kid’s book. It combines food, which people seem to like, and trucks, which scores of kids love to [...]

Review: Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny by John Himmelman

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Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny By John Himmelman Henry Holt (Macmillan) ISBN: 9780805099706 $13.99 Grades 1-4 Out October 28, 2014 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library In a children’s literature landscape where “lesson” has become a bad word, books that overtly seek to impart wisdom have become more the exception than the rule. Mention [...]

Notes on September 2014

Notes on September

In September… …I shared 10 books I’m excited about for fall. It’s always so difficult to narrow down. …we took a long hard look at the American Girl series. Should they stay or should they go? …we talked about cursive in picture books. Kids often can’t read it, but is that the only thing that [...]

#Holdshelf Gallery: September 2014

#Holdshelf

What are kids excited to read? Take a look at the hold shelves below to find out. Yes, yes, it is time for the monthly #holdshelf gallery I co-host with Watch. Connect. Read. founder John Schumacher. These are books that students are putting on hold in libraries around the country. Thank you to everyone who [...]