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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.

10 to Note: Spring Preview 2017

Spring Preview 2017

This warm weather in February is the real “spring preview”, amIright? Here are ten books I’m looking forward to this spring. Picture Books South by Daniel Duncan Abrams | May 2, 2017 | Grades K-2 What is it about this book that is appealing to me? I want to dig into this. Okay, first of all […]

Morning Notes: Equal Edition

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CYBILS ANNOUNCED The Childrens and Young Adult Book Blogger Awards (CYBILS) were announced and there are some great picks in the bunch. Click here to see all the winners. THE STATS The CCBC released their Multicultural Statistics for 2016. The data tracks diversity in children’s books published last year. Some encouraging signs, and a long […]

Review: Charlie & Mouse by Laurel Snyder

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Charlie & Mouse By Laurel Snyder Illustrated by Emily Hughes Chronicle Books ISBN: 9781452131535 $14.99 Grades K-1 Out April 11, 2017 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library

Book Title Toons: Brothers

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Exclusive Book Trailer Premiere: LIFE ON MARS by Jon Agee

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I like Jon Agee’s latest book, Life on Mars, a lot. Today we have a trio of premiere-iness: 1. An interview with Jon Agee about the book (and snacks and civilian space travel). 2. A giveaway (five copies – click the link below to enter). 3. The trailer. First up, let’s talk to the man […]

Books on Film: Javaka Steptoe LIVE

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The New York Times invited our reigning Caldecott Medalist, Javaka Steptoe, to create some art on Facebook Live the other day.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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SCBWI Presentation: Social Media: An Author’s Best Frenemy

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If you are attending my session Social Media: An Author’s Best Frenemy at the SCBWI Winter Conference in New York, here are the slides! If you are not attending my session Social Media: An Author’s Best Frenemy at the SCBWI Winter Conference in New York, here are the slides! But they might not make a ton […]

SCBWI Presentation: Creating Books Outside the Boundaries

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If you are attending my session Creating Books Outside the Boundaries at the SCBWI Winter Conference in New York, here are the slides! If you are not attending my session Creating Books Outside the Boundaries at the SCBWI Winter Conference in New York, here are the slides! But they might not make a ton of sense. Here […]

Morning Notes: ‘I Want One’ Edition

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BOOKS BATTLE SOON The School Library Journal Battle of the Kids’ Books is about to get started. Go here to see the contenders (and the matchups). I’m predicting a win for Ghost by Jason Reynolds. V.L.B. ON TECH The Atlantic has a piece on technology innovation, through the lens of Virginia Lee Burton (a.k.a. The […]

Calde-bump, Newbery Jump

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Now’s a good time to check on how the recent Newbery and Caldecott winners are faring on the New York Times bestseller lists, I’d say. Caldecott first: As a reminder, here are the winners: And the children’s picture book list as it stands right now: Click here for the entire list. They All Saw a […]

‘Okay Google, I don’t need your help with story time.’

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Review: Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell

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Wolf in the Snow By Matthew Cordell Feiwel & Friends ISBN: 9781250076366 $17.99 Grades K-2 Out Now *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Watch the book trailer for Wolf in the Snow:

Morning Notes: Not My Job Edition

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MO PRO The New Yorker ran a profile of Mo Willems. It’s really one of the best pieces I’ve seen on a children’s book creator in a while. Consider it must-read. Click here to get going. NOT HIS JOB You ever listen to the NPR gameshow Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me? Daniel Handler recently appeared […]

Notes on January 2017

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In January . . . . . . my pants reviewed a book. But it all made sense.  . . . we tried to name book covers made out of LEGOs Some were pretty tricky. In case you were wondering, this is the cover of MARCH BOOK 3 right now. #alamw17 #alayma https://t.co/o7oUIO7RRg pic.twitter.com/cR3vkmdDeP — […]