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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, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.

2018 Books from Geisel Award Winners

Geisel 2018

We’ve covered Caldecott. We’ve noticed Newbery. Now it’s time to gaze at Geisel. Wow, I apologize for that bout of alliteration. It will never happen again. Here are all the 2018 books from past Geisel Medal and Honor winners. Did I miss any? Let’s hear it in the comments. *NOTE* I tried to include books […]

10 to Note: Spring Preview 2018

Spring Preview 2018

Lot of good-looking books coming out here in the next three months. Here are ten that caught my eye. Picture Books The Town of Turtle by Michelle Cuevas, illustrated by Catia Chien HMH | April 10 | Grades K-2 Funny and sweet. That’s what I’m expecting with this story about a lonely turtle who ends up […]

Books on Film: SENDAK!

Sendak Video

Why was Maurice Sendak the star of his own 80s sitcom? He wasn’t – it just looks like it from this title screen. Shout out to for another blast from the past with a children’s literature legend.

A Great Big Creativity Project Giveaway!

Creativity Project

It’s May of 2016. I’m with Colby Sharp interviewing Dav Pilkey for The Yarn podcast. During that interview, Colby got an idea for a book. But I didn’t know that. A couple weeks later, I got a message from Colby that went something like “Oh, hey, I have a literary agent now and I have an […]

2018 Books from Newbery Medal/Honor Winners

2018 Newbery

Last week we had a look at the 2018 releases from former Caldecott Medal and Honor winners. It’s time for Newbery. Did I miss any? Let’s hear it in the comments. (Cover not yet released)  

Books on Film: Watch the The Grinch Trailer

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Call me a grinch, but I have concerns about this one.

Name That Book! Kid Drawing Edition


A bunch of teachers at my school asked students to draw their favorite book and write a couple sentences about why they love it. They’re on display in the hallways. The pictures are so great I thought it would be fun to turn it into a challenge. Can you name the book based on the student […]

Battle of the Bear Wisdom


What are the chances that this spring we would have two advice books, both featuring famous children’s literature bears, both titled Grin and Bear It? Well, I feel that that part (about the title) is kind of a given – if you have an advice book featuring a bear what else are you going to […]

2018 Books from Caldecott Medal/Honor Winners

2018 Caldecott

While all of the Caldecott winners this year were first timers, that’s fairly rare. Most years, a past winner or two will turn up to claim another shiny sticker. Since that’s the case, it seems like looking at 2018 releases from past winners is a good place to spot potential 2019 winners. Oh, also, there’s […]

Books on Film: Matthew Cordell on the 2018 Caldecott Medal

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Your must-watch video of the week: Matthew Cordell on a Chicagoland nature preserve talking about winning the 2018 Caldecott Medal.

Notes on February 2018


In February . . . . . . there were some happy book creators. Is any tweet better than a Youth Media Award winner tweet? I rounded up my favorites. . . . I asked Niki Grimes three questions.  Including the all-important “favorite snack closer”. . . . we found out what Aaron Becker has […]

A Few Random Thoughts on the Bestselling Children’s Books of 2017


Publishers Weekly just released their list of the bestselling children’s book of 2017. I have a few thoughts . . . Pete the Cat, man. He keeps on keeping on. The bestselling new picture book of 2017 was 5-Minute Pete the Cat Stories. It beat out She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton and Dragons Love Tacos 2. […]

Review: Peter & Ernesto: A Tale of Two Sloths by Graham Annable

Peter & Ernesto

Peter & Ernesto: A Tale of Two Sloths By Graham Annable First Second (Macmillan) ISBN: 9781626725614 $17.99 Grades 1-4 Out April 10, 2018 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library I eat the same thing every day for breakfast and lunch. If you know me, you might have heard me talking about this. Do […]

Morning Notes: Very Far Away Edition


L.A. TIMES NOMS The Los Angeles Times Book Prize just posted their nominees in all categories, including the one that matters most, Young Adult literature, a list that has two Newbery overlaps. Any guesses? Click here to see them. NYT ON #METOO IN CHILDREN’S LITERATURE The New York Times did a story on the sexual harassment […]

Auto-Completed Children’s Books (#3) Moo, Baa, La La La!

Auto Completed

Okay, Google – you think you’re pretty smart? How about you try completing the text from famous children’s books. I’ll type the beginning of each line into a Google search (plain text below), and you try to finish the line (bold text below). (All credit to @botnikstudions for the inspiration) Previously . . . Auto-Completed Children’s […]