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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.

The 2016 Bookish Charitable Giving Guide

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I’m saying it up front: I completely adapted this idea from boing boing, who put together a great Charitable Giving Guide you should visit. Interested in giving to a good cause? Are you a fan of literacy? This is the guide for you. Here are some of the literacy-focused organizations doing good work. Pitch in […]

Under Construction: Top 20 Books of 2016

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Beginning Monday, John Schumacher (you know, the Watch. Connect. Read. guy) and I will be counting down our Top 20 Books of 2016. The list is a kindergarten through 6th grade free-for-all, where picture books, nonfiction, and middle grade all rub elbows. 100 Scope Notes will have our blurbs for each book. Watch. Connect. Read. […]

2017 Geisel Award Predictions

Geisel Predictions

The Theodor Seuss Geisel award is hard to predict. I think the reason is because you think of the award as going to early readers (Fly Guy, Elephant & Piggie, Henry and Mudge, etc.) – and it does – but the committee often throws a curveball and gives an award to a picture book (the […]

2016 Children’s Lit: The Year in Miscellanea

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It’s time to take a look back at the year that was in children’s lit miscellanea. (Read previous Year in Miscellanea Posts: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008) Best Appearance of Celebrity Chef Guy Fieri in a Picture Book: Because of Thursday by Patricia Polacco A complete win for the chef. Not only does he show up toward the end […]

2016 Librarian Lump of Coal Gift Guide

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Time is running out to get a gift for the insufferable librarian in your life. With help from Etsy, the 2016 edition of the Librarian Lump of Coal Gift Guide has your back. Click here for the 2015 guide Click here for the 2014 guide Click here for the 2013 guide Click here for the 2012 […]

10 to Note: Winter Preview 2017

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Here’s how I come up with these 10 to Note lists: I go through every publisher catalog I can find. I mark any book that catches my eye (this could be for one of a bunch of different reasons) This usually results in a list of around 50-130 books. Now the listmaking happens. I start plugging […]

The Ultimate Children’s Literature Illustrator Gift Guide 2016

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What are you going to give, a mermaid blanket? Come on. Give art. Recently updated for the 2016 gift-giving season, here is my collection of children’s literature illustrator shops on the world wide web. This isn’t a comprehensive list – let me hear about what I missed in the comments. (Many thanks to Debbie Ridpath Ohi (who […]

Books on Film: The Making of an Amazing Cover

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Wow. Wow. I just keep saying it. When I saw the cover for Cassie Beasley’s next book, Tumble & Blue, I was impressed. When Entertainment Weekly shared a video of how it was made, I was amazed. Check it out:

Notes on November 2016

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In November . . . . . . the children’s literature community reacted to the 2016 presidential election. A whole lot of feelings. . . . our children’s lit election was a success. Duck vs. Squid – kids decided. . . . we found a man . . . in a yellow hat? Nothing to see […]

And the Undie Goes To . . .

The Undies Case Cover Awards

Thank you to everyone who voted in the very first Undies: Case Cover Awards. The results are in, and it’s time to announce the winners. Don’t forget to visit Design of the Picture Book to see the winners in the rest of the categories.  BEST IMPRESSION OF SOMETHING OTHER THAN A PICTURE BOOK And the […]

New York Notables

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One of my favorite Best lists just came out – the New York Times Notable Children’s Books. The 2016 edition is full of good stuff. Click here to check it out.

Thank You

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Thank you for caring about children’s literature. Thank you for reading this blog. Happy Thanksgiving.

Morning Notes: More Is More Edition

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BIGGEST BEST Kirkus takes a “more is more” approach to year end lists. I’m not complaining – their sprawling Best Picture Books of 2016 list has plenty of favorites, but also a lot of room for surprises (Everyone is Yawning? Never seen it!). Click here to see the whole list. THE MORALLY AMBIGUOUS UNIVERSE OF […]

Voting Is Open in The Undies Case Cover Awards!

The Undies Case Cover Awards

Voting is now open in the first annual Undies Case Cover Awards! *Applause* *Applause* *Applause* Thank you. Carter Higgins and I are co-hosting this first-of-its-kind award dedicated to the case cover. We’ve accepted submissions. We’ve arranged them into pleasing categories. We’ve decided on shortlists of nominees. Now it’s your turn to decide our winners. Check out […]

Coming Soon . . . Vote in The Undies Case Cover Awards!

The Undies Case Cover Awards

This Tuesday, Design of the Picture Book and I will announce nominees for the first annual Undies Awards. But it is up to YOU to select our winners. Voting will begin Tuesday, and winners will be announced the following Tuesday (November 29). Oh, and here’s an early concept drawing of the award the winners might receive: For framing, […]