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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.

Our 2020 Mock Caldecott Program

Soon it will be November. Around these parts of the school library world, November means Mock Caldecott.

If I Could Enter Any Culinary Universe Through a Book . . .

I can’t say it would be this one.

School Librarian Saturday: BookFlix

In this new series, I take a look at BookFlix, a digital resource from Scholastic.

Name That LEGO Book Cover! (#15)

Can you name the book based on its LEGO-fied cover?

Happy Anniversary to THE VERY LAST CASTLE (+ a Giveaway)

One year ago today, The Very Last Castle was published. To celebrate, I’m giving away five copies and sharing a comic about how the story was written.

We Publish Caldecott Winners: 2019

My goal for this post is simple: determine which publisher has put out the most Caldecott Medal/Honor winners over the last 20 years. But once we start crunching the numbers, things get a little tricky. Because mergers. For example, Roaring Brook Press didn’t used to be an imprint of Macmillan. Now it is. So I […]

An Interview with Jeff Kinney and an EXCLUSIVE Excerpt of Diary of a Wimpy Kid #14

The book doesn’t come out until November 5th, but today we have an exclusive excerpt for you.

One Star Review, Guess Who? (#99)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? I didn’t like this book because it’s mostly about track and I don’t like track and this book doesn’t interest me that much Click here for the answer. Why do I share these? Click here. Previously . . . […]

5 Questions with Maulik Pancholy

I talk with actor and debut author Maulik Pancholy about his coming-of-age middle grade novel, The Best At It.

Strange Bookmarks: An Overview

Bookmarks have been taking over the internet this month. Here’s an overview.

Notes on September 2019

In September . . . . . . I tried to predict the 2019 New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books list. It’s a list that’s even harder to predict than Caldecott, but I still gave it a shot. . . . I chose 10 fall books I’m excited about. After surveying the fall landscape, […]

Mordicai Gerstein: 1935-2019

Mordicai Gerstein passed away on September 24th. We have a bunch of his books in our library, and his Caldecott Medal-winning The Man Who Walked Between the Towers is one that I return to again and again for storytime. I met him at an event in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 2008. He was kind and […]

I’m Not Drooling, You’re Drooling: The Carle Honors Art Auction

This here is a time sensitive blog post for people with some cash to spare. Every year The Eric Carle Museum holds a children’s illustrator art auction in connection with the Carle Honors awards banquet. As I learned from Grace Lin on Twitter, the awards are tonight, which means the auction will be closing soon. […]

Cover Curiosity: Come One! Come All!

While sometimes I think a publisher will try to make like another book to try to steal, no, borrow some thunder, most of the time these things are just coincidences. Like today. I happened to be checking both of these books in the other day when I stopped. How had I never realized how similar […]

Books on Film: Jackie Woodson on CBS

She’s there to talk about her latest book for grown-ups, but does that mean we should skip a television appearance by the Ambassador? No. Jacqueline Woodson was on CBS This Morning (a couple mornings ago).