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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.

Will This Children’s Book Creator Win The World’s Biggest Art Competition?

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Aaron Zenz. You know him. You love him. You enjoy listening to him take us behind the scenes of his school visit process: You like reading his books about hippos, and griffins, and monsters. But here’s something you might not know about him – he just might win the world’s largest art competition. It’s called ArtPrize, […]

Review: Mr. Wolf’s Class by Aron Nels Steinke

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Mr. Wolf’s Class By Aron Nels Steinke Graphix (Scholastic) ISBN: 9781338047684 $18.99 Grades 2-4 Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Teaching (and school librarianship) is one of the lucky rare professions where every year there is a sense of renewal. New year, fresh start. There is no fresher start than being […]

Morning Notes: 2nd Day of School Edition

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LONGLISTIN’ The longlist for the Young People’s Literature category of the National Book Awards is here. Let’s have a look at the books: ‘HOW #METOO IS SHAKING UP THE CHILDREN’S BOOK MARKET’ Real headline alert! Or I should say “Innacurate Headline Alert!” The New York Post tries wading into the children’s book waters with this […]

Nailed It: A New Logo for 100 Scope Notes

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I don’t know why, but I recently felt compelled to update the 100 Scope Notes logo. It needed to be something bolder. Something more modern. Something . . . oddly repetitive. I worked all night and now I want to show you the brand-new 100 Scope Notes logo: On second thought, I think I’ll keep […]

10 to Note: Fall Preview 2018

Fall Preview 2018

I flagged 142 books coming out in September, October, and November that looked good, then let them battle it out until only ten remained. It’s time to see what came out on top. (And if you’re into fall previews, be sure to check out Alternative Anticipated Children’s Books of Fall 2018 over at A Fuse […]

Review: Fairy Spell by Marc Tyler Nobleman

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Fairy Spell: How Two Girls Convinced the World That Fairies Are Real By Marc Tyler Nobleman Illustrated by Eliza Wheeler Clarion Books (HMH) ISBN: 9780544699489 $17.99 Grades 1-4 Out Now *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library You thought fake news was new? Way before intentional misinformation was spread to influence […]

What Is Inside the September Installment of FROM THE DESK OF 100 SCOPE NOTES?

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I recently sent out the September installment of FROM THE DESK OF 100 SCOPE NOTES. It’s dedicated to books about writing and creativity that I’ve found helpful. Click here to read it. Beginning in September, I’m going to send out two installments of FROM THE DESK OF 100 SCOPE NOTES each month. What can you expect? Original […]

Morning Notes: Riffing with Sendak Edition

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THE CYBILS WANTS YOU . . . Do be a judge for the annual Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers Literary (AKA Cybils) Awards. Click here to learn more and apply. TAKING A STAND You read that piece in the New York Times yesterday? No not that one. The one about children’s book creators showing their […]

On This Episode of Library Hoarders . . . ME

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You see this file cabinet? When I got hired for my current job, this file cabinet was in the back office. Full of files put in there by my predecessor. After I got hired I took a look in there and said, “I’ll wait a year and see if I end up needing any of […]

Don’t Read These 2018 Picture Books on Labor Day

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Today is Labor Day, so make sure you don’t read any of these 2018 picture books. Your first day is tomorrow, Duck. Learn the answer tomorrow. Today, it’s No Job. Take a day off, princesses. EXTRA! EXTRA! DON’T READ THIS BOOK TODAY! Have a nice Labor Day, everyone.

Notes on August 2018

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In August . . . . . . back to school books went back to school. There are a batch of beginning the school year books to look out for. . . . we looked at the most unusual bookmarks Etsy has to offer. Etsy has everything. . . . the Google search box rewrote […]

Books on Film: Pete the Cat Comes to Amazon Prime

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The blue cat (no, not that one) continues his world domination plan¹. Pete will soon be available to stream to a small screen near you. Watch the trailer below. https://deadline.com/2018/08/pete-the-cat-trailer-premiere-date-for-amazon-toon-series-starring-jacob-tremblay-1202446011/

I’m Not Sure We’re in the Responsibility Business: Deep Thoughts by 100 Scope Notes

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The school year is about to begin again around here, and now is the time when I lounge on futons while wearing windbreakers and think deep thoughts. The thing on my mind right now is responsibility. Specifically, this: Is it part of our job as school librarians to try teach it? This is the sort of […]

Consider This My Public Service: A Fortnite Book Roundup

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Remember a couple years back when Pokémon Go! got popular over the summer? Remember how many students asked you for Pokémon books when school started that fall? That’s about to happen again for older students with Fortnite. Publishing to the rescue! Here are a batch of books to satisfy the masses. Something to keep in […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#72)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? I can summarize this story with these questions and answers coming from the snot-nosed, little children in the novel: “Will we have a mother? […] Will she like me? Will she stay? Yes.” Boring. Thank God Glenn Close made the […]