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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.

Morning Notes: Mousetrap Edition

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NERDCAMP NEWS Although we are 9 or so months away, we have our first author announcement for Nerdcamp 2016. Click here to see who it is. CLEANING UP THE STREETS OF KALAMAZOO CITY It’s a cop movie in book form, so it makes sense that Jarrett J. Krosoczka’s Platypus Police Squad will be coming to […]

The Nose by Maris Wicks


Maris Wicks is one of those illustrators whose work I’m always happy to see. This is directly due to the fact that she illustrated the wonderful book Primates, written by Jim Ottaviano. And even more so because she created the art for one of the best summer books in recent memory, Yes, Let’s, written by Galen Goodwin Longstreth. […]

Review: The Tea Party in the Woods by Akiko Miyakoshi

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The Tea Party in the Woods By Akiko Miyakoshi Kids Can Press ISBN: 9781771381079 $16.95 Grades PreK-1 Out Now *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Everything is not as it seems. That premise has been the starting point for some of the most enduring stories in children’s literature. Alice’s Adventures […]

Morning Notes: A Grown-Up Wrote It Edition


 NO GOOD VERY BAD BOOK In the New York Times, cartoonist Grant Snider brings us The Very Bad Picture Book. Click here to read. THE SPORTIEST OF SPORTY I haven’t mentioned one of these lists in a while, but Booklist keeps on releasing Top 10 lists to keep an eye on, like this one: the […]

2015 Preview Interview: Enchanted Lion Books


I’ve been doing Preview Interviews for a while now, but one thing I’ve never done is conducted one over the telephone. This phoneless streak cannot not stand, I say! So a couple weeks back, I called publisher Claudia Zoe Bedrick to chat about the fall/winter releases from Enchanted Lion Books, purveyor of some of the […]

Newbery Encased in Marble


Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it. – Michelangelo Among the people who follow the Youth Media Awards awards closely (and specifically the two oldest awards, The Newbery and Caldecott), I think there are two extremes. On one end are those who […]

Instagramming an Author Visit (Part 2): Katherine Applegate

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The nice thing about our school sign is that both sides have an announcement spot. This week, we needed it. On the opposite side, we welcomed Linda Urban, who visited on Tuesday (I talked about that visit here). On Wednesday Katherine Applegate stopped by. We did our best to make her feel welcome. One of […]

Instagramming an Author Visit (Part 1): Linda Urban


It’s been a busy week around here. By a fortuitous stroke of luck, this week our school hosted two authors in two days. Linda Urban came Tuesday. She’s on a tour for her brand-new book, Milo Speck, Accidental Agent: It goes without saying (yet I’m saying it, what’s my problem?) that author visits go best […]

Morning Notes: Baton-Twirling Edition


BACK ON THE BUS The Number Five Bus Presents…, one of the coolest children’s lit interview projects ever is up and running for Season Two. First up, Matthew Cordell and David Ezra Stein. Click here to read. THE PRICE IS RIGHT FOR BOOKS Over at Bookends, Cindy details a thrift store find that ended up […]

Review Imelda & the Goblin King by Briony May Smith


Imelda & the Goblin King By Briony May Smith Flying Eye Books ISBN: 9781909263659 $17.95 Grades PreK-2 Out October 20, 2015 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library There has maybe never been a time in human history when we are more focused on “new”. I’m guilty of it. It seems like with all […]

10 to Note: Fall Preview 2015

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*Sniff* *Sniff* You smell that? It’s the aroma of pumpkin spice. Whenever that scent hits my nostrils, I know that it’s time. Time to look at fall books. Here are the titles coming out in September, October, and November that I have my eye – nay, nose – on. Picture Books Robo-Sauce by Adam Rubin, illustrated […]

I Am Not An Artist: The Biggest (And Oldest) Knock on the Caldecott

Why Cats Paint

Calling Caldecott, the Horn Book-housed blog all about the most prestigious award in picture books, is back up and running (click here to visit). Over the coming months they’ll examine a bunch of books that are knocking collective socks off. It reminded me of a conversation I had with an illustrator at the most recent […]

Gallery: The 2015 National Book Awards Longlist: Young People’s Literature

2015 NBA

The longlist for the 2015 National Book Awards: Young People’s Literature was just announced. Here are the books:

Nonfiction Monday: Women Who Broke the Rules: Mary Todd Lincoln


Women Who Broke the Rules: Mary Todd Lincoln By Kathleen Krull Illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley Bloomsbury ISBN: 9780802738240 $16.99 Grades 2-5 Out December 1, 2015 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Reanimating the dead is often more difficult than creating them out of thin air. Good biography brings life and makes the subject feel […]

Throwback Thursday: Children’s Literature Edition


It’s Throwback Thursday (#tbt), the day when children’s book characters remember the good old days by posting a picture on social media. Times have changed… Papa Berenstain Bear just posted this: Little Critter also got in on the fun: And Arthur has been all over social media lately (amid rumors of plastic surgery): (Images: The Big Honey […]