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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.

Review: Ellie in Concert by Mike Wu

Ellie

Ellie in Concert By Mike Wu Disney-Hyperion ISBN: 9781484712382 $16.99 Grades K-2 Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library

ANSWERED: Burning Question of the Day (#1)

The Giving Tree

Last week I asked an important question. Today, we have the results: Whew, glad that’s been settled forever. Thank you to everyone who voted.

One Star Review Guess Who? (#51)

One Star Review Guess Who

  Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? Utter nonsense. There were maybe 2 truly funny parts; the rest ridiculous, pointless, NONSENSE. Some of it was so entirely stupid that I have to wonder if the translation was correct. There was no plot, just–again–NONSENSE. Click here […]

Morning Notes: Architecturally Interesting Edition

Kidlit Bedrooms

WHEN I SAY SUMMER . . . In Good Choice news, The Collaborative Summer Library Program has chosen Kwame Alexander as the 2017 Summer Reading Champion. I plan to show this video to students before the school year is finished: STAY GOLDEN Usually I don’t hawk merch around here, but Kohls is featuring Little Golden […]

2017 Books from Sibert Winners

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Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve looked at 2017 books from winners of the . . . Caldecott Newbery Geisel Pura Belpre Coretta Scott King Printz Today I conclude the series with books from past Robert F. Sibert award winners and honorees. I stuck with books by past winners that might be eligible for […]

100 Scope Notes Burning Question of the Day (#1)

Burning Question

I have questions, you have the answers. Let’s solve some of children’s literature most vexing questions with the 100 Scope Notes Burning Question of the Day. Forget children’s literature, The Giving Tree is one of the most divisive works of literature, period. Search your feelings, then please answer the question below. My feelings about THE […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#50)

One Star Review Guess Who

Today, on the occasion of the 50th One Star Review Guess Who post, I wanted to take a moment to share the reasons I do this. 1. It’s just funny sometimes. 2. It’s a good reminder to me that readers are not a monolith. While one reader might call a book a classic, another might […]

I Am Clearly An Interior Design Visionary

Books on Stairs

The other day, my wife showed me this picture from The Magnolia Journal, a magazine “containing inspiration for life and home”: Huh, looks like having huge piles of books on your stairs is cool now. That’s funny – BECAUSE I’VE BEEN DOING THIS FOR YEARS. You might remember this from my post The Top 10 Piles […]

2017 Books from Printz Winners

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I’m feeling magnanimous today – why not throw a bone to the YA crowd? Is that even how you say it? Y.A.? Or is it pronounced like the word “yeah”? Do you put a “The” in front? “The Yeah”? I’m so confused on this YA thing. Since we’ve covered Newbery, Caldecott, Geisel, Coretta Scott King, […]

Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2016

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Today from the American Library Association: (Click to enlarge) ALA also released a video: Every time the new Top Ten Most Challenged list comes out, I like to take a look at the previous year to see what books are new, what books have stayed, etc. Here’s the 2015 list. There are 3 books that […]

100 Scope Notes Investigative Report: The Foxes of 2017

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And we thought we saw some foxes in 2016. My team of investigators have looked into the 2017 Fox Sitch¹ and hoo boy did they come up with some stuff. Is the fox the children’s literature animal of 2016 and 2017? Is there another that will knock it off the pedestal²? ¹Situation ²Bears? Allow me […]

Here’s How You Make a Book Spine Poem with Your Students/Patrons

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April is here. April is National Poetry Month. April is the time for book spine centos (see above). Give one a try. Or try it with your students/patrons. Here are my tips for creating a book spine cento: Check out the book spine poem gallery for inspiration. This is always a big help. Get to […]

2017 Books from Pura Belpré Winners

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We covered Newbery. We talked Coretta Scott King. We looked into Geisel. We also did some digging in Caldecott. Below are all the books coming out in 2017 by past Pura Belpré Award winners (author and illustrator). Did I miss one? Let’s hear it in the comments.

Notes on March 2017

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In March . . . . . . we had an author visit. It was the wonderful Aaron Zenz. I documented the day. . . . Triangle saw some stuff. That guy’s been through a lot. . . . we entered the Newbery/Caldecott wayback machine. All the way to a distant past known as . […]

First Look: President Trump Releases Self-Published Children’s Autobiography

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Citing the rise of “fake publishing”, Donald Trump has just surprise-released a self-published autobiography for kids. Here’s the cover: “Nobody gets it right, okay? Nobody” said Trump when asked about other biographies about him for young readers. His book contains “all the facts”, according to Trump, including the total lack of any sort of failure […]