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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.

It’s an AMERICAN AS PANEER PIE Draw-Off!

Paneer Pie

Some of you might know I’m a member of the secret artist club, keeping my drawings Instagram-only (with the occasional exception). But soon my (limited) drawing skills are going to be on full display. I’m taking part in a draw-off. The competition? That’s right – author and illustrator Jarrett Lerner. The reason? Our draw-off will […]

One Star Review, Guess Who? (#113)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads?

Exclusive Cover Reveal Q&A: Kondo & Kezumi Are Not Alone

A cover reveal for Kondo & Kezumi Are Not Alone, and a Q&A with the illustrator, Andrea Tsurumi

Jason Reynolds on The Yarn

Today we’re reposting episode #35 of The Yarn podcast, featuring Jason Reynolds. It originally came out on December 10, 2016. The conversation (especially towards the second half) seems like a good one to share again right now, at a time when history is sadly repeating itself. Thanks for listening.

Name That LEGO Book Cover! (#20)

Can you name these 3 books based on their LEGO-fied covers?

Notes on May 2020

Some of my favorite posts from the month of May.

The Great Independent Book Store Gift Card Giveaway #4

I’m giving away a $50 gift cards to some of my favorite independent bookstores.

Books on Film: Eoin Colfer (and David Bowie?!) on Good Morning America

Author Eoin Colfer was on Good Morning America talking about the upcoming Artemis Fowl film.

What’s Up at The Yarn?

While I usually keep my Yarn talk for the Yarn site, it seems like a good time to let you know about a few recent episodes you might like. Trying something a bit different here. Normally we talk with authors and illustrators, but in this episode we go behind the scenes of an independent bookstore […]

Books on Film: Beyond the Book with S. K. Ali and Aisha Saeed

S.K. Ali and Aisha Saeed talk about the anthology they’ve edited, Once Upon an Eid.

One Star Review, Guess Who? (#112)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads?

The Great Independent Book Store Gift Card Giveaway #3

Enter to win a $50 gift card to a great independent bookstore.

The Most Astonishingly Unconventional Children’s Books of 2020

The most astonishingly unconventional children’s books of the year.

Books on Film: Mo Willems on The Tonight Show!

Mo Willems made an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

One Star Review, Guess Who? (#111)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads?