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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.

One Star Review Guess Who (#66)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? Very nice present from cousins! Unfortunately, the page where all of the dots fall to one side made us very sad for some reason. Click here for the answer. Why do I share these? Click here. Previously . . […]

The State of Photographic Illustration in 2018

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Maybe someday a book with primarily photographic illustrations will win the Caldecott Medal. Until that day, I’m going to annually post all the fiction picture books I see that use photography. There are plenty of nonfiction books that use photographs. What I’m sharing in this post is fiction that uses photos. Do you know of […]

2018 Books from Sibert Winners

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I’ve brought you here to show you all the books coming out in 2018 by past Sibert Medal winners. The decision was whether or not to include fiction books, or just keep it to nonfiction. I decided to add the fiction too. Did I miss any? Let me know in the comments. Previously . . […]

Books on Film: Jason Reynolds on Late Night with Seth Meyers

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Author Jason Reynolds was on Late Night with Seth Meyers a couple nights back. I would say “Hey, isn’t it cool and unusual that a middle grade and YA writer is on a late night show?” But really, Jason Reynolds is the kind of captivating person where this stuff just makes you say “Of course […]

Huh, I Wonder Which Children’s Books Are in the Top 100?

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Maybe you’re like me. You like oatmeal. Trail mix. Children’s literature. Maybe you’d like to see each and every children’s book that is currently in the top 100 best sellers on Amazon presented without comment*. I did, so I made this post about it. Here they are: * Okay one comment. Love You Forever has […]

Morning Notes: “What’s Your Emergency?” Edition

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THE LAST BEST The Bank Street College of Education puts out an annual list of the best books of the previous year. It’s very user-friendly – I like how they note books that make good read alouds. It’s a great one for collection development. Click here to see the list. HARRY BY SELZNICK Brian Selznick handles […]

The Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2017

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The numbers are in, and the most challenged books of 2017 are . . . (Click to enlarge) Books that are new on the list this year: The Hate U Give, Sex is a Funny Word Books that were on the list last year: Drama, George, I Am Jazz Books that were on older lists […]

2018 Books from Coretta Scott King Winners

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I have scoured the internet for 2018 releases from previous Coretta Scott King Author and Illustrator Award winners. Did I miss any? Let me know in the comments. Previously . . . 2018 Books from Newbery Winners 2018 Books from Caldecott Winners 2018 Books from Geisel Winners 2018 Books from Pura Belpré Winners   The […]

Books on Film: Ludwig Bemelmans and the Creation of Madeline

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It’s been out for a while, but I recently came across this Carle Museum video on Madeline creator Ludwig Bemelmans. When did the inspiration for Bemelmans most well-known character come from? It all started with a broken arm . . . (Click the image below to watch)

One Star Review Guess Who? (#65)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? I should have stopped reading it when the nosebleeds started. Click here for the answer. Why do I share these? Click here. Previously . . . One Star Review Guess Who (#1) One Star Review Guess Who (#2) One […]

Your Netflix Guide to TV/Film Adaptations of Children’s Books

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Books, schmooks – let’s have some screen time!! But if you’re gonna have screen time, at least make it a show or movie based on a children’s book. It’s the least you can do. I scoured Netflix for all the TV shows or movies based on kids books (if you have a Netflix account, you […]

Bunny Beef: Pence Family Claps Back at John Oliver Over Picture Book Parody

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First there was this: The Pence family pet, Marlon Bundo, starred in a picture book: Then there was this: Comedian John Oliver released a parody of the book: Today, the beef continues. The Pence family announced the immediate publication of a new book Marlon Bundo’s Bad Dream. The premise? That Bundo’s last adventure, the spoof by John […]

Notes on March 2018

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In March . . . . . . we tried to guess the book based on a student’s cover drawing. Some of them were tricky. . . . I shared ten books I’m excited about coming this spring. Preview time. . . . we learned what past Newbery, Caldecott, Geisel, and Pura Belpré winners are […]

2018 Books from Pura Belpré Winners

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Here are all the 2018 books from past Pura Belpré author and illustrator medal and honor winners. Did I miss any? Let’s hear it in the comments. Previously . . . 2018 Books from Newbery Winners 2018 Books from Caldecott Winners 2018 Books from Geisel Winners The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by […]

Morning Notes: Don’t Push the Button Edition

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PRETTY GOOD YEAR Jackie Woodson: having a pretty good year. Click here to read. REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE Should we have fewer books with rule-breaking characters? Fatherly thinks so. Click here to read. CANCELED AND PULPED The New York Times follows up in the #metoo movement in children’s literature, talking with (among others) Elizabeth Rusch, […]