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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.

Books on Film: HOW I MADE IT with Phil Stead

Picture book maker extraordinaire Philip Stead started a video series showing how he makes his artwork.

2020 Book Spine Poem Gallery

A gallery of reader-submitted book spine cento poems.

The Children’s Literature Community Reacts to the Passing of Tomie dePaola

The children’s literature community remembers a legend.

2020 Books by Printz Winners

A roundup of all the 2020 books by past Printz Award Medal/Honor winners.

Books on Film: Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi on The Daily Show

In case you missed it! Our new Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Jason Reynolds, and Ibram X. Kendi were on The Daily Show talking about the book they co-wrote, Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You. Adapted from Kendi’s National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning.

One Star Review, Guess Who? (#106)

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

The Great 2020 Quarantine Book Spine Poem Challenge!

With everyone cooped up in their houses, this is the perfect time to give the book spine cento a try . . .

2020 Books by Pura Belpré Winners

What are past winners of Pura Belpré author and illustrator awards doing this year? Putting out a bunch of good-looking books. Let’s have a look . . .

One Star Review, Guess Who? (#105)

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

Review: Hike by Pete Oswald

A review of the wonderful new wordless picture book, HIKE.

The Glory of the Personal Pan Pizza: An Interview with Tom Angleberger about Book It!

I talked with Book It Author Ambassador Tom Angleberger about my two favorite things: books and pizza.

2020 Books by Geisel Winners

All the 2020 books from past Geisel Medal and Honor winners.

Authors and Illustrators at Home

A roundup of online events from authors and illustrators.

Book Trailer Premiere: Baby Clown by Kara LaReau and Matthew Cordell

A first look at the book trailer for Baby Clown by Kara LaReau and Matthew Cordell.

Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy: A Chat with Ethan Long about Happy County

A chat with Ethan Long about his new Happy County series.