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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.

The Best Tweets from the 2018 Youth Media Awards

#theviewfromhere — John Schu (@MrSchuReads) February 12, 2018 YMAs….important note to self for the end, and the rest of you, since I have no assurance regarding my future mental state. — Nina Lindsay (@OaklandNina) February 12, 2018 Breaking the no-screen-time for baby rule…#alayma — Megan Dowd Lambert (@MDowdLambert) February 12, 2018 Is […]

The Day After: Random Thoughts on the 2018 Youth Media Awards


A whole lot of great and interesting things happened during the 2018 Youth Media Awards. Here are my random thoughts on Geisel, Caldecott, and Newbery . . . Geisel: Two former winners here – Paul Meisel and Ted Arnold Very happy to see Charlie & Mouse win the gold. It’s one of the few books I […]

The 2018 Caldecott Comment Card


Once the winners have been announced, I want to know what you think. Go ahead and share in the comments. Which choice are you happiest with? Which book did the committee miss?

Harassment in Children’s Lit

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Chances are good that if you’re reading this, you’ve already read the article (and comments on) Children’s Publishing Reckons with Sexual Harassment, but in case you haven’t, you should. It takes guts to talk about this stuff and I support and respect everyone who is.

The February Newsletter is Terrifying


Yesterday I sent out the February installment of FROM THE DESK OF 100 SCOPE NOTES. It includes a story about a terrifying snowflake. You can see it here. Interested in having future newsletters sent directly to your inbox? Click here to sign up.

Morning Notes: Itchy Edition

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THE FACTS Anne Ursu’s out here doing the real work. She recently shared her findings from a survey about sexual harassment in the children’s book industry. Click here to read. MAURICE SENDAK: INTERIOR DESIGNER What would it look like if Sendak, Carle, Rowling or three other children’s lit greats designed the baby’s room? Now we […]

Exclusive Book Cover Reveal: THE VERY LAST CASTLE by Me and Mark Pett

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Remember that story I told you I wrote? About the castle? The one Mark Pett is illustrating? It’s coming out on October 9th and today it’s my pleasure to share the cover with you. It seemed like a good time to ask Mark a couple questions about the cover creation process. Me: Hi Mark! Do […]

Some Things You Might Not Know about Madeleine L’Engle

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Something a bit different today – a piece about children’s literature legend Madeleine L’Engle. L’Engle’s granddaughters Charlotte Jones Voiklis and Léna Roy have written a biography about her, which is out tomorrow (Feb. 6, 2018), and I asked Léna to share a three things that surprised her most while writing the bio. Léna, the floor is […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#64)

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Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? If you are lazy enough to sleep on the job, you deserve to have your hats stolen. Click here for the answer. Why do I share these? Click here. Previously . . . One Star Review Guess Who (#1) […]

The Importance of Challenging Yourself (and Snacks): 3 Questions with Nikki Grimes


I was given the opportunity to ask children’s literature legend Nikki Grimes a few questions. This was a chance I jumped at. Travis: What was it like winning the Wilder Award? What’s it been like since? Nikki Grimes: Earth-shaking. It took me a while to find my feet. It’s one award I never imagined winning. […]

Morning Notes: Road Trip Edition

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THE 2019 YOUTH MEDIA AWARDS: ENHANCED Good news time. The most prominent awards in children’s literature is about to get more diverse. Beginning in 2019, the Youth Media Awards will “highlight titles selected by the American Indian Library Association (AILA), Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), and the Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL)“. Click here to read the full announcement. THE CROSSOVER Author Kwame […]

Ten Years Later: The Unforgettable 2008 Newbery/Caldecott


You have those day-to-day checklists, where you’re making sure you buy air filters and take enough naps, and then you have those bigger checklists of things you’d like to do someday if you can manage it. Our latest episode of The Yarn falls into the latter category for me. The winners of the 2008 Newbery […]

Results! The Big Ol’ Elementary Book Checkout Survey


On Tuesday, I asked all fellow nosy elementary school librarians to spill the deets on their book checkout policies. 205 nosy people responded by completing my survey. Thank you fellow nosy people! And now . . . the results. (Click to enlarge charts)   My Reaction: I was expecting that most school libraries would have […]

Books on Film: Jason Reynolds on The Daily Show

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This was great to see. YA literary comet Jason Reynolds appeared on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah to talk about writing for young people. It’s a must-watch, people, so get to it.   And if you’re up for more, here’s our interview with Reynolds for The Yarn:

The Big Ol’ Elementary Book Checkout Survey (That’s Pretty Short)


Admit it – you want to know what goes on in other elementary school libraries. How do they handle check out? How do they handle overdue books? I’m curious too. So I made this pretty short survey to find out how you all are running your libraries. Today we collect data, later this week I’ll […]