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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.

ALA Annual: Some Things I’m Excited About

The other day the editors at SLJ put together a great roundup of things they’re excited about at the upcoming American Library Association Annual Conference in Washington D.C. They gave me all sorts of good ideas. Here are a few additional things I’m looking forward to this weekend. Interviews for The Yarn Podcast ALA is […]

Books on Film: A Peek Inside The Eric Carle Museum

I haven’t yet made it to the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA and this video isn’t helping! Making the place look all wonderful and increasing my jealousy of those who have visited. With guest appearances by Ekua Holmes, Brendan Wenzel, Tom Lichtenheld, and many more.

‘This Book’ Books

Over the last few years, I’ve noticed an uptick in books that reference themselves. You could call them meta, you could call them descendants of a classic, or you could call them ‘This Book’ books. Here are all the recent (2019 or 2020) examples. *NOTE* This Book is Literally Just Pictures of Cute Animals . […]

More Mythical Beasts of the School Library

The school year has ended around here and books that haven’t been on the shelves since September have returned. So forgive me for thinking I’m seeing things. Hold on – is that a dragon? Wait, no – it’s just the rarely spotted shelf full of Dork Diaries. SHHH! I think I see a Griffin. No! […]

One Star Review, Guess Who? (#90)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? It was your own fault, Sylvester. Get it together. 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 Star […]

Books on Film: Return to the Tundra Illustrator Studio

It’s been a little while since we last checked in on the Tundra Illustrator Studio. So what’s new? In studio videos of two unique artists. Kelly Hill creates illustrations using quilting techniques: And Lesley-Anne Green, who creates three-dimensional art:

11 of My Favorite Tweets from the Past Week (or so)

In case you missed them, here are a few of my favorite children’s literature/publishing tweets from the last week or so.

100 Scope Notes, Elsewhere

Do you ever read this blog and wish, “Yeah, but where are the bad drawings and pictures of semi-obscure picture books?” Well, then I invite you to follow 100 Scope Notes on Instagram. It’s the place where I do secret stuff. Click here to check it out.

One Star Review, Guess Who? (#89)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? A classical tale about a crazy story-teller and his obsession with confusing his child. I was never a big fan of the Disney movies and I was really not a big fan of the book. Click here for the […]

COME ONE COME ALL: The Yarn LIVE with Meg Medina at ALA

Are you attending the American Library Association Annual Conference later this month? We’re recording a LIVE episode of The Yarn podcast with our reigning Newbery medalist, Meg Medina. Do you want details? Details! What: The Yarn LIVE with guest Meg Medina Where: The Pop Top stage (in the exhibits hall) When: Monday, June 24 @ […]

Name That LEGO Book Cover! (#12)

Once again, it’s the game that’s sweeping the country. I used this website to (virtually) create 3 LEGO book covers. They’re listed from least challenging to most challenging – see how many you can name. #1: Answer #2: Answer #3: Answer How’d you do? Previously . . . Name That LEGO Book Cover! (#1) Name That […]

Morning Notes: Intrinsic Motivation Edition

RECOGNIZE Do children’s book authors and illustrators deserve more pub? Julia Donaldson says so. Click here to read. THE ACTUALLY VERY GOOD DAY Judith Viorst on happiness. Click here to read. (via Austin Kleon) BGHB The Boston Globe/Horn Book award winners have been announced. Nice work BGHB. Click here to read. JUDITH KERR In case […]

Notes on May 2019

In May . . . . . . I got a big head that was quickly deflated. Oh the fickle most popular book at my school list. . . . we checked in on some 2020 Newbery/Caldecott hopefuls to keep an eye on. The readers over at Goodreads have some thoughts. . . . we […]

A Nerdy Q&A with Nerdy Babies Creator Emmy Kastner

Last summer, at Nerd Camp, I met Kalamazoo author/illustrator Emmy Kastner. She told me, appropriately enough, she was working on a series of books called Nerdy Babies, full of facts for little ones. Now the books are out, and I asked Emmy some questions about the series. Travis: Hi Emmy! I’m always curious about how […]

Endangered Series #13: The English Roses by Madonna

Popularity comes, popularity goes. As librarians we’re always balancing between what will circulate like crazy and what we need to have in the collection. And we’re not the Library of Congress – we can’t (and shouldn’t) keep everything. An endangered series is one that appears to be waning in terms of popularity. But popularity isn’t everything. Should it […]