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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.

Top 20 Books of 2018: 20-16

Top 20 Books 2018

#20-16 | #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1 Over the next four days, John Schumacher and I will count down our favorite K-6 books of the year. It’s an anything goes list where picture books, nonfiction, poetry, graphic novels, and middle grade all hang out together. We’ll blab (briefly) about the books here, but be sure […]

Coming Soon: The Top 20 Books of 2018

Top 20 Books 2018

Soon, John Schumacher and I are teaming up to count down our 20 favorite books of the year.

10 Books I Loved (But Failed to Review) in 2018


Since this blog began over a decade ago, the number of reviews I write has fallen each year. The reason makes no sense: reviews can be difficult and time-consuming to write. Wait. That makes perfect sense. So here, then, are 10 books I loved but didn’t review in 2018. Check them out if you get […]

2019 Geisel Award Predictions

Geisel 2019

Here are my picks for 2019 Geisel glory.

2019 Caldecott Medal Predictions

Caldecott 2019

Here are my picks for 2019 Caldecott glory.

The Ultimate Children’s Literature Illustrator Gift Guide 2018

ALA Store

What are you going to give, a Boxy Girl? Come on. Give art. Recently updated and expanded for the 2018 gift-giving season, here is my collection of children’s literature illustrator shops on the world wide web. This isn’t a comprehensive list – let me hear about what I missed in the comments, and I will […]

The 2018 Bookish Charitable Giving Guide


Interested in giving to a good cause? Are you a fan of literacy? This is the guide for you. Here are some of the literacy-focused organizations doing good work. Pitch in a few bucks to support them. I “adapted” this idea from boing boing, who put together a great Charitable Giving Guide you should also […]

2018 Librarian Lump of Coal Gift Guide

Lump of Coal 2018

Time is running out to get a gift for the insufferable librarian in your life. With help from Etsy, the 2018 edition of the Librarian Lump of Coal Gift Guide has your back.

2018 Children’s Lit: The Year in Miscellanea

2018 Children's Lit

It’s time to take a look back at the year that was in children’s lit miscellanea. Read previous Year in Miscellanea Posts: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 Tweet of the Year: Reader Reaction to Dear Martin When you catch a student reading at the exact moment that a major event happens in the book…@getnicced #umreads #DearMartin pic.twitter.com/Z7TyhmkZ2D — LibrariBON […]

Exclusive Book Trailer Premiere: Bear and Wolf by Daniel Salmieri

Bear & Wolf

You know Daniel Salmieri. He’s illustrated a bunch of Adam Rubin-penned read aloud classics: Dragons Love Tacos, Robo-Sauce, Secret Pizza Party. Earlier this year Enchanted Lion published his author/illustrator debut, Bear and Wolf. They went and made an excellent book trailer for it. And we’re all here to have a look. 100 Scope Notes Book […]

Notes on November 2018


Nothing lasts forever, even cold November rain. Time to take a look back at my favorite posts from this past month. In November . . . . . . a modern classic took a weird turn. This is what happens when you let Google auto-complete the text from Press Here. . . . we had […]

An Exhaustive List of My Pathetic Read Aloud Injuries


You might think that reading books aloud is an easy gig. Hold the book. Read the words. Absorb the love from the adoring audience (all while playing it off like, “It’s nothing, really”). You are wrong. Reading books aloud is a physical challenge on the level of Over the Top, only more challenging. If it […]

Name That LEGO Book Cover! (#10)

LEGO 10-1

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 LEGO Book Cover! (#2) Name That LEGO Book Cover! (#3) […]

A Cyber Monday Giveaway at The Very Last Castle

Castle Winter

The snow is falling at The Very Last Castle and that means it’s time for some good cheer. If you buy a copy of The Very Last Castle between now and the end of the year, I’ll send you a panda bear backpack clip – just like the one the main character (her name is […]

And the Black Friday Award Goes To . . .


. . . the New York Public Library, with this fantastic full-page ad in the New York Times. Every library in the country should steal this idea. (via Pamela Paul) ???????? pic.twitter.com/SC3ouWrGyP — Pamela Paul (@PamelaPaulNYT) November 23, 2018